Court hits phoney architect with £5,600 bill

Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court

Arb misuse-of-title case ends with conviction in absence

A Manchester man who traded under the business name of Cheshire Architects and Construction, but who is not a registered architect, has been told to pay more than £5,600 in fines and costs by magistrates.

Nicholas Rothe was found guilty of eight counts of misusing the title “architect” at Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court last week in a case brought by the Architects Registration Board.

Magistrates heard that Rothe had ignored “numerous warnings” from the professional regulator over his company’s name and its claims – which run contrary to section 20 of the Architects Act 1997.

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