24 February 2018

Yawar Shah disbarred for dishonesty, following conviction for mortgage fraud

Unregistered barrister Yawar Shah was ordered to be disbarred this week by an independent disciplinary tribunal, following his criminal convictions on two counts of conspiracy to defraud in 2013.

Mr Shah and another individual cloned the identity of a legitimate law firm and used it to carry out four mortgage frauds. Over the course of about four months, just over £2 million in mortgages had been obtained.

Mr Shah was sentenced to a three-year prison term in 2014 by the Court of Appeal, following the Attorney-General's appeal to increase it from 18 months.

At the disciplinary tribunal, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) brought charges of conduct which was dishonest and discreditable to a barrister, and failure to report the criminal convictions to the regulator.

BSB Director of Professional Conduct Sara Jagger said: "Mr Shah's actions and his subsequent criminal conviction, are clearly incompatible with membership of the Bar. The Tribunal's decision to disbar him reflect this."

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Notes to editors

About Yawar Ali Shah

Mr Shah was Called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn in November 2006. He was a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, specialising in immigration and property.

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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