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Date: 7 July 2016
Name: Mr Stephen Vaughan of Plan It Design
Magistrates' Court: Highbury
Penalty Imposed (£): £1,500
Costs Awarded (£): £6,578
Summary: Mr Vaughan had failed to amend references to the title 'architect' in the content and meta-data of his practice website and on social media sites.

Date: 25 May 2016
Name: Mr Andrew Plumridge of Peter Scott & Partners
Magistrates' Court: Reading
Penalty Imposed (£): £1,500
Costs Awarded (£): £2,530
Summary: Mr Plumridge was prosecuted for using the title on planning applications, an advert on yell.com, on his business website and email address and using RIBA acronym.


Date: 29 February 2016
Name: Mr Nigel Lassetter of Cadz Ltd
Magistrates' Court: Birmingham
Penalty Imposed (£): £2,500
Costs Awarded (£): £1,488
Summary: Mr Lassetter was prosecuted for a second time for knowingly using the title within the content of various websites and domain names despite not being registered with the ARB and there not being an architect in control and management of the architectural work at the practice.


Date: 27 January 2016
Name: Mr Robert Weighton
Magistrates' Court: Grantham
Penalty Imposed (£): £1,000
Costs Awarded (£): £4,236
Summary: Mr Weighton continued to use the title on his practice shop signage and online directories despite being suspended from the Register of Architects following a finding by the Professional Conduct Committee.


Date:  16-Nov-15
Name:  Mr Neil Geddes
Magistrates' Court:  Isle of Wight
Penalty Imposed (£):  £440
Costs Awarded (£):  £1,594
Summary:  Mr Geddes continued to use the title on a planning application form and in the title block of the planning drawing despite no longer being registered


Date:  02-Nov-15
Name:  Mr Liam Ward of Ward Design
Magistrates' Court:  Magherafelt Court House, Northern Ireland
Penalty Imposed (£):  £1,000
Costs Awarded (£):  £1,500
Summary:  Mr Ward had used the title on social media and online directories despite there being no registered architect at the practice at that time.


Date:  14-Jul-15
Name:  Mr Angelo Emmanuel of JE Consultants
Magistrates' Court:  Uxbridge
Penalty Imposed (£):  £2,500
Costs Awarded (£):  £2,172
Summary:  Mr Emmanuel continued to use the title on planning applications and in an online directory advertisement on yell.com and advertised as an architect on Linkedin


Date:  02-Jul-15
Name:  Mr Saddie Munthali
Magistrates' Court:  Enfield
Penalty Imposed (£):  £1,000
Costs Awarded (£):  £800
Summary:  Mr Saddie Munthali continued to use the title on planning drawings and used the RIBA acronym on his Linkedin profile despite no longer being registered.


Date:  04-Jun-15
Name:  Mr Kelvin Harley
Magistrates' Court:  Great Yarmouth
Penalty Imposed (£):  £1,835
Costs Awarded (£):  £4,270
Summary:  Mr Harley continued to trade as ‘Architects’ despite his former partner resigning from the Register on the grounds of ill health in 2011.


Date:  27-Apr-15
Name:  Youno Kim t/a Extension Architects
Magistrates' Court:  Wimbledon
Penalty Imposed (£):  £1,000
Costs Awarded (£):  £1,248
Summary:  Extension Architects continued to use the title in the website name and email address


Date:  15-Apr-15
Name:  Cadz Ltd & Nigel Lassetter
Magistrates' Court:  Birmingham
Penalty Imposed (£):  £2,976
Costs Awarded (£):  £500
Summary:  Both Cadz Ltd and its director, Mr Lassetter, had used the title ‘architect’ within the content of various websites and domain names and also used the ARB & RIBA affixes


Date:  27-Jan-15
Name:  The Market Design & Build Ltd
Magistrates' Court:  Uxbridge
Penalty Imposed (£):  £8,335
Costs Awarded (£):  £2,300
Summary:  The Market Design & Build Ltd did not employ an architect but had continued to refer to itself as ‘Architects’ and use the logo of the Architects Registration Board (ARB) on its correspondence, website and advertising – including signage on company vehicles


Date:  26-Jan-15
Name:  Youno Kim t/a Extension Architects 
Magistrates' Court:  Wimbledon
Penalty Imposed (£):  £1,000
Costs Awarded (£):  £1,000
Summary:  Mr Kim held himself out to be a ‘RIBA Chartered  Architect’ on his practice’s website and continued to trade as ‘Extension Architects’ without having an architect in control and management of the architectural work of the practice


Date:  18-Sep-14
Name:  John Bishop
Magistrates' Court:  Chelmsford
Penalty Imposed (£):  £2,050
Costs Awarded (£):  £3,022
Summary:  Mr Bishop continued to refer to himself as a 'Qualified Architect' and maintained online directory listings under the classification 'architects' despite being suspended from the Register of Architects


Date:  16-Jul-14
Name:  Direct Planning Ltd
Magistrates' Court:  Bromley
Penalty Imposed (£):  £2,000
Costs Awarded (£):  £3,000
Summary:  The practice continued to refer to itself as 'Architects' in signage, correspondence, drawings and advertising


Date:  18-Nov-13
Name:  CAD Architecture
Magistrates' Court:  Birmingham
Penalty Imposed (£):  £1,760
Costs Awarded (£):  £1,926
Summary:  The practice continued to trade as 'architects' on its website and an online advertisement


Date:  30-Oct-13
Name:  CM Design
Magistrates' Court:  Inverness Sheriff Court
Penalty Imposed (£):  £400
Costs Awarded (£):  0
Summary:  The practice continued to use the title 'architect' as part of its trading style, despite numerous warnings that it was acting illegally.


Date:  17-Jun-13
Name:  Mr Hekmat Kaveh
Magistrates' Court:  Cheltenham
Penalty Imposed (£):  £1,000
Costs Awarded (£):  £5,000
Summary:  Despite numerous warnings from ARB, Mr Kaveh continued to use the title "architect" when filing details of his businesses at Companies House.


Date:  18-Apr-13
Name:  Mr Christopher Neff Neff and Co. Architects
Magistrates' Court:  Londonderry
Penalty Imposed (£):  £750
Costs Awarded (£):  £1,500
Summary:  Mr Neff had used the name “Neff and Co. Architects” to describe his practice on various websites.


Date:  09-Apr-13
Name:  Mr Des Johnson t/a Architecture Design & Construction Ltd (ADC Ltd)
Magistrates' Court:  Thames
Penalty Imposed (£):  £800
Costs Awarded (£):  £3,348
Summary:  Mr Johnson continued to use the title 'architect' and the RIBA acronym on business documents despite numerous warnings


Date:  26-Nov-12
Name:  Malcolm Capstick T/A Smart Design Group
Magistrates' Court:  North & East Devon
Penalty Imposed (£):  £2,715
Costs Awarded (£):  £5,157.24
Summary:  Mr Capstick used ‘Chartered Architect’ on promotional material and on his company website

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Date:  15-Oct-12
Magistrates Court:
  Birmingham
Penalty imposed (£):
 £3,500
Costs awarded (£):
 £4,800
Summary: 
The practice used the word ‘architects’ in meta-tags of a website and the individual personally held himself out to be an architect to a third-party


Date: 25/07/12 
Magistrates Court: 
Blackpool
Penalty imposed (£): 
£265
Costs awarded (£): 
£500
Summary:
 The individual continued to trade as ‘Architects Blackpool’ and ‘Architects Northwest’ on the practice’s website despite numerous warnings.


Date: 28/02/12 
Magistrates Court: Bolton
Penalty imposed (£): £5,000
Costs awarded (£): £1,433
Summary: The individual continued to use the title on the business website, planning applications and advertisements


Date: 14/06/12
Magistrates Court: Leicester
Penalty imposed (£): £1,000
Costs awarded (£): £2,346
Summary: The individual continued to trade as ‘Leicester Architects’ on the practice’s website despite numerous warnings


Date: 18/11/13
Magistrates Court: Birmingham
Penalty imposed (£): Conditional Discharge
Costs awarded (£): £730
Summary: The practice continued to use the title on business stationary and its website despite a previous prosecution for the same offence


Date: 07/02/11
Magistrates Court: Leeds
Penalty imposed (£): £600
Costs awarded (£): £1,400
Summary: The company misrepresented that its sole director was an “architect” despite previous warnings.


Date: 02/09/10
Magistrates Court: South Western
Penalty imposed (£): £150
Costs awarded (£): £850
Summary: The individual continued to use the title and RIBA acronym as part of his trading style on both his stationery and architectural drawings.


Date: 16/08/10
Magistrates Court: Wood Green
Penalty imposed (£):
Costs awarded (£):
Summary: The individual appealed against the earlier decision against him (by Enfield magistrates on 11 February 2010 but after considering the evidence, the Wood Green magistrates upheld the original finding and ordered the individual to pay costs totalling £3,113 in addition to the original fine of £1,250


Date: 11/02/10
Magistrates Court: Enfield
Penalty imposed (£): £1,250
Costs awarded (£): £1,500
Summary: The individual had continued to advertise on a website with "architect" within its domain name and content


Date: 07/12/09
Magistrates Court: Downpatrick, Northern Ireland
Penalty imposed (£): £600
Costs awarded (£): £1,000
Summary: The individual had continued to hold himself out as an architect prior being reinstated to the Register, having previously been convicted of a similar offence.


Date: 05/11/09
Magistrates Court: Ealing
Penalty imposed (£): £750
Costs awarded (£): £1,200
Summary: The company continued to advertise under the heading of 'architects' in directories and submitted architectural drawings using the title.


Date: 15/07/09
Magistrates Court: Stratford
Penalty imposed (£): £1,000
Costs awarded (£): £5,954
Summary: The defendant used the suffix 'RIBA' on planning applications; he is not a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and had been erased from the Register of Architects in 1996.


Date: 13/05/09
Magistrates Court: Stratford
Penalty imposed (£): £1,500
Costs awarded (£): £4,500
Summary: The company continued to advertise under the 'Architects' classification in a paper directory and use the title on its own website despite several warnings.


Date: 01/04/09
Magistrates Court: Birmingham
Penalty imposed (£): £2,400
Costs awarded (£): £1,437
Summary: Both companies, owned by the defendant had taken adverts out under the 'Architects' section of directories.


Date: 12/02/09
Magistrates Court: Mansfield
Penalty imposed (£): £5,500
Costs awarded (£): £1,855
Summary: The firm continued to use the title in advertisements and on its websitte despite several warnings.


Date: 26/01/09
Magistrates Court: Banbury
Penalty imposed (£): £2,250
Costs awarded (£): £3,000
Summary: The individual had previously been erased by the Professional Conduct Committee, but had continued to use the title 'architect'.


Date: 31/08/12
Magistrates Court: Ealing
Penalty imposed (£): Conditional Discharge
Costs awarded (£): £1,578
Summary: The defendant continued to use the title despite a previous prosecution for the same offence.


Date: 08/09/08
Magistrates Court: Dartford
Penalty imposed (£): £2,250
Costs awarded (£): £5,000
Summary: The defendant had called himself an architect in his company returns; submitted architectural drawings using the title; and confirmed to a third party that he was an architect


Date: 04/07/08
Magistrates Court: Birmingham
Penalty imposed (£): £800
Costs awarded (£): £1,262.13
Summary: The firm had previously agreed to refrain from calling themselves ‘architects’, yet was discovered to be using the title on the sign above their shop


Date: 28/11/07
Magistrates Court: Bradford
Penalty imposed (£): £2,000
Costs awarded (£): £1,629.13
Summary: The individual had held himself out as an architect and made a statement to that effect during legal proceedings


Date: 07/11/07
Magistrates Court: Westminster
Penalty imposed (£): £1,000
Costs awarded (£): £1,200
Summary: The individual miseld members of the public into thinking he was a registered architect and member of RIBA


Date: 200/3/07
Magistrates Court: Staines
Penalty imposed (£): £1,000
Costs awarded (£): £3,074.55
Summary: The individual had not been registered since 1997, but had continued to trade as “The Architects Co”


Date: 02/11/06
Magistrates Court: Brighton
Penalty imposed (£): £500
Costs awarded (£): £1,356.23
Summary: The individual had submitted planning applications in 2005, referring to himself as an architect, despite not having been registered since 1991.


Date: 01/11/06
Magistrates Court: Aberdare
Penalty imposed (£): £1,500
Costs awarded (£): £1,250
Summary: Despite being informed that it was unlawful to use the title “architect” while not registered with ARB, the individual continued to describe himself thus.


Date: 06/09/06
Magistrates Court: Stratford
Penalty imposed (£): £200
Costs awarded (£): £1,300
Summary: The individual had falsely advertised his firm under an “Architects” listing in the Estates Gazette.


Date: 070/8/06
Magistrates Court: Devizes
Penalty imposed (£): £750
Costs awarded (£): £1,576.11
Summary: The individual pleaded guilty to the charges which related to him describing his company as “architects” at Companies House.


Date: 12/06/06
Magistrates Court: Lewes
Penalty imposed (£): £1,600
Costs awarded (£): £1,090.13
Summary: The individual appeared on behalf of the firm. He had used the title “architect” on the firm's website, but there was no registered architect practising there.


Date: 10/05/06
Magistrates Court: Worcester
Penalty imposed (£): £1,500
Costs awarded (£): £1,000
Summary: The firm wrongly advertised themselves as architects, using the RIBA logo on their signage and misled consumers into believing they were dealing with properly trained and fully qualified registered architects.


Date: 02/03/06
Magistrates Court: West London
Penalty imposed (£): £750
Costs awarded (£): £949.84
Summary: The individual had submitted drawings and a planning application and had described himself as an “architect” on all the documents. He is not, and never has been registered with ARB.


Date: 22/02/06
Magistrates Court: Stratford
Penalty imposed (£): £4,500
Costs awarded (£): £1,230
Summary: The firm and an associate partner of the firm were illegally using the title “architect” in their signage and business.


Date: 05/01/06
Magistrates Court: High Peak
Penalty imposed (£): £300
Costs awarded (£): £700
Summary: The individual had knowingly been breaching the Act for some 18 months, not having been registered since 1993.


Date: 22/12/05
Magistrates Court: West London
Penalty imposed (£): £1,000
Costs awarded (£): £1,000
Summary: The individual had knowingly been breaching the Act as he had not been registered since March 2004.


Date: 060/9/06
Magistrates Court: Stratford
Penalty imposed (£): £200
Costs awarded (£): £1,300
Summary: The individual had falsely advertised his firm under an “Architects” listing in the Estates Gazette.


Date: 070/8/06
Magistrates Court: Devizes
Penalty imposed (£): £750
Costs awarded (£): £1,576.11
Summary: The individual pleaded guilty to the charges which related to him describing his company as “architects” at Companies House.


Date: 12/06/06
Magistrates Court: Lewes
Penalty imposed (£): £1,600
Costs awarded (£): £1,090.13
Summary: An individual appeared on behalf of the firm. He had used the title “architect” on the firm’s website, but there was no registered architect practising there.


Date: 10/05/06
Magistrates Court: Worcester
Penalty imposed (£): £1,500
Costs awarded (£): £1,000
Summary: The firm wrongly advertised themselves as architects, using the RIBA logo on their signage and misled consumers into believing they were dealing with properly trained and fully qualified registered architects.


Date: 02/03/06
Magistrates Court: West London
Penalty imposed (£): £750
Costs awarded (£): £949.84
Summary: The individual had submitted drawings and a planning application and had described himself as an “architect” on all the documents.  He is not, and never has been registered with ARB.


Date: 22/02/06
Magistrates Court: Stratford
Penalty imposed (£): £4,500
Costs awarded (£): £1,230
Summary: The firm and the individual, an associate partner of the firm, were illegally using the title “architect” in their signage and business.


Date: 05/01/06
Magistrates Court: High Peak
Penalty imposed (£): £300
Costs awarded (£): £700
Summary: The individual had knowingly been breaching the Act for some 18 months, not having been registered since 1993.


Date: 22/12/05
Magistrates Court: West London
Penalty imposed (£): £1,000
Costs awarded (£): £1,000
Summary: The individual had knowingly been breaching the Act as he had not been registered since March 2004.


Date: 13/10/05
Magistrates Court: Staines
Penalty imposed (£): £1,000
Costs awarded (£): £1,500
Summary: Although he had signed an undertaking to the ARB in September 2004 not to use the title “architect” in the course of his business, he continued to do so.


Date: 18/02/05
Magistrates Court: Welshpool
Penalty imposed (£): £750 each
Costs awarded (£): £1,850
Summary: Despite being warned by ARB, they continued to breach the Act in their advertisements


Date: 12/01/05
Magistrates Court: North Surrey
Penalty imposed (£): £300
Costs awarded (£): £700
Summary: The matter had been referred to ARB by a registered architect.  Mr Pearce continued to use the title despite not having been registered since March 2004.


Date: 04/01/05
Magistrates Court: Loughborough
Penalty imposed (£): £500
Costs awarded (£): £480
Summary: The individual had not been registered since March 2003 but had continued to use the title “architect”.


Date: 24/05/04
Magistrates Court: South East Essex
Penalty imposed (£): £3,000
Costs awarded (£): £1,002.27
Summary: The case had been referred to ARB by the South Essex Chapter of the RIBA. The architects had been drawn to their attention following an advert in the local paper, in which they described themselves as “Council approved architects”.


Date: 27/01/04
Magistrates Court: Bath
Penalty imposed (£): £1,000
Costs awarded (£): £844.53
Summary: The architect was unlawfully describing himself as a “Leisure Architect”. The case was brought to ARB’s attention by an architect in Devon, after he had received a mailshot.


Date: 04/05/07
Magistrates Court: West London
Penalty imposed (£): Conditional Discharge
Costs awarded (£): £250
Summary: The court took into account the individual's circumstance when imposing the penalty


Date: 07/06/06
Magistrates Court: Camberwell Green
Penalty imposed (£): Conditional discharge
Costs awarded (£): £500
Summary: The individual had not been registered since 2002 but continued to use the affix “RIBA”


Date: 18/05/06
Magistrates Court: West London
Penalty imposed (£): Conditional discharge
Costs awarded (£): £1,488.34
Summary: The Board had received complaints about the individual, who was practising without being registered.91.


Date: 14/04/04
Magistrates Court: Central Buckinghamshire
Penalty imposed (£): £200
Costs awarded (£): £293.75
Summary: The case had been referred to ARB by Hertfordshire Trading Standards.  The individual had not been registered since 1999.


Date: 18/03/04
Magistrates Court: Bedford
Penalty imposed (£): Conditional discharge
Costs awarded (£): £200
Summary: The matter had been brought to ARB’s attention by a solicitor acting for the individual’s client, a property company.


Date: 01/07/02
Magistrates Court: Enfield
Penalty imposed (£): £1,250
Costs awarded (£): £2,000
Summary: The case had been referred to ARB by the achitect's client as she was dissatisfied with the quality of service provided.


Date: 21/03/02
Magistrates Court: Brighton
Penalty imposed (£): £2,000
Costs awarded (£): £795.09
Summary: The individual held himself out as an architect but had never been registered.


Date: 12/12/01
Magistrates Court: Stoke on Trent
Penalty imposed (£): £750
Costs awarded (£): £1,000
Summary:


Date: 07/11/01
Magistrates Court: Cardiff
Penalty imposed (£): Conditional discharge
Costs awarded (£): £1,384.47
Summary:


Date: 09/08/01
Magistrates Court: Greenwich
Penalty imposed (£): £150
Costs awarded (£): £1,000
Summary:


Date: 30/03/01
Magistrates Court: Mansfield
Penalty imposed (£): £900
Costs awarded (£): £1,000
Summary:


Date: 25/07/00
Magistrates Court: Maidenhead
Penalty imposed (£): Conditional discharge
Costs awarded (£): £1,500
Summary:


Date: 24/03/00
Magistrates Court: Wakefield
Penalty imposed (£): £150
Costs awarded (£): £250
Summary:


Date: 05/03/99
Magistrates Court: Evesham
Penalty imposed (£): £1,500
Costs awarded (£): £750
Summary:


Date: 08/11/98
Magistrates Court: Highbury
Penalty imposed (£): £1,000
Costs awarded (£): £850
Summary:


Date: 01/10/98
Magistrates Court: Thame
Penalty imposed (£): £2,000
Costs awarded (£): £750
Summary:


Date: 09/09/98
Magistrates Court: Hertfordshire
Penalty imposed (£): £1,750
Costs awarded (£): £220
Summary:


Date: 12/06/98
Magistrates Court: Yorkshire
Penalty imposed (£): Conditional discharge
Costs awarded (£): 0
Summary:


Date: 22/04/98
Magistrates Court: Cheshunt
Penalty imposed (£): £500
Costs awarded (£): £750
Summary:


Date: 05/02/98
Magistrates Court: Oxford
Penalty imposed (£): £750
Costs awarded (£): £500
Summary:

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