24 February 2018

QC to be disbarred following “cheating the public revenue” conviction

30 September 2015

A disciplinary tribunal ordered the disbarment of Rohan Pershad QC yesterday.

This was following the BSB taking enforcement action in relation to his conviction for cheating the public revenue in February 2013, when he was sentenced to 42 months' imprisonment.

The conviction was for non-payment of VAT of more than £600,000 over a 12 year period that had been collected on his professional fees.

The independent disciplinary tribunal made a unanimous decision to disbar Mr Pershad. In announcing the decision, the chair commented on the serious nature of the criminal offence, particularly in light of the amount of money and time period and the need to uphold the reputation and public confidence in the profession.

Director of Professional Conduct for the BSB Sara Jagger said, "Our role as a regulator is to act in the public interest and provide a safeguard against risk.

"The public have a right to expect members of the bar to be honest and act with integrity. Mr Pershad failed to do this and the order is one that reflects the seriousness of the actions and upholds confidence in the profession."

ENDS

Notes to editors

About Rohan Pershad QC

Mr Rohan Pershad QC was Called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn in October 1991. He took silk in January 2011.

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