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Salisbury ejected from board meeting over legal leak row

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ARB rebel Ian Salisbury was forced to withdraw from a closed meeting of the board last Thursday following a row over secret legal advice, the AJ has learned.

The Oxford-based practitioner came under fire for revealing confidential documents showing that the ARB's Part 3 requirement would not stand up to legal challenge (AJ 1.7.04).

The AJ understands that the board asked Salisbury to leave when the subject of the advice came under further discussion.

Senior members of the board, including chief executive Robin Vaughan and Humphrey Lloyd, are known to be furious that Salisbury revealed the documents to the public while they were officially top secret.

The legal recommendation says that, because foreign-qualified architects that come to the UK are not required to take the Part 3 examinations, there is no reason to force British trainees to undergo the qualification.

At the same meeting the board successfully won support for general rule changes that could see Salisbury removed from the board for good.

The proposals - which are expected to be formally adopted at the next meeting in three months - would see the percentage of board members required to de-select a fellow member reduced from 75 per cent to 50.

However, Salisbury - who was elected on a 'pare back the ARB' ticket - has vowed that he would take the board to court if he was thrown out permanently.

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