A former insolvency practitioner has been publically rebuked almost two years after retiring from the profession.
Martyn Evans, who had a clear regulatory history in 30 years as a solicitor, was subject to a complaint after passing on work following his retirement as insolvency practitioner in October 2015.
Evans had 14 remaining insolvency appointments at the time of his retirement and he transferred them by consent to an alternative practitioner.
An SRA regulatory settlement agreement, published today, said that individual then noticed procedural deficiencies on 13 of these 14 appointments in the way they had been progressed. Annual progress reports, final progress reports and a conduct report were all not prepared, in breach of statutory obligations.
A third party acting on behalf of a purported creditor also raised a complaint that Evans had failed to adequately correspond prior to his retirement.
Evans admitted to breaching two SRA principles but indicated there was no loss to the general public or the body of creditors involved in the 13 affected appointments. He had suffered a close family bereavement in August 2015 which had affected his conduct, he said, and he apologised for what had happened.
The SRA said it was appropriate to publish the agreement in interests of transparency and noted his conduct was ‘neither trivial nor justifiably inadvertent’.
Evans, who is a still a consultant solicitor at Cornwall firm Brains Solicitors, was also ordered to pay £300 costs.