Claiming Professional Negligence Against an Architect

If an architect has provided you with inaccurate, misleading or wrongful advice the consequences can be disastrous for your project and you may be entitled to make a claim against them.

For guidance on your eligibility, whether you claim is likely to be successful and the next steps to take, contact Lupton Fawcett’s professional negligence team today.

Fill in our online enquiry form on this page or call our professional negligence solicitors in Leeds, Sheffield or York  and we will be happy to advise on whether you are likely to have a successful claim of professional negligence by an architect.

Claims Against Architects Explained

Architects provide a professional service which requires considerable knowledge, skill and expertise. Because of this they are held to high standards – just like solicitors, financial advisors and doctors.

When an architect fails to uphold these standards, the results can be catastrophic, leading to properties becoming unstable, new construction work being pulled down, plans altered, or additional administrative costs incurred, due to having to apply for retrospective planning permission or building regulations approval.

Professional negligence claims against architects are a way to recover those costs as well as taking direct action against the architect to prevent them making the same mistakes again.

We have helped clients recover costs for a wide range of issues including:

  • Supplying an inadequate tender

Where an architect has failed to thoroughly prepare the tender and failed to detail all the necessary requirements or list and cost the items accurately, they can be liable for professional negligence.

  • Failing to provide the plans for the building project

Where an architect has failed to supply the necessary designs for the building work or development or if the plans are not suitable or accurate then you could be entitled to make a claim for damages against them. 

  • Failing to plan correctly

Examples include architects failing to obtain planning permission, which can lead to the work being demolished, or breaching their duty of care by not planning their designs with appropriate care and attention, which can incur substantial costs. In the worst cases, the structural integrity of the building might be affected or the work has been carried out without planning permission, leading to it being taken down.

  • Lack of supervision

When an architect fails to supervise the work of the contractor, including the quality of the work carried out and the standard of the materials used, it is likely that a successful claim could be brought against them.

  • Inaccurate certification

When an architect falsely certifies the work as complete when it is either unfinished or completed to a poor and possibly hazardous standard, they could be found guilty of professional negligence.

Whether you are facing one of these worst case scenarios, or have had to put right any incorrect designs, mistakes in the construction work, or administrative errors caused by the architect’s negligence then speak to a member of our professional negligence team without delay.

Our Professional Negligence Services

Experience and specialism is fundamental in this area of law and we have a clear and unrivalled knowledge of the sector.

Wherever possible we utilise our expertise in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to reach amicable conclusions on all manner of professional negligence dispute. We excel in methods such as arbitration and mediation, which our results are testament to. If litigation through the courts is required to settle your case however we are formidable opponents. We will only advise on this course of action when it is absolutely the right decision to do so but we are accomplished case builders who can robustly and skilfully represent you in court. We consistently out-think others and are tactical and strategic in our approach, giving you the best chance of success and to ensure you are not left out of pocket.

Am I Entitled to Make a Professional Negligence Claim against my Architect?

To be eligible to make a claim the negligent work must have occurred within the past six years, or three years from when you became aware of it. You must be able to prove that the work fell way below the standard expected and that you have suffered a loss as a result. You must also have taken all reasonable steps to minimise any potential damage.

Any costs you have incurred as a result of having to rectify the damage and reduce the impact of the negligent work will be covered by your claim, if successful.

If you are able to prove that the negligent work has resulted in a loss, you will be entitled to claim for financial recompense to return you to the position you were in before the damage occurred. The amount you will be awarded will be directly related to the level of damage, loss and inconvenience you have suffered as a result.

For further advice about the eligibility of your claim and the correct steps to follow, speak to one of our professional negligence solicitors who will be able to give you a full and clear picture of your position.

Why Choose Lupton Fawcett?

Having been established across Yorkshire for more than a century, we have a formidable reputation and a wealth of experience behind us. We are motivated by our desire to help and to right the wrongs of what has happened to you. We have a track record that demonstrates our ability and success in the area and are accredited by the prestigious directories, The Legal 500 and Chambers UK for our legal services.

We pride ourselves on delivering excellence and professionalism to all our clients but are also friendly and approachable, putting you immediately at your ease and creating a comfortable working relationship. We provide clear, coherent advice in terms you can understand, avoiding legal jargon at all costs to ensure you are fully aware of your legal position and rights.

We are responsive and easily contactable so that you don’t have to wait for answers to your questions or queries, helping to reduce stress, worry and frustration. We are here to support you and will make everything as simple and straight forward as possible.

We have an in-depth knowledge of the property industry and are well connected with professionals, businesses and the wider infrastructure across Yorkshire so whatever you need, we can deliver.

Our Fees

We offer a range of payment plans to suit all circumstances and budgets. For more details speak to a member of our team who will help you to find the best option.

Contact Us Today

Speak to our professional negligence solicitors today about making a negligence claim against an architect. You can call us on the number below or fill in the enquiry form on this page and one of our solicitors in Sheffield, York or Leeds will get back to you promptly regarding your possible professional negligence claim.

We have spent over one hundred years using our legal skills to help you through difficult, complicated or emotional times.  Within every area of law, we put your interests first.

We provide a personalised service, with sector specialists and extensive resources to ensure we are giving you the best solutions to your problems.

We act regularly for clients on cases involving negligent architects across the United Kingdom including Bradford, Birmingham, Hull, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Nottingham.

As recognised experts in Professional Negligence Claims. we can support your needs wherever you live in England, Wales & Northern Ireland.

Call today or complete the enquiry form and we will get back in touch with you quickly.

We will always respond promptly, and we will be happy to help.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Will I receive compensation and how much will I get?

Some cases are more clear-cut than others but we will always help you to understand how likely you are to receive compensation if you decide to pursue a claim for professional negligence.

Where the claim is for specific out of pocket expenses, this can make it easier to predict how much compensation might be awarded. Where the claim is for a loss of value, e.g. due to property damage or an inaccurate valuation, we can work to compile the necessary evidence to support your claim.

Medical negligence claims can be a little different as you may be claiming compensation for lasting injury rather than direct financial costs, but in many cases, it is possible to predict the payout based on past case history and the standard compensation normally paid for each type of injury.


How do I prove a duty of care?

If you hired the professional yourself, then often they have an automatic duty of care to you as their client. Sometimes the individual is hired by a third party – for example, when a mortgage lender appoints a surveyor to carry out a valuation. However even in these cases, they are clearly representing your interests as the owner or buyer, and this can usually allow your claim to proceed in court.

How do I prove professional negligence?

There are several ways to prove professional negligence. In some cases it can be very straightforward, especially if you have incurred direct out of pocket expenses to put right the errors made. Sometimes you may need a second opinion from a highly regarded individual in the same profession or discipline, who can confirm that in their opinion, a duty of care was owed to you that was not delivered in full.

How does an individual professional pay substantial compensation?

It should not matter if a professional is trading as an individual or working for a large organisation – if their negligence has left you facing expenses, they may be liable to pay you back for those costs incurred. In many cases professionals hold professional indemnity insurance for the purpose of covering compensation claims, which can allow them to cover much larger compensation awards than you might expect an individual to be able to pay.

Who can I make a professional negligence claim against?

The common disciplines you can make a professional negligence claim against are listed above but this is not an exhaustive list, and anyone in a professional service who fails in their duty of care to you could reasonably be asked to pay compensation. If you’re not sure please get in touch and we will help you to decide if you have a strong case.

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