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Sacked Grenfell expert to appear in court over misuse of title ‘architect’

The expert witness sacked by the Grenfell inquiry after it emerged he was not registered as an architect is to appear in court charged with misuse of the title

John Priestley, of John Priestley Associates, has been summoned by Westminster Magistrates’ Court to appear next Friday (November 30) for offences under the Architects Act 1997.

In June, Priestley was unveiled as the expert charged with investigating the architectural design of the tower’s controversial refurbishment and was asked to carry out an examination of the building works undertaken between 2014 and 2016.

After being notified that Priestley was not registered, the inquiry withdrew the instruction for him as an expert witness.

Each offence under section 21 of the Architects Act 1997 is punishable by a fine of up to £2,500. Money raised from misuse of title fines are paid to HM Treasury, and not to the ARB.

The Grenfell Inquiry last week announced that former RIBA President Paul Hyett would replace Priestley as the probe’s architectural expert witness.