Professional Negligence Claims Against Architects
The role of an architect is to use their expertise and creative acumen to help bring ambitious structures and spaces to life. However, the complex nature of architectural projects, coupled with the inherent risks involved, can occasionally lead to unintended errors or oversights that can have far-reaching consequences.
Professional negligence claims against architects arise when the services provided by these design professionals fall short of the expected standard of care. Such claims emerge from a breach of duty of care owed by architects to their clients.
At Annecto Legal, we connect clients with the right professional negligence solicitors and dispute resolution team, as well as securing litigation funding for your case. Our service is designed to ensure that any business or individual that has suffered a financial loss as a result of professional negligence has the best possible opportunity to find redress.
Unfortunately, due to the high costs of legal actions in the UK, we only assist in disputes which are valued at over £250,000, at the absolute minimum. We would like to be able to help on other claims, but we simply do not have access to any products that can assist on smaller matters.
Examples of professional negligence from architects
Architect negligence cases can vary widely in nature and severity. Listed below are a few examples to illustrate the types of professional negligence claims that architects might face:
- Structural defects: An architect’s failure to properly calculate load-bearing capacities or other structural considerations can lead to compromised building integrity. For example, if a building collapses due to inadequate structural design, the architect may be held liable for negligence.
- Design errors: Architects are responsible for creating functional and aesthetically pleasing spaces. Design mistakes, such as incorrect placement of walls, doors, or windows, can lead to inefficient use of space or aesthetic dissatisfaction, resulting in financial losses for the client.
- Building regulation violations: Architects must adhere to local building regulations. If an architect fails to comply with these requirements, it could lead to costly delays, redesigns, or even issues with planning permission.
- Budget overruns: If an architect’s design leads to unexpected cost overruns during construction, the client may bring a claim for negligence, alleging that the architect’s failure to adequately estimate project costs resulted in financial harm.
- Lack of supervision: Architects have a responsibility to supervise the work carried out to spot a potential issue. Neglecting this duty and failing to catch errors during construction could result in costly defects.
These examples highlight the potential areas where architects’ professional negligence can have significant consequences for their clients and other stakeholders. The primary limitation period for professional negligence claims is 6 years from the date of your loss.
Funding professional negligence claims against architects
If you are pursuing a professional negligence case or seeking dispute resolution, then legal costs can escalate quickly. Therefore, it is essential that you are aware of the funding options that are available to you. Funding a professional negligence claim against an architect can be a complex process and will depend on the individual circumstances of the case. Listed below are some of the options for funding a professional negligence case.
- Conditional fee agreements – Conditional fee agreements (CFAs), also known as ‘no win, no fee agreements’, are a type of funding arrangement that allows individuals to pursue a claim without paying legal fees upfront. Under a no win no fee basis, the law firm agrees to take on the case and only charges a fee if the case is successful. If the case is unsuccessful, the client does not have to pay these legal fees.
- Contingency fee agreement – Some professional negligence solicitors may offer to take on a professional negligence case on a contingency fee basis, which means that they will only charge a fee if they are successful in securing a financial settlement or damages. The fee payable to the solicitor is usually a percentage of the amount recovered, and if the case is unsuccessful, the law firm will not charge a fee.
- After the event insurance – After the event (ATE) insurance is a type of insurance that can provide cover for legal costs in the event that a case is unsuccessful. This option can be particularly useful in cases where the costs of losing a case could be significant. ATE insurance is often used in conjunction with conditional fee agreements.
- Third party litigation funding – In some cases, third party litigation funders may be willing to provide funding for a professional negligence case in exchange for a percentage of any financial settlement or damages awarded. This option can be attractive for individual who cannot afford to pay for legal fees themselves but have a strong case.
How can Annecto Legal assist?
At Annecto Legal, we assist claimants in finding the right legal representation and funding for pursuing a professional negligence claim against an architect.
Annecto Legal helps clients realise the value of their professional negligence cases. We work closely with litigation funders, insurers and professional negligence solicitors that seek alternatives to the traditional hourly rate funding model.
If you have suffered losses due to negligence from an architect and you were owed a duty of care, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation. We can help find you the right representation, as well as managing your financial risks and sourcing funding for your legal fees.
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* Annecto Legal can only assist on case where the loss is in excess of £100,000, with the exception of data breach claims. If you need assistance on a claim worth over £100,000, please get in touch using our form or the details below:
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