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Brooker, P and Lavers, A (1997) Perceptions of alternative dispute resolution as constraints upon its use in the UK construction industry. Construction Management and Economics, 15(06), 519-26.
- Type: Journal Article
- Keywords: alternative dispute resolution; arbitration; construction dispute; dispute resolution; litigation
- ISBN/ISSN: 0144-6193
- URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/014461997372728
Attitudes to alternative dispute resolution (ADR) among contractors and sub-contractors/specialists in the UK construction industry are analysed on the basis of an extensive survey. Positive attitudes contrasted ADR with litigation and arbitration in terms of cost, delay and damage to working relationships through confrontation. The study also examined negative perceptions of ADR which may reduce its appeal and explain its limited use to date. These include a fear that lawyers may ’colonize’ ADR and that its non-binding quality may prove a deficiency. It is concluded that these perceptions will be influential in determining the extent to which ADR is used in construction disputes.