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Unravelling the mystique surrounding warranties

Legalese: Knowing the basic tenets of warranties will help practitioners feel a little more comfortable, says Mark Klimt


Insuring against the worst

Legalese: Make sure your professional indemnity insurance reflects a realistic level of risk for the project in hand, says Mark Klimt

Julie Humphryes

Humphryes: ‘Gender stereotyping is endemic in architecture’

Architect Julie Humphryes, who recently won a £250,000 payout after a court ruled she had been the target of sexist bullying, talks exclusively to the AJ about her experience


Letting your intentions be known

Legalese: A letter of intent needs to be handled with the level of care appropriate to a full appointment, says Mark Klimt


What happens on tender, stays on tender

Legalese: Architects need to be cautious about the potential for risks arising from the increasingly common use of non-disclosure agreements, says Mark Klimt


So long CDM co-ordinator, hello principal designer

Legalese: The new CDM regulations came into force this month, with the principal designer taking on significant responsibilities, writes Mark Klimt


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

Munkenbeck Marshall St Baths

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


RCKa Cottage

Playing the planning system

When an application to replace a cottage was rejected, RCKa found that an anomaly in permitted development rules provided the key to giving its clients the home they wanted


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CPD: AJ Specification Live - Lighting

This CPD module follows the AJ Specification Live event in October. It aims to give architects the opportunity gain CPD credits for the knowledge gained during the five presentations.

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