20 March 2018

New tribunal hearing disbars barrister Tariq Rehman

24 November 2016

Tariq Rehman, an immigration barrister and Head of Chambers at Kings Court Chambers in Birmingham, was ordered to be disbarred at an independent disciplinary hearing on Wednesday, 23 November, following charges brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB), the regulator of the Bar.

The decision to disbar follows two recent and entirely separate disciplinary Tribunal decisions to impose suspensions totalling 41 months and a permanent ban on Mr Rehman accepting public access instructions.

Mr Rehman has been the subject of three separate Tribunal hearings recently, reflecting more than 40 different complaints to the Legal Ombudsman about him from different clients over a sustained period between 2012 and 2014. The complaints ranged from failure to perform work after being instructed, not providing Client Care Letters, overcharging clients and not providing refunds.

The BSB took enforcement action based on these complaints. It also inspected the chambers, leading to the discovery of further and more systemic failures in how the chambers was run. This included evidence that Mr Rehman and his chambers were practising in breach of the Legal Services Act, which is designed to protect those accessing legal services.

The latest Tribunal's decision to disbar Mr Rehman concerns charges relating to these repeated systemic failings. It also took into account the cumulative effect of previous disciplinary findings.

BSB Director of Professional Conduct Sara Jagger said: "The BSB has a duty to ensure the public are protected.  The public have a right to expect that when barristers are providing legal services, they are doing so in accordance with the law.  Mr Rehman accepted instructions on a public access basis in immigration matters, where clients were particularly vulnerable and the cases were potentially time-sensitive. The Tribunal's decision to disbar Mr Rehman reflects the need to protect the public from his serious and persistent failures in this case and in the cases decided previously."

The Tribunal's decision is open to appeal.


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.

About the Bar Standards Board

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