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ARB targets another architect with PII prosecution

The ARB's determination to rigorously enforce its hugely contentious Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) policy has resulted in yet another case being scheduled to come before the Professional Conduct Committee (PCC).

The details are yet to be made public, but what is known is that another architect is facing a charge of unacceptable professional conduct next Wednesday.

This case comes at a time that the board's leadership is increasingly militant in its determination to prosecute over PII.

The latest hearing comes just two weeks after the board won a very limited legal success in another PII prosecution.

The board's prosecutors took architect Yolande Fothergill to the PCC because she had failed to fill in and return the PII form ARB wins Pyrrhic victory with Professional Conduct prosecution.

Yet having gone through the entire prosecution - for unacceptable professional conduct - and the hearing, Fothergill was only issued with a reprimand.

The PCC heard that the ARB had written to Fothergill on a number of occasions throughout 2006 requesting that she confirm her PII cover, which she had failed to do.

Although denying that her failing amounted to unacceptable professional conduct, Fothergill apologised for the oversight and confirmed that she did indeed have the required insurance in place.

However, summing up, PCC chair Peter Verdin insisted that Fothergill had failed to treat the board with sufficient respect.

The new hearing is scheduled for 10am on Wednesday 28 February.

by Ed Dorrell

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