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Scottish architect rebuffs £500 ARB misconduct fine

Edinburgh architect David McGill of McGill & Co has steadfastly refused to pay a £500 fine imposed on him last week for unacceptable professional conduct by the Architects Registration Board.

Gill narrowly escaped suspension by arb's professional conduct committee after being found guilty of failing to pay a £2460 debt which had arisen from repairs to an Edinburgh tenement block nine years ago.

But he is now refusing to pay the fine, saying that the clients owe him more than he owes them. He is also angry that he read about the outcome of the case in his local newspaper, the Edinburgh Evening News, before being informed by the arb.

'I will not pay the £500 fine,' he told the aj, risking further punishment. 'I really wouldn't want to be a member of an organisation which works like this.'

McGill did not attend the central London hearing but instead made detailed submissions and was ordered to pay the fine within 30 days.

Gill said he no longer practices as an architect but remains registered with the arb.

'Architects who hold money on behalf of clients are in a position of trust and the committee gives notice that it will deal very seriously with any failure to account,' said committee chairman Peter Verdin. 'In this case, we had considered that an appropriate penalty would be to suspend Mr McGill but we have recognised certain factors, in particular that he did not face the easiest of situations,' he said.

The proceeds of the fine will go to HMTreasury if McGill is forced to pay.

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