24 August 2019

Barrister John Guess ordered to be disbarred

21 March 2019

Barrister John Guess was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held on 19 March 2019, following charges of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

The tribunal's decision comes after Mr Guess was convicted by a criminal court in 2018 of serious sexual offences.

Commenting on the order to disbar, BSB Director of Professional Conduct, Sara Jagger said: "Clearly a conviction for serious sexual offences is incompatible with continued membership of the Bar. The tribunal's decision that he should be disbarred reflects this".

The tribunal's decision is open to appeal.

ENDS

Notes to editors

About John Guess

John Guess was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Middle Temple in October 2000.

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

Contact: For all media enquiries call: 0207 611 1452 or email press@barstandardsboard.org.uk .