Can You Trust the Third Umpire? The Dual Roles of Architects in Contract Administration

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In many high end residential building projects, the role of the architect in administering the contract is key, as is their involvement in design of the works. Justin Cotton, Partner, examines why the architect administering such contracts can be said to be ‘wearing two hats’, that of the Owner’s agent but also an impartial umpire in valuing payment claims. It is delicate balance.

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