You know, it seems that nothing is exempt from court action these days. I thought I had seen it all in court rooms, but I never considered that I might read about a case involving landscaping. Perhaps the following case has a lesson for us all, in relation to having friends doing tasks for us that maybe should be done by professionals.
This case happened in London, England, where a couple received a quote from a reputable landscaping firm, for works to be carried out on their gardens. The price they received was not agreeable to them, so they instead asked their friend, whom they thought had a landscaping background, to do the work, at a much reduced cost.
Now, rather than following through and getting a residential landscaping henderson firm as one might in the LV area, they instead got their friend in to start the work. This is when the problems began.
No contract or formal agreement had been drawn up in relation to the works. The friend organised other friends of his to come in and help in getting the work done. But ultimately, they ended up pretty much destroying the couple’s garden. The judge presiding over the case ruled that the friend, who was an architect, had a duty of care, while he counter argued that he was merely a friend, who happened to have a professional background.
In the end, the couple still ended up having to hire the very same professional firm they got the original quote from, in order to right the damage done to their garden, at much greater cost than the original quote. The judge recommended that mediation take place between the parties, so a suitable outcome could be arrived at.