Expert Determination - A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing?

Those who have dealt with a failed systems development project know that the complex legal and factual issues that arise represent a veritable ‘dripping roast’ for dispute lawyers. Coupled with the advent of the new Civil Procedure Rules in 1999, it is little wonder that dispute resolution clauses in IT contracts have become ever more prescriptive. We now often find disputes being categorised into technical, legal or commercial issues and to each is then applied an escalating range of medicines, from meetings between executives, to mediation, litigation or more and more frequently expert determination. Tim Toomey of v-lex questions this extended use of expert determination.

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