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Rookie barrister suspended after representing client in the High Court before pupillage

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Six-month penalty open to appeal

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A junior barrister has been suspended from practice for six months after he appeared in court on behalf of a client when he was unauthorised to do so.

The ruling by the Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service (BTAS) states that Ehi Andrew Ukiwa exercised rights of audience, a reserved legal activity, on three separate occasions in late 2016 before he had started pupillage. Ukiwa’s premature appearances related to the estate of a deceased male and took place in Bromley County Court and the High Court’s Chancery Division in the Rolls Building (pictured top).

Fast-forward to January 2017 and Ukiwa was back in court again, according to the ruling. Now a pupil barrister in his “first period”, Ukiwa exercised rights of audience in the High Court when he was still unauthorised to do so.

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According to BTAS, Ukiwa “behaved in a way which was likely to diminish the trust and confidence which the public places in a barrister or in the profession” and “failed to observe his duty to the court in the administration of justice.”

Commenting on the tribunal’s finding, the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) director of professional conduct, Sara Jagger, said:

“Barristers have to complete pupillage or another form of work-based learning before they can apply to us for a full practising certificate and only those with a valid certificate may represent clients in court proceedings as a barrister. The tribunal’s decision to suspend Mr Ukiwa reflects the importance of these rules in upholding confidence in the profession.”

Ukiwa was called to the bar by Middle Temple in October 2010 and is a tenant at No. 4 Grays Inn Chambers, according to BSB records. He is now suspended from practice for six months. The tribunal’s decision is open to appeal.

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37 Comments

Anonymous

Good!

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Paulie the Parrot

LIIIIIIIIIIIIAAAAAAAARRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!

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Anonymous

I think a six month suspension is unduly lenient for a second offence. If this was the SRA it would inevitably be a ban and extortionate costs order.

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Bar Humbug

Agree! A case of a barrister who had been called to the bar, who allegedly held out as a barrister whilst undertaking work solely in his other profession, was wrongly held to be in breach of the rules.
He was fined £5k and his reputation was tarnished permantly.
It’s a closed shop, which should be smashed!

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At least this came to light now, so it can be considered when making tenancy decisions. To paraphrase what was said about Anthony Eden after Suez*, if this guy didn’t know that what he was doing was unlawful, he is too stupid to be a barrister; if he did know, he is too dishonest to be a barrister”.

* “If he knew, he is too evil to be Prime Minister. If he didn’t know, he is too stupid to be Prime Minister”

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Anonymous

Eden’s not an authority for anything, silly, stupid man that he was. His position over Suez was ludicrous.

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Anonymous

Anyone know what exactly it was he did in the High Court? Was it a mention, a motion, or something more?

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Anonymous

Whatever it was it was too much!

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Anonymous

Protect your closed shop dude

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Anonymous

A mention? A Motion? What century are you from?

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Anonymous

You still have mentions in the High Court.

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Anonymous

Does “No. 4 Grays Inn Chambers” exist? Is it just a room that this chap shares with his friend, Mr Unigwe?

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Fox in duck outfit

4-5 Grays Inn Sq?

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Oh my god, I just thought it was the usual sloppy reporting from LC. I would have to hazard a bet that a standard gmail address for business purposes (especially in this industry) is certainly not GDPR compliant.

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Demos

‘chap’

This fellow. The law is littered with posh bastards.

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Judge hobosexual

That’s nothing, I didn’t do a bvtc or an llb or a levels or GCSEs! Why not? Cos I’m a homeless drunk!
Yet I’m a judge! How? I networked with my uncle in the House of Lords and he gave me a job!

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Anonymous

Incredibly funny. You are wasted as a judge.

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Judge hobosexual

I am indeed constantly wasted!!!

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Anonymous

He did this several times yet has gotten away with an extremely lenient penalty when immediate striking off should have been the penalty. Does the BTAS think they’re upholding public trust in the profession and the justice system by allowing a repeat offender to essentially remain in the profession? Either the BTAS are grossly incompetent or this is another attempt at pushing a certain leftist diversity agenda

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Anonymous

Can only think he went for the ‘I’m honest but a complete idiot, have pity on me’ defence as opposed to the ‘I’m a liar but I’m sorry’ defence.

Second only to the chewbacca defence of course.

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Anonymous

What’s the (possible) effect on the cases he appeared in?

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Anonymous

If you are supporting this guy, then you are an idiot.

If you are thinking along the lines of appeals, detriment to ‘client’ etc. then you are not an idiot.

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Anonymous

The latter.

I’m just wondering how any judgments or orders stand if this sort of thing comes to legal light.

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Anonymity

Do they mean 4-5 Grays Inn Sq?

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Anonymous

No, it’s a different chambers. I went snooping awhile ago.

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Anonymous

What an idiot. His judgement is obviously severely lacking if nothing else.

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Anonymous

What’s he done wrong?

Asking for a friend.

Kind regards,

Lord Harley.

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Demos

Power to the lad.

If the client wants to pay him and he thinks he can get away it, why not. What I don’t understand is why he took the risk/s when he could have lost his career. Called to the bar but then evicted from the bar analogous to an eviction by a bouncer in broken jaw mode.

He must have made a small fortune – or it was for a friend. He told me to do it from the grave. Just doesn’t make sense.

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Anonymous

You’re so dumb it’s painful

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Anon

Watch this space-. He’ll try his luck again with some poor unsuspecting…

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Some people bullshit their way through life. It’s a mindset I’ve never been able to fully understand, though granted many get away with it.

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Anonymous

Yeah, those many usually end up in silk.

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Anonymous

Saddo

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