Adjudication.co.uk is an adjudicator nominating body and provider of adjudication services and information. Resources on its site include legislation relating to adjudication in the construction and telecommunications industries and digests of cases 1999 onwards, with links to full judgments.
The Department of Finance is responsible for building regulations within Northern Ireland. This section of its web site provides background information together with links to the Building Regulations (Northern Ireland), and to the primary legislation under which the Regulations are made. The Technical Booklets – guidance on meeting the requirements of the Building Regulations which is published by the DFP – are reproduced on the site. There are also summaries of Building Regulation appeal decisions 2008 onwards.
Elexica is a free legal resource from the international law firm Simmons & Simmons, providing frequent updates in the fields of dispute resolution, banking and building/construction, among many others. Typically the materials within each subject area will include practice notes, current awareness materials, case summaries and guidelines. Email newsletters are also available. Registration is required for full access.
Fenwick Elliott is a large construction and energy law firm based in the UK. Under the “Research & insight” tab there are full text articles and papers written by their lawyers and also links to the firm’s own newsletter Insight, going back to July 2011.
The Planning Portal is a joint venture between the Department for Communities and Local Government and TerraQuest Ltd, which provides an online planning and building regulations service for England and Wales. The site’s Planning section includes policy documents, guidance and links to legislation, and information on such topics as planning permission and building control. There is information on the Building Regulations, the related Approved Documents and other legislation, with links to content on GOV.UK, and guidance on determinations and appeals.
The Building Standards Division, part of the Scottish Government’s Directorate for the Built Environment, carries out the duties of the Scottish Ministers set out in the Building (Scotland) Act 2003. These include responsibility for writing the Scottish building regulations. The web site reproduces both the Act and the Regulations made under it. Many guidance documents are available to download, chiefly the Technical Handbooks (domestic and non-domestic) and, within “Legislation & procedural”, the Procedural Handbook, 3rd edition, revised 2013 and previous editions.
Since its foundation in 1983, the Society of Construction Law has worked to promote for the public benefit education, study and research in the field of construction law and related subjects (including ADR, arbitration and adjudication), both in the UK and overseas. Under the “Resources” tab there are talks and reports that can be downloaded.
The Technology and Construction Court (TCC), which is part of the High Court Queen’s Bench Division, deals principally with disputes arising in such specialist fields as engineering, technology and building. It was known before October 1998 as the Official Referees’ Court. The TCC section of the GOV.UK portal site provides access to decisions 1997 onwards (via a link to the BAILII site), daily cause lists, procedure rules, and guidance including the Technology and Construction Court Guide.