Architect caught forging client's initials and telling them to 'game' the planning system

A mock up of papers for a planning application rolled up with a black pen nearby
Architect caught forging customer's initials on planning application. (Image credit: Getty Images)

An architect has been removed from the professional register for dishonest behaviour after it was discovered he had forged the initials of his client and provided inappropriate planning advice. 

The individual in question, Desmond O’Hara, an architect for Englishaus Architects in London, was found to have violated the Architects Code of Conduct by the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

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