At Taylor Rose we have a dedicated team of Professional Negligence lawyers. They are all members of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association (PNLA) and have many years handling all types of professional negligence claims.
Solicitors for architect negligence claims
Our specialist professional negligence lawyers have a successful track record representing clients in legal claims against accountants. Our experience means we can quickly identify your prospects of success and decide whether we can offer you no win no fee representation. Alternatively, you may have Legal Expense Insurance which will cover your legal fees. The costs are something we explain in full so there are no surprises for you.
Claims against a negligent architect
Most of us only encounter architects when we are building or extending a property, residential or commercial. We rely on their expertise in relation to the construction work, the planning and design, the obtaining of planning permission and the supervision and administration of the overall works. Like other professionals, architects owe a duty of care when undertaking the work. If they make a mistake and are negligent, this may give rise to a loss to you which means you could have a claim for professional negligence against them. In addition, they are members of a professional body, Architects Registration Board (ARD).
Examples of architect negligence
- Failing to properly prepare plans and specifications.
- Failing to obtain planning permission.
- Failing to properly supervise the works on site.
- Approving and certifying works which are not at the requisite standard.
- Failing to ensure the works correspond to the drawings/plans and specifications.
- Approving and certifying works which do not correspond to the drawings/plans and specifications.
These are just a few of the more common types. Each case will turn on its own facts.
How To Claim
First get in touch for a free discussion about the facts of your claim.
If you have some paperwork including the retainer/letter of engagement and any plans and drawings it is useful to consider this. If you have been in contact with the architect raising the issues then we will consider the exchanges also. We will need to review any papers which the architect may have and will arrange for them to be sent to us. Expert evidence will be needed. Once we can, we will set out your claim to the architect and will attempt to settle your claim without the need for court proceedings. We will advise you throughout of any offers and will recommend settlement on terms which are to your advantage along with a recovery of the legal costs involved in bringing the claim.
There are strict time periods within which a claim must be presented to the court (The Limitation Period). This is 6 years from the date of the negligence or 3 years from when you knew or ought to have known you have suffered a loss. The earlier you contact us the better.