When the job goes wrong — what happens if you are supplied with defective parts or materials?

By Robert Syms and Jonathan Smart

There will inevitably be a time in every contractor’s working life where the materials used on a job fail due to no fault of their own. However, as the person who installed the faulty part, you may have far more legal responsibility than you might think.

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For example, if you inadvertently install a faulty pipe into a customer’s home and this pipe bursts causing £10,000 worth of damage, it is possible that this customer can issue court proceedings against you for £10,000…

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