I thought those reports are typically plastered with fineprint disclaimers, that it has been prepared with due care and in good faith but the writer accepts no liability etc etc. And that is even when the report has been paid for.martincymru wrote:Yes, PI means professional indemnity insurance.
I suppose the acid test is "can anybody sue me?" If the answer is yes then I have a problem.
But if the Charity underwrite the Indemnity then possibly I am safe. I am waiting for their response.
They want me to draft a Report like an Expert Witness does. Therefore one can assume that my professional judgement/opinion is called for and not simply to relate the facts. On that basis I could expose myself.
Domestic helpers (another weak group) also have problems with unsafe housing where a Surveyor like me would like to offer legal/contract support.
If the weak people cannot get access to professionals like me at zero cost then they will remain vulnerable.
martincymru wrote:Legal seminar I attended dated 18th May 2014
"Expert Witness now liable for his Report". Quote by well respected Lawyer.
So that's it. All you professionals out there need to be careful. Even verbal advice can get you into trouble.
In those cases there will usually be a contractual agreement between yourself and client, and a fee charged in exchange for your services. This might give a much more solid basis for client to sue if they can show you have failed to perform or been negligent in duty.martincymru wrote:Fair point.
But often said your worst enemy is your client. Meaning they are the one mostly likely to sue you.
I work in dispute management and the larger enemy is often your own client, surprisingly.
Many professionals are more concerned with protection than an open business relationship. Sad today, but true.
You only need to be bitten once and you will appreciate what I am saying. If you have no insurance then they will come after your personal assets.
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