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Architect loses appeal against ARB incompetence prosecution

North London-based architect Senka Vranicki has failed in a High Court bid to overturn a judgment of 'serious professional incompetence' issued by the ARB's Professional Conduct Committee (PCC).

Back in 2005, the Belsize Park architect was given a formal reprimand after the committee concluded that she had allowed a local domestic project to run out of control because she had failed to offer written advice to either the contractor or the client.

Vranicki subsequently appealed to the High Court against the ruling. However, in a judgment obtained by the AJ, Justice Collins - although sympathetic to Vranicki - said the ARB's PCC had not made any mistakes in coming to its conclusions and would not overturn the decision.

Collins said: 'I recognise that the appellant has not fallen below the appropriate standards in the past and is to be regarded generally as a competent member of her profession.

'Things went badly wrong on the project in issue here, but it is an isolated event.'

He added: 'Nonetheless, I am not persuaded that the PCC was wrong to find serious professional incompetence to have been established.'

'There is no complaint about the sanction imposed -.[and] it follows that this appeal must be dismissed.'

by Richard Waite

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