Architects - Professional Negligence

Businesses and individuals across the UK rely on architects to design and oversee the construction or renovation of buildings that fulfil their needs, are built to certain specifications, and meet health and safety regulations.

But what happens when an architect makes an error or leaves you with more problems than solutions?

Professional Negligence claims for architecture

If you have experienced defective work that has drained your financial resources and impacted your finances and/or the enjoyment of your home, our Professional Negligence solicitors are ready to help you make a claim and help find the best resolution for you.

How Can I Find Out Whether I Have A Valid Claim?

Before most building projects begin, a contract will usually be drawn up between you and the architect that sets out your responsibilities and those of the architect.

Even if a contract hasn't been signed, an architect may still owe you a duty of care.

Sometimes it can be difficult to identify whether the service you received was in fact negligent. By speaking to one of our solicitors, they can clarify your situation and let you know whether you have grounds for making a claim.

Some examples of cases where professional negligence has occurred include:

  • Failing to get planning permission for your project
  • Drawing up inaccurate plans for new buildings or renovations
  • Providing you with design advice that is negligent
  • Negligent supervision in relation to building work, including not observing/following building regulations
  • Poor project management, which resulted in financial loss
  • Breaching health and safety regulations
  • Poor budget planning
  • Contractual disputes with other building professionals, resulting in a significant financial loss

How Can I Make A Claim Against An Architect?

The process of making a claim usually involves the following:

  1. You'll first need to speak to one of our Professional Negligence solicitors about your case, and give them as much information as possible. If an agreement was made with the architect and a contract was drawn up, your solicitor will analyse its terms

  2. The solicitor will then gather other evidence relating to your case. This might include:

    1. Any correspondence you have had with the architect, and with other parties (that is relevant to your case)
    2. Building schedules and contracts
    3. Planning documents, drawings, and applications

  3. Your solicitor may also seek the opinion of an impartial architect, as their perspective will illustrate whether the level of service you were given was sub-standard

  4. Your solicitor will make an assessment as to whether your claim is valid and outline the grounds you have for making a professional negligence claim

Is There A Time Limit For Making Negligence Claims Against An Architect?

You have 6 years from the date on which the negligence took place, or 3 years from the date on which the negligence was discovered, to make a claim. However, there are cases when there's a delay between the negligence and its damaging effect – in such instances, it's possible to extend the amount of time you have for making a claim.

Why choose Simpson Millar?

When you're on a budget and working to a time scale, fixing any mistakes or having extra building work done is stressful, costly, and time-consuming. You shouldn't have to suffer because of your architect's negligence.

Our Professional Negligence solicitors have years of specialist expertise and experience in dealing with claims against architects. They'll identify whether you can make a claim for compensation and will fight for you to receive the compensation that you're entitled to.


Please contact us with no obligation on 0808 129 3320 or get in touch through our online enquiry form.


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