24 February 2018

Jean Etienne Attala disbarred, following persistent dishonesty

22 January 2016

Jean Etienne Attala has been ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal today, following the BSB finding that he acted dishonestly and did not report serious misconduct to his regulator.

Mr Attala's conduct arose whilst practising as a solicitor in employment matters, liaising between workers, employers and trade unions.  Claims were subsequently struck out after he failed to seek instructions and progress matters, which he attempted to cover up by stating he had done so, when he had not. He was struck from the roll of solicitors for this in September 2015.

He was also an unregistered barrister, which meant that his conduct came under the remit of the BSB, as well as the SRA.

Mr Attala faced two charges, the first related to conduct for which he was struck from the roll of solicitors in September 2015. The conduct took place in 2011 when he lied to the court, employers and clients when employed as a solicitor, in breach of the BSB's Handbook's Code of Conduct.

The second was for failing to inform the BSB that the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) had taken disciplinary action.

BSB Director of Professional Conduct Sara Jagger said: "Mr Attala's persistent dishonesty which affected hundreds of clients was clearly an unacceptable risk to the public and did not reflect the high standards of trust the public should expect from the profession.

"We note the Tribunal's decision to order the disbarment, which is consistent with the action we took to interim suspend Mr Attala on 3 September 2015, immediately following his strike-off as a solicitor. It is right Mr Attala is no longer a barrister."

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Notes to editors

About Jean Etienne Attala

Mr Attala was Called to the Bar by Gray's Inn in May 1994.

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