Viridis UK Ltd v Mulalley and Company Ltd

Building contract – Adjudication. The defendant construction company employed the claimant under a number of separate orders to undertake tendered works for the refurbishment of properties. The claimant contended that all of the sub-contract works were ordered under one overarching order. However, the defendant contended that the main order had never been accepted by the claimant and that the all works had been undertaken under separate contracts. An adjudicator, having found that he had jurisdiction, made an award in favour of the claimant. The claimant sought to enforce the award. The Technology and Construction Court, in dismissing the claim, held that, on the facts, the adjudicator had had no jurisdiction to decide the disputes arising under the separate contracts, each with different terms and subject matter. It followed that the claimant was unable to enforce the adjudicator's award in its favour.

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