15 December 2018

Barrister Ehi Ukiwa ordered to be suspended for six months for appearing in court on behalf of a client before being authorised to do so

29 June 2018

Barrister Ehi Andrew Ukiwa has been ordered to be suspended from practice for six months by an independent disciplinary tribunal following charges of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

The tribunal's decision comes after Mr Ukiwa appeared in court on behalf of a client on three separate occasions in 2016 before he had started pupillage and therefore when he was unauthorised to do so. He appeared in court again on behalf of his client in January 2017 when he was a pupil barrister in the first period of his pupillage and still unauthorised.

BSB Director of Professional Conduct, Sara Jagger, said: "Barristers have to complete pupillage or another form of work-based learning before they can apply to us for a full practising certificate and only those with a valid certificate may represent clients in court proceedings as a barrister. The tribunal's decision to suspend Mr Ukiwa reflects the importance of these rules in upholding confidence in the profession."

The tribunal's decision is open to appeal.

ENDS

 

Notes to editors

About Mr Ehi Ukiwa

Ehi Andrew Ukiwa was called to the Bar by Middle Temple in October 2010.

About disciplinary tribunals

The appointment, operation, and decisions (including sentencing) of disciplinary tribunal panels are the responsibility of 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 before BTAS.

About the Bar Standards Board

Our mission is to regulate barristers and specialised legal services businesses in England and Wales in the public interest. For more information about what we do visit: http://bit.ly/1gwui8t

 

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