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Does ARB code cast its net a little too widely?

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I am in a quandry: I received today my copy of the new arb Architects (sic) Code, which I note from the covering letter is operative from the date of its posting! It is lucky that the code is not retrospective, otherwise I would be experiencing worse worries than I am.

This Christmas I spent more than I could afford on the children's presents, thus breaking the arb Code, Standard 9, stating that 'architects should ensure that their personal finances are managed prudently.' Now, according to Standard 10, the whistle-blower's clause, my wife, with whom I am in partnership, has to turn me in.

Sadly, if events take the course that I fear they must, I will then be removed from the register and, unfortunately, she will then need to resign from our practice under the Codes.' Standard 1, which states that architects should not be a partner with a person whose name has been removed from the Register of Architects by virtue of disciplinary measures.

Can any of your readers suggest a course of action to save my practice, marriage and/or my sanity should events such as these transpire again?

Martin Ungless, Edinburgh

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