17 July 2019

Unregistered Barrister Michael O’Maoileoin ordered to be disbarred

9 May 2019

Unregistered Barrister Michael O'Maoileoin, called to the Bar of England and Wales by Inner Temple in October 2004, was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held on 8 May 2019, following charges of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

The tribunal's decision comes after Mr O'Maoileoin, whilst practising as a solicitor, dishonestly provided a witness statement containing false or misleading information during High Court proceedings. In March 2018, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal struck Mr O'Maoileoin off the Roll of Solicitors. The BSB's disciplinary proceedings began after this decision.

Commenting on the order to disbar, a BSB spokesperson said: "Providing dishonest or false witness statements in High Court proceedings is incompatible with continued membership of the Bar. The tribunal's decision that he should be disbarred reflects this."

The tribunal's decision is open to appeal.

ENDS

Notes to editors

About Michael O'Maoileoin

Michael O'Maoileoin was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Inner Temple in October 2004.

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 .