Consultant members warned over professional conduct breaches

The RTPI's conduct and discipline panel has recently found two consultant members to be in breach of the code of professional conduct.

One member has been found to be in breach of the code in respect of a personal email sent from their business email address to a third party regarding a related planning matter. The complainant third party found the use of language in the email very offensive. The panel agreed that the consultant's use of language was wholly inappropriate and their conduct unacceptable. The member was found to be in breach of objective (e) and byelaw 7(2), insofar as the member has brought the profession into disrepute. After noting the member's apology to the complainant, the panel agreed that the member should be warned without being named in the published report.

Another consultant member was found to be in breach of the code by failing to provide written terms of engagement to a client before commencing work and incurring fees. The panel noted that fees were advised orally at the initial site visit. However, the code stipulates that terms of engagement must be provided and confirmed in writing before commencing work and incurring fees. The member was found to be in breach of clause 7 of the code and byelaw 7(2), insofar as the conduct was found to cause prejudice to the member's professional status and the reputation of the institute. The panel agreed that the member should be warned but not named in the published report.

For more information on the code of professional conduct, please email sandra.whitehead@rtpi.org.uk.


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