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London man fined in protection of title case

The ARB has successfully prosecuted a man who falsely advertised his company as an architect's practice.

David Grant, head of Inspire Designs in east London, was found guilty of breaching Section 20 of the Architects Act, and was ordered to pay £1,500 in fines and costs by Stratford magistrates.

Grant did not attend the 6 September hearing, nor did he submit any mitigation in his defence.

A spokesman from the ARB's regulation department said after the hearing: 'Mr Grant had falsely advertised his firm under an 'Architects' listing in the Estates Gazette.

'This was a blatant attempt to mislead members of the public into believing that his firm was a reputable firm of architects. Not only does this mislead consumers, it also undermines the profession's integrity in the eyes of the public.'

The spokesman added: 'The board remains committed to prosecuting individuals who act in such a manner.'

by Richard Vaughan

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