A solicitor-barrister who failed to disclose a conviction from the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has been suspended for a year – weeks after his son was disbarred for a similar offence.
Naseem Bajwa, who was called to the bar in 2012, was ordered to be suspended from practice by an independent disciplinary tribunal, following charges of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board.
The tribunal’s decision came after Bajwa failed to disclose on his admission application to Gray’s Inn that he had been convicted of a disciplinary offence and fined by the SDT in 2010.
The tribunal found that Bajwa had acted dishonestly by making the application because he knew that the statement that he had never been convicted of a disciplinary offence by a professional or regulatory body was false.
It ordered that Bajwa be suspended for 12 months starting on 1 October 2019, subject to any appeal.
Last month, Azfar Naseem Bajwa was disbarred after failing to tell the BSB that he had previously been struck off by the SDT. According to the BSB, Naseem Bajwar mentioned that Azfar Naseem Bajwar was his son when giving evidence.
On Naseem Bajwa’s suspension, Sara Jagger, BSB director of professional conduct, said: ‘The tribunal’s decision to suspend Mr Bajwa serves as a warning of the serious consequences that can result from failing to disclose previous offences when seeking admission to the bar’.