20 Mar 2020

Barrister Sami Rahman is to be suspended from practice for three months from 1 May 2020. The order to suspend was made by an independent disciplinary tribunal which concluded on 18 March 2020, following a charge of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

The tribunal's decision comes after Mr Rahman was convicted in June 2018 of breaching, on two occasions, a non-molestation order which had been served on him in March 2018.

The tribunal found that Mr Rahman had behaved in a way which was likely to diminish the trust and confidence which the public places in him or in the profession. As well as ordering a suspension from practice, the tribunal also imposed a fine of £1000.

Commenting on the tribunal’s decision, a BSB spokesperson said: “The public expect barristers to comply with court orders of this type, even if they arise from matters in their private lives. The tribunal’s decision to suspend Mr Rahman from practice reflects the seriousness of his actions.”

The tribunal’s decision is open to appeal.

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Notes to editors

About Sami Rahman

Sami Ur Rahman was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Lincoln’s Inn in October 1996.

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, on which BTAS tribunal panels then adjudicate. The sanctions imposed are a matter for the tribunal having regard to the facts of the individual case and the BTAS Sanctions Guidance which is endorsed by the Council of the Inns of Court.

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

 

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