*Hunt and others v Optima (Cambridge) Ltd and others

Building contract – Construction. The Technology and Construction Court considered a claim by long leaseholders in a block of flats, against, among others, the firm of architects responsible for developing the flats and the company employed to inspect the premises with a view to providing certificates to potential purchasers to confirm the quality of the construction. It found that the repairing covenant covered, among others, the claimants, and that the architects had owed a duty of care to the claimants. The costs of remedial work would be allowed, as well as damages for each claimant proportionate to their loss. An appeal to the Court of Appeal was allowed. The judge had erred in finding that the claimants were entitled to succeed on the grounds of negligent misstatement or collateral warranty.

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