| Claim against a surveyor or architect

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 surveyor or architect has caused you loss, whether valuing your property, on a building project or undertaking a survey of your property.

| Surveyor’s or architect’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 surveyor or architect’s advice falls below the standard that you should reasonably expect, you may be able make a professional negligence claim against your surveyor or architect.

| Architect’s or surveyor’s professional negligence

People regularly use surveyors and architects on their homes and their commercial premises. We expect their advice 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 an architect or surveyor include:

  • Failure to identify issues in a property survey (including asbestos, Japanese knotweed, damp or structural defects)
  • Designs and builds that do not meet the client’s specific instructions
  • Failure to correctly value the property
  • Failure to properly supervise building works

If you feel you have a claim against a surveyor or architect, 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 architects and surveyors. 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.

| Complaints against architects and surveyors

Many architects and surveyors are accredited. If yours is, their professional body is likely to have a complaint service. Therefore, if you have a complaint about your surveyor or architect’s service, you may be able to complain to them.

If you have a complaint against a surveyor or architect, we can advise you on whether it is worth approaching the professional body to make a complaint as well as making a professional negligence claim.

Even if you have had a negative decision from the professional body, we may still be able to help you.

| Can I make a claim against my surveyor or architect?

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

Where your architect or surveyor was instructed in relation to a building project, we will also consider any issues regarding your construction professionals.

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 surveyor or architect, 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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