11 December 2017

Barrister Hilary Roberts suspended for two months for failing to comply with a County Court Order

1 December 2017

Barrister Hilary Roberts was suspended for two months by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held yesterday following charges brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

The tribunal's decision comes after Mr Roberts failed to make payment to settle an employment tribunal claim in 2013 even after the making of a County Order for recovery of the money.

Mr Roberts was also fined £2000 by the tribunal for failing to be open and co-operative with the regulator during its investigation into this matter.

BSB Director of Professional Conduct Sara Jagger said: "A barrister failing to comply with a Court Order to make previously agreed payments is a serious matter and the tribunal's decision to suspend Mr Roberts from practising for two months reflects this."

The tribunal's decision is open to appeal.

ENDS

 

Notes to editors:


About Hilary Roberts

Mr Roberts was called to the Bar by Gray's Inn, in November 1978.

About disciplinary tribunals

The appointment, operation, and decisions (including sentencing) of disciplinary tribunal panels are performed by the Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service (BTAS). BTAS is run independently of the Bar Standards Board, the barristers' regulator, which is responsible for bringing charges of professional misconduct against barristers. These charges are then adjudicated on by BTAS' tribunal panels.

About the Bar Standards Board

Our mission is to regulate barristers and specialised legal services businesses in England and Wales in the public interest. For more information about what we do visit: http://bit.ly/1gwui8t.

 

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