20 January 2018

‘Employment barrister’ to be disbarred for lying to clients

12 February 2014

An independent public disciplinary tribunal has this week ordered the disbarment of a barrister after it emerged she had misled clients about her professional status and even lied to one about submitting their claim to an employment tribunal when she had not submitted the claim.

The panel heard that Yvonne Lloyd (also known as Yvonne Turley), from the Portsmouth area, told clients to whom she was providing assistance with employment disputes that she was a barrister despite being not entitled to say this because she was not entitled to practise.

In one instance, Ms Lloyd falsely informed a client that she had submitted on their behalf a form for taking an employer to an employment tribunal (ET1) when she had failed to do so.

The client, who was a witness at the tribunal, told the panel that by the time he realised the ET1 had not been filed, the deadline for submission had passed and his claim was dismissed.

Two other clients, who were also witnesses, told the panel they lost confidence in Ms Lloyd when they discovered she was not entitled to practise as a barrister as she had claimed.

The panel heard that Ms Lloyd had told her clients that she operated on a 'no win, no fee' basis and would charge 25% of any compensation awarded from their employers.

The panel, chaired by His Honour Judge Stuart Sleeman, found that Ms Lloyd had held herself out as a barrister when not entitled to do so, and had engaged in conduct that was dishonest or otherwise discreditable to the profession.

Head of Professional Conduct at the Bar Standards Board, Sara Down, said: "Ms Lloyd was not in a position to provide legal services as a barrister. Her actions misled her clients and the service she provided caused real detriment. Such deception and dishonesty is unacceptable and not compatible with holding the title of barrister."

Ms Lloyd was an unregistered barrister as she completed the academic stage of the Bar's training, but had not completed pupillage so was not entitled to offer or provide legal services as a barrister.

The hearing took place on Monday 10 February 2014.

More information is available here.

ENDS

Notes to editors
Ms Lloyd was called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn, March 2000. She was not present at the tribunal.

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