15 December 2018

Unregistered barrister Godwin Okri disbarred for dishonest conduct when practising as a solicitor

22 February 2018

Unregistered barrister Godwin Okri was ordered to be disbarred from the Bar of England and Wales at an independent disciplinary tribunal hearing held on Wednesday 21 February 2018, following charges brought by the Bar Standards Board.

The decision comes following dishonest and discreditable conduct on Mr Okri's part in 2004 whilst he was acting in a conveyancing transaction as a solicitor. Mr Okri acted for both seller and buyer where a conflict of interest existed without the written consent of both parties. In the process Mr Okri breached Money Laundering Regulations, ignored a Solicitors Regulation Authority warning on property fraud, and dishonestly assisted a third party in securing a property for substantially less than its market value.

Mr Okri was also found to have failed to cooperate with the Bar Standards Board (BSB) as he failed to notify the BSB when he was struck off the roll of solicitors in 2009.

Speaking about Wednesday's Bar tribunal, a BSB spokesperson said: "This finding serves as a reminder to barristers that their professional conduct when practising as solicitors, or indeed as any other legal professionals, will be taken into account when considering their membership of the Bar. The tribunal's decision to disbar Mr Okri reflects the seriousness of his actions when acting as a solicitor."

The tribunal's decision is open to appeal.

ENDS

Notes to editors

About Godwin Okri

Mr Okri was called to the Bar in 1995 by Lincoln's Inn. He has never practised as a barrister in England and Wales.

About the Bar Standards Board

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