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Below are the main changes that are likely to affect you, and the implications they may have:

Adjudication

The main change related to adjudication is that the scope of the Construction Act has been widened to include oral contracts. This gives parties to an oral contract the right to refer a dispute to adjudication. The advantage of this change is that it will remove jurisdictional challenges based on contracts not being in writing, or evidenced in writing.

However this change may create further disputes in proving that an oral contract exists, what terms were agreed by the parties and by whom.

Avoiding a situation where no contract is concluded will be imperative.