Our expert team of professional negligence solicitors has over 50 years of experience in advising businesses and individuals on professional negligence claims. We can help you if your construction professional has caused you loss; whether a builder, architect, surveyor, roofing specialist, engineer or other.

| Construction professional’s duty of care

All professionals owe their clients a duty of care. This means that they must perform their jobs to a reasonable standard and with reasonable care. However, if your construction professional’s advice falls below the standard that you should reasonably expect, you may be able make a professional negligence claim against your construction professional.

Professional negligence in the construction industry

Businesses and individuals regularly instruct construction professionals to carry out work on their homes and their commercial premises. Whether this is to build a new property or to extend or develop an existing one. We expect their work to be accurate, and in most cases it is. However, sometimes things go wrong, meaning that you lose out financially as a result. Examples of negligence by a construction professional include:

  • Architects certifying work (as a contract administrator) as complete, which has either not been done at all or is defective
  • Failure to ensure Building Regulations approval obtained and complied with
  • Engineers preparing incorrect calculations. If this leads to inherent defects in a property or extension, they may not manifest themselves for many years.

If you feel you have a claim against a construction professional, it is important to seek specialist legal advice from an experienced professional negligence solicitor. There are strict time limits for professional negligence claims including those against construction professionals. In the main, this is six years. However, there are some exceptions, so it is worth getting in touch to discuss your claim. We always recommend that you contact us as soon as you become aware of any negligence.

Our professional negligence solicitors understand that errors by construction professionals can have a significant impact on you. We will ensure that the impact of any negligence by a builder or other construction professional is minimised by quick and accurate advice and assistance.

In some instances, you may have a claim against your construction professional which does not fall within professional negligence. For example, failing to complete on time, or disputes over payment. These are contractual disputes, rather than negligence. However, our construction disputes team can still assist.

Can I make a claim against my builder or construction professional?

If you have suffered financial loss (which we can help identify) as a result of your construction professional, you may be able to sue them for negligence. For a successful professional negligence claim, you must be able to show that the construction professional breached their duty of care to you and that you suffered loss as a result.

We will advise you on all aspects of your claim and give you clear costs advice.

If you would like a FREE, no obligation discussion to see if you have a professional negligence claim against your construction professional, call us on (freephone) 0800 988 7756.

With offices in Leeds, Wakefield, Harrogate and London, we can bring our experience and knowledge to your claim, no matter where you are.

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Steven Newdall

Steven Newdall


T. 0113 297 3152
E. snewdall@levisolicitors.co.uk

Steven has 25 years’ experience in professional negligence claims and is a member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association. He acts for both Claimants and Defendants, and has a particular speciality in claims against solicitors.

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