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Proper planning and strong leadership will avoid playground spat

Legalese: School commissions carry a heightened risk, not least because the client body is likely to be disparate and divided in its views, writes Mark Klimt


It pays to be open from the onset

Legalese: Architects need to be able to demonstrate they have no conflicts of interest whatever the procurement route, writes Mark Klimt


It is hard to resist the obligation to 'supervise' building works

Legalese: Your failure to inspect items properly might cost you dearly in the case of a claim, writes Mark Klimt

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British Pavilion backer faces court claim for unpaid fees on Soho job

Munkenbeck+Partners Architects is suing a company co-founded by one of the sponsors of this year’s British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale for a share of almost £1 million in unpaid fees


Three clauses in appointments documents often give rise to heated debate

Legalese: The right to withdraw consent to the use of architect’s drawings is probably a better weapon in theory than in it is practice, writes Mark Klimt


Architects must resist client pressure to certify beyond the scope of their involvement

Legalese: Mark Klimt writes on liability for architects’ certificates


Clients are referring architects to the ARB for misconduct to avoid paying up

Legalese: The ARB is unlikely to welcome being used by clients as a means of avoiding indebtedness, writes Mark Klimt


The stakes are higher when you work on iconic towers

Legalese: With fame comes the risk of notoriety and the greater risk of claims, should performance not match up, writes Mark Klimt


Dissuade clients from insisting on obligations which cannot be insured against

Legalese: An architect should point out that it will avail no one if an obligation is insisted upon which cannot be backed by insurance, writes Mark Klimt


Watch that novation doesn’t land you with the D&B contractor’s responsibilitie

Legalese: A contractor may turn a deaf ear to a consultant’s lament that some of the risks place it outside its insurance protection, writes Mark Klimt


‘Small’ is usually synonymous with ‘domestic’

Legalese: Don’t underestimate small projects’ ability to cause big disputes, writes Mark Klimt

RMJM's Ninewells Hospital in Dundee

Former RMJM bosses absolved in asbestos compensation claim

Claim dropped against two elderly former RMJM partners who faced a £1 million ‘legal nightmare’ over alleged asbestos poisoning


Architect fined for altering listed building

ARB’s professional conduct committee has fined a London architect £1,500 for carrying out unauthorised alterations to a listed building

Don't underestimate small projects' ability to cause big disputes

It is a popular misconception that small projects carry less risk of dispute and claims, writes Mark Klimt

Plain English can prevent you forking out for contractors' mistakes

It is sensible to establish the nature and number of third parties who might be expecting warranties or third-party rights, says Mark Klimt

The amazing staircase inside the Museum of Liverpool

AEW heads to High Court over Liverpool Museum job

The case against AEW Architects for ‘professional negligence’ on the £72million Museum of Liverpool will begin next month at the High Court in London

Legalese: Avoid signing up to prohibitive terms in framework agreements

It is sensible to establish the nature and number of third parties who might be expecting warranties or third-party rights, says Mark Klimt


Informing the client of additional costs early will save you a lot of toil and trouble

Legalese: Too often clients will ignore notifications or respond in a confrontational or evasive manner, says Mark Klimt


Clarify your specific obligations to comply with industry standards

Legalese: In most cases, the question is whether the architect has exercised reasonable skill and care

Be clear at the outset what basic services you will render and what will be additional

Legalese: It is good practicefor there to be a clear list of basic services and seperate lists for additional services says Mark Klimt

Building Regulations news

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New regulations should push cut-price plan-drawers out of the market

The new CDM Regulations coming into force in six weeks’ time will affect projects of all sizes and scope, warns Geoff Wilkinson

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