23 July 2017

Barrister to be disbarred following fraud conviction

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 prison.

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.

ENDS

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
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