Mr Sanjay Nathan Visvanathan

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Barrister Status:
Unregistered
Called:
Nov 2019
Inn:
Middle Temple
Hearing type:
Disciplinary Tribunal (3 person)
Decision date
06/12/2021
Breach details:
Professional misconduct, contrary to Core Duty 5 and paragraph rC8 of the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales (9th Edition, Version 4.4 of the BSB Handbook).
Offence details:

Sanjay Nathan Visvanathan, an unregistered barrister, behaved in a way which was likely to diminish the trust and confidence which the public places in him or in the profession, in that on 14 February 2020 he submitted a research project to Cardiff University as part of his LLM Bar Professional Training Course in which he declared that the work was his “own independent work and research” but which contained substantial amounts of work taken from a paper submitted by another student at Cardiff University in August 2019, shown by a Turnitin Originality Report with a 38% match to that other paper and an overall Similarity Index of 61%.

Sanjay Nathan Visvanathan, an unregistered barrister, behaved in a way which could reasonably be seen by the public to undermine his honesty and integrity, contrary to rC8, in that on 14 February 2020 he submitted a research project to Cardiff University as part of his LLM Bar Professional Training Course in which he declared that the work was his “own independent work and research” but which contained substantial amounts of work taken from a paper submitted by another student at Cardiff University in August 2019, shown by a Turnitin Originality Report with a 38% match to that other paper and an overall Similarity Index of 61%

Sanction:
Reprimanded and prohibited from applying for a practicing certificate for 12 months after appeal period.
Costs:
£500.00
Status:
Open to Appeal