Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 69 (Jan)
Court: Technology and Construction Court

Judge Thornton QC

Representation Anthony Speaight QC (instructed by Stockler Charity) for the claimants.
  Sean Brannigan (instructed by CMS Cameron McKenna) for the defendant.
Judgment Dates: 15 January 2002


Negligence - Professional person - Duty to exercise reasonable skill and care - Structural engineer - Reliance on advice - Engineer negligently preparing pre-purchase structural survey - Claimants purchasing property - Whether claimants relying on survey in purchasing property.

The Case

In an action for damages where the defendant, a structural engineer, had negligently prepared a pre-purchase report, and the claimants had subsequently purchased a property and suffered considerable loss arising from structural deficiencies in the property, it was held on the evidence that the claimants had relied on the defendant's report in purchasing the property, and were entitled to damages.

Practice Areas

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