Avoiding Claims in Building Design: Risk Management in Practice
June 2000, Wiley-Blackwell
This book explains how to plan a risk management strategy and suggests techniques that can supplement the practice's existing management procedures without imposing unnecessary bureaucracy. It attaches as much importance to the interaction of risk between members of the design team as to the risk profile of the practice itself.
The first part defines risk and its origins, discusses how risk can arise in the various professions and types of practice, and how it interacts between the professions, compares quality assurance with risk management, and advises on the relations between the practice, its insurers and its lawyers. It concludes with advice on how to create a risk strategy and system for the office.
The second part is devoted to techniques and covers: setting up the appointment; creation of the team; managing the project; the risks of CDM; the complications of procurement; and drafting, awarding and administering the building contract. Risk implications of the major contract forms are discussed in detail. It concludes with advice on the handling of claims.
The book contains references to a number of legal cases to illustrate the risks discussed. It is recommended reading not only for the individual professions (architect, engineer, QS, project manger), but for all of them collectively in understanding how the risk of one profession can become the risk of any of his fellow team members.
The boundaries of risk between the professions; Quality assurance and risk management compared; Relationships between practitioner; Insurers and legal professions; Steps necessary to introduce risk management into the office: Part 2 - The Techniques of Risk Management; Setting up appointment; Creating the team; Means of controlling resourcing; Managing the job; Health and safety; CDM; The building procurement process; Tendering and contract award; Administering the building contract; Post-completion; How to handle claims against the practice; Archiving; I.T.; Appendices
He has lectured and written widely on management systems for construction professionals, including contractual and quality assurance aspects.
* Risk management a 'hot' subject but little has been written on it for practice management
* Author has excellent experience as a former partner of a major firm of architects (BDP) and consultant to professional indemnity insurers acting for most of the large architectural practices.