20 October 2016

The charges against Mr. Martin Kekurah were:

Charge 1
Failed to:

(a) uphold the rule of law and the impartial administration of justice; and/or

(b) maintain high standards of professional and personal conduct; and/or

(c) behave with honesty and integrity,

contrary Principles 1 and 2 of the Code of Conduct 2010 for CILEx members.

The particulars were that Martin Kekurah, an Associate Member of CILEx, on 5 June 2015, was tried and convicted in the Crown Court at Southwark of ten counts of providing immigration advice in contravention of section 84 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, contrary to section 91 of that Act. He was sentenced, on 3 July 2015, to 15 months imprisonment.

The charge was found proven.

Sanction – Indefinite exclusion
The Disciplinary Tribunal ordered that Mr. Kekurah be excluded from membership of CILEx indefinitely and that an application for reinstatement as a member may not be considered for a minimum period of 10 years from the date of the order. The Tribunal ordered costs to be paid by Mr. Kekurah.

Mr Kekurah appealed the sanction of the Disciplinary Tribunal on 9 February 2017. The appeal was unsuccessful.