Architects

Legal Representation for Architects Leeds

Our expert employment law solicitors offer specialist representation for architects in all cases presented by the Architects Registration Board(ARB).

The Regulatory Process

The disciplinary process, as outlined by the Architects Registration Board, is carried out according to the following procedure.

Review

All complaints are reviewed by the ARB to determine if further action is necessary. Any complaint not to merit additional investigation is passed to the architect for comment, and resolution is sought by reply of the complainant.

If resolution cannot be reached, a formal investigation is carried out by the Investigations Panel.

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Investigation

A formal investigation will be carried out to determine the evidence and if the architect has carried out professional misconduct or incompetence. The panel must include an architect and two other members.

The matter will be dismissed on reaching a suitable decision; advice will also be given on how the architect should avoid similar future situations.

If a satisfactory outcome cannot be reached, the case will be referred to the Professional Conduct Committee for a hearing.

Hearing

Evidence will be provided to the committee by a solicitor. The committee panel will include an architect, a solicitor and a member of the public. Evidence will be supplied by the architect, or their representation, in their defence.

If found guilty of any unacceptable professional conduct or incompetence (or both), the architect may impose a penalty.

Decision

The following penalties may be enforced:

  • A formal warning or reprimand
  • A fine of up to £5,000
  • Suspension from the register of architects for up to 2 years
  • Removal from the register prohibiting the architect from working in the field indefinitely

Appeal

The architect can appeal against any decision or judgement to the High Court within 28 days of the decision.

Internal disciplinary proceedings

We also represent any architect involved in cases where their employer or line manager has brought internal disciplinary proceedings against them.

Representation for architects in cases of regulatory proceedings

If you are subject to legal proceedings in respect to your role as an architect, please contact us on 0113 4334 118, or complete the form on our enquiry page. One of our dedicated team will contact you as soon as possible to discuss your case, possible outcomes and all of your available options.

Our Team

Louise Carr

Louise Carr

Our team is headed up by Louise Carr who had specialised in employment law for more than 15 years. She regularly appears in the employment tribunal and has been particularly involved in dealing with complex multi-day discrimination claims.

Craig McCracken

Craig McCracken

Craig McCracken is a Director in our employment team who also specialises in employment law with over 14 years’ experience in dealing with both contentious and non-contentious matters.In the most recent Legal 500 clients described Louise as being “accessible and down to earth” providing “clear and concise advice…in an exceptionally personable way”. Craig was described as “very knowledgeable and approachable” giving “sound advice”.