Hull man hit for £3,000 over misuse of ‘architect’ title


Architects Registration Board secures guilty plea and penalties after warnings go ignored

A Hull businessman who illegally portrayed himself as an architect has been fined £1,000 by magistrates and ordered to pay a further £2,226 in costs and surcharges after he was prosecuted by the Architects Registration Board.

Christian Lawson, who is the sole director of CK Architectural Ltd according to Companies House data, pleaded guilty to eight counts of misusing the title of “architect”, which is a criminal offence for those not on the Architects Register under the Architects Act 1997.

A hearing at Kingston upon Hull & Holderness Magistrates Court was last week told that Lawson, aged 41, used several websites to promote his business using the title “architect” and had continued to do so despite “numerous warnings” from the Arb.

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