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Architect's Legal Handbook

9th Edition

Edited by Anthony Speaight


426 pages

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Architect's Legal Handbook is the most widely used reference on the law for architects in practice, and the established leading textbook on law for architectural students.

The ninth edition includes all the latest development in the law that affect an architect’s work, and comprehensive coverage of relevant UK law topics. Most significantly, the chapter on the JCT contracts has been completely revised to cover the 2005 update. Key features of this edition are:

  • contributions by the foremost legal and architectural experts in the UK
  • full coverage of the JCT 2005 update
  • new chapter on procurement
  • selected bibliography provides useful references to further reading
  • tables of cases, statutes and statutory instruments provide full referencing for cited cases.

Architect’s Legal Handbook is the essential legal reference work for all architects and students of architecture.


"The Architect's Legal Handbook serves to make us aware of those areas in which the law overlaps with architectural practice and all the more easily avoid those pitfalls that trap the unwary. As a combination legal primer and security blanket this is an essential purchase for both Part III candidates and architects alike."

Peter Robinson Arias, Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland journal (RIAS)

Table of Contents

Editor's preface. Acknowledgements. List of contributions. Part 1: General Principles of Law. 1. Introduction to English Law Anthony Speaight QC 2. The English Law of Contract Anthony Speaight QC 3. The English Law of Tort Vincent Moran 4. English Land Law Martin Dixon 5. Introduction to Scots Law Catherine Devaney 6. Scots Land Law Catherine Devaney Part 2: Statutory Framework 7. Statutory Authorities in England and Wales James Strachan 8. Statutory Authorities in Scotland Robin Fletcher 9. Construction Legislation in England and Wales Martin Edwards and Murray Armes 10. Building Regulations in Scotland David Wedderburn 11. Planning Law in England and Wales Andrew Fraser-Urquhart 12. Planning Law in Scotland Michael Upton 13. Public Procurement under European Union Law Stephen Mavroghenis 14. Party Walls Graham North 15. Health and Safety Law Affecting Architects Richard Dyton Part 3: Building Contracts 16. Introduction to Procurement Methods in Construction John Salway 17. The JCT Standard Form of Building Contract, 2005 edition Allen Dyer 18. The NEC Engineering and Construction Contract and Related Architects' Forms Gordon Hall 19. Other Standard Forms of Building Contract Gordon Hall 20. Contractor and Sub-Contractor Collateral Warranties/Third Party Rights Ann Minogue 21. The FIDIC Contract Jeremy Glover 22. The Construction Act Payment Rules Matthew Needham-Laing Part 4: Building Dispute Resolution 23. Litigation Anthony Speaight QC 24. Arbitration Melanie Willems 25. Adjudication David Friedman QC 26. Mediation Christopher Miers 27. Building Dispute Resolution in Scotland Robert Howie 28. International Arbitration Tony Dymond and Emelita Robbins Part 5: The Architect in Practice 29. Legal Organisation of Architects' Offices Graham Brown, Scottish Postscript Gordon Gibb 30. Architects' Contracts with Clients Sarah Lupton 31. Architects' Collateral Warranties Ann Minogue 32. Architects' Liability James Cross QC 33. Architects' Professional Indemnity Insurance James Leabeater 34. Copyright Clive Thorne 35. Architects and the Law of Employment Ruth Downing 36. International Work by Architects Richard Dyton 37. Architects' Registration Sarah Lupton 38. Professional Conduct of Architects Sarah Lupton and Peter Anderson Bibliography. Table of Statutes and Statutory Instruments. Table of Cases. Table of Legislation. Index.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Professional Practice