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arb v baden hellard: who said what

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'It makes the profession look absurd - people say it's a great big joke for everybody - except me.' Ron Baden Hellard.

'I cannot see that this is protecting the public interest in any way. It's twaddle: legal hair-splitting.' RBH.

'I'm shattered, and I no longer know what the English language means.' RBH.

'Corporate members who are not on the ARB register and who are practising or carrying on any kind of business in the UK [should] either promptly join the ARB register or refrain from the use of the word architect and the affixes RIBA, ARIBA, FRIBA, as part of the name, style or title under which they are practising or carrying on any kind of business in the UK, [and] refrain from the use of the affix Hon.FRIBA as part of the name, style or title under which they are practising or carrying on that business.' RIBA advice.

'This will clarify grey areas and will be good news for consumers.' ARB spokeswoman.

'There are two possible ways to unscramble this mess. One is for the RIBA to take the case to the House of Lords, the other is to petition the EC.' Kate Mackintosh.

What happens next?

Baden Hellard has been advised by his counsel to appeal to the House of Lords, but he was only able to have a counsel to represent him at the High Court thanks to a £5000 donation from an anonymous source just one week before the trial. This followed a letter Baden Hellard sent to RIBA director general Alex Reid, in which he stressed the financial importance of the case to institute members as potentially far greater than the costs he might face if the court found against him. Costs have now indeed been awarded against him, and although the ARB said it wou ld be ' len ient and sympathet ic' in reach ing a figure, Baden Hellard estimates the actual cost of the case to be around £250,000 - 'a waste of public money'.

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