Architect law is not a legal body per se but a combination of provisions from different legal sources. Hence, in addition to the general rules of contract law, it is necessary to observe the peculiarities of architectural law. In particular, these include the liability and copyrights of architects.
Architects do have a particular liability. Namely, they are liable towards their contracting party, i.e. the builder, for meeting special reconnaissance and planning obligations. For example, the architect must inform the builder of any existing risks in the construction project. Failing to properly recognize them, may make him/herself liable for damages towards the builder. Therefore, it is advisable to seek a lawyer's advice on existing advisory duties well in advance as to avoid future confrontation. GRP Rainer's lawyers are the appropriate contact partners to that end. We will have a attorney by your side even for imminent risks.
The work of an architect is protected by copyright. Therefore, the architect holds the patent rights of his work, so that it may not be rebuilt without his/her express consent -not even by the builder himself. Accordingly, architects may seek compensation upon copyright infringement. As an architect, you can enjoy GRP Rainer's lawyers support to ascertain whether your copyright has been violated. We investigate potential violations and assist you in enforcing your rights. We also encourage builders, if uncertain of whether their building is protected by copyright, to seek our lawyers' advice. Should the work be indeed protected, we come in contact with the other party and negotiate the disposal/transfer agreement of the exploitation rights.
Our services portfolio also includes the drafting of architectural contracts and the review of existing ones. In particular, the creation of tailored architectural contracts allows your interests - whether as an architect or builder - to be comprehensive reflected in the agreement. Thus, subsequent difficulties can be avoided even before the start of a contractual relationship. To ensure and individual and comprehensive advice, we provide you with an experienced lawyer, who shall legally implement your personal requirements in our law firm.