11 December 2018

Barrister to be disbarred for past involvement in multi-million pound mortgage fraud

01 April 2014

A barrister who was struck off as a solicitor for being involved in a multi-million pound mortgage fraud was last week ordered by an independent disciplinary tribunal to be disbarred.

Mr Mohammad Shariful Islam was struck off the Roll of Solicitors on 19 January 2012 after it became clear that he had been involved in suspicious transactions bearing the hallmarks of mortgage fraud and money laundering.

Sitting on Friday 28 March 2014, the panel, chaired by HH Jeremy Griggs, heard how Mr Islam had as a solicitor diverted millions of pounds of clients' money into a separate account.

The full finding by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal can be found here.

Mr Islam failed to inform the Bar Standards Board (BSB) that he had been convicted of misconduct by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal - a breach of the barristers' Code of Conduct.

Head of Professional Conduct at the BSB, Sara Down said: "It is clear from the extent of his dishonesty as a solicitor and the litany of findings against him that Mr Islam should have no place at the Bar and the panel's decision was the right one."

Mr Islam was an unregistered barrister as he 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.

For more information, please click here.

ENDS

Notes to editors

Mr Mohammed Shariful Islam was called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn, in March 2009. He was born on 1 March 1976 and admitted as a solicitor on 15 August 2000. He practised at O'Sullivan Law Solicitors, 9 - 13 Osborne Street, London, E1 6TD. The SRA records showed that the firm commenced business on 20 February 2006 and ceased on 30 September 2007.

Contact: the Bar Standards Board Press Office on 0207 6111 452.