22 September 2019

Barrister Sellappah Job Joseph suspended for 12 months for conducting litigation when not authorised to do so

26 April 2017

Barrister Sellappah Job Joseph was suspended for 12 months by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held yesterday following charges brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

The tribunal's decision comes after Mr Joseph conducted litigation on behalf of his client during divorce proceedings without the necessary authorisation between 1 March 2015 and 31 May 2016.

A BSB spokesperson said: "The tribunal's decision to suspend Mr Joseph serves as a reminder to barristers about the need to obtain authorisation and an extension to their practising certificates from us before conducting litigation. The authorisation process is designed to assure the general public that barristers offering litigation services have the necessary skills, knowledge, systems and insurance to do so. The tribunal's decision to suspend Mr Joseph from all practice as a barrister for 12 months shows the importance placed on this process."  

The tribunal's decision is open to appeal.


Notes to editors

About Sellappah Job Joseph

Mr Joseph was called to the Bar by Middle Temple in November 1983.

About barristers' authorisation to conduct litigation

There is more information about barristers' requirements to obtain authorisation to conduct litigation on the BSB website.

About disciplinary tribunals

The appointment, operation, and decisions (including sentencing) of disciplinary tribunal panels are performed by 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. These charges are then adjudicated on by BTAS' tribunal panels.

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