8 July 2014
A barrister was today ordered by an independent disciplinary
tribunal to be disbarred for discreditable conduct after it emerged
she had previously been convicted of tenancy fraud.
The tribunal panel heard that in July 2013 Ms Nadine Wilson-Ellis
was convicted at Bristol Crown Court after she received financial
assistance between 2008 and 2011 for a council house to which she
was not entitled.
Ms Wilson-Ellis, who had been living in Nottingham throughout this
period, was sentenced in August 2013 to seven months in
Head of Professional Conduct Sara Jagger said: "Barristers - their
integrity and honesty - are at the very heart of the rule of law in
this country. Although Ms Wilson-Ellis was not a practising
barrister, she simply could not continue to be a member of the
profession, given her conviction."
Ms Wilson-Ellis - who had been Called to the Bar in November 2008
but never practised -attended the hearing and pleaded guilty.
Notes to editors
About Ms Wilson-Ellis
Ms Wilson-Ellis was called to the Bar by Gray's Inn in November
2008. She was an unregistered barrister as she had completed the
academic stage of the Bar's training, but had not completed
pupillage and was, therefore, not entitled to offer or provide
legal services as a barrister.
About Disciplinary Tribunals
The Council of the Inns of Court (COIC) is an independent body -
separate to the BSB - which is responsible for appointing the
Disciplinary Tribunal panels which adjudicate on disciplinary
charges brought by the BSB for professional misconduct. This
function is performed under COIC's auspices by the Bar Tribunal and
Adjudication Service (BTAS).
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