24 June 2017

Unregistered barrister Mahnoor Choudhury disbarred for stealing money from her employer and her colleagues

19 April 2017

Mahnoor Choudhury was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held earlier today following charges brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

The tribunal's decision comes after Miss Choudhury was summarily dismissed by her employer on 22 June 2016 for stealing a total of around £400 from the petty cash belonging to her employer and from the bags of her work colleagues.

In addition, Miss Choudhury was reprimanded by the tribunal for not reporting this serious conduct to the BSB promptly.

A BSB spokesperson said: "Acting dishonestly by stealing money is incompatible with membership of the Bar. The tribunal's decision to disbar Miss Choudhury reflects this."

The tribunal's decision is open to appeal.

ENDS

Notes to editors

About Mahnoor Choudhury

Miss Choudhury was called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn in March 2014. She has never practised as a barrister in England and Wales. 

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.

About the Bar Standards Board

Our mission is to regulate barristers and specialised legal services businesses in England and Wales in the public interest. For more information about what we do visit: http://bit.ly/1gwui8t.

 

Contact: For all media enquiries call: 0207 611 1452 or email press@barstandardsboard.org.uk .