The Architects Registration Board (ARB) has found architect Nic Antony guilty of unprofessional conduct after it was discovered that he had no professional indemnity (PI) insurance cover.
Antony, from Finsbury in north London, was fined £750 for failing to arrange the appropriate 'run off' cover prior to taking a career break and for not taking out new cover when restarting work.
The issue came to light when a former client issued proceedings and found there was no insurance cover in place. The architect admitted that this failure amounted to unprofessional conduct.
Angela Deacon, chairman of the ARB's Professional Conduct Committee, said: 'Architects are required to arrange run-off cover when they cease to practise.
'This cover must be maintained for at least six years, and should be held at the highest level in the preceding three years prior to cessation of practise.'
The committee acknowledged, however, that Antony did hold insurance cover for his current work and said it was impressed by his remorse and with the manner in which he dealt with the complaint.by Richard Vaughan