A barrister has been suspended for seven months after repeating false allegations of rape, assault and conspiracy to murder against another barrister.
Forz Khan also subsequently contacted the barrister’s spouse about the allegations online despite the fact did not know the barrister, who has not been named, or their spouse.
Khan admitted three charges of professional misconduct.
The decision comes following a decision by the Bar Tribunal and Adjudication Service (BTAS) and follows charges brought by regulator the Bar Standards Board (BSB).
Khan reportedly repeated the intial allegations, made by a third party, in court robing rooms.
Imposing the suspension, the BTAS said that it considered this to be ‘serious misconduct’ and noted that Khan was in possession of confidential information that he should not have repeated.
Khan was called to the bar in 1988 by Middle Temple.
Sara Jagger, director of professional conduct, at the BSB said: ‘The tribunal’s decision that Khan’s actions amounted to serious misconduct is a clear indication that behaviour such as this is not acceptable - acting in this way lacks integrity and diminishes the trust and confidence which the public places in the profession.’
The BTAS decision is open to appeal.