21 October 2018

Barrister Dominic Brazil suspended from practice for 14 months

25 April 2016

Barrister Dominic Brazil was suspended from practice for 14 months by an independent disciplinary tribunal on 20 April.

The tribunal found that Mr Brazil had repeatedly acted dishonestly when trying to conceal from his chambers that he had taken instructions directly from a lay client without being authorised for public access. He also initially attempted to cover up the fact that he had taken fees directly from the client when not permitted to do so and had them paid into his private bank account.

Mr Brazil admitted the charges, repaid the client's fees, co-operated fully with the BSB's investigation and suspended himself voluntarily from practice on 1 January 2015. He has not practised since.

In addition to the suspension, Mr Brazil was reprimanded due to acting for a lay client directly without being authorised for public access.

The tribunal considered a number of mitigating factors when ordering the suspension of Mr Brazil. Namely that he admitted the charges, repaid the client's fees, co-operated fully with the BSB's investigation and suspended himself voluntarily from practice on 1 January 2015. He has not practised since.

A BSB spokesperson said: "We note the Tribunal's decision to suspend Mr Brazil for 14 months. His actions were not of the standard expected of a practising barrister and the decision reflects this."

The sentence is open to appeal.

ENDS

Notes to editors

About Dominic Thomas George Brazil

Mr Brazil was Called to the Bar by Middle Temple in November 1995.

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