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

Legalese: Mark Klimt writes on liability for architects’ certificates

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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

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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

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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

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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

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‘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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Legalese: Liquidated damages and indemnities

Legalese Signing up to contract clauses that insurers will not cover is signing a blank cheque, says Mark Klimt

Legalese: Schoolwork

Education projects are among the most fraught – here’s how to avoid disputes, writes Mark Klimt

Legalese: Project managers

Project managers can help projects finish on time, but clients shouldn’t pay for the same service twice, says Mark Klimt

Legalese: Payment

New payment legislation will make being an architect easier, writes Peter Stockill

Legalese: The small print

Beware: small words can change the meaning of an entire contract, writes Mark Klimt

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