In a job that has gone out of control over the last few years in a nightmarish scenario, the architect, Daniel Marcal, has to pay £500K worth of damages to the clients for professional negligence said the judge yesterday for home cinema works to £7M mansion in North London.
The clients, Mr and Mrs Freeborn, say: “What was provided is so different from what the claimants reasonably expected that I consider demolishing this cinema is the reasonable course going forward.”
The architect says he had a limited role and the couple had approved all stages of the project, adding that he felt “intimidated” by Mr Freeborn.
The judge says: the architect did not have enough documentation, including a written brief (which was then a “breach of duty”).
The lawyers say: “the case could have “wide implications” for architects who must ensure they have written agreements with clients.”
Moral: work with a reasonable client, a written brief and agreement in place.
As reported in the Evening Standard.