A barrister who deliberately attempted to deceive the court during divorce proceedings has been disbarred by a disciplinary tribunal.
Ehi Ukiwa, who was called to the bar in 2010, was found to have engaged in conduct that was dishonest or otherwise discreditable to a barrister; prejudicial to the administration of justice; and likely to diminish public confidence in the legal profession or the administration of justice, or otherwise bring the legal profession into disrepute.
The tribunals’ decision comes after a county court judge found that Ukiwa had deliberately, and in an attempt to deceive the court, wrongly stated the address of an individual during divorce proceedings in 2013. He did this knowing that they had no connection with that address, and that someone else at that address would complete and return the acknowledgement of service with the intention of obtaining a divorce fraudulently.
The tribunal also found that Ukiwa failed to fulfil his obligation to report the finding to the Bar Standards Board.
Commenting on the order, a BSB spokesperson said: ‘Engaging in conduct which seeks to deceive the court, including where the barrister is a party to proceedings, is incompatible with the ethical standards that the public expect of the profession and continued membership of the bar. The tribunal’s decision to disbar Mr Ukiwa reflects this.'
The tribunal’s decision is open to appeal.