Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2013] All ER (D) 257 (Jun)
Neutral Citation: [2013] EWHC 1718 (TCC)
Court: Queen's Bench Division, Technology and Construction Court
Judge:

Mr Justice Akenhead

Representation Tom Leech QC and Adam Smith (instructed by Eversheds) for Igloo.
  Anneliese Day QC and Michael Ryan (instructed by Weightmans LLP) for PWP.
Judgment Dates: 24 June 2013

Catchwords

Negligence - Surveyor - Duty to take care - Information and advice - Claimant companies (Igloo) seeking to purchase office premises in historic building - Defendant surveyors (PWP) carrying out survey of premises - PWP's report stating that premises able to perform loadbearing function - Igloo noticing cracks in piers of building after purchase - Other surveyors' firm reporting that substantial repairs needing to be carried out - Igloo commencing proceedings against PWP - Whether PWP professionally negligent in failing to recognise risk of compression failure in piers - Whether PWP erring in failing to carry out calculations revealing real risk of compression failure.

The Case

Negligence Surveyor. The claimants brought proceedings against the defendant firm of surveyors, alleging negligence in its carrying out of a survey on a building in historic premises which the claimant companies were interested in purchasing. The Technology and Construction Court held that no breach of duty, contractual or tortious, had been established, and hence the claim would be dismissed.

Practice Areas

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