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In July 2018 a Consent Order Panel of the Professional Conduct Committee reprimanded Mr Domenico Padalino, of DPA (London) Limited, London, after he admitted unacceptable professional conduct.

Mr Padalino accepted that that he had failed to communicate adequately and failed to deal adequately with a complaint. He also accepted that his actions amounted to unacceptable professional conduct.

Mr Padalino carried out the actual work required of him as a Party Wall Surveyor competently and satisfactorily. However, he acknowledged that he could have done more to respond to his client and that his communication was inadequate. In light of his remorse and steps take to avoid a recurrence of the failings, the PCC agreed that a reprimand was the appropriate sanction.

A copy of the Consent Order can be found here.

—ENDS—

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.

Where an architect admits unacceptable professional conduct or serious professional incompetence and the proposed disciplinary sanction, the PCC can impose that penalty by consent, and without the need for a hearing.

Any queries relating to this matter should be directed to professionalstandards@arb.org.uk

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