20 November 2013

Barrister disbarred for assisting forgery

A public disciplinary tribunal has ordered the disbarment of a barrister for acting in a way that was dishonest or otherwise discreditable to a barrister, after he witnessed, and attested to, the forged signatures of both the seller and buyer during a sale of land.

Last week the Bar Standards Board (BSB) successfully brought charges against Frankie Tan Lyn Seang, who was struck off the Roll of Advocates and Solicitors of the High Court of Malaya (Malaysia) following a finding from the Advocates and Solicitors Disciplinary Board that Mr Tan was guilty of misconduct for acting dishonestly and fraudulently

The Bar Standards Board's Head of Professional Conduct Sara Down said: "It would be wrong to allow Mr Tan to continue to be a barrister when he has acted in such a way to diminish public confidence in the profession and discredit the Bar."

The Council of the Inns of Court (COIC) is an independent body - separate to the BSB - which is responsible for appointing the Disciplinary Tribunal panels which adjudicate on disciplinary charges brought by the BSB for professional misconduct. Since February 2013, this function has been performed under COIC's auspices by the Bar Tribunal and Adjudication Service (BTAS).

More information is available on the BTAS website.


Notes to editors 

Mr Tan was called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn in July 1989.

Contact: the Bar Standards Board Press Office on 02076111452.