A former solicitor struck off for dishonesty during her training contract is appealing the tribunal’s decision.
The judgment involving Henna Zeb Khan has been amended with a notice that she will challenge the decision to strike her off in the High Court. The order made by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal remains in force.
Khan, formerly with Bradford firm Stachiw Bashir Green Solicitors and who represented herself during a two-day hearing in February, was banned for signing four documents on a property matter in 2018 using the name of a senior colleague. She was admitted to the roll in February 2019 and the matter was uncovered three months later and her employment terminated.
Before the tribunal, she accepted she had signed the documents and that it was inappropriate to have done so, but she denied realising this at the time. Khan claimed she had been expressly authorised to act as she did. This submission was rejected by the tribunal which found she had no such authorisation. It was further found that she was aware she was signing in a name other than her own and knew the importance of the documents, with dishonesty found proved.
Khan’s appeal is the second time in less than a year that a junior solicitor struck off by the tribunal – having been unrepresented at their own hearing – has challenged the decision. Earlier this month, the SRA agreed that Claire Matthews was entitled to another hearing based on new medical evidence, having been struck off after leaving documents on a train and misleading her bosses about what had happened.