Date
05 October 2006

Charges
The charges against Paul Martin of Northumberland were:

Mr Martin failed to conduct himself in a manner as to avoid bringing disrepute upon ILEX or its members and to avoid doubt being cast upon his own professional integrity contrary to the Code of Conduct.

The particulars to this charge were:

That an order was made against Mr Martin under s43 Solicitors Act 1974 that no solicitor shall employ or remunerate him without the consent of the Law Society.

Mr Martin misled clients about the progress and status of their cases.

Mr Martin failed to keep his clients promptly and effectively informed of the progress and developments in their cases contrary to the ILEX Guide to Good Practice.

Outcome
The charges were found proved.

Sanction
Mr Martin was excluded from membership of ILEX indefinitely.