Agreements - principles

The following five key principles provide the foundation for the establishment of balanced, equitable and insurable client–architect agreements. Clauses should:

  • not unfairly extend the scope of the architect's services, or their legal duties
  • not unreasonably increase the architect's liability for the services provided beyond that required at law
  • not undermine the architect's entitlement to appropriate remuneration for service
  • not override common-law and statutory rights
  • include provisions that recognise mutual obligation.

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