Disgraced peer Lord Taylor barred from working as a lawyer
DISGRACED PEER IS BANNED FROM WORKING AS A LAWYER
Lord Taylor was yesterday banned from practising as a barrister
Saturday May 26,2012
By Giles Sheldrick
The disgraced life peer, 59, lost his plea to be allowed to remain a member of the profession and the Bar Council after it ruled his criminal behaviour had brought the organisation into disrepute.
Lord Taylor was appearing before a disciplinary hearing of the Bar Standards Board.
Judge Nicholas Riddell, on the Board, said: “This was a serious criminal offence, not simply an error of judgement.”
The Conservative Party’s first black peer, the son of Jamaican immigrants, was jailed for 12 months last May after swindling the taxpayer out of £11,277 in false claims for travel and overnight subsistence.
Lord Taylor had registered a house in Oxford as his main residence to claim expenses for travel to London and overnight stays there. But he lived in west London and claimed expenses there too.