- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 22 May 2013
Article 700 launches our legal digest
Najma has practised both contentious and non-contentious construction and commercial law in private practice as well as in-house for an international firm of architects and for an architects’ insurance mutual company. She will be posting a new article every week, keeping you up to date with what’s going on in the legal world, what significant cases have passed through the courts and what the implications are for practitioners.
She’s kicking off with the recent case of Hunt v Optima which relates to defects and the issuing of certificates and will have implications for architects’ appointments and professional indemnity insurance.
“This case is significant for architects in terms of the nature of their appointments and the particular services they have agreed to undertake for their employer. It will also have significance for architects’ professional indemnity insurers and the RIBA in terms of issuing guidance on the nature and wording of certificates, including Council of Mortgage Lenders’ certificates and the potential risks in issuing certificates without due care. Where there is doubt whether defective works have been remedied the option of withholding or qualifying certificates and limiting the number of recipients should be carefully considered rather than issuing unqualified certificates as here.”
Najma’s practice N Dunnett Consulting provides legal advice to contractors, architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, project managers and other consultants on their terms of appointment as well as offering advice on building contract terms and risk management, training and compliance services.
Featured articles and news
The complex situation where events occur at the same time.
How can Latin America and the Caribbean unlock the digital potential of their new and existing built environment?
CIOB publish a new code of estimating practice.
These relate to a programme where each activity is allocated a price and interim payments made against completion.
Police testing finds that flat door could only withstand fire for half its designed time.
Have a look at these images from a new photography book of buildings being reclaimed by nature.
What does the phrase 'demised premises' mean? Find out here in our introductory article.
New good practice guidance looks at the best way to deliver multi-functional solar car parks.
Philip Hammond suggests the public finances have reached a turning point.
The fifth annual ICE-Topcon lecture looked at how to balance smart technology and security.
Support grows for the Construction (Retention Deposit Schemes) Bill.