It is standard practice that the professional team sign up to Letters of Appointment for any project. But how many employers, architects, engineers or other consultants actually take the time to read through or instruct someone else to look at what the appointment actually says before signing up to it?
The appointment is the contractual arrangement that indicates exactly what services are to be provided and the standard to which those services should be carried out to. It doesn’t take more than a few words to transform a relatively fair appointment into one that would leave any consultant struggling to defend themselves should a dispute arise.
The appointment may in many cases seem like a relatively straightforward contract, but it is as much about what is omitted as what is included. Each appointment should be specifically tailored to suit the requirements of the current project – it could be a costly mistake for an employer to appoint someone using a standard appointment.
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