- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 02 Oct 2017
Scott schedules (sometimes referred to as ‘official referee schedules') were originally developed by George Alexander Scott, a surveyor and official referee, for use in building disputes. They are now commonly used for a variety of legal cases that involve complex arbitration where there are numerous claims, including; property law, family law, employment tribunals and so on.
A Scott schedule is essentially a table with inputs from both the claimant and respondent. Typically the claimant will set out their argument first, then the schedule is passed to the respondent to set out their response. This requires a degree of collaboration between the parties.
The Technology and Construction (TCC) describes a Scott schedule as ‘…a table, often in landscape format, in which the Claimant’s case on liability and quantum is set out item by item in the first few columns and the Defendant’s response is set out in the adjacent columns’ (TCC, Court Guide). They suggest it is suitable for ‘...claims involving a final account or numerous alleged defects or items of disrepair’ and that ‘…even where all the damage has been caused by one event, such as a fire, it can be helpful for the individual items of loss and damage to be set out in a Scott Schedule.’
The TCC suggests that the power of Scott schedules is in the information provided and their brevity, proposing that excessive repetition should be avoided. The response should be clear and specific, dealing with each issue and providing statements that make clear which claims are admitted or agreed, which are denied and why. More detailed explanations may be given in statements and in evidence in court.
A Scott schedule may be prepared by agreement by the parties (for example in a terminal dilapidations claim) or may be ordered by the court, in which case the judge may give directions for the relevant column headings. This is likely to include; the claim, the cost, the response, an alternative figure and the judge’s decision (see RICS, Example of a Scott schedule).
Scott schedules should only be used where they will lead to a saving in cost or time and where they are appropriate and proportionate.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Alternative dispute resolution.
- Break clauses in leases.
- Dilapidations protocol.
- Final account.
- Lease Negotiations - Tenants Checklist.
- Quantified demand.
- Rent-free period.
- Rent in administration.
- Rent review.
- Sample retail lease.
- Schedule of dilapidations.
 External references
- TCC, Court Guide Second Edition Issued 3rd October 2005, third revision with effect from 3 March 2014, HM Courts and Tribunals Service.
RICS, Example of a Scott Schedule.
Featured articles and news
Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) can go some way to show the impact of new buildings on their surroundings.
The shortlist for the 2018 prize for the UK's best new building is revealed.
Amendment to Bill aims to provide councils with greater powers to increase tax premiums on empty homes.
As the latest summer blockbuster 'Skyscraper' is released, we look at some of the best uses of buildings in film.
Read our introductory article on how to layout a building.
New cross-party report calls for combustible cladding ban to be extended to all high-rise residential buildings.
Dr Nicholas Falk, director of the URBED Trust, explains why metro cities are the future of urbanisation.
From next week, UK firms can bid for a share of a £12.5m fund to boost productivity, performance and quality.
A right to light generally refers to the right to receive sufficient light through an opening.
Interference and compatibility - the effects of electromagnetic fields in the workplace.