24 May 2018

Barrister Roy Headlam suspended for six months for failing to maintain his independence and acting in a way that could undermine public trust in the profession

12 December 2017

Barrister Roy Headlam was suspended for six months by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held today following charges brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

The tribunal's decision comes after Mr Headlam was found to have behaved in a way which failed to maintain his independence and was likely to diminish the trust and confidence which the public place in the profession when in 2014 he gave a client, whom he was representing in criminal proceedings, sums of money amounting to over £2,000.

Mr Headlam was also fined £1250 for failing to be open and co-operative with the regulator during its investigation into this matter and reprimanded for engaging in conduct which was discreditable to a barrister.

BSB Director of Professional Conduct Sara Jagger said: "The tribunal stated that barristers giving money to clients whom they are representing is a serious matter, because it calls into question their ability to maintain their independence and the confidence the public have in barristers - two of the Core Duties of being a barrister. The tribunal's decision to suspend Mr Headlam from practising for six months reflects this."

"All barristers also have a professional duty to be open and co-operative with their regulators. Today's tribunal decision to fine Mr Headlam £1250 reflects the importance of this expectation."

The tribunal's decision is open to appeal.


Notes to editors:

About Roy Headlam

Mr Headlam was called to the Bar by Gray's Inn in November 1983.

About disciplinary tribunals

The appointment, operation, and decisions (including sentencing) of disciplinary tribunal panels are the responsibility of 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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