Important COVID-19 Update

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These are certainly challenging times for us all.

We are committed to doing everything we can to prioritise the wellbeing of our people, those who use our services and their representatives and the communities we serve to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Saturday, our people will begin working remotely from today, Monday 23 March.

Having well developed online dispute resolution options, it will in many ways be business as usual for us as we focus on providing a seamless service, regardless of where our Registry staff, adjudicators, arbitrators and mediators are working.

We know you are working through similar challenges to ours and that these are uncertain times for everyone. From all of us here we send our thoughts to you, your teams and families.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance to you and we will keep you informed with any further updates.

ARB-MED MODEL CLAUSE

The following arb-med clause should be included in contracts where the parties wish to have any future disputes resolved by Arbitration under the Building Disputes Tribunal’s Arb-Med Rules:

“Any dispute or difference arising out of or in connection with this contract, or the subject matter of this contract, including any question about its existence, validity or termination, shall be referred to and finally resolved by arbitration in accordance with the Arb-Med Rules of the Building Disputes Tribunal.”
 

NOTE: parties to an existing dispute that have not incorporated the BDT Model Clause into a prior agreement may agree to refer that dispute to Arbitration under the BDT Arb-Med Rules by signing the Arb-Med Agreement in the form found at Appendix 2 to those Rules.