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On 9 April 2013, Thames Magistrates’ Court found Mr Des Johnson, trading as ADC Limited, guilty of breaching section 20 of the Architects 1997 by misusing the title “architect”. He was fined £800 and ordered to pay a further £3,348 in costs.

The court heard that Mr Johnson was not registered with the Architects Registration Board and, despite numerous warnings from ARB that he was acting unlawfully, had continued to use the title “architect” and the RIBA acronym on business documents.

A spokesperson on behalf of ARB’s Professional Standards Department said:

“Mr Johnson failed to co-operate with ARB and continued to use the title “architect” despite several warnings that he had no right to do so. This is a successful outcome which demonstrates the serious consequences for anyone that persists in misleading the public in such a way.”

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