London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority v Halcrow Gilbert Associates Ltd

Citation: EWHC 2456 (TCC)

Nature of case:
The authority claimed damages against the designers and contractors in contract and tort in respect of an uncontrolled fire that occurred at its fire training facility.  The Court held that Halcrow (the designer) was negligent but that no loss flowed from that negligence. The Court held that Lorne Stewart (the ductwork contractor) was in breach of contract by reason of the defects but that liability for the remedial costs did not arise because the client had not undertaken the remedial works. Therefore, the claims failed.

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Marcus Taverner QC
Richard Coplin

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