Professional Negligence Claim against Architects
Placing your trust in any professional can lead to disappointment if their work falls short of expectations. This is especially the case when you are dealing with an architect. Architects can be used for a variety of reasons but their main function relates to construction work and the planning and design of buildings.
Sometimes their consultation can be poor, misleading or even just plain wrong. It can be hard to believe that such qualified professionals can make mistakes, but the possible consequences of these can be disastrous, and dangerous.
If professional negligence by an architect has caused you financial or non-financial lose, you may be able to claim compensation on a No Win, No Fee basis – ask us for details.
For free legal advice call our Professional Negligence Solicitors.
Professional Negligence by an Architect
Architects are often involved in the construction of homes, and significant commercial properties. Sometimes they can fail in their duty to provide professional work to a certain standard, leading you to suffer financial loss as a result.
Given the amount of money involved, it’s only right that you expect the work to be carried out to a professional and satisfactory standard, on time and to budget.
An architect is typically responsible for:
- The design and preparation of architectural plans
- Obtaining planning permission
- The supervision and administration of works
- Knowing if a project is beyond the scope of their expertise
- Certifying works and allowing contractors payments
Some examples of architect negligence claims can include:
- Taking on complex projects beyond their skill or expertise
- Preparing unsuitable construction drawings and specifications
- Failing to provide effective on-site supervision during construction
- Approving and certifying works that have been carried out poorly
- Approving and certifying works that do not correspond to the schedule of works
- Failing to obtain sufficient planning permission
If you’re ever unsure where you stand with the work carried out by an architect, you can always call one of our Professional Negligence Solicitors, who will be happy to give you the clearest picture of whether your claim is likely to be successful.
How to Make a Professional Negligence Claim
You may feel that the only way to resolve your issue is to make a claim against the architect who worked for you. We can help you from the outset and one of the first things we will do is look at your claim in detail. We’ll review and gather any evidence required before sending what is known as a Letter of Claim.
This can be a complex process and using the expert opinion of a Professional Negligence Solicitor is advisable. Our Solicitors can assess your situation and offer you the right advice to ensure you have a robust and legally-sound claim.
The architect will either accept the claim, or send a response letter, which will indicate whether they are choosing to defend the claim and on what basis. In some cases, the architect will accept the liability and look to settle out of Court. If this is not possible, we will advise you on how to issue a claim in Court.
How Simpson Millar Can Help You
We aim to give you the clearest picture of how strong your claim is and how much it might be worth as soon as possible. We can advise you if you encounter any issues that have arisen as a result of your architect’s negligence.
Architects are generally insured for breaches of contract so you can be assured that we’ll work to recover the full amount of damages and costs you are entitled to.
If we take on your case, we will strive to establish the direct impact the architect’s failing has had on you.
We understand that renovating or building your own home, or being involved in a major construction can be a stressful time, and a disheartening one when you’ve been let down by the very expert you were depending on.
Our Professional Negligence Solicitors have a wealth of experience in dealing with claims against architects and we will fight for you to receive the compensation you deserve.
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