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Leave adjudication to those in the know

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It does not follow at all than an architect adjudicator will be 'more sympathetic to his own sort' in a contract dispute (Letters, aj 2.7.98). As Mr Harris rightly says, an adjudicator must be impartial. I say that an architect, who is trained anyway to be fair in contract administration, is admirably suited to the role of adjudicator. His or her knowledge of building contracts and the process of building puts him/her in a much better position than a lawyer to assess a dispute and to give a decision - even in the very short period of 28 days. If a particular point of law needs a lawyer's or barrister's opinion, then that should be easy enough for the adjudicator to obtain.

If Mr Harris is suggesting that lawyers should be trained in building matters, that is counter-productive to his idea of streamlining the process of law. Leave building disputes to those who know about building.

ANTHONY DE MOUBRAY

riba adjudicator

Canterbury, Kent

Errata

3i has asked us to point out that it is a financial institution, rather than a bank (aj 25.6.98).

Paul Hyett's column last week (aj 2.7.98) should have referred to a £6 million new building under construction.

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