2.1 The architect exercises appropriate care and competence in accordance with the usual standards of the architectural profession in the performance of services and the performance of all obligations arising from this clause 2. The new 2020 edition of the RIBA Standard Professional Services Contract has been fully updated to align with the revised riba work plan and is intended to appoint an architect or consultant to provide architectural services. When considering an offer of appointments, an architect must: 5.10 If the architect accepts the conclusion of an endorsement whose terms were agreed by the architect after the date of this agreement, the architect is entitled to bear the reasonable costs of the architect, including, but not limited, legal assistance and the amount of an additional professional liability insurance premium. It is important to note, however, that some of these services are only performed by the architect if they are expressly stated in their appointment documents and are not included in the architect`s fee for all projects. These services are called “other services” for certain forms of appointment. “Other services” may include: architects may also refer to additional services they can provide (additional costs). If no standard form is used, it is proposed that each exchange of letters clearly recognize that speculative work in which the architect performs work at risk, on the basis that payment is made only in the case of a work procedure, is now widespread. Tendering for competitive royalties is also commonplace. The new 2020 edition of the RIBA Standard Professional Services Contract has been updated to comply with the revised riba work plan. We also took the opportunity to review and revise some of the standard clauses, following feedback from contract users and construction lawyers, to make them clearer and more understandable. In addition, we have made the following changes: It is legally advisable that both parties each have an original signed version. Therefore, you should purchase two copies of the contract so that the client and the architect/advisor have an original signed copy. You can also prepare your contract online so you can deliver final copies of the contract to each partner at no extra cost.
Sometimes a letter of appointment is used to appoint advisors when a client wants the advisor to start working quickly, while a full contract is being prepared. Such a letter should understand that the appointment document must stipulate that individual architects must be registered with the ARB and are subject to the ARB`s code and disciplinary sanction for complaints of unacceptable professional conduct or serious professional incompetence. The architect must take into account his position in relation to any other architect who may have participated in the same scheme.