An Oxfordshire man who lied to senior judges by pretending to be a solicitor has been banned by the Solicitors Regulation Authority from working in a law firm without the regulator’s permission.
Mohammed Kabba, of Kidlington, Oxfordshire, was sentenced to 16 months in prison by Birmingham Crown Court last year for attempting to pervert the course of justice.
A decision published by the SRA states that Kabba, on 25 September 2012, falsely represented to a Home Office official that he was a member of a firm of solicitors, ‘when this was not the case’.
On 25 February 2013, Kabba sent a fax to the Home Office in which he ‘deliberately’ provided the department with information ‘which he knew to be false’.
The information consisted of injunctions in place to prevent the Home Office from removing his client from the country.
Later that day, the regulator says Kabba made a telephone application to Mr Justice Mitting at the Royal Courts of Justice for an injunction preventing his client from being deported. Kabba falsely told Mitting he was a solicitor.
Following Mitting’s decision, Kabba made a telephone application to Lord Justice (Sir Stephen Price) Richards in the Court of Appeal. He falsely told Richards he was a solicitor.
The SRA’s decision states that Kabba ‘has occasioned or been a party to, with or without the connivance of a solicitor, an act or default in relation to a legal practice which involved conduct on his part of such a nature that in the opinion of the [Law Society] it would be undesirable for him to be involved in a legal practice’ in any of the ways set out in the regulator’s decision without permission.
The SRA says Kabba was involved in a legal practice.
The decision provides no details of any firm.