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Using dispute boards in international projects

In an article for Building, White & Case partner Rebecca Shorter discusses how dispute boards can offer faster resolution of international disputes on live schemes.

Shorter writes: "Covid-19 has had a profound effect on construction and infrastructure projects across the globe. That said, many projects have proved resilient through the pandemic, despite a challenging backdrop of economic uncertainty, changing guidance and labour and resource shortages. While we are yet to understand the full impact, it is likely that these challenges will increase the number of construction disputes arising going forwards.

"Dispute boards could offer an effective means of managing the resolution of construction disputes, particularly on complex international projects. In recent years, the use of dispute boards has become increasingly widespread, as a quicker route to the resolution of disputes during live projects, either as an interim or a final solution, allowing parties to concentrate on the completion of the project."

Shorter concludes: "With increased use and greater public reporting wherever possible, the body of law and practice around disputes boards will continue to flourish. Overall, the use of dispute boards looks set to continue to develop on a global scale."

To read the article in full, click here to go through to Building (paywall).

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