Fire safety defect claims for construction lawyers
Published by a LexisNexis Construction expert
Last updated on 09/09/2021

The following Construction practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Fire safety defect claims for construction lawyers
  • Legislative change: Building Safety Act 2022, Building Act 1984, and government agreement with developers
  • Context of fire safety defect claims
  • What are fire safety defects?
  • The Building Regulations
  • Fire safety requirements of the Building Regulations
  • Claims in contract or tort based on the Building Regulations
  • Breaches of the Building Regulations
  • Sources and obligations of liability
  • Claims in contract
  • More...

Fire safety defect claims for construction lawyers

The events of the Grenfell Tower fire, which took place on 14 June 2017, are well-known. In the aftermath of this catastrophic incident, it emerged that the use of certain cladding materials at the Grenfell Tower, and other features of the building, had contributed to the spread of the fire. This, in turn, raised acute concerns regarding the adequacy of cladding materials and fire protection measures used on other buildings, in the UK and beyond.

The Grenfell Tower fire urged several actions by the UK government—including the launch of a public inquiry into the events of 14 June 2017 (the Grenfell Tower Inquiry), and the implementation of changes to the legal and regulatory frameworks governing building and fire safety. For information on these developments, see Practice Note: Fire safety developments following the Grenfell Tower fire.

The potential extent of fire safety defects in existing structures in the UK has prompted those that own, reside in, or are responsible for maintaining, potentially defective buildings, to consider whether remedial works are necessary, who must pay for them, and who is ultimately liable for the losses arising from these defects.

In turn, those that carried out the design, construction and inspection of relevant building works (referred to in this Practice Note as ‘construction parties’ or the ‘construction team’) will be concerned to identify their rights

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What does Claim mean?

The formal assertion of a cause of action by one person (the claimant) against another (the defendant).

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