17 February 2017
Unregistered barrister Rajesh Babajee was ordered to be
disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing on
Thursday 16 February, following his striking-off as a solicitor in
April last year.
The conduct for which Mr Babajee was ordered to be disbarred
occurred while he was practising as solicitor. However, as Mr
Babajee was also an unregistered barrister, the Bar Standards Board
brought disciplinary proceedings against him too. The
Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) found that Mr Babajee
dishonestly misappropriated client funds of £45,000, relating to a
conveyancing transaction in 2009 and struck him off the roll of
The Tribunal also found that Mr Babajee had failed to co-operate
with the BSB in response to the regulatory process.
A BSB spokesperson said: "Dishonestly misappropriating client
funds is incompatible with the behaviour expected from members of
the Bar. The tribunal's decision to disbar Mr Babajee reflects
this. The finding also serves as an important reminder that
barristers have a duty to report disciplinary action by another
regulator, even if they are unregistered barristers."
Notes to editors
About Rajesh Babajee
Mr Babajee was called to the Bar by Middle Temple in March 2003.
He was admitted to the Roll of solicitors in 2006.
Mr Babajee practised as a solicitor and has never held a
practising certificate as a barrister in England and Wales. He was
not entitled to practise as a barrister, having not completed
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
About the Bar Standards Board
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services businesses in England and Wales in the public interest.
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