The ARB’s Professional Conduct Committee has fined Graham Milsom, an architect from Abergavenney, £2000 after finding him guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.The ARB’s Professional Conduct Committee has fined Graham Milsom, an architect from Abergavenney, £2000 after finding him guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.

The complaint arose from work to convert a building damaged by fire, formerly a Catholic Church retreat, to a dwelling. Much of the work was done by the son of the architect, who was a partner in the firm but not an architect himself. It was alleged that he was not supervised properly.

It was said that some years after Mr Milsom’s involvement, further work at the house necessitated visits by a planning officer who found fault with work completed in that it had been carried out without listed building consent. The client sought assistance in solving this problem, but it was alleged that Mr Milsom failed to help him, by delaying and not providing information that might have helped deal with the issues with the house.

Mr Milsom did not attend the hearing and denied all of the allegations, in particular stating that the planning officer at the time had advised him that no consent was required, although he made no record of such a conversation. The PCC found that Mr Milsom had failed to secure the appropriate building consents and failed to respond appropriately to his client’s complaint, but not that he had failed to adequately supervise the work undertaken by his son. These failings were sufficiently serious as to amount to unacceptable professional conduct.

The Committee disregarded a previous appearance by Mr Milsom before the Professional Conduct Committee, because the events of the present allegation predated those of the previous appearance.

The Committee said Mr Milsom showed no regret for his actions nor insight into his lack of professionalism. Because of this and the severe effect on the client, it concluded that a penalty order of £2,000 was the appropriate sanction.

A copy of the Committee’s decision can be found here.