Barrister Naseem Bajwa, called to the Bar of England and Wales by Gray's Inn in March 2012, was ordered to be suspended from practice by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held on 1 October, following charges of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB). The tribunal ordered that Mr Bajwa be suspended for a period of twelve months starting on 1 October 2019, subject to any appeal.
The tribunal's decision comes after Mr Bajwa made a false declaration on the admission application to Gray's Inn in failing to disclose that he had been convicted of a disciplinary offence and fined by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in 2010.
The tribunal found Mr Bajwa acted dishonestly by making the application because he knew that the statement that he had never been convicted of a disciplinary offence by a professional or regulatory body was false.
Commenting on the order to suspend, Sara Jagger, BSB Director of Professional Conduct, said: "The tribunal's decision to suspend Mr Bajwa serves as a warning of the serious consequences that can result from failing to disclose previous offences when seeking admission to the Bar".
The tribunal's decision is open to appeal.
Notes to editors
About Naseem Bajwa
Naseem Bajwa was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Gray's Inn in March 2012.
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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