The Appeal Committee has recently upheld the decision of the RTPI Conduct and Discipline Panel in finding a private consultant Member to be in breach of clauses 14) and 15) of the RTPI Code of Professional Conduct. The Appeal Committee agreed that the Member had failed to exercise due care and diligence in omitting to inform another professional engaged by the Member of the precise details of the client’s proposals. The Appeal Committee further agreed that the Member had failed to provide written terms of engagement to the client prior to providing planning advice in respect of the need to engage a Heritage Consultant and prior to advising and meeting with the client to discuss various design solutions and the likelihood of carrying out the desired proposals.
The Appeal Committee agreed to reprimand the Member in respect of the breach of clause 15) of the Code but to issue no penalty concerning the breach of clause 14).
If Members have any queries concerning the Code of Professional Conduct they should contact Sandra Whitehead, the Institute’s Complaints Investigator, by e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.