Barrister struck off after signature forgery
13th March 2012
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has struck off a former Middle Temple barrister who orchestrated a complex and lucrative scam, which included forging the signature of a Baroness.
Alexander Mercouris, who previously held positions at the Citizens Advice Bureau and the Royal Courts of Justice, was found guilty of bringing the legal profession into disrepute and broke down in tears as the verdict was delivered at a tribunal by Crawford Lindsay QC.
The case dates back to October 2009 when the ex-barrister began damages proceedings against Westminster Council on behalf of Lorna Jamous and her son Tariq. Mercouris misled his client several times over the course of the episode, claiming that he was being blackmailed by Supreme Court president Lord Phillips and fabricating meetings with fellow lawyers, amongst other incidents.
The panel chairman acknowledged Mr Mercouris’ previous good character and lamented the possibility of this regrettable case having a negative impact on the reputation of the vast majority of sincere and hardworking people who hold lawyer jobs.