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ARB slaps architect with fine for 'hopelessly unsatisfactory' conduct

The Architects Registration Board (ARB) has fined an architect from Tyne and Wear £750 for ‘hopelessly unsatisfactory’ conduct after failing to provide a client with the correct terms of engagement

David Johnson, from Washington, had been charged by the ARB’s Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) with three separate counts following a complaint over an extension to a house in Woodvale Drive, Hebburn, Tyne and Wear.

Johnson was acquitted of the two other charges: failing to keep the client informed of the progress of work; and failing to abide by an earlier caution concerning terms of engagement.

The architect said that, although he had not issued a definitive letter setting out all the requirements under Standard 11.1 of the code of conduct, he had verbally agreed the scope of the work.

He also said that he had provided the client with various documents, including an extract of the RIBA Guidance for Clients and Fees, during meetings.

But the committee ruled that documents did not prove compliance with Standard 11.1, and that the client had not been given copies of them. The committee chairman said that Johnson’s arrangements had been ‘hopelessly unsatisfactory’.

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