25th Oct 2021
Robert Strang (Instructed by BDB Pitmans LLP (London)) for the Appellant.
This appeal concerns the issue whether the report of a professional disciplinary committee into the conduct of the appellant, Mr Shaheed Hosein, an attorney-at-law with an office in Port of Spain, was procedurally irregular and should be set aside.
Allegations of forgery were made against Mr Hosein in the circumstances described in the next section of this judgment. The allegations therefore were of very serious professional misconduct. A Disciplinary Committee, First Division was appointed pursuant to section 37(1) of the Legal Profession Act (“The Act”), Ch 90:03 of Trinidad and Tobago (“the Disciplinary Committee”). Its members were Deborah Peake SC (Vice Chair), Bijili Lalla and Nadia Kangaloo. In its Report dated 5 March 2013 the Disciplinary Committee found the allegations of forgery proved against Mr Hosein and in consequence a series of related breaches of the statutory rules applying to attorneys. The Disciplinary Committee remitted the case to the Chief Justice and the Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago as it considered that the case justified suspension from practice or removal from the Roll of Attorneys-at-Law, which were beyond its powers.