19 July 2018

Unregistered barrister Tiyani Behanzin suspended for failing to cooperate with the regulator

29 June 2016

An independent disciplinary tribunal has ordered Tiyani Behanzin, an unregistered barrister, to be suspended for a minimum of 12 months until he pays outstanding financial orders. As a result, he is not entitled to hold a practising certificate in this period.

Mr Behanzin did not pay orders totalling £1335, imposed for previous disciplinary offences in 2011. These related to holding himself out as a barrister in connection with the provision of legal services, when he did not have a practising certificate.

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) sent Mr Behanzin letters and emails over four years, to which he did not reply.

The Tribunal ordered two 12-month suspensions for the two charges relating to not cooperating with the regulator.  For not paying the financial orders, the suspension was ordered to remain in place until the outstanding money is paid.

BSB Director of Professional Conduct Sara Jagger said: "Sanctions imposed by the Tribunal and correspondence sent by the BSB are to be taken seriously. Mr Behanzin's refusal to cooperate with his regulator is a serious breach of his duty as a barrister, and the Tribunal's decision to suspend him reflects this."

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Notes to editors

About Tiyani Behanzin

Mr Behanzin was Called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn in July 2006.

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

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