Engineering law includes product and design failures. The assessment of the root cause of failures is, in most cases, a critical aspect of our work. Our specific expertise allow us to assist clients with innovative and often unique solutions to these challenges. We also work closely with highly skilled local and international technical experts.
The impact of the new Consumer Protection Act is now also part of the legal considerations to be taken into account in matters of this nature.
Some of our recent engineering law exposure includes:
- The successful resolution of a claim concerning the collapse of a tubular space-frame structure in the Saldanha harbour on behalf of a major International (German) manufacturer and its insurer (claim value of R 210 million);
- The successful resolution of a claim against a fire engineering consultant and its insurer concerning the total destruction of a building (claim value of R 170 million);
- Acting for a chemical manufacturer and supplier and its insurer in defence of a claim related to the alleged failure of a six hectare concrete warehouse floor (claim value of R 17 million);
- Acting for a chemical manufacturer and supplier in defence of a claim concerning alleged product deficiencies incorporated into catalyst products used in the motoring industry (claim value of R 18 million); and
- The successful resolution of a claim against a major International Authorised Inspection and Certification Agent concerning the alleged failure of pressure vessel equipment used by a global brewery in Morocco, Benin and Burkina Faso (claim value of R 12 million).