Matt Bosworth, head of regulation, led an experienced team in advising and representing the Architects Registration Board (ARB) in the prosecution of Leopoldine Van Daalen of four charges under the Fraud Act 2006 after she provided forged degree certificates along with other fake documents in a bid to join the ARB’s Register as a qualified architect.
Ms Van Daalen was prosecuted under section 2 of the Fraud Act 2006 namely fraud by false representation and was found guilty at Southwark Crown Court by a unanimous jury for all four allegations. Ms Van Daalen was sentenced to a 15 month custodial sentence, suspended for a period of 15 months and ordered to complete 130 hours of community work.
At the sentencing hearing on 12 September 2017, Mr Recorder Weatherill QC said “These sorts of cases are not brought lightly. They are brought because there is a public interest in maintaining high standards of professional qualification and protecting the public from those who pretend to be qualified.”
Matt Bosworth commented, “This is the latest example of Russell-Cooke’s on-going series of private prosecutions brought on behalf of various clients throughout the regulatory, professional disciplinary and commercial fields. This was an exceptional case that shows how a regulatory body such as the ARB can use the expertise of Russell-Cooke’s regulation department’s private prosecution team to enable it to promote its core duties of protecting both its professional architect members and the public interest. It was especially satisfying to hear the remarks of the trial judge in congratulating the ARB on its diligence in ensuring that the matter was investigated and prosecuted successfully having been involved in the matter throughout.”
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Russell-Cooke instructed Andrew Johnson of 5 Paper Buildings in the matter.