The Architect's Legal Handbook is the most widely used reference on the law for practicing architects and the established textbook on law for architectural students.

Since the last edition of this book in 2010, the legal landscape in which architecture is practised has changed significantly: the long-standing procurement model with an architect as contract administrator has been challenged by the growing popularity of design and build contracts, contract notices in place of certificates, and novation of architect’s duties.

The tenth edition features all the latest developments in the law which affect an architect's work, as well as providing comprehensive coverage of relevant UK law topics. Key highlights of this edition include:

  • an overview of the legal environment, including contract, tort, and land law;
  • analysis of the statutory framework, including planning law, health and safety, construction legislation, and building regulations in the post-Grenfell legal landscape;
  • procurement and the major industry construction contract forms;
  • building dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration, adjudication, and mediation;
  • key fields for the architect in practice, including architects’ registration and professional conduct, contracts with clients and collateral warranties, liability in negligence, and insurance;
  • entirely new chapters on various standard form contracts, architects’ responsibility for the work of others, disciplinary proceedings, and data protection;
  • tables of cases, legislation, statutes, and statutory instruments give a full overview of references cited in the text.

The Architect’s Legal Handbook is the essential legal reference work for all architects and students of architecture.

part A|56 pages

General principles of law

chapter 2|12 pages

The English law of contract

chapter 3|12 pages

The English law of tort

chapter 4|12 pages

English land law

chapter 5|6 pages

Introduction to Scots law

chapter 6|6 pages

Scots land law

part B|116 pages

Statutory framework

part D|46 pages

Building dispute resolution

chapter 23|8 pages


chapter 24|2 pages


chapter 25|16 pages


chapter 26|8 pages

International arbitration

chapter 27|4 pages


part E|96 pages

The architect in practice

chapter 33|20 pages

Architects’ liability

chapter 34|6 pages

Professional disciplinary proceedings

chapter 36|10 pages

Copyright and design protection

chapter 37|8 pages

Data protection

chapter 38|4 pages

Architects’ registration