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Birmingham firms punished over misuse of term 'architect'

Birmingham Magistrates court has fined Masood Akhtar of the firms Masood Akhtar Associates and MHA Consultants for misusing the title ‘architect’

The court found Akhtar guilty of breaching Section 20 of the Architects Act 1997. He was fined a total of £2,400 and ordered to pay a further £1,437 in costs.

Each business had taken out an advertisement under the classification ‘Architects’ in various directories but failed to ensure that they had an architect at either practice.

A spokesperson for ARB’s professional standards department said: ‘This prosecution arose from the board’s recent Audit of Directories project to prevent mislistings under the classification ‘Architect’. The level of fine imposed and costs awarded, again demonstrates the seriousness with which the Courts will deal with anyone attempting to mislead the public’.

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