Barrister Imprisoned For Stealing From Own Nanna

Most people love, respect, and cherish their families. They would not deliberately do anything to harm close relatives. The vast majority would want to benefit their relatives and in mid-March 2023 legal industry regulator the Bar Tribunal and Adjudication Service handed down its decision to a person operating in the capacity of a barrister of unregistered status preventing him from practicing in this office after evidence was uncovered by it of the person committing fraud against his nanna to the tune of ten thousand pounds. The barrister had previously received five convictions of a criminal nature from the Crown Court located in Chichester in the county of Sussex in 2016 in connection with fraud offenses and to make an example of him at the time he was handed forty-eight months incarcerated in Her Majesty’s prison estate to focus his mind as to the crimes he had committed against his nanna and deter other persons who may be tempted to act in such a disgraceful manner. He had also been handed a financial sanction in the amount of eight thousand pounds. However, this was not the end of the matter and he was now stripped of his ability to act in his professional capacity as a barrister.       

What Happened In The Case?

The career of the legal professional at the center of the proceedings achieved the incredible accolade of the barrister in November 2012 and he was progressing well. However, all his career success appears to have come crashing down four years later when matters appear to have hit a bump in the proverbial road. Evidence emerged appearing to suggest that the legal professional at the center of the proceedings had utilized his nanna’s card using it for the provision of banking services. 
He had inexplicably failed to approach his nanna for her consent and authority to use the card. He brazenly used the banking facility to remove more than four thousand pounds of money belonging to his nanna. Documentary evidence also suggested that he had moved over ten thousand pounds from his nanna’s bank facility to his own personal private bank account again without asking first. This was not the only incident as there were further events whereby the legal professional had used his grandmother’s bank account to purchase groceries and other services online.        

What Did The Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service Say?

If the barrister thought he would be able to start a new life after leaving His Majesty’s prison estate he was living under a misconception and was in for a rude awakening. The Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service commented that the legal professional at the center of the proceedings had been involved in a scheme that appeared to involve the deception of one of his closest relatives. He had undermined the professional image advocates are meant to demonstrate. His conduct had significantly reduced the faith the wider populous put in lawyers operating in the profession.  

Lessons Learned? 

Lawyers operating in the legal industry should be taking on board the lessons from this case and follow the below guidelines to avoid getting themselves in hot water in terms of receiving a custodial sentence of imprisonment and having their permission to operate in the legal profession by taking the following action by not:
-    being greedy
-    giving into the temptation to commit acts of theft 
-    using the banking facilities of relatives without permission and
-    acting with integrity and honesty at all times.
This will mitigate the risk of other legal professionals finding themselves in this predicament. 
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