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Fake 'architect' to cough up £2,000 for misusing title

A London man has been ordered to pay almost £2,000 after pleading guilty to misusing the title ‘architect’

Tarek Nahas of Anqa Architects, of Acton, London, improperly used the title ‘architect’ when submitting architectural drawings. Nahas also listed the business under ‘architects’ in both paper-based and online directories, despite previous warnings from the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

Nahas pleaded guilty to breaching Section 20 of the Architects Act 1997 on November 5, 2009 at Ealing Magistrates Court. Due to his guilty plea, magistrates gave him a reduced fine of £750 and ordered him to pay a total of £1,200 in costs.

An ARB Professional Standards Department spokesperson said: ‘This prosecution arose from Mr Nahas’s repeated failure to ensure that any advertisements for the practice met the restrictions set out in the Architects Act 1997.

‘This is another successful outcome for ARB, and again demonstrates the serious consequences of deliberately misleading the public.’

The ARB regulates the UK architect’s profession in the public interest since the statutory body was created by Parliament under the Architects Act 1997.

Readers' comments (6)

  • Hardly a big fine to deter others from doing the same

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  • So,.......having gained many thousands of pounds illegally portraying himself as an architect, a £2k fine is hardly a deterrent (and is likely only a fraction of the taxes he should be paying, given his disregard for the Law)

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  • Anonymous,
    You must be one of those architect types to see two grand as hardly a big for pleading to a first offence. Out here, in the boondocks to you, that would hurt.

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  • Hardly a big fine to deter others from doing the same

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  • Christopher Marsden - have you just stepped off a space-ship ?

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  • Christopher Marsden - you know what hurts more than a £2K fine? 5 years architectural education and running up £10-20k in debt in the process. So what a great message is being sent here by the judiciary - do things by the book and incur huge debts, or be a crook and get a paltry £2k fine if you eventually get rumbled.

    And, if you care to read the article again, you will notice that Nahas had already received warnings from the ARB, so it wasn't a first offence.

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