Notices of Sanction issued by the RIBA Professional Conduct Panel

Here are Notices of Sanction, published in accordance with Schedule 1, paragraph 2.1 of the RIBA Disciplinary Procedures 2019/RIBA Disciplinary Rules 2021, which state that: "Any notice of a public sanction (public reprimand, suspension or expulsion) shall, unless the hearing panel or appeal panel decides otherwise, be published on the RIBA’s website and in the RIBA Journal. The contents of the notice shall be at the panel’s discretion." Please note that no public sanction shall be published until expiry of the appeal period or the conclusion of an appeal.

RIBA Member: Jonathan Ellis-Miller (6432652), of Cambridge

Date of RIBA Professional Conduct Hearing: 2 November 2022

Date decision issued: 8 November 2022

Sanction Imposed: Public Reprimand

Date of publication: 8 December 2022

Publication period: 24 months

End of publication period: 8 December 2024

Overview decision:

Following a hearing on 2 November 2022, Professor Ellis-Miller was found to have breached the RIBA Code of Professional Conduct (2005, with 2016 Guidance Notes) and (2019).

He was found to have breached the following provisions:

  • He failed to properly manage his Practice, in breach of Principle 2.1 and 2.3 of the RIBA Code of Professional Conduct (2005, with 2016 Guidance Notes)
  • He made misleading, untrue and/or unfair statements to the ARB and the RIBA in connection with the complaint in breach of Principle 1.1 and 1.3 of the RIBA Code of Professional Conduct (2019)

In accordance with the RIBA Disciplinary Procedures, and having considered the RIBA Indicative Sanctions Guidance 2020, the Hearing Panel issued Professor Ellis-Miller with a Public Reprimand

Notice of Public Reprimand

RIBA Member: Mr Paul Karlsson (5606115), of Gloucester

Date of RIBA Professional Conduct Hearing: 7 September 2022

Date decision issued: 28 September 2022

Sanction Imposed: Public Reprimand

Date of publication: 25 October 2022

Publication period: 24 months

End of publication period: 25 October 2024

Overview decision:

Following a hearing on 27 September 2022, Mr Karlsson was found to have breached the RIBA Code of Professional Conduct (2005, with 2016 Guidance Notes).

He was found to have breached the following provisions:

  • He failed to ensure that his terms of appointment, the scope of work and/or the essential project requirements were clear and recorded in writing, also failing to have maintained clear records of any changes to those made with the client, in breach of Principle 2.3
  • He failed to ensure that they kept clients informed of the progress of the project and/or of the key decisions made on the client’s behalf in breach of Principle 2.4.
  • He failed to have in place or have access to effective procedures for dealing with disputes or complaints, promptly and appropriately in breach of principle 3.5.

In accordance with the RIBA Disciplinary Procedures, and having considered the RIBA Indicative Sanctions Guidance 2020, the Hearing Panel issued Mr Karlsson with a Public Reprimand

Notice of Public Reprimand

RIBA Member: Mr Graham Rix (4344824), of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Date of RIBA Professional Conduct Hearing: 7 September 2022

Date decision issued: 12 September 2022

Sanction Imposed: Public Reprimand

Date of publication: 10 October 2022

Publication period: 24 months

End of publication period: 10 October 2024

Overview decision:

Following a hearing on 7 September 2022, Mr Rix was found to have breached the RIBA Code of Professional Conduct (2005, with 2016 Guidance Notes).

He was found to have breached the following provisions:

  • He allowed himself to be improperly influenced by his own self-interest for building works on his property and, as a result, failed to act with impartiality, responsibility and truthfulness at all times in his professional and business activities, in breach of Principle 1
  • He failed to comply with section 3 of the Party Wall Act, and with regulations in relation to the Grade II Listed building with the local planning authority and, as a result, failed to apply high standards of skill, knowledge and care, in breach of Principle 2
  • He failed to have proper concern and due regard for the effect that his building works may have had on the adjoining property of the Complainants and, as a result failed to have a proper concern and due regard for the effect that his work may have on its users and the local community, in breach of Principle 3

In accordance with the RIBA Disciplinary Procedures, and having considered the RIBA Indicative Sanctions Guidance 2020, the Hearing Panel issued Mr Rix with a Public Reprimand

Notice of Suspension

RIBA Member: Dr Alla Al-Sohaini (20001046), of Birmingham, UK

Date of RIBA Professional Conduct Hearing: 16 August 2022

Date decision issued: 26 August 2022

Sanction Imposed: Suspension, 12 months

Date of publication: 24 September 2022

Publication period: 12 months

End of publication period: 24 September 2023

Overview decision:

Following a hearing on 16 August 2022, Dr Al-Sohaini of Birmingham was found to have breached the RIBA Code of Professional Conduct (2005, with 2016 Guidance Notes) and (2019).

He was found to have breached the following provisions:

  • Principle 2.1 (2005(2016)) and Principle 2, 1.1, 1.2 and 1.8 (2019), in that he failed to apply reasonable standards of skill, knowledge and care in the performance of his work; and
  • Principle 2, 1.1, 10.1, and 10.2 in that he failed to confirm with the local authority whether planning permission was required and if the design would be accepted under permitted development; and
  • Principle 2.3, in that he failed to ensure his terms of appointment, the scope of work and essential project requirements was clear and recorded in writing; and
  • Principle 3, 8.1, 8.2, 8.3 and 8.4 (2019) in that he failed to provide an adequate or appropriate response to the complaint.

In accordance with the RIBA Disciplinary Procedures, and having considered the RIBA Indicative Sanctions Guidance 2020, the Hearing Panel issued Dr Al-Sohaini with a Suspension from RIBA Membership for a period of 12 months.

Notice of Public Reprimand

RIBA Member: Mr Sandip Chudha (12725333), of Gillingham, Kent

Date of RIBA Professional Conduct Hearing: 9 August 2022

Date decision issued: 15 August 2022

Sanction Imposed: Public Reprimand

Date of publication: 14 September 2022

Publication period: 24 months

End of publication period: 14 September 2024

Overview decision:

Following a hearing on 9 August 2022, Mr Chudha was found to have breached RIBA Byelaw 4.1. He was convicted of failing to comply with a planning enforcement notice.

In accordance with the RIBA Disciplinary Procedures 2019, and having considered the RIBA Indicative Sanctions Guidance 2020, the Hearing Panel issued Mr Chudha with a Public Reprimand.

Notice of Sanction

RIBA Member: Mr Peter Kellow (4184871), of Toulouse, France

Date of RIBA Professional Conduct Hearing: 13 May 2021

Date decision issued: 20 May 2021

Sanction Imposed: Expulsion

Date of publication: 17 June 2021

Publication period: 24 months

End of publication period: 17 June 2023

Overview decision:

Following a hearing on 13 May 2021, Mr Peter Kellow was found to have breached the RIBA Code of Professional Conduct (2005, with 2016 Guidance Notes). He was found to have made an inappropriate public post on his Facebook profile on 13 April 2019.

Mr Kellow was found to have breached the following provisions of the RIBA Code of Professional Conduct:

  • Principle 1.1, in that he failed to act with impartiality, responsibility and truthfulness at all times; and
  • Principe 1.3, in that he was party to a statement, or statements, which he knew to be untrue, misleading and unfair to others; and
  • Principle 3.1, in that he failed to respect the beliefs and opinions of other people, recognise social diversity and/or treat everyone fairly.

In accordance with the RIBA Disciplinary Procedures 2019, and having considered the RIBA Indicative Sanctions Guidance 2020, the Hearing Panel issued Mr Kellow with an Expulsion from RIBA Membership. Mr Kellow has therefore been expelled from RIBA membership with immediate effect.

Notice of Sanction

RIBA Member: Mr “Tony” Toyin Adetola Oduse (20000103), of London, UK

Date of RIBA Professional Conduct Hearing: 9 April 2021

Date decision issued: 16 April 2021

Sanction Imposed: Suspension, 24 months + CPD requirement

Date of publication: 14 May 2021

Publication period: 24 months

End of publication period: 14 May 2023

Overview decision:

Following a hearing on 9 April 2021, Mr Toyin Adetola Oduse of London was found to have breached the RIBA Code of Professional Conduct (2005, with 2016 Guidance Notes).

He was found to have breached the following provisions:

  • Principle 1.1, in that he failed to act with honesty and/or integrity at all times; and
  • Principle 2, in that he failed to act competently, conscientiously, and/or responsibly in the performance of his work.

- In particular, he was required to have been able to provide the knowledge, the ability, the financial and/or technical resources appropriate for his work, but rather demonstrated a lack of technical resources to complete the work.

- Additionally, he failed to give his Client competent advice on planning policy and requirements of the planning consent, of which he admits to being aware. Even after breaches of the planning consent were pointed out to him, he continued to build an extension outside what was approved in the planning consent. This illustrated a lack of knowledge of the planning system during the construction period.

- Further, between the revised Planning consent being obtained in December 2018 (when it became possible to progress and complete the construction work) and December 2019 over a period of 12 months, he failed to expeditiously progress the construction works on a project which he had been contracted to build in a time estimate of 4 months. Lastly, he was found to have allowed unsafe working practices on site in breach of Health & Safety laws and regulations.

In accordance with the RIBA Disciplinary Procedures 2019, and having considered the RIBA Indicative Sanctions Guidance 2020, the Hearing Panel issued Mr Oduse with a Suspension from RIBA Membership for a period of 24 months. In addition, he is required to undertake a minimum of 35 hours of additional CPD training.

Find out more information on the RIBA professional conduct process.

For queries, please contact: professional.standards@riba.org.

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