20 January 2018

Barrister Tariq Rehman is permanently banned from public access work and suspended for a further 27 months

15 November 2016

Barrister Tariq Rehman was permanently banned from accepting public access instructions, and suspended for a total of 27 months at an independent disciplinary hearing on Monday 14 November, following charges brought by the Bar regulator.

The latest suspension has been ordered to run after a 14-month suspension imposed at a separate Tribunal on 2 November and will mean that Mr Rehman will be suspended for a total of 41 months, should both the sentences take effect.

The Tribunal's latest decision follows Mr Rehman's failing to take reasonable steps to ensure that his practice was run efficiently and competently, and engaging in conduct discreditable to a barrister.

Mr Rehman accepted instructions directly from lay clients under the public access scheme. He was joint Head of Chambers at Kings Court Chambers at the time.

The charges considered by the latest disciplinary Tribunal include a range of administrative failings in the way in which Mr Rehman managed and ran the chambers.

BSB Director of Professional Conduct Sara Jagger said: "Barristers, and in particular Heads of Chambers, have a duty to run their practices efficiently and competently. The charges we brought against Mr Rehman, and which were found proved by the Tribunal, show consistent failings in competent practice. The public is entitled to expect a professional service from a barrister, particularly when they instruct a barrister directly.  The Tribunal's decision to impose a permanent ban on Mr Rehman's accepting public access instructions and a lengthy suspension reflects the repeated failure of Mr Rehman to manage his practice properly."

The Tribunal's decision is open to appeal.

ENDS

Notes to editors

About Tariq Rehman

Mr Rehman was Called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn in March 2000.

About disciplinary tribunals

The appointment, operation, and decisions (including sentencing) of disciplinary tribunal panels are performed by the Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service (BTAS). BTAS is run independently of the Bar Standards Board, the barristers' regulator, which is responsible for bringing charges of professional misconduct against barristers. These charges are then adjudicated on by BTAS' tribunal panels.

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