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Fake architect prosecuted – for the second time
2 June, 2009

By Marguerite Lazell

A man who falsely called himself an architect has been fined £1,500 and ordered to pay £4,500 in costs after being pleading guilty to misusing the title architect.

It is the second time David Grant of east London-based Inspire Design has been successfully prosecuted for breaching Section 20 of the Architects Act, having been fined £200 and ordered to pay £1,300 costs at a previous hearing in September 2006, also brought by the Arb.

The latest charges brought against Grant included advertising under the “architects” listing in a telephone directory and using the title on the company’s website.

Grant was found guilty of three breaches of Section 20 of the Architects Act at Stratford Magistrates’ Court on May 13.

A spokesman for Arb’s professional standards department said: “The level of fine and costs awarded in this case send a strong message to anyone who is fraudulently using the title architect. Arb remains committed to bringing such individuals to justice.”

This weekend Grant was the subject of an article in the Sunday Times, which described how the “fake architect” had set up in London, claiming 25 years’ experience, after a television documentary by RTE in Ireland revealed a catalogue of property dealings which included operating a hostel in Dublin without planning permission or a fire-safety certificate.

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