BSB probe could see VAT fraud barrister struck off

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  • Yes, he could be struck off. The Pope could be Catholic also!

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  • Solicitors are struck off; Barristers are disbarred!

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  • we all know why he wouldn't be automatically struck off by the BSB but its the kind of thing which members of the public find hard to stomach about the legal profession

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  • thanks anon at 1.34 pm
    perhaps the le plaignant's disciplinary hearing will be heard in camera

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  • Another contributing factor to the public's diminishing faith in the legal profession.

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  • Sentenced to 3 years 6 months..discuss!!

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  • As a solicitor I am not familiar with the Bar requirements for professional indemnity cover but presume they are similar to Law Society/SRA rules and suitable insurance is an essential requirement to practise.
    What chance does a barrister on release from a period in custody have of obtaining cover if full disclosure made? it would seem probable even if available the cost would be such as to make it impossible for someone not in work for sometime.
    The decision of the disciplinary hearing is perhaps of little practical importance but critical to public perception of the integrity of lawyers. Any result other than "disbarred" would be hard to comprehend.

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