A barrister who operated a cab company without a licence has been fined £600 by the bar regulator.
Ahtiq Raja, who was a barrister at 9 King’s Bench Walk until September this year, was the director of taxi company Call a Cab. The firm was last year found guilty at Oxford Magistrates’ Court of five separate offences for operating a cab in a controlled district without a licence.
According to local news reports at the time, Raja and his taxi firm were ordered to pay a fine of £25,000 after a two-year legal battle. The firm was also banned from operating in Aylesbury.
The Bar Standards Board found Raja culpable of professional misconduct for behaving in a way that was likely to diminish trust and confidence in the profession. The finding was as a result of determination by consent.
Meanwhile, in another disciplinary decision Stephen Supple, who was last month found to have withdrawn almost £2,000 from his client’s bank account without permission, has been suspended by the bar tribunal for three months.
He has also been prohibited for accepting or carrying out public access work for 12 months. The finding is open to appeal.