30 storey building demolition because of fraud

The collapse and subsidence of a recently constructed thirty storey building in Hong Kong resulted in litigation and prison sentences for certain key engineers on-site. The engineer had fraudulently certified that the piles had hit bedrock at 60 metres, when in fact the piles had only been dug to less than fifteen metres. The engineer’s mistake was that he put all the short piles in one corner. Had the engineer spread the piles out around the building, the fraud would never have been detected. The fraud caused a serious loss of confidence in public housing in Hong Kong. Litigation against the building company was commenced in order to recover the demolition costs of the building and other losses. For political reasons of public confidence the matter went to a hearing.

Brett Vincent, along with other Hong Kong legal personnel, prepared evidence to successfully recover damages from the contractor.