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Architect facing struck-off threat for non-payment of fine

An architect fined £2,000 in March 2003 has been told by the ARB's Professional Conduct Committee that he faces the possibility of being struck off after he failed to pay the fine.

The fine was imposed on Anthony Moreton-Deakin, of Todmorden in Lancashire after he was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and serious professional incompetence relating to a domestic job he carried out for a couple from Shelf near Halifax.

Mr Moreton-Deakin had admitted in 2003 to prematurely issuing an Architects Certificate pre-dated before completion of all works and failing to provide any written information to his clients concerning the scope of his service, terms and conditions, and complaints procedure.

However, the board heard on Friday that since then all he has paid of the fine is £500. Now the hearing has been adjourned until a date to be fixed. Then, if the fine is still outstanding, a 'suspension or erasure order' could be imposed.

Jon Goodwin, the solicitor representing the board, told the hearing that Moreton-Deakin had been ordered to pay the £2,000 within 28 days.

'He was written to following the hearing and he made a payment of £500 saying: 'I enclose a cheque- I cannot afford any more. I will endeavour to pay when my finances allow me to do so,'' said Goodwin.

He said that an offer was made for him to pay the rest of the money by instalments but he had not replied to this. Then, in July 2003 he had written complaining about the finding against him.

Goodwin said the matter had then been left until this year to give Moreton-Deakin, who described himself as 'not well off' and who was a sole practitioner, every opportunity to pay but no more payments had been made.

by Ed Dorrell

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