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Compiled from data from the Solicitors Regulation Authority website

12/04/17

Source: https://www.sra.org.uk/consumers/solicitor-check/275592.article?Decision=2017-04-12

Outcome: Regulatory settlement agreement
This outcome was reached by SRA decision.

Decision details
This outcome was reached by agreement.

Agreed outcome
1.1 Paul Michael Ireland is the sole practitioner of Paul Ireland Solicitors of Warrington. Mr Ireland agrees to the following outcome to the investigation of his conduct by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA):

(a) he is rebuked.
(b) to the publication of this agreement.
(c) he will pay the costs of the investigation of ?300.
Summary of Facts
2.1 Mr Ireland acted for a defendant in a civil dispute that was considered by the County Court.

2.2 On 13 May 2016 the Court raised a complaint with the SRA about Mr Ireland's conduct in this matter. The Court stated that:

(a) On 06 November 2015, Mr Ireland appeared at Court by telephone for the defendant. An Order was made requiring Mr Ireland to file a perfected order with the Court. Mr Ireland did not file the order.
(b) On 03 February 2016 the Court wrote to him requiring him to file it by 10 February 2016. Mr Ireland did not file the order.
(c) A further Order was made by the Court on 12 February 2016. The Order stated that unless Mr Ireland filed the perfected order by 19 February 2016 then he should attend the Court on 29 February to explain his failure. Mr Ireland did not file the order by 19 February 2016 nor did he attend Court on 29 February 2016.
2.3 Mr Ireland stated that he failed to comply with the Court Orders due to administrative errors at his office. He confirmed that by the time he became aware of the Orders it was too late for him to take action. He did not contact the Court to inform it of the reasons for his failures.

2.4 Mr Ireland wrote to the Court on 28 July 2016 apologising for his conduct.

Admissions
3.1 Mr Ireland admits and the SRA accepts that, by failing to comply with the Court Orders dated 06 November 2015 and 11 February 2016, he failed to uphold the proper administration of justice in breach of Principle 1 of the SRA Principles 2011 and failed to achieve Outcome 5.3 and 5.6 of the SRA Code of Conduct 2011.

Why the agreed outcome is appropriate
4.1 The SRA considers that the agreed outcome is appropriate as the conditions in rule 3.1 of the SRA Disciplinary Rules 2011 are met, in that:

(a) Mr Ireland failed to comply with the Court.
(b) that the agreed outcome is a proportionate outcome in the public interest.
(c) that the conduct was neither trivial nor justifiably inadvertent.
4.2 In deciding that the agreed outcome is proportionate, the SRA has taken into account the admissions made by Mr Ireland and the following mitigation which he has put forward:

(a) he has no adverse regulatory history;
(b) he has put systems in place to avoid future breaches; and
(c) he has apologised for his misconduct.
4.3 The SRA considers it appropriate that this agreement is published in the interests of transparency in the regulatory and disciplinary process.

Acting in a way which is inconsistent with this Agreement
5.1 Mr Ireland agrees that he will not act in any way which is inconsistent with this agreement such as, for example, by denying the admissions made in this agreement.

5.2 If Mr Ireland acts in a way which is inconsistent with this agreement, the conduct which is subject to this agreement may be subject to further consideration by the SRA. That may result in a disciplinary sanction or a referral to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal on the original facts and allegations. Acting in a way which is inconsistent with this agreement may also constitute a separate breach of Principles 2, 6 and 7 of the SRA Principles 2011.

Costs
6.1 Mr Ireland agrees to pay the costs of the SRA's investigation in the sum of ?300. Such costs are due within 28 days of a statement of costs due being issued by the SRA.

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Compiled from data from the Solicitors Regulation Authority website

12/04/17

Source: https://www.sra.org.uk/consumers/solicitor-check/275592.article?Decision=2017-04-12

Outcome: Regulatory settlement agreement
This outcome was reached by SRA decision.

Decision details
This outcome was reached by agreement.

Agreed outcome
1.1 Paul Michael Ireland is the sole practitioner of Paul Ireland Solicitors of Warrington. Mr Ireland agrees to the following outcome to the investigation of his conduct by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA):

(a) he is rebuked.
(b) to the publication of this agreement.
(c) he will pay the costs of the investigation of ?300.
Summary of Facts
2.1 Mr Ireland acted for a defendant in a civil dispute that was considered by the County Court.

2.2 On 13 May 2016 the Court raised a complaint with the SRA about Mr Ireland's conduct in this matter. The Court stated that:

(a) On 06 November 2015, Mr Ireland appeared at Court by telephone for the defendant. An Order was made requiring Mr Ireland to file a perfected order with the Court. Mr Ireland did not file the order.
(b) On 03 February 2016 the Court wrote to him requiring him to file it by 10 February 2016. Mr Ireland did not file the order.
(c) A further Order was made by the Court on 12 February 2016. The Order stated that unless Mr Ireland filed the perfected order by 19 February 2016 then he should attend the Court on 29 February to explain his failure. Mr Ireland did not file the order by 19 February 2016 nor did he attend Court on 29 February 2016.
2.3 Mr Ireland stated that he failed to comply with the Court Orders due to administrative errors at his office. He confirmed that by the time he became aware of the Orders it was too late for him to take action. He did not contact the Court to inform it of the reasons for his failures.

2.4 Mr Ireland wrote to the Court on 28 July 2016 apologising for his conduct.

Admissions
3.1 Mr Ireland admits and the SRA accepts that, by failing to comply with the Court Orders dated 06 November 2015 and 11 February 2016, he failed to uphold the proper administration of justice in breach of Principle 1 of the SRA Principles 2011 and failed to achieve Outcome 5.3 and 5.6 of the SRA Code of Conduct 2011.

Why the agreed outcome is appropriate
4.1 The SRA considers that the agreed outcome is appropriate as the conditions in rule 3.1 of the SRA Disciplinary Rules 2011 are met, in that:

(a) Mr Ireland failed to comply with the Court.
(b) that the agreed outcome is a proportionate outcome in the public interest.
(c) that the conduct was neither trivial nor justifiably inadvertent.
4.2 In deciding that the agreed outcome is proportionate, the SRA has taken into account the admissions made by Mr Ireland and the following mitigation which he has put forward:

(a) he has no adverse regulatory history;
(b) he has put systems in place to avoid future breaches; and
(c) he has apologised for his misconduct.
4.3 The SRA considers it appropriate that this agreement is published in the interests of transparency in the regulatory and disciplinary process.

Acting in a way which is inconsistent with this Agreement
5.1 Mr Ireland agrees that he will not act in any way which is inconsistent with this agreement such as, for example, by denying the admissions made in this agreement.

5.2 If Mr Ireland acts in a way which is inconsistent with this agreement, the conduct which is subject to this agreement may be subject to further consideration by the SRA. That may result in a disciplinary sanction or a referral to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal on the original facts and allegations. Acting in a way which is inconsistent with this agreement may also constitute a separate breach of Principles 2, 6 and 7 of the SRA Principles 2011.

Costs
6.1 Mr Ireland agrees to pay the costs of the SRA's investigation in the sum of ?300. Such costs are due within 28 days of a statement of costs due being issued by the SRA.

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