THE CHARTERED Institute of Water and Environmental Management was this week expected to make a last ditch attempt to head off referral to the Privy Council over its plans to set up a consultancy business.
CIWEM president Geoff Manse is writing to around 40 CIWEM members and the Association of Consulting Engineers to set out CIWEM's case. The letters were due to be signed off by Manse on Wednesday.
CIWEM claims the new venture is a database of firms and will pick up work arising from client enquiries to the Institute. But it also says it will earn a fee for taking on work before subcontracting it (NCE 6 January).
The ACE has threatened to report CIWEM to the Privy Council and the Office of Fair Trading, believing that CIWEM Consulting competes with ACE members. It held a meeting with CIWEM officials last week, but remains unconvinced by CIWEM's claims that the venture is just a database.
'As far as we are concerned it is akin to the Law Society setting up a firm of solicitors,' ACE chief executive Nicholas Bennett said this week.