11 Jan 2022

Unregistered barrister Syed Idnaan Ali was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal which concluded on 7 January 2022 following charges of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

The tribunal’s decision follows Mr Ali dishonestly providing legal services to another individual in 2018 when not authorised to do so. He told the individual that he would prepare a judicial review claim for him, produced false evidence that the claim had been prepared, and knowingly used a false address for the client on the fabricated claim form.

The tribunal found that Mr Ali had failed to act with honesty, and with integrity, and that he had behaved in a way that was likely to diminish the trust and confidence which the public places in him or in the barrister profession.

The tribunal also found that in December 2018, Mr Ali had become rude and aggressive in a meeting with the individual concerned.

Commenting on the order to disbar, a BSB spokesperson said: “Acting in such a dishonest way is a very serious matter for a barrister and the tribunal’s decision to disbar Mr Ali reflects this.”

The tribunal’s decision is open to appeal.



Notes to editors

About Syed Idnaan Ali

Mr Syed Idnaan Ali was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Middle Temple in March 2016.  

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.

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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