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Property Update — February 2014: misrepresentation claims cannot be adjudicated

By Adele Parsons

In the case of Hillcrest Homes Ltd v Beresford and Curbishley Ltd (February 2014), the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) decided that claims that had been advanced in negligent misstatement and misrepresentation could not be adjudicated.

Hillcrest was a property developer. It entered into a JCT Design and Build Contract 2005 with B&C for the design and construction of a substantial residential property at Sleepy Hollow, Castle Hill, Prestbury.

The employer’s requirements provided that structural engineers — Howard Taylor Associates (HTA) (which had been appointed by Hillcrest prior to the building contract) — should be retained and appointed by B&C to continue and complete the design. The employer’s requirements further provided that HTA was to be novated to B&C upon execution of the building contract — and a draft novation agreement was incorporated…

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