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Direct access barrister suspended yet again – for working while suspended

A direct access barrister has received his fifth suspension – for working during one of his previous suspensions. It comes as two barristers are disbarred after being jailed for fraud and the Solicitors Regulation Authority supports move to reduce the standard of proof at Bar disciplinary tribunals.

June 15th, 2017 | No Comments »

High Court rejects appeal from barrister accused of forging letters

A barrister accused of forging client care letters has lost an appeal against his disbarment at the High Court. Mrs Justice Lang rejected Damian McCarthy’s argument that a Bar disciplinary tribunal was under pressure from the Bar Standards Board to convict him.

May 3rd, 2017 | 2 Comments »

Fine for non-practising barrister who held himself out as a solicitor in court

An unregistered barrister has been fined £1,000 by a Bar disciplinary tribunal for falsely describing himself as a solicitor and appearing in court when he did not have the right to do so. Another non-practising barrister has been disbarred, meanwhile, for stealing from her law firm employer’s petty cash and her colleagues’ handbags.

April 25th, 2017 | No Comments »

Barrister who overturned disbarment at Court of Appeal is disbarred again

A barrister who overturned his disbarment at the Court of Appeal last year has been disbarred again. Damian McCarthy was found by a Bar disciplinary tribunal to have forged client care letters, after a direct access client complained.

June 13th, 2016 | No Comments »

Dual-qualified barrister disbarred 10 years after being struck off as solicitor

A barrister turned solicitor has been disbarred 10 years after he was struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. He did not tell the Bar about the decision and the Bar Standards Board only became aware of it last year when Lloyd Aneke applied for restoration to the roll of solicitors.

May 27th, 2016 | No Comments »

Dual-qualified lawyer struck off as solicitor is disbarred for “persistent dishonesty”

A dual-qualified employment lawyer, struck off as a solicitor last year for deceiving clients, has been disbarred for his “persistent dishonesty”. The Bar Standards Board said Jean Etienne Attala attempted to cover up the fact employment claims he was handling had been struck out.

January 25th, 2016 | No Comments »

Reprimand and fine for barrister who admitted talking to jurors after trial

A barrister who admitted that he had talked to jurors at Basildon Railway Station after a trial has been reprimanded and fined £300 by a Bar disciplinary tribunal. Mohammed Omar Faruk said the incident was unintentional.

November 25th, 2015 | No Comments »

Suspension for barrister who appeared in court without practising certificate

A Bar disciplinary tribunal has suspended barrister Martin Wynne Jones for three months for representing clients in court without a practising certificate, while disciplinary action has also been taken against a barrister who falsely claimed to have a law degree, and another who made false declarations about criminal convictions.

November 13th, 2015 | No Comments »

BSB seeks power to fine barristers cleared by disciplinary tribunals

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is seeking the power to impose fines of up to £1,000 on barristers cleared by disciplinary tribunals, it has emerged. It also wants greater scope to appeal to the High Court.

August 21st, 2015 | No Comments »

Bar disciplinary tribunal to rehear disbarment overturned by Court of Appeal

A long-running disciplinary case involving accusations that a barrister forged client care letters must be heard again, the Visitors to the Inns of Court have ruled. They said there was “no basis” for saying that the barrister would be deprived of a fair hearing “by reason of delay and/or any prior knowledge” of BSB witnesses.

August 17th, 2015 | No Comments »