Recent years have witnessed an enormous increase in both the number and the size of professional negligence actions brought against surveyors and valuers. Such actions cover a wide range, from a house buyer's complaint that a mortgage valuer has failed to notice dry rot, to a multi-million pound lawsuit brought by a lending instituation in the wake of the property market collapse in the early 1990's. In daeling with these claims, the courts have had to resolve such crucial issues as the extent of any duties which are owed to non-clients, the measure of damages to be awarded, the duration of a professional person's respnsibility and the extent to which liability can be excluded.
Although the potential liability of surveyors and valuers has occasionally featured in books about professional negligence in general, this is the first book to be devoted specifically to the subject. Moreover, it not only analyses the legal rules involved, but also examines the principles governing professional indemnity insurance, that essentail feature of professional life in the property world.
Both John Murdoch and Paul Murrells have wide experience in writing and lecturing to the property professions on matters of legal responsibility and indemnity insurance. This book will prove an invaluable source of reference to surveyors, valuers and their legal advisers in helping to achieve a successful and effective resolution of the claims by which they may be faced.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Senior Lecturer in Law
Table of Contents
PREFACE; TABLE OF CASES; TABLE OF STATUTES; THE SURVEYOR/VALUER AND THE CLIENT ; THE SURVEYOR/VALUER AND THIRD PARTIES; THE MEANING OF PROFESSIONAL NEGLIGENCE; THE SURVEYOR'S STANDARD OF CARE; THE VALUER'S STANDARD OF CARE; DAMAGES - GENERAL PRINCIPLES; THE ASSESSMENT OF DAMAGES