14 November 2018

Barrister Maureen Obi-Ezekpazu ordered to be suspended for three months for failing to comply with a Legal Ombudsman order

13 March 2018

Barrister Maureen Obi-Ezekpazu has been ordered to be suspended from practice for three months by an independent disciplinary tribunal following a charge brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

The tribunal's decision comes after Ms Obi-Ezekpazu was found to have failed to comply with an order by the Legal Ombudsman in 2015 to reimburse fees, write off an invoice and pay compensation to a former client.

The Tribunal found that by failing to do so, Ms Obi-Ezekpazu behaved in a way that was likely to diminish public trust in the profession, and that amounted to a failure to manage her practice competently.

A BSB spokesperson said: "Barristers must comply with all of their regulatory obligations, including those to the Legal Ombudsman. The tribunal's decision to suspend Ms Obi-Ezekpazu from practising for three months reflects the importance of this."

The tribunal's decision is open to appeal.

ENDS

Notes to editors:

About Maureen Obi-Ezekpazu

Ms Obi-Ezekpazu was called to the Bar by Gray's Inn in July 2008.

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.

Contact: For all media enquiries call: 0207 611 1452 or email press@barstandardsboard.org.uk .