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ARB committee hands out fine and suspension in PII case

A practitioner from Aryshire has been fined £1,000 and suspended from the ARB register for failing to prove he had professional indemnity insurance.

In a case that has 'far-reaching implications for the board and the profession', Alexander White of Troon was given a 12-month ban by the ARB's Professional Conduct Committee. It will be lifted as soon as he provides evidence of indemnity.

White, who was not present at the hearing, was approached by the ARB for proof of insurance in February last year but failed to reply.

Iain Miller, acting for the ARB, said: 'Architects must maintain minimum standards of cover and provide evidence. It's particularly important to have insurance for public protection and maintain the standards of the profession as a whole.'

The ARB has caused a storm of protest since it decided to take on the task of monitoring architects' compliance with its minimum levels of professional indemnity insurance.

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