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ARB kicks architect off register after he pocketed client's planning fee

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The Architects Registration Board (ARB) has erased an architect from its register for a second time after he kept a client’s planning fee

William Paterson, an architect based in Glasgow, was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct at a Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) hearing held on 1 November in London.

The committee found four allegations of unacceptable professional conduct against Paterson to have been proved.

The first was that he failed to complete the planning permission application promptly and in a timely manner. Paterson then withdrew the same application in November 2013, but did not inform his client promptly.

He then deposited the planning application refund from Highland Council into his personal account, where it remained for about two years, rather than returning it to his client promptly. 

The money, together with a £100 advert fee and an additional £92 was refunded to the complainant in October 2015.

The PCC noted that Paterson had previously been erased from the register in 2006, and his failings occurred relatively soon after his readmission in 2010. It concluded there was a ‘significant risk’ his failings might be repeated. 

The PCC recorded that Paterson’s ’serious failings’ meant that ’only permanent removal from the register would protect the public and the reputation of the profession’.

The PCC recommended that Paterson should not be considered for readmission to the profession for a minimum of two years.

Read the PCC’s ruling here 



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