Fitzroy Robinson Ltd v Mentmore Towers Ltd
Citation: EWHC 98 (TCC);  All ER (D) 84 (Oct)
Nature of case:
The claimant architects sued for unpaid fees on work carried out for the defendant clients. The clients established that the architects had knowingly misrepresented the availability of a named individual to act as team leader. The court also found that the amounts payable could be adjusted to reflect work actually done by the architects, rather than being simply the contractual sums. There is extensive discussion of the proper role of a lead consultant. There was no finding of negligent leadership by the architects. The court criticised the defendants’ use of its expert, by which his preparation was hampered by restrictions imposed on him and also the claimant’s witness.