Architects must provide clients with written contracts

Architects in terms of the profession’s recently established Code of Professional Conduct are prohibited from undertaking any work for remuneration without first providing the client with written terms of appointment, according to an article in the July edition of of Durban law firm Shepstone & Wylie Commercial Department Flyer.

The code drawn up by the South African Council for the Architectural Profession applies to all registered architects, architectural technicians and architectural draughtspersons.

Rule 3 of the Code says, according to Shepstone & Wylie, the contract must include, among other things:

· the scope of the work;
· the allocation of responsibilities;
· the limitation of responsibilities;
· provisions for termination; and
· details of professional indemnity insurance.

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