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ARB triumphs in title abuse case

The ARB has successfully prosecuted a member of the public for misusing the title architect without being registered.

Martin Steen, of Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire, was found guilty this week of two counts of breaching the Architects Act 1997 at Central Buckinghamshire Magistrates Court. He was fined £200 and ordered to pay £293.75 in costs.

'The level of costs is a little disappointing but we have secured yet another successful outcome in the courts, ' a spokesman for the ARB's regulation department said.

'Title abuse is damaging both to the public and to the profession, and we are committed to rooting out those who seek to mislead consumers and undermine the integrity of the profession by unlawfully using the title fiarchitectfl, ' he added.

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