RIBA London CPD Series - Design Liability: Traditional Projects v Design and Build

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This presentation considers the potential liability of a practising architect in relation to design work. It considers the respective advantages and disadvantages in terms of risk exposure of traditional ‘employer-design’ procurement and the design-build method of procurement. Coverage will be given to the position of a designer engaged on ‘state-of-the-art’ design work, and also to demands for fitness for purpose obligations. Specific topics to be dealt with also include the possibility of design liability to third parties, in tort, in statute and under collateral warranties and duration of liability. The emphasis is on pro-active risk management and avoidance of disputes through identification and analysis of potential problem areas.

Speaker: Professor Anthony Lavers LL.B M.Phil Ph.D D.Litt FRICS Barrister

Professor Anthony Lavers LL.B M.Phil Ph.D D.Litt FRICS Barrister is Counsel in the Construction and Engineering Group at global law firm White + Case, where he provides research and advice on international projects and disputes. Anthony Lavers read Law at University College, London (Joseph Hellyer Prize) and the University of Southampton. He taught at the University of Portsmouth and the National University of Singapore where he obtained his Ph.D for a thesis on professional liability in the property and construction professions.

Professor Lavers gives lectures on Part III courses at the Architectural Association, Cambridge, Oxford Brookes and Birmingham and on the M.Sc in Construction Law at King’s College, London. He is External Examiner on the M.Sc Construction Law at the British University in Dubai. Professor Lavers was awarded a D.Litt by the University of Portsmouth for ‘published work of high distinction’.

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