Double trouble: Lawyer struck off by SRA has now been disbarred as well

He was a barrister, solicitor and lecturer at Aberystwyth University — now he’s none of these

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A former lawyer who was struck off the solicitors roll last year has now been disbarred as well.

Rajesh Babajee, an unregistered barrister, was reprimanded yesterday at the Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Tribunal for misappropriating £45,000 of client funds in a 2009 conveyancing transaction. He has now been booted out of the profession, with the Bar Standards Board (BSB) noting this ruling would serve “as an important reminder that barristers have a duty to report disciplinary action by another regulator”.

A former lawyer at Lambeth Solicitors, Babajee did not attend the bar tribunal. According to The Law Society Gazette, 36 Bedford Row barrister Kakoly Pande, appearing for the BSB, said the accused had “chosen not to engage” with the regulator. The tribunal decided not to adjourn the hearing to try to secure Babajee’s presence, with the tribunal’s chairman, His Honour John Rylance, stating:

He has been given plenty of opportunities to give his account but has not given any account.

Maybe Babajee’s non-attendance could be explained by a sudden case of déjà vu.

Last May, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) charged the Keele University graduate with the same offence he was subject to yesterday. Then, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) kicked Babajee out of the profession for a “catalogue of proven breaches”, amounting to “a masterclass in failure to comply with the basic requirements of practice as a solicitor”.

It’s also worth mentioning Babajee used to be a lecturer at Aberystwyth University’s Mauritius campus. Though Babajee is still described as a law lecturer, and a barrister too, on his LinkedIn profile, he resigned after being struck off and no longer appears on the university’s staff list. His public profile states he “tutors in law during the weekends”.

What a fall from grace.

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Anonymous

At least he’ll have more time to devote to the screenplay he mentions in his LinkedIn profile.

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Is there no investigation into why Aberystwyth University has a Mauritius campus?

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Anonymous

Liverpool has a Cayman Islands campus and a Chinese campus!

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Not Amused

“Aberystwyth University’s Mauritius campus”

I find these words baffling.

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Anonymous

Kakoly Pande is featured in a BBC documentary called ‘The Barristers’ (I think it’s on youtube).

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Anonymous

If I remember correctly she was shown being treated fairly shabbily by her original chambers, so good to see she is doing well elsewhere.

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Anonymous

He is a Keele University graduate… that explains it all.

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Anonymous

I’ve never understood why you would name a university after part of a ship.

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

How did you find not getting into uni and being on benefits?

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Anonymous

It is becoming fashionable to dual qualify and then get struck off and disbarred.

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Anonymous

What in god’s name is an unregistered barrister?

Does KK mean a barrister who doesn’t hold a practice certificate?

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Anonymous

Someone who has been called to the Bar but doesn’t have a current practising certificate. There are many thousands of them. Are you a lawyer?

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Anonymous

Yes and in all my years of practice have never come across the concept of an unregistered barrister. It doesn’t exist. There are those with practice certificates whom are entitled to call themselves barristers, then there is the rest.

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Unregistered barrister

As an unregistered barrister I can confirm that the term exists. Admittedly the term is a fairly recent invention. Also, the BSB does advise unregistered barristers to avoid using the term (unless followed by an explanation of the limitations of the title, e.g. no rights of audience) to avoid accusations of holding yourself out as a (registered) barrister, so the term should be infrequently used.

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Anonymous

Even the BSB’s own guidance uses the term ‘Unregistered Barrister’, so you can hardly blame KK for copying them.

“Guidance for Unregistered Barristers (Barristers without Practising Certificates) – Supplying Legal Services and Holding Out”

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An actual lawyer

LC keeps removing posts from lawyers. The most obvious way to identify a person who is not a lawyer is one who cannot reference himself or his subject or object. The members of legal cheek are legal Rejects and this is the reason why they do this. This post will be removed as soon as the legal cheek rejects detect it.

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Dave Barrister

Judging from the name under which you post, you are an ironic paradox then?

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Anonymous

Hey guy I currently go to aberystwyth. I know we are low on league tables but will my uni be considered good enough for a training contract/ pupilage?

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His Royal Highness Lord Harley

God no. You should have gone to Keele.

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Judge Pickles

There can be no sense to this thread, without the multiple deletions. Just delete the whole thread FFS.

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