Defining the Brief & Scope

31 August 2022

Prioritising a well-written client’s brief and architect’s scope of services is critical. Watch Wendy Poulton present this informative CPD webinar, focusing on the importance of a clear brief and scope when engaging in architectural consultancy and common pitfalls to avoid.

This CPD webinar was held on 28 September 2022.


When the loading bay doors are too narrow to fit the client’s truck fleet… when the building works are riddled with defects and the client claims that contract administration was your responsibility… the client’s brief and the architect’s scope of services will be critical. If these two key documents are missing, or poorly written, project outcomes are jeopardised and, when problems arise, consultants will find it harder to defend themselves.

In this CPD webinar, Wendy Poulton, Principal, informed Lawyers Pty Ltd (ACN 635 862 145) looks at cases studies that illustrate the importance of brief and scope, what makes for a good brief and scope of services document, and how to define in a consultancy your responsibilities with respect to these two crucial documents.


Wendy Poulton is the Principal of informed Lawyers Pty Ltd ACN (635 862 145), a law practice that has been providing legal advice in its specialist area of consultancy agreements since early 2020. informed Lawyers is a Knowledge Partner supporting the ACA, and is owned by IBL Ltd, which is the company behind ACA Principal Partner, Planned Cover. It offers a 10% discount off its standard pricing for ACA members.

Wendy has been a risk manager working with architects since 2005, providing plain English advice on contracts, training architects in risk management, and creating guidance materials. Before that, she worked as a litigation solicitor at Hunt and Hunt, and as a judge’s associate. She completed a Masters in Construction Law in 2011 and has delivered guest lectures for the University of Melbourne, RMIT and QUT.


Members $25
Non-members $40
*One ticket per attendee.


Completion of this 1 hour webinar and submission of the self-checked assessment task will deliver 1 formal CPD point.

Learning Outcomes – Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to identify and avoid common pitfalls in briefs and scopes of services that lead to claims against architects, communicate to clients the importance of a clear brief and scope, and identify some higher risk contract clauses regarding briefs and scopes.

Units of Competency and Performance Criteria –

  • Practice Management and Professional Conduct – PC 5, PC 6.
  • Project Initiation and Conceptual Design – PC 23.

APBSA Core Area – Practice Management


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