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Tarred with the same brush

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Further to your article 'ARB puts squeeze on part-timers' (AJ 6/13.12.01), I think it would be useful to print the amendment clause that the ARB recently introduced outlining the new insurance commitment that practices have to sign up to.

It seems to me that the only reason is to force small practitioners like myself out of business, as if we should be tarred with the 'cowboy' label in the same way that some contractors are at the moment. (The clauses below are taken from the ARB website at www. arb. org. uk) 'Standard 8 of the Architects Code - Standards of Conduct and Practice provides: Architects should not undertake professional work without adequate and appropriate professional indemnity insurance.

8.1: The need for cover extends to professional work undertaken outside an architect's main professional practice or employment, and to work undertaken by employees of an architect.

8.2: Employed architects should, as far as possible, ensure that professional indemnity insurance cover or other appropriate cover is provided by their employer.

8.3: Without limiting an architect's duty to maintain professional indemnity cover which is adequate and appropriate for the work the architect is undertaking, architects must maintain, in any event, minimum cover in accordance with the board's guidelines on professional indemnity insurance issued from time to time and provide such evidence in such form as the board may require demonstrating compliance with this standard.'

Please encourage your readers to make representations to the ARB once they have got to grips with the extent of their new liability.

Tom Minton, Bristol

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