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12 Golden Rules: The importance of having a written form of appointment

The RIBA has prepared a set of ‘12 Golden Rules’, which architects can refer to when preparing or checking a form of appointment.

The RIBA has prepared a set of ‘12 Golden Rules’, which architects can refer to when preparing or checking a form of appointment.

The RIBA Code of Professional Conduct, together with the ARB Code of Conduct, clearly states that all terms of appointment between an architect and their client must be clear, agreed and recorded in writing before the commencement of any professional services. These '12 Golden Rules' will be your aide-memoire, ensuring that your contract has all of the necessary content.

Non-existent or poorly drafted terms of appointment are one of the main causes of dispute between a client and an architect. These golden rules will be an important guide to aide you when you are drafting or checking your form of appointment.

To help you comply with both the RIBA and ARB Codes, we have developed the RIBA Professional Services Contracts, so that your terms of appointment cover the key requirements. This includes:

  • your services
  • your client’s responsibilities
  • your fees and expenses
  • copyright licence
  • liability and insurance
  • suspension or termination
  • dispute resolution

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