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Sentence deferred for professional misconduct architect

An architect has been given six months to 'address quality-control issues' after pleading guilty to charges of professional misconduct at an ARB hearing.

Mark Heyes, director of Preston-based Heyes & Company, pleaded guilty to a range of charges including: falsely claiming membership of the RIBA; making misleading and inaccurate claims to clients; withdrawing money from clients' accounts without the correct permission; and failing to register a previous bankruptcy.

An ARB spokesperson said that the panel 'viewed the case as being very serious' and that penalties may range from a £2,500 fine per charge, suspension of ARB membership or even being struck off.

Heyes, who admitted that he had 'forgotten to pay his RIBA subscription', told the AJ that he was 'absolutely confident' he could 'put things right' within the six-month breathing space given to him by ARB.

He said: 'We are already a long way down the line to sort ourselves out. The problems was trying to run two offices [Heyes had another office in Liverpool] 35 miles apart. Now we have relocated into one office it makes things much easier to run.'

Heyes will return to ARB's London headquarters on 10 December to learn his fate.

by Max Thompson

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