The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 72 (1994) > Issues > Issue 23/24 > Legal Column. Some Legal Aspects of Structural Surveys
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Legal Column. Some Legal Aspects of Structural Surveys

Since about 1990 the law reports have been filled with cases involving professionals in the property field, especially valuers and building surveyors. This is not surprising. The fall in property values and the consequential rise in the number of repossessions has caused disappointed purchasers and funders to examine all possible avenues for recovering, or at least limiting, their losses. Although many of these cases have been concerned with valuation points, a significant number involve allegedly negligent structural surveys by surveyors or structural engineers (the legal principles as between these two sets of professionals tend to be similar). Ian R. Yule