24 August 2019

Barrister Forz Khan's suspension reduced to three months following appeal

24 August 2018

Following an appeal, barrister Forz Khan's sanction for the matter described below was reduced to a total of three-month's suspension. The High Court decided that the original sanction was "mainfestly excessive and should be set aside". The press release below was published following the original independent disciplinary tribunal in March 2018 which had originally ordered Mr Khan be suspended for seven months. 

 

Barrister Forz Khan ordered to be suspended for seven months

 

23 March 2018

Barrister Forz Khan has been ordered to be suspended from practice for seven months by an independent disciplinary tribunal after admitting three charges of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

The tribunal's decision comes after Mr Khan, in 2016, broadcasted in court robing rooms serious, but incorrect, allegations made by a third party against another barrister including allegations of rape, assault and conspiracy to murder. Mr Khan also subsequently contacted the barrister's spouse about the allegations via a professional networking site when neither the barrister nor the barrister's spouse were known to him.

In imposing a seven-month suspension on Mr Khan the tribunal said that they considered this to be serious misconduct and noted that Mr Khan was in possession of confidential information which he should not have repeated.

BSB Director of Professional Conduct, Sara Jagger, said: "The tribunal's decision that Mr Khan's actions amounted to serious misconduct is a clear indication that behaviour such as this is not acceptable - acting in this way lacks integrity and diminishes the trust and confidence which the public places in the profession."

 

ENDS

 

Notes to editors:

About Forz Khan

Mr Khan was called to the Bar by Middle Temple in July 1988.

About disciplinary tribunals

The appointment, operation, and decisions (including decisions as to sanctions) of disciplinary tribunal panels are the responsibility of the Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service (BTAS). BTAS is run independently of the Bar Standards Board, the barristers' regulator, which is responsible for bringing charges of professional misconduct against barristers before BTAS.

About the Bar Standards Board

Our mission is to regulate barristers and specialised legal services businesses in England and Wales in the public interest. For more information about what we do visit: http://bit.ly/1gwui8t.

 

Contact: For all media enquiries call: 0207 611 1452 or email press@barstandardsboard.org.uk .