At a hearing of the Architects Registration Board’s Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) on 3 November 2017, Mr Sheik Muhammad Khalimullah Maudarbocus of London, was erased from the Register of Architects.
On 9 December 2016 Mr Maudarbocus was convicted of possessing criminal property and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment. He had been arrested after being found with in excess of £200,000 in cash in a holdall, and had a further £30,000 in cash at home together with machines for checking and counting banknotes. His explanation as to the source of the money varied over time.
Mr Maudarbocus attended the hearing and was legally represented.
The PCC noted the judge’s sentencing remarks that this was not an isolated episode but a course of conduct. It considered that to participate in organised crime in a significant way, and offer a defence which displayed a lack of integrity and dishonesty, was fundamentally incompatible with remaining a member of the profession. In these circumstances the PCC concluded the appropriate sanction was that of erasure from the Register of Architects, and that Mr Maudarbocus should be prevented from reapplying for registration for seven years.
Notes for Editors
ARB is the statutory body established by Parliament under the Architects Act 1997 to regulate the UK architects’ profession in the public interest. The Act requires ARB (among other things) to:
- Maintain the Register of Architects (Section 3)
- Prescribe qualifications for entry to the Register of Architects (Section 4)
- Deal with competence to practise (Section 9)
- Issue a Code which lays down standards of professional conduct and practice (Section 13)
- Regulate use of the title “architect” and prosecute those who use it unlawfully (Section 20)
The PCC is established under Schedule 1, Part II of the Architects Act and is required to consider any report referred to it. The Committee determines whether an architect is guilty of unacceptable professional conduct or serious professional incompetence. Where a guilty finding is made, the Committee will consider whether to make a disciplinary order, which means:
- a reprimand
- a penalty order
- a suspension order (to a maximum of 2 years); or
- an erasure order
Money raised by fines imposed by the Professional Conduct Committee is paid to HM Treasury.
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