The agency has landed a brief with the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), which is concerned that rising insurance costs are threatening the ability of UK firms to remain at the forefront of the consultancy and engineering industry.
The body says the problem lies with current laws that stipulate who is held responsible when problems arise on construction projects. It is pushing for a change in the law and the introduction of a system of ‘proportionate liability’ in the UK – a system that has already been introduced in Australia.
ACE chief executive Nelson Ogunshakin said: ‘The current system of joint and several liability discriminates against firms irrespective of blame, making them responsible for the failings of other parties over which they have no control.’
Sacha Deshmukh, MD at AS Biss, said: ‘We are looking forward to helping ACE bring this complex but very significant issue to the attention of policymakers in Whitehall.’