Just prior to Christmas, the High Court ruled that prior appointments of an adjudicator as an expert witness gave rise to a conflict of interest which should have been disclosed to the parties. This decision rather flies in the face of traditional norms of independence of the legal profession. It is also cause for concern in a small, specialised sector of the legal community.
Musings of a busy mind
Last week, the Queen Mary University International Arbitration Survey - Driving Efficiency in International Construction Disputes was released.
Last week, the newly formed Infrastructure Commission released its infrastructure pipeline, identifying $21 billion of projected, public sector construction work. The Commission has also established an Infrastructure Transactions Unit to provide advice on procurement strategies for major projects.
Our construction industry is currently very fragile; I hope the ITU will be able to look after it better than has been the case to date.