M Hart Construction Ltd and another v Ideal Response Group Ltd

Building contract – Adjudication. The Technology and Construction Court dismissed the first claimant company's application for summary judgment to enforce awards made in two adjudications concerning a construction dispute. It held that the defendant company had a real prospect of defending the claims on the adjudicators' decisions on the basis that there had been no novation of the relevant contracts to the first claimant company, as alleged. However, the court granted summary judgment for sums awarded in a third adjudication, where, absent novation, the dispute had arisen under an admitted contract between the relevant parties.

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