Property is big business. Developers and the public alike are benefiting from the upturn in the market. The current housing boom has led to many people deciding to extend their home or develop building projects that may not have been possible a few years ago.
If you decide to have such work completed, you will more than likely need to instruct an architect and then a builder / building contractor to assist you. Mistakes made by such professionals, whilst uncommon, can be very costly indeed.
We are a firm of compensation lawyers who specialise in claims for professional negligence.
Most architects are regulated by the Royal Institute of British Architects. The Government has also introduced a body called the Architects Registration Board to oversee the work of such professionals in the UK.
Despite the excellent standards set by the regulatory powers, architects do make mistakes. When errors occur they can have serious consequences and serious expense for the instructing client or the owner of the building concerned. There are well structured complaints procedures but most disputes will involve legal action if an agreement cannot be reached to rectify the problem.
Architects generally will have their own insurance to cover acts of professional negligence. If you have a dispute with such professionals and you can prove negligence, the insurers may be willing to pay your damages and your legal costs.
The building profession is less regulated and many builders do not have the necessary insurance. This is why choosing an appropriate builder is vital to the success of the building project. If you are reading these pages then it may well be that the damage has already been done. We have a team of dedicated professional negligence solicitors who can advise you on your prospects of taking legal action against the party or parties who provided the poor advice.
We do not offer “No win No fee” advice for any cases involving construction / builder negligence.
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We cannot help with general complaints about poor service or poor professional attitudes or procedures. We deal with financial loss claims and in order to pursue such a claim you must be able to demonstrate an actual loss has been or is likely to be sustained.