22 April 2018

Richard Michael Hayes disbarred following a criminal conviction for fraud

18 December 2015

Unregistered barrister Richard Michael Hayes has been ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal, following the Bar regulator's investigation relating to his criminal conviction for fraudulently representing clients when he was not authorised to do so.

Mr Hayes was Called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn in 2008, but did not complete a pupillage and therefore did not have a practising certificate. He was not entitled to "hold himself out" as a barrister in connection with the supply of legal services.

Mr Hayes had set up what was described as a "boutique barristers" practice with another unregistered barrister David John Abbott who was disbarred in 2011.

On 23 April 2015, Mr Hayes was convicted by the Crown Court in Lewes for fraud, after he accepted instructions to act for clients in court/tribunal proceedings relating to their child, who had special needs.

A BSB spokesperson said: "We acknowledge that the Independent Tribunal took the decision to disbar Mr Hayes. A criminal conviction for fraud is incompatible with membership of the Bar. Such a conviction means that Mr Hayes's conduct diminished the trust and confidence which the public places in the profession, and it is not compatible with being called a barrister."

Mr Hayes has until 7 January 2016 to appeal.

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Notes to editors

About Richard Michael Hayes

Mr Hayes was Called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn in October 2008.

About the Bar Standards Board

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