24 October 2017

Barrister Sanjay Roy disbarred following conviction for putting a woman in fear of violence by harassment

17 February 2017

Barrister Sanjay Roy was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal, at a hearing held on Friday, 17 February 2017.

The tribunal's decision comes after the Bar Standards Board (BSB) brought disciplinary proceedings against Mr Roy in relation to a criminal conviction for putting a person in fear of violence by harassment. That conviction resulted in an 18-month suspended sentence imposed by Northampton Crown Court in July 2016.

A BSB spokesperson said: "A conviction for putting a person in fear of violence is a serious matter. This behaviour is likely to diminish the confidence the public has in Mr Roy and the barrister profession in general. The tribunal's decision to disbar Mr Roy reflects the nature of his actions."

Mr Roy has been suspended from practice by the BSB since August 2016 pending the outcome of today's tribunal. He practised family law in the Northampton area.

The tribunal's decision is subject to appeal.

ENDS

Notes to editors

About Sanjay Roy

Mr Roy was called to the Bar by Inner Temple in October 2011.

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.

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