21 March 2019

Barrister John Mitton ordered to be disbarred for misleading client

18 December 2018

Barrister John Grahame Mitton was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held on 17 December 2018, following two charges of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

The tribunal's decision comes after Mr Mitton sent a series of 14 emails in 2015 to his client which he knew would give a misleading impression regarding the progress of his client's case. The emails stated that Mr Mitton had lodged an application to settle the legal proceedings and had sought a hearing date when he had done neither.

Commenting on the order to disbar, BSB Director of Professional Conduct Sara Jagger said: "The tribunal found that Mr Mitton had acted dishonestly and that his conduct was likely to have diminished the trust and confidence which the public has a right to expect from barristers. The decision to disbar reflects the accepted view that dishonesty is incompatible with membership of the Bar."

The tribunal's decision is open to appeal.

ENDS

Notes to editors

About John Mitton

John Mitton was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Middle Temple in October 2003.

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

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