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Man fined for breaching Architects Act

Bradford magistrates have fined a man £3,630 for breaching Section 20 of the Architects Act after he described himself as an architect ‘when he had no legal right to do so’.

The ARB, which brought the case to court, welcomed the magistrate’s decision to fine Mohammed Farooq Hussain £2,000. He was also ordered to pay an additional £1,629.19 in costs.

The court heard that despite describing himself as an architect, Bradford-based Hussain – who did not attend the hearing – was not ARB-registered.

In a statement, the ARB said that the magistrates had taken ‘a serious view of Mr Hussain’s breach of the law, and this was reflected in the level of fine they imposed’.

At another hearing in London last week in front of the ARB’s Professional Conduct Committee (PCC), John Marshall of Essex-based Marshall Associates was fined £1,000 after being found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.

The PCC heard that Marshall had had used the title 'architect' after being removed temporarily from the ARB register for non-payment of his retention fee and practised without having professional indemnity insurance while working on a design for a domestic extension in Essex in January 2006.

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