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So would I then be reading correctly that we may have grounds for approaching the original architect and coming to [or attempting to] an agreement over the use of his copyrighted design along the lines of "we recognise you own the copyright and any use by us of that would infringe your right, but at the same time your submission without our approval is a breach of authority for which we could countersue. It is therefore in both our interests to move along separately?
As a side note, we have paid the architect £360 as a deposit against a total fee for the design work of £1950, whilst accepting that's somewhat objective in your estimation would that be sufficient to offset the quantum merit?
Once again, many thanks for your valued help
Fabulous, thank you very much for your time