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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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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31st January 2017
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. Continue reading »
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. Continue reading »
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. Continue reading »
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. Continue reading »
1st January 2017
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. Continue reading »
25th January 2018
David Bailey, Partner in the Dispute Resolution team, discusses the question in the Times Newspaper.
Mediation is generally a cost-effective alternative way to secure dispute resolution. These days, typically in commercial cases, parties arrive legally tooled up with a full set of solicitors, barristers and experts, much as they would for a trial, and act accordingly. Continue reading »