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2nd Edition

Law in Practice
The RIBA Legal Handbook

ISBN 9781859465004
Published December 9, 2013 by RIBA Publishing
304 Pages

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Book Description

Intensely practical and clearly written, Law in Practice: the RIBA Legal Handbook is the RIBA’s jargon-free, professional guide to the law as it relates to a construction project.

It addresses all the fundamental, up-to-date issues of contemporary construction law, allowing architects to make sound judgements, avoid disputes, and run projects on a safer basis. This new edition has been fully updated to reflect the new RIBA Plan of Work 2013 – the industry’s framework for construction projects – as well as recent case law and other legal updates that the practising architect needs to be aware of.

Why does an appointment need to be written? Why does language matter? What is a novation? What does an overall cap on liability mean, and how can you convince a client to agree one? How do you assess an extension of time? When should you notify your insurer of a potential claim? Law in Practice answers all of these questions and many more.

Table of Contents

1. General Principles of English Construction Law  2. The Laws of Contract and Tort  3. Professional Appointments Generally  4. Standard Forms of Professional Appointment  5. Bespoke Professional Appointment Wording  6. Collateral Warranties, Third Party Rights and Novation  7. The Architect’s Role Within a Construction Project  8. The Role of the Architect in Relation to the Building Contract  9. Professional Indemnity Insurance  10. Disciplinary Proceedings and Dispute Resolution  11. Table of Cases  12. Table of Legislation

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John Wevill is one of the leading construction lawyers in the UK and is head of non-contentious construction law at Fishburns LLP.


Praise for the first edition:

‘A must-read piece of CPD and an important practice information resource: it takes a practical and straightforward approach to explaining the complexities of the law as it relates to the work of architects.’ Angela Brady, RIBA President

‘What makes this book particularly valuable is that it goes much further than an accessible guide to the law: it explains its subtleties and implications as they impact on the professional life of the architect.’ Nick Mirchandani, Director, ArchitecturePLB

‘A core reference material for architects in an era of austerity where it is important that risks are managed and indeed are in line with the level of fee agreed.’ Dale Sinclair, Director, Dyer.