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RIBA backs down on Clients' Guide

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The RIBA has bowed to public pressure and withdrawn its Clients'Guide after critics attacked its decision to publish market research into architects' fees.

Small practitioners were dismayed when the institute, under the insistence of the Office of Fair Trading, replaced its Fee Guidance with the research (AJ 4.12.03).

Practice committee members ordered staff to drop the document over concerns clients would use the statistics as a tool to force down fees. It was on public sale for just one day.

An RIBA spokesperson said it needed time to look into alternatives. 'A revised edition without the fee information is to be issued as soon as possible, ' she added.

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