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Jonathan Spencer (Managing Associate) and Frances Gordon-Weeks (Associate) of Simmons & Simmons consider the recent ruling in Burgess v Lejonvarn specifically in relation to the key guidance on duties of inspection.
In Burgess v Lejonvarn  EWHC 3166 (TCC) the claimants failed in every aspect of their
breach of duty claim against the defendant architect, despite having previously established as a preliminary issue that the architect, who provided free services to friends, owed a duty of care in tort when carrying out those services. Among other
things, the claimants had alleged that the defendant had been negligent and in breach of duty in respect of inspection services carried out, and it is this part of the claim which we focus on in this blog post.
With reference to McGlinn v Waltham Contractors Limited
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Jonathan is a Partner at Simmons & Simmons. He specialises in defending professional indemnity claims against construction professionals (including architects, engineers, and surveyors) and major contractors. He also regularly advises on complex, high value coverage disputes for London market insurers.
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