Mark Heyes, director of Preston-based Heyes & Company, pleaded guilty to a range of charges including: falsely claiming membership of the RIBA; making misleading and inaccurate claims to clients; withdrawing money from clients' accounts without the correct permission; and failing to register a previous bankruptcy.
Heyes, who admitted that he had 'forgotten to pay his RIBA subscription', told the AJ that he was 'absolutely confident' he could 'put things right' within the six-month breathing space given to him by ARB.
He said: 'We are already a long way down the line to sort ourselves out. The problems was trying to run two offices [Heyes had another office in Liverpool] 35 miles apart. Now we have relocated into one office it makes things much easier to run.'
Heyes will return to ARB's London headquarters on 10 December to learn his fate.