Building Law Monthly
The scope of a structural designer’s duty of care and the date of accrual of a cause of action
BDW Trading Ltd v URS Corporation Ltd  EWHC 2796 (TCC), Fraser J answered a number of preliminary issues on the basis of an assumed set of facts in relation
to the scope of the duty of care owed by the defendant structural designers to the claimant in respect of the development
of a number of properties. Fraser J held that, with the exception of claims brought in respect of damage to the claimant’s
reputation, the losses claimed by the claimant were in principle recoverable in a tort action, being principally for the cost
of repairing the defects in the property. He also held that the claimant’s cause of action accrued at the latest on the date
of practical completion of the works and that knowledge of the existence of the defects was not required in order to complete
the cause of action.
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