The first step in proving negligence is to establish the existence of a duty of care. A High Court case in which a firm of architects was cleared of liability in respect of a catastrophic fire provided a prime example of that principle in operation.
Large infrastructure projects almost always require compulsory land acquisitions and that can also mean the extinction of thriving businesses. However, one company which suffered that fate reaped the benefits of professional advice when it was awarded more than £8 million in compensation. The company operated