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Does my liability look big in this?

Date: Wednesday, 08 Mar 2017, 18:30 - 21:00 Location: The Holiday Inn - Maidenhead, Manor Lane, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 2RA Member cost: £0.00 (including VAT) Non-member cost: £0.00 (including VAT)

Bart Kavanagh

speaking on the subject:

Does my liability look big in this?

- the inadvertent assumption of design responsibility -


Architects, surveyors, engineers & contractors think they know what designs they are responsible for.  But even under the standard JCT forms they regularly make a complete ‘Horlicks’ regarding their design liabilities.  Contractors often undertake the design and specification of parts of a building under traditional contracts that allow no contractor’s design - particularly the M&E design. 

Then we have traditional forms with Contractor Designed Portions. Arguments regularly arise regarding responsibility for the integration of the architect’s design and the CDPs.   

Then under full D&B there are issues when the contractor (and his subcontract designers) are asked to adopt responsibility for earlier designs done by others. 

To whom do the various designers owe a duty of care and for what?  In short, it is all a mine field – which Bart will try to untangle. 

Bart Kavanagh is an Associate Director of Probyn Miers, forensic architects.  He is a Chartered Architect with more than 35 years’ experience in the construction industry in the UK and internationally. He is also a non-practicing Barrister and an extremely experienced expert witness who has provided opinions on claims valued at between £50,000 and £500M.

Before joining Probyn Miers, Bart held senior positions at several prominent UK and US architectural firms and was a design manager for a major UK contractor.

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