Resolution in Brief


2 July 2019

The New Zealand Dispute Resolution Centre (NZDRC) is delighted to announce that as of 1 July 2019, it is now providing independent review and dispute resolution services to ACC and its customers through its subsidiary organisation, the Independent Complaint and Review Authority (ICRA).

“It is an honour and a privilege to have been selected to supply these services to ACC and its customers which recognises the consistently high standard and innovative nature of the dispute resolution services we provide. This is a unique opportunity for us to use our expertise to support ACC’s vision of putting people before process, to make a difference to the way ACC’s customers are engaged with, and to ensure the right outcomes are achieved. We are absolutely committed to ensuring the services remain customer focussed, transparent, efficient and effective and most importantly that that the services are delivered in a manner that palpably evinces impartiality and independence, and that all parties are treated fairly with dignity and respect,” said NZDRC Director, John Green.


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Case in Brief: M Davenport Builders Ltd V Greer & Anor [2019] EWHC 318 (TCC)

April 2019

Late in 2018 the UK Court of Appeal gave its eagerly awaited decision in the case of S&T (UK) Limited v Grove Developments Ltd 1 (Grove), settling the long-raging debate of reconciling default liability and subsequent merit-based adjudications.
In Davenport, the UK Technology and Construction Court recently gave the first decision following Grove.  Could this be seen in fact to complicate matters?
The issue before the Court in Davenport was whether a claimant who had obtained an adjudication determination on the merits could rely on it by way of set-off or counter claim to overcome an earlier adjudication on default liability (commonly termed the “smash and grab” or “slam dunk” adjudication in the UK).

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