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AN ARCHITECTS FEES.

Tho hearing of the caso in which Thomas S. Lambert, architect, claimed £365 10s from John Rod for architect's fees, and tho defendant counter-claimed for £501, was concluded before Mr. Justice I Dennistou. yesterday afternoon, John Rod , gave evidence as to the delay caused by the ' uichitect, and stated that in tho fiitt place ho told plaintiff he wanted tho work done for about £4500. The actual cost was £8472. Lambert offered to do 1 all the work for 6 per cent., and now charged tho extra li per cent for copies of plans. While this witness was giving details of the tardiness of the plaintiff His Honour remarked that defendant had acquiesced in tho preliminary delay ns ho had it in his power at any time to t-ay, "If you don't give me the plans, I'll throw the whole thing up." If a man was fool enough to be persuaded into delays, it was no reason why he should come there to get paid for his folly. Other witnesses were Messrs. M. Murdoch, E. H. Dean, J. Russell (recalled), W. D. Murdoch, and G. D. Schwartz. Afetr hearing the addresses of counsel, His Honour gave judgment, going through the items seriatim. Among the charges allowed wa« the five guineas for attending to the correspondence with the Harbour Board. Eis Honour again adversely criticised the charge of 1£ per cent, imposed by architects, and in regard to a charge of £104 by Lambert for tracings supplied, he allowed £20. Coming to the principal item of £209, there was no doubt there had been extreme delay, for -which plaintiff was largely accountable, but the defendant had acquiesced in it considerably. It was no answer to say defendant was over-persuaded. He had his rights, and could have acted upon them. His Honour would not say the delay caused by plaintiff was done with fraudulent intention. The plans prepared had been used, end 2£ per cent, on £6000 would be allowed— £lso. The items allowed aggregated £286 16s, against which was a set-off of £230 29, so that judgment would be entered for Lambert for £56 14s, with costs. The extra day's costs would not be included, as the defence had succeeded on some of the items.

Court Sir William Jervois, A.0.F., held its half-yearly meeting in St. Thomas's Schoolroom on Tuesday, Bro. J. Christian, C.R., presiding. The following officers were elected: — C.R., Bro. M. Brooks; S.C.R M Bro. A. Lake; Treasurer, Bro. S. Hoy; Secretary, Bro. T. L. Coe; S.W., Bro. J. Roussell : J.W., Bro. G. Hall; 5.8., Bro. S. J. Kershaw; M.S., Bro. S. Hoy; Trustee, Bro. Alexander ;J. 8.8., Bro, Lloyd ; Court, Auditor, Bro. Jefferies. Nominations for district officers : — Bro. Alexander for D. J.B. ; all other officers nominated for a step higher ; District Auditor, Bro. Roussell. After a long discussion it was resolved that the Court 1 should not send a delegate to the Friendly Societies' Council. One candidate for membership was proposed. {For continuation of News tte pafft 7,)

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AN ARCHITECTS FEES., Evening Post, Volume LXIII, Issue 151, 26 June 1902

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AN ARCHITECTS FEES. Evening Post, Volume LXIII, Issue 151, 26 June 1902

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