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Has your architect let you down?

Architects have a professional duty to carry out their work with reasonable care and skill and if they fail to do this they may be found to be negligent and could be liable to you for any loss that you have suffered.

The law does not require architects to be perfect in all respects – rather, the standard architects must reach is that of a reasonably competent architect practising in their specialist area.

The usual areas in which claims architects arise are incorrect or inaccurate plans, inappropriate design, poor selection of materials, misunderstanding or ignoring instructions, poor teamwork and delegation skills and (where acting as project managers) substandard management skills particularly as far as finances are concerned.

Clearly in many matters there are also tight deadlines and time limits - especially those for planning permission resubmissions and appeals - and the missing of those deadlines by the architect can result in an automatic right to sue the architect for negligence.

Even where the final building project is ultimately approved by the planners and by building control, serious financial loss and inconvenience and delay has often been caused to the client, for which compensation may be awarded.

We specialise in all manners of negligence claims against professionals and our leading solicitors have acted on high profile claims against well-known architects, resulting in the worst case in the striking-off of the architect involved. Happily this is rarely necessary and usually the architect’s insurers will reimburse the client for any loss.

There are strict time limits to bring a negligence claim against an architect arise so the sooner you consult us the better.