Liability of a Quantity Surveyor: What happens when the numbers go wrong?

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Rachel Ansell QC and Lynne McCafferty

June 2017

A paper presented to the Society of Construction Law at meetings in London on 7th March and Manchester on 19th September 2016

This paper reviews a number of  cases involving quantity surveyors and considers four recent lines of authority dealing with pre-construction and construction phase services (cost estimates); construction; construction phase services (valuation and cost monitoring) and services provided away from or outside the project.

I.  Introduction – II.  Pre-construction phase services: procurement – Introduction – Ampleforth Abbey Trust v Turner & Townsend – William Clark v Dock Street –  III.  Pre-construction and construction phase services: costs estimating and reporting – IV.  Construction phase services: valuation and cost monitoring – Dhamija v Sunningdale – Lloyds Bank v McBains Cooper Consulting – Meanwhile in Australia: LM Investment Management v BMT – V.  Other quantity surveying services – Quantity surveyor as surveyor-advocate – Quantity surveyor as expert witness – VI.  Conclusion

The authors: Rachel Ansell QC and Lynne McCafferty are barristers practising at 4 Pump Court, Temple, London.

Text: 38 pages

Paper number: 
June 2017, online, 415k

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