17 Mar 2020

Barrister Rashid Ahmed was suspended from practice for three months by an independent disciplinary tribunal which concluded on 13 March 2020 following a charge of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

The tribunal's decision comes after Mr Ahmed was convicted of common assault by beating in April 2018.

The tribunal found that Mr Ahmed had behaved in a way which was likely to diminish the trust and confidence which the public places in him or in the profession.

Commenting on the order, a BSB spokesperson said: “Being convicted of any form of assault is a serious matter for barristers and the tribunal’s decision to suspend Mr Ahmed from practice reflects this.”

The tribunal’s decision is open to appeal.



Notes to editors

About Rashid Ahmed

Rashid Ahmed was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Lincoln’s Inn in July 2003.

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. 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


Contact: For all media enquiries call: 0207 611 4691 or email press@barstandardsboard.org.uk.


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