15 September 2019

BSB Statement on Richard Craven and the Bar Standards Board

6 February 2014

A Bar Standards Board spokesperson said:

"The Visitors to the Inns of Court yesterday handed down judgment in Richard Craven and the Bar Standards Board. We are pleased that the Visitors were unanimous in their decision that the charge brought against Mr Craven is proved and so dismissed his appeal. We further note the comments by Mr Justice Silber that "this was a clear case in which the appellant's conduct was likely to bring the Bar into disrepute" and so confirmed the Bar Standards Board's original view that Mr Craven's behaviour was disrespectful and entirely unacceptable."


Notes to editor

On 25 September 2013 an independent disciplinary tribunal found that Mr Richard Craven, an employed barrister, had engaged in conduct which was likely to bring the legal profession into disrepute by sending an email to two pupils and another lawyer on 27 October 2011 quoting and/or repeating a comment about a female solicitor that "we should open her up. I don't just mean a little stab in the leg, I mean do the c**t". Mr Craven was fined £1,500.

The sentence handed down to a barrister - against whom charges of professional misconduct are found proved - is at the discretion on the independent Disciplinary Tribunal panel, which is appointed by the Council of the Inns of Court (COIC) - an independent body separate to the BSB. This function has been performed under COIC's auspices by the Bar Tribunal and Adjudication Service (BTAS). BTAS' Sentencing Guidance is available here: http://www.tbtas.org.uk/policies-guidance-and-publications/guidance/new-btas-sentencing-guidance/

Mr Craven later appealed the decision of the tribunal to the Visitors to the Inns of Court. This was heard on 22 January 2014. The Visitors' decision to dismiss the appeal was handed down on 5 February 2014.

The full judgment can be found here: http://www.tbtas.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Richard-Craven-v-BSB-January-2014.pdf  

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