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    Any decision to build a new structure or to develop an existing one will be significant and will require a great deal of investment, both in terms of finance and of time.  Healys are experts in professional negligence claims against architects and engineers, so contact us today.

    Where negligence occurs on the part of an architect, surveyor or engineer, the inconvenience, stress and financial consequences can be considerable and may necessitate the services of a professional negligence solicitor .

    We are totally satisfied with the service that Robert & the team at Healys has provided. During the entire process, Robert has given us accurate & understandable advice. His knowledge is first class, which has provided a positive outcome for our case. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Robert Johnson.
    Dan & Peter Nilsen

    Contact our expert professional negligence claims against architects team today.  We offer free initial advice on your claim and if you do wish to proceed we offer a “No Win No Fee” service in a form of a Conditional Fee Agreement.

    Professional Negligence Claims Against Architects and Engineers in London and Brighton

    A firm of architects or civil engineers sells its services to clients on the basis that it has specialist skills and knowledge that will benefit the client and help fulfil its needs.

    Safeguarding Standards of Architects’ Work

    Because architects’ services have a direct bearing on public safety, practitioners must undertake specialist training and internships, and their work must meet required safety standards.

    Where an architect has been negligent in fulfilling the client’s needs, been misleading or made misrepresentations in selling their services, caused financial loss or endangered health and safety, an official complaint can be made about the architect.

    Complaints to the ARB or RIBA

    There are two bodies in the UK which deal with complaints about incompetent and inadequate architects. These are the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

    Once the ARB receives a complaint it will pass the details on to its Investigations Committee which will then, either, dismiss the complaint, deliver a written warning or refer it to the Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) for a full hearing. The PCC then has the power to impose fines, suspensions and bans.

    Complaints to RIBA are referred to its Professional Conduct Office, which can de-register members. However, the RIBA complaints procedure is not considered to carry the same gravitas as that of the ARB.

    Although these two complaints processes can be useful in achieving professional reprimand, neither will achieve compensation or damages for architect professional negligence.

    Professional Negligence Claims Against Engineers

    The work of engineers falls under a number of different categories, such as electrical, structural and mechanical. Most types of engineering works have a professional body which oversees standards and strives to maintain levels of competency from its members.

    Thank you Robert. It is very good to have this action wrapped up at last, after all the effort and intensity that went into it. You did a great job…it was you who made the crucial points.

    It is always recommended that the appropriate organisation be contacted in the first instance to see if their complaints procedure will lead to the necessary redress.

    A professional negligence claim against an engineer might occur for any of the following reasons:

    • incorrect or unsuitable design of engineering work
    • providing inaccurate reports and advice
    • faulty calculations
    • non-adherance to industry standards and safety guidelines

    Advice from Healys Professional Negligence Claims Against Architects Team

    If you have experienced architect or engineer negligence, the professional negligence solicitors at Healys LLP can assist you in securing a just outcome for any inconvenience, injury and financial losses you have endured.

    Our partners have the expertise and professional confidence that comes with success and we deliver clients quick, clear and comprehensive advice.

    In addition, we provide transparency on costs and flexibility with funding arrangements.

    We have offices in London and Brighton but can lend our expertise to clients across the UK.

    Get in touch with our partners by using our call-back form, email partner Robert Johnson or call him directly on 020 7822 4106.

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    • Our client, a property developer was in the process of obtaining a property. The case involved two law firms that acted for the buyer & seller. After the transaction was complete, the client discovered that the seller had committed identity fraud and lost a considerable amount of money. Issues included breach of warranty of authority and breach of trust on the part of the solicitors who acted on behalf of the fraudster; the scope of the duty of care of the firm acting on behalf of our clients and whether the clients’ consequential loss of profit was recoverable at law. Our client decided to contact Jerome O’Sullivan and Healys’ Professional Negligence team in order to make a claim. Solicitors’ legal obligations in such circumstances are unclear and this matter may lead to clarification of the law in this regard. The team, led by Jerome O’Sullivan was able to successfully make a claim against the two firms for £1.5million.
    • Our client divorced with his wife and asked his former solicitors to take on his case. After completing procedures, he realised that the law firm had not protected his interests & assets. His wife dissipated all the assets leaving him very surprised and unsatisfied by the service that they had provided. Our client decided to contact Robert Johnson and Healys’ Professional Negligence team in order to make a claim. Robert Johnson and the Healys Family team acted extremely promptly to guarantee our client a success in his claim. They were able to successfully make a claim in the sum of £50,000 for failure in acting for our client’s best interests.
    • Our client’s claim arose out of the failings of her former solicitors to deal with her divorce. This included the dissipation of assets held by the husband in Hong Kong by way of freezing orders. The claim focused on conflicting evidence between the client and husbands solicitor. After lengthy negotiations with the other side, Robert Johnson was able to secure the client £650,000 in compensation.
    • Our client had a previous claim with another law firm in relation to his property being undervalued when sold. Unfortunately our client received poor advice from the previous law firm which resulted in him loosing the initial claim against the mortgagee and valuer. Robert Johnson was able to successfully make a claim against the previous law firm for loss in opportunity. After lengthy mediation with the other side, Robert was able to secure our client £800,000 in compensation.
    • Our client needed advice regarding an Under-Lease, and so they approached a firm about their issue. However, our client soon realised that the firm had given incorrect advice. He decided to contact Healys in order to make a claim against the law firm for failure to advise properly in relation to the purchase of an under-lease, the terms of that under lease, the status of the head lessee and rental payment terms. The team, led by Robert Johnson was able to successfully make a claim for £150,000 against the firm.
    • Our client decided to make a claim against their former solicitor in respect of the failure to advise properly with regard to rights of appointment of LPA Receivers leading to the adoption of the wrong strategy, appointment of receivers and subsequent losses. The team, led by Robert Johnson was able to successfully make a claim against the firm for £4 million in failing to advise on the risks of the strategy.
    • Our client instructed a firm of solicitors to deal with a claim in regard to his former employer. He was unfortunately unaware that the firm he instructed was in financial difficulty. Subsequently the firm went into liquidation. This lead to the solicitor dealing with the case to be negligent towards our client’s case. The team, led by Robert Johnson was able to successfully make a claim for £200,000 against the firm for failure in treating our clients claim with due care and diligence. Nick Evans, our employment law expert, also took part at the claim. We acted for the client under a CFA and since the case the firm in question has been dissolved.
    • The client’s wife was involved in an RTA which led to a claim on the client’s insurance. The insurer instructed a solicitor in the client’s name to commence proceedings to recover the insurer’s losses from the other party involved in the RTA. The solicitor negligently allowed a judgement in default to be entered on a counterclaim against our client. The client was unaware of the judgement until he applied for a mortgage some 15 months later. As a result our client suffered numerous heads of losses including increased mortgage costs and potential loss of earnings because of his job as a police officer. The case was led by Ben Parr-Ferris who made a claim against the solicitor for negligently allowing the judgement on his wife’s RTA insurance claim. The aim of Ben and his team was to safeguard the client’s career and make sure the judgement does not affect his progression. A number of negotiations were attempt with the insurer in order to revert the decision made by the solicitor as an insurer debt. However, both of them failed. Although the team were able to get assurances from our client’s employer that the judgement should not impact the client career in any way. The solicitor has since accepted liability and Ben Parr-Ferris was able to secure our client £30,000 in compensation.
    • While in the process of buying their new home, our clients contacted Property Survey Company in order to complete the required checks on their potential new property. The Property Survey Company completed all the checks and informed our clients that no defects were found. Unfortunately after purchasing the property our clients noticed a number of defects in the property and after getting a second opinion it was found that the original survey was incorrect. The team was able to successfully make claim against the property surveyor as they failed to provide our clients with the survey they asked for but also they failed to identify certain defects in the property. Robert and the team were able to secure £50,000 in compensation for our clients in an out of court settlement.
    • Our client had a significant property portfolio. She found out that a number of her properties had been sold without her knowledge under her ex-husbands name. The properties in question were equally owned by our client and her ex-husband, so no sale should have taken place without her knowledge. After instructing a number of expert witnesses that included a hand writing expert, it was found that the property was unlawfully sold. With this information, Robert Johnson and the Professional Negligence team at Healys was able to secure £750,000 in compensation after lengthy mediation with the other side.
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    • Chambers & Partners 2021 : Professional Negligence – "Robert Johnson has considerable expertise representing individuals in negligence claims against solicitors, accountants and real estate agencies. ‘He has excellent analytical skills, strong commitment to his clients and commercial astuteness.‘ ‘He is very easy to work with and always available to respond to any queries.‘ ‘He is able to describe complex details in layperson’s terms while guiding clients through the legal details of the case.'”
    • Legal 500 2021 : Professional Negligence - "Healys LLP ‘compares very favourably with other larger law firms’ in advising individuals and companies on claims against a range of professions. In recent years, the practice has primarily acted against solicitors, though practice head Robert Johnson has a ‘wealth of experience’ in advising on claims involving barristers, architects, surveyors, financial advisers and accountants. David Bailey handles large group claims and fraud issues."
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