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April 09, 2013

Consultant Liability and Common Pitfalls

EHScompliance.ca, May 2013

Consultant liability is a hot topic that permeates the environmental consulting world. John Georgakopoulos spoke on the topic at EcoLog Legislation’s Environmental iability Seminar on April 9, 2013 in Toronto.

Environmental consultants have been sued in civil court for negligence and breach of contract. Claims against consultants can arise from such things as negligent site testing and investigations to negligently-prepared design plans and specifications.

To a far lesser extent, environmental consultants have been prosecuted and convicted for contravening various environmental Acts and regulations. The end result is that significant fines have been issued against consultants for such contraventions.

Limiting and managing liability is important and challenging. Over the years, we have observed a variety of consultant pitfalls that could have been avoided. What follows is a brief discussion of such pitfalls.

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