Barrister Peter Moss, called to the Bar of England and Wales by Middle Temple in November 1980, was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held on 27 September 2019, following charges of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).
The tribunal’s decision comes after Mr Moss was convicted for the fraudulent evasion of tax in June 2018 at Leeds Combined Court. The tribunal found that Mr Moss failed to act with honesty and/or integrity, and that he had acted in a way likely to diminish the trust and confidence in which the public places in him or in the profession.
Commenting on the order to disbar, Sara Jagger, BSB Director of Professional Conduct, said: “Involvement in fraudulent tax evasion is entirely incompatible with the ethical standards of the profession and continued membership of the Bar. The tribunal’s decision to disbar Mr Moss reflects this.”
The tribunal’s decision is open to appeal.
Notes to editors
About Peter Moss
Peter Moss was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Middle Temple in November 1980.
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. The BSB is responsible for bringing charges of professional misconduct against barristers, which BTAS tribunal panels then adjudicate.
About the Bar Standards Board
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