Duties and obligations of architects - a useful summary

Duties and obligations of architects - a useful summary

In Freeborn v Marcal [2019] EWHC 454 (TCC) the Technology and Construction Court held that an architect had negligently produced a design which had not met the employers' requirements or been approved by the employers.

In its judgment, the court set out a useful summary of the principles of law concerning the duties and obligations of architects:

  • The primary basis for the duties owed by an architect is the contract pursuant to which it is engaged
  • The architect owes a duty to provide the services with reasonable care and skill (section 13 of the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982)

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Jon is Head of the Built Environment Group at Lexis®PSL.

Jon trained at Hogan Lovells and qualified into the firm's construction disputes team. Jon has experience of acting for various parties in relation to disputes arising out of construction and engineering projects in various jurisdictions. Jon has acted for clients in TCC litigation, arbitration, adjudication and mediation as well as providing advice on various aspects of construction and engineering projects.