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03AC - Legal Aspects: Contract Law, Professional Liability & Architects Contract

07 May 2014 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

3 ConEd learning hours


Charles Simco, Shibley Righton LLP, Barristers and Solicitors
Charles Greenberg, B. Arch, FRAIC. OAA Practice Advisor

Course Outline

PART I – Contract Law and Professional Liability

This session will demystify the law and the basics of what architects need to know about common law, the judicial process and professional liability. Topics will include:

  • The Ontario Courts System
  • Law of Contracts
  • Law of Negligence
  • Professional Liability and ProDemnity Insurance Company

PART II - Architects Contracts 

Regardless of the type or size of project, architects should prepare and execute written contracts, with clients, consultants and employees. This session looks at standard types of contracts for architectural projects and other types of agreements.

Topics will include: 

  • Types of contracts architects use and why – including Client/Architect, Consultant/Architect, employment contracts;
  • The agreement process, documentation and execution of contracts;
  • Issues of executing contracts with corporations, building committees and boards
  • Establishing personal goals for processes of contract negotiations on such matters as fees, retainers, partial services
  • Various forms of standard and hybrid contracts