A barrister who tried to mislead her head of chambers after a complaint was made against her has been suspended from practice for 12 months.
Satvir Aujla-Sahota, called to the bar by Lincoln’s Inn in 2003, was found by a disciplinary tribunal to have knowingly attempted to mislead and to have engaged in conduct which was dishonest.
According to the Bar Standards Board, which brought charges of professional misconduct, Aujla-Sahota attempted to mislead her head of chambers, who was investigating a complaint made against Aujla-Sahota regarding records of her court attendance.
Sara Jagger, BSB director of legal and enforcement said: ‘The tribunal’s decision to suspend Mrs Aujla-Sahota acts as a reminder that barristers must not seek to mislead anyone during the investigation of a complaint against them. Honesty is a core attribute for all barristers and the tribunal’s decision to suspend Mrs Aujla-Sahota reflects this.’
The tribunal’s decision is open to appeal.