An unregistered barrister who was banned from working as a solicitor and had his practice shut down has now been removed from the barristers’ profession.
Chukwuma Emele was disbarred from the Bar of England and Wales at an independent disciplinary tribunal hearing on Friday 14 July.
The decision follows false claims in his application to be called to the bar in 2010. His application was accepted that year, though he never held a practising certificate.
Emele claimed in his application that he was unaware of anything that might call his fitness to become a barrister into question. However, he concealed the fact that the Solicitors Regulation Authority had intervened into his law firm Credo Law Office in 2009.
Further, in 2012 the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal found he had been operating a firm of solicitors when not authorised to do so and had dishonestly appropriated client funds. The SDT’s decision, which was upheld on appeal in October last year, prohibited Emele from re-registering as a registered foreign lawyer and from working at SRA-regulated firms.
A BSB spokesperson said: ‘The tribunal’s decision to disbar Emele acts as a reminder for anyone hoping to be called to the Bar of England and Wales to be open and honest at all times and in the declarations they make when applying for entry to one of the inns. Honesty and integrity are core attributes for all barristers.’
The tribunal’s decision is open to appeal.