On 28 September 2020, Assent Building Control Limited (“Assent”) was convicted of an offence under section 57(1) (b) of the Building Act 1984 at Luton Crown Court.
On 25 March 2021, a CICAIR Disciplinary Panel was convened in accordance with the CICAIR Disciplinary Protocol (Issue 2 May 2017) to consider a complaint referred by CICAIR pursuant to section 3.2 of that Protocol. In its decision dated 7 April 2021, the Disciplinary Panel recommended that a Level 3 Sanction of “Unacceptable Breach” be imposed and recommended to CICAIR’s Registrar that the period of withdrawal of approval in respect of Assent should be for two years. The CICAIR Registrar accepted these recommendations.
On 20 April 2021, Assent notified CICAIR that it would be appealing the Disciplinary Panel’s decision. Due to the seriousness of the ramifications in respect of this on Assent’s business if the appeal was upheld, CICAIR agreed a stay of the imposition of the sanction while the appeal was heard and determined.
On 16 November 2021, a CICAIR Appeal Panel heard Assent’s appeal and on 22 November 2021, the appeal was dismissed. Assent maintains that the intended Sanction is unfair and has commenced Judicial Review proceedings. This notice will be updated following the conclusion of the Judicial Review proceedings. In the meantime, Assent Building Control Ltd remains on the Approved Inspectors Register and is able to discharge all duties as an Approved Inspector.