Report of the Disciplinary Board 15-16 August 2023

Author: IStructE

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13 March 2024

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Report of the Disciplinary Board 15-16 August 2023

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In accordance with Procedural Rule 8.3 (01/19/V3REG4_2) the following decision of the Disciplinary Board is published with the Member's name:

A Disciplinary Board was convened on 15  and 16 August 2023, comprising of: Mr Murray Armes, Mr. David L. Narro FIStructE, Mrs. Kirsten M. Morris FIStructE with Mr Philip Newman Barrister of Law and Ralph Shipway, solicitor, as legal adviser, in respect of matters referred to it by the Professional Conduct Committee, against Ms Karen Dinardo MIStructE.
 
The matters were in respect of the engagement of Ms Dinardo’s company Dinardo Partnership  to provide engineering services in relation to a defective structure containing multiple properties.
Taking all matters into account the Board found that Ms Dinardo failed to provide a brief or breakdown of costs before commencing work; failed to accept numerous instructions from the Owners to terminate work; made unfounded and derogatory assertions about the Complainants that were reckless, and which injured the reputation of the Complainants; failed to uphold the reputation of the profession; and failed to act with integrity and fairness. 

In the premises, the Board found that Ms Dinardo was in breach of Articles 1, 3, and 7 of the Code of Conduct.
 
The Board accepted submissions on mitigation and imposed the sanction of Severe Reprimand and directed Ms Dinardo to issue an Apology to the Complainants.

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