22 May 2018

Barrister Michael Roberts disbarred, following criminal conviction for tax evasion

2 November 2016

Barrister Michael Charles Roberts was ordered to be disbarred by an independent Disciplinary Tribunal at a hearing on Friday 28 October, following charges brought by the Bar regulator.

The Tribunal's decision follows Mr Roberts' conviction in 2014 for making a false statutory declaration and failing to declare his earnings or pay Income Tax, National Insurance and VAT. He has since served a jail term after pleading guilty to the £274,000 tax fraud. He has not practised as a barrister since being released earlier this year.

Speaking about the Tribunal's decision, BSB Director of Professional Conduct Sara Jagger said: "All barristers have a duty to conduct themselves with honesty and integrity. Mr Roberts' actions were in clear breach of this duty and the Tribunal's decision to disbar reflects this."

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Notes to editors

About Michael Charles Roberts

Mr Roberts was Called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn in July 1978.

About disciplinary tribunals

The appointment, operation, and decisions (including sentencing) of disciplinary tribunal panels are performed by 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. These charges are then adjudicated on by BTAS' tribunal panels.

About the Bar Standards Board

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