||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 66 (May)
|| EWHC 681 (TCC)
||Queen's Bench Division, Technology and Construction Court
Mr Justice Akenhead
||William Webb (instructed by Birketts LLP) for the claimants.
||Seb Oram (instructed by Howard Kennedy Fsi LLP) for the first defendant.
||Katie Powell (instructed by Simmons & Simmons LLP) for the second to fourth defendants.
||29 April 2013
Building - Construction - Negligence - Landlord and Claimants long leaseholders of flats - Problems arising with construction of flats - Claimants issuing proceedings against, among others, first defendant development company and decond defendant firm of architects - Whether claim accruing as alleged - Whether architects liable - Whether claimants entitled to damages and/or costs of remedial work.
Building Construction. The Technology and Construction Court considered a claim by long leaseholders in a block of flats, against, among others, the firm of architects responsible for developing the flats and the company employed to inspect the premises with a view to providing certificates to potential purchasers to confirm the quality of the construction. The court held that the repairing covenant covered, among others, the claimants, and that the architects had owed a duty of care to the claimants. The costs of remedial work would be allowed, as well as damages for each claimant proportionate to their loss.
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