Working Group Loss Prevention

We provide Members with information and advice to enable proper management of risk to the benefit of both the Member and the Client. The group’s activities include the preparation of Loss Prevention Alerts, Loss Prevention Guidance, Client Guides and Newsletter articles about current and emerging legal, contractual and insurance issues.

If you have any feedback on the AGS LPWG Guidance or the Loss Prevention Alerts, please contact

Strategic Plan

To enable improved management of our Members’ business risk exposure and financial performance by providing procedural support and good practice guidance.
This will be achieved through the publication of advice in;

  • Newsletter articles,
  • Loss Prevention Guidance.;
  • Loss Prevention Alerts
  • Client Guides
  • AGS Publications and Position Papers

Permanent Objectives

1. To keep under review the following areas affecting members’ business risk exposure:

  1. the law;
  2. insurance policies and claims;
  3. the commercial environment; and
  4. business risk management issues.

2. To identify:

  1. new developments in the areas under review (such as new legislation);
  2. areas of risk to members’ businesses;
  3. trends in good or bad practice in the industry (in the UK and other countries);
  4. changes in the trading environment; and
  5. opportunities to influence and educate clients and practitioners in allied fields, including the law and insurance.

3. To produce:

  1. documents informing members of changes or emerging trends;
  2. advice on how to deal with such changes or trends;
  3. guidance on the current legal, insurance and business risk issues;
  4. documents promoting good practice on contractual and risk management issues; and
  5. response to government consultation documents where issues of risk and liability exposure arise.

4. To communicate to members and others using:

  1. the AGS newsletter;
  2. Loss Prevention Alerts – short papers on specific topics of immediate concern;
  3. Loss Prevention Guidance  – more informative papers on specific topics which together form a useful guidance document;
  4. published booklets – more substantial published documents on specific topics;
  5. Client Guides – leaflets on topics which the AGS would like to bring to clients’ attention;
  6. the AGS website;
  7. the AGS Legal Helpline service provided by solicitors BLM;
  8. the AGS Chemical Hotline provided by Marquis and Lord and
  9. formal and informal contacts with other trade associations, government bodies and other organisations and individuals.

Additional Specific Objectives for 2014/15

  1. Promote more widely the advisory and guidance documents produced by the Loss Prevention Working Group and get feedback on their use
  2. Review all LPAs (for currency etc.) – date and up-date on web site
  3. Prepare a framework document of guidance for Consultants when requested to provide as built drawings
  4. Prepare a Client Guide on Client expectations for institutional and other memberships relevant to ground engineering
  5. Prepare a Loss Prevention Alert on Intellectual Property Rights
  6. Review and up-date LPA 14 – Consequence of damage to underground services
  7. Publish LPA on Net Contribution Clauses
  8. Publish LPA on piling damage to live railway tunnel
  9. Publish AGS Guide to writing Ground Reports
  10. Publicise Ground Reports guide in Newsletter
  11. Publish LPA on sentencing guidance for environmental, health & safety violations
  12. Review Collateral Warranties document and up-date/ publicise as appropriate.


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Loss Prevention Alerts

LPA 69 - The need for well-defined objectives and scope agreed by the Client and Ground Engineering Specialist

Published in January 2019. A common cause of disagreement (and in some cases legal dispute) between a client and the ground engineering…

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AGS Documents

AGS Business Plan

Published in November 2018 This document is the AGS Business Plan which was published in November 2018.

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Loss Prevention Alerts

LPA 68 - Guidance on Duty of Care arising from Third Party reliance on a geotechnical report: BDW Trading Ltd v Integral Geotechnique (Wales) Ltd [2018] EWHC 1915 (TCC)

Published in September 2018 On 25 July 2018 the Technology and Construction Court (“TCC”) handed down judgment in the case of BDW…

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Loss Prevention Guidance

Loss Prevention Guidance 2017 - Non-member - Edition 2

This AGS Loss Prevention Guidance has a charge of £50 + VAT for non-members. If you are an AGS Member wishing to…

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Loss Prevention Guidance

Loss Prevention Guidance 2017 - AGS Member - Edition 2

This AGS Loss Prevention Guidance is free to AGS Members. If you download this version as a non-member, the AGS will require…

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Loss Prevention Alerts

LPA 67 - Japanese Knotweed – Professionals should know the law and their responsibilities

Originally published February 2018. Updated September 2018. In the County Court case of Waistell v Network Rail (2017), Network Rail was ordered…

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AGS Commercial Risks & How to Manage Them Conference 2020

Following the success of the AGS Commercial Risks Conference in London, this half day seminar organised by the Association of Geotechnical and…

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AGS Commercial Risks and How to Manage Them Conference

The AGS held it’s first Commercial Risks and How to Manage Them Conference on 3rd July 2019 at the Chartered Accountants Hall…

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AGS Awards 2019

This year’s AGS Awards took place during the Annual General Meeting at AGS Annual Conference 2019 on Wednesday 3rd April at the…

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What are Collateral Warranties?

The AGS Loss Prevention Working Group has just published another paper for the Loss Prevention Guidance 2017 document, namely “Loss Prevention Guidance…

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Recent changes to Landfill Tax – Implications and potential liabilities for AGS members

Background The HMRC Excise Notice LFT1 (‘LFT1’ or ‘notice’) deals with requirements under Landfill Tax legislation. The notice is primarily for operators…

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Borehole Sites and Operations Regulations 1995

The Borehole Sites and Operations (BSO) Regulations were made under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and came into…


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Chris Hoskins Honorary Member
Chris Vincett Hydrock Consultants Ltd
Dave Hutchinson Honorary Member
Loss Prevention Leader Hugh Mallett Buro Happold, Ground Engineering
Jo Strange Card Geotechnics Limited
Johanna Jennings Forum Court Associates
Keith Gabriel Gabriel GeoConsulting Ltd
AGS Past Chair Neil Parry Geotechnical Engineering Ltd
Nora Fung Arup Geotechnics
Rachel Griffiths Fugro Limited
Russell Jones Golder Associates UK Ltd
Sarah McNeil Griffiths and Armour
Syd Pycroft Blue Anchor Ground Engineering Ltd
Tim White Marquis & Lord
Zita Mansi Beale & Co