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Architect’s Legal Pocket Book, Edition 2020 (PDF)

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Edition: 2020

Pages: 528

Author(s): Matthew Cousins

Publisher: Routledge

Language: English

Size: 3 Mb


List of figures

Preface to the third edition


1 Legal framework

What is law?

Construction law

The legal framework

Legal systems in the United Kingdom

Courts and tribunals

The European Union


2 Legislation


Building Regulations

Breach and enforcement of building regulations

Principal legislation governing construction

Principal statutory instruments governing construction

Principal legislation for an architectural practice

Principal legislation governing the environment

Principal legislation governing buildings

Principal legislation governing health and safety

Principal legislation governing fire safety

Principal legislation governing energy and sustainability

Standards used in the construction industry

3 Town and country planning

Legislative and policy framework for the planning system

Administration of the planning system


Permitted development

Planning permission

Planning obligations

Unauthorised development

Challenging planning decisions

Listed buildings

Conservation areas

Scheduled ancient monuments

Tree preservation orders

High hedges


Protected species and habitats

4 Land law

General principles of land law

Registered land

Unregistered land





Rights of light

Adverse possession

Restrictive covenants

Party walls

Summary of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996

5 General principles of the law of tort

General principles of the law of tort


Economic loss

Negligent mis-statement

Public and private nuisance

Lawful visitors

Damage to and unreasonable use of neighbouring land

6 General principles of contract law

What is contract law?

Classification of contracts

Intention to create legal relations

Offer and acceptance


Terms of a contract

Exclusion clauses

Invalid contracts

Discharge of contracts

7 Types of construction contracts


Advantages of standard forms of contract


Considerations when choosing a procurement method

Traditional procurement

Design and build procurement

Management procurement

Partnering procurement

Traditional procurement: standard lump sum contracts

Traditional procurement: shorter lump sum contracts

Traditional procurement: measurement contracts

Traditional procurement: consumer contracts

Traditional procurement: cost plus contract

Design and build procurement

Management procurement

Partnering procurement

8 Contract administration

Administering the contract

Architect’s inspection duties


Collateral warranties

Professional consultant’s certificate

Practical completion


The RIBA contract administration certificates

9 Dispute resolution

Construction disputes

Adversarial dispute resolution

Non-adversarial dispute resolution

Dispute boards

10 Design coordination

Design coordination: Risk and Liability

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government report

‘Building a Safer Future, Proposals for Reform of the Building Safety

Regulatory System’

Building a Safer Future, Independent Review of Building Regulations and

Fire Safety Final Report (The Hackitt Review)

The Challenge of Culture Change



Site Conditions

Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Soft Landings

Further reading



Subject index

Index of cases

Index of statutes

Index of statutory instruments

Index of European legislation

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