Bellefield Computer Services v E. Turner & Sons Ltd (No. 2)

Citation: TCLR 10. CA and [2002] EWCA Civ 1823

Nature of case:
This decides, as a qualification of the CA decision in Baxall Securities v Sheard Walshaw,  that an architect may, in appropriate circumstances, owe a duty of care in tort to a subsequent occupier of a building in respect of latent defects where there is no reasonable possibility of intermediate inspection (as was the case in Baxall).  The CA also considered the entitlement of an architect to delegate design duties and the need for the employer’s permission (the Moresk v Hicks point).

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Counsel

Marcus Taverner QC

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