25 February 2018

Immigration barrister Michael Wainwright has been disbarred, confirms bar regulator

24 June 2015

Immigration barrister Michael Wainwright has been disbarred, confirms bar regulator

Acting dishonestly towards a client has led to former immigration barrister Michael William Wainwright being disbarred with effect from today. This follows a finding by the Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service (BTAS) that Mr Wainwright's conduct lead to the client's mother-in-law being deported.

Michael Wainwright's disbarment was heard in a public disciplinary tribunal on 3 December last year, but he lodged an appeal that was due to be heard on 4 June. Mr Wainwright subsequently withdrew that appeal.  He was suspended during the period of the initial finding in December until his disbarment came into force today.

Director of Professional Conduct for the BSB, Sara Jagger said: "Our role as a regulator is to protect the public interest.  Michael Wainwright was not acting in his client's interest when he lied about filing documents with the UK Border Agency.

"If members of the public pay for a barrister to act on their behalf, they should expect a professional and competent service, not lies to cover up delays and inaction.

"As a result of the action taken by the BSB, it is now a criminal offence for Mr Wainwright to continue to practise as a barrister. If any member of the public is concerned that Mr Wainwright may still be practising, they should contact the police."

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Notes to editors

BSB Press release Michael William Wainwright - December 2014

About Mr Michael William Wainwright
Mr Michael Wainwright was Called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn in November 2008.

About the Bar Standards Board
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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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