A dual-qualified lawyer who was struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has been fined £1,000 by the Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service and banned from applying for a practising certificate for two years.
Aurang Khattak, who was called to the bar in 1989 and admitted as a solicitor in 2000, was struck off the roll of solicitors in 2012 following repeated breaches of the Solicitors’ Accounts Rules when practising as a supervising solicitor. The breaches, which fell short of dishonesty, were brought to the Bar Standards Board’s attention five years later in 2017.
The bar tribunal found that Khattak, who is unregistered, had engaged in conduct, whether in pursuit of his profession or otherwise, discreditable to a barrister and likely to diminish public confidence in the legal profession or the administration of justice, or otherwise bring the legal profession into disrepute.
The tribunal fined Khattak £1,000 and ordered that he cannot obtain a practising certificate for two years. He was also ordered to pay £600 in costs.
Sara Jagger, the BSB’s director of legal and enforcement, said: ‘It is a serious matter for a supervising solicitor to allow breaches of the solicitors’ accounting rules to take place and the disciplinary tribunal’s decision to prevent Mr Khattak from practising as a barrister for two years reflects this.’
The decision is open to appeal