A party served notice of adjudication, requested the appointment of an adjudicator and, very soon afterwards, served a slightly modified notice of adjudication on the other party. The adjudicator proceeded on the basis of the modified adjudication notice. Was the adjudication valid?

No, said the court, because the Scheme for Construction Contracts (which applied to the contract), contemplated that the request for an appointment should follow the giving of a notice of adjudication. The adjudicator’s decision was therefore invalid.

Vision Homes v Lancsville Construction [2009] EWHC 2042