Findings and sanctions of past hearings

Details of published findings and sanctions imposed by Disciplinary Tribunals since BTAS started operations on 1 February 2013 are provided here.  Please note that, in line with the BTAS Publication Policy, findings will be removed from the website after 2 years, unless the finding of the Disciplinary Tribunal involves a suspension or disbarment. In these cases, the finding will be posted on the BTAS website indefinitely.

Details of findings and sanctions are published in accordance with the BTAS Publication Policy: Disciplinary Tribunals and other adjudication hearings.

In exceptional circumstances, a tribunal can require the Bar Standards Board to suspend the defendant’s practising certificate from a date determined by the tribunal and which can take immediate effect (rE227 and rE228 of the Bar Standards Board Handbook). In all other instances, the sanction described in the finding sheets attached will only come into effect after the time for appeal has expired. The date is further determined either by a decision of the Treasurer of the defendant’s Inn or the disposal of the appeal should one be made. For specific detail, please refer to the Enforcement Regulations at rE239 and rE241.

Appeals against relevant decisions of Bar Disciplinary Tribunals made before 7 January 2014 were heard by the Visitors to the Inns of Court.  Since that date appeals fall under the jurisdiction of the High Court (rE236).  The outcome of Visitors’ Hearings (appeals) and appeals to the High Court are also listed on this section of the website.

Using the facility below you may search by: name of barrister; date; type of hearing; sentence and section of the code.

Each set of findings is accorded a status on the following basis:

Open to Appeal: The case is within the period that a barrister can appeal the finding but no appeal has been submitted.

Appeal Pending – Sanction Stayed / Appeal Pending: The barrister has submitted an appeal, which is yet to be heard and the sanction will not be implemented until after the outcome of the appeal is known.  This will be the case unless the Disciplinary Tribunal has ordered that the sanction should take effect immediately.

Final – The finding has been pronounced either after the appeal period has expired or following the result of an appeal.

New findings are posted within seven days of a decision, although it can take up to 24 hours for the finding to appear on the website following its posting (or for a finding to not show on the website following its removal). 

Details of all publishable findings and sanctionss imposed by Disciplinary Tribunals from 2002 to the present date can also be found on the Bar Standards Board website by clicking here.

An alternative means of dealing with professional misconduct complaints is provided by the Determination by Consent (‘DBC’) procedure.  This process is where the Professional Conduct Committee exercises its power to determine the outcome of a disciplinary case with the barrister’s consent.  It is designed to provide a more speedy resolution of straightforward cases without the need for a formal Disciplinary Tribunal hearing.  Further information on the procedure can be accessed here.

Details of the practising status of any barrister can be found on the Bar Standards Board website, click here for further information.

Defendant

Timothy Raggatt

(Inner Temple)

Type of hearing
5 Person Disciplinary Tribunal
Panel members
Finding and sentence
Suspended for 12 months and 3 months to run concurrently. Cost of £18,600 to be paid to the BSB.
Status
Open to appeal
Dates
Friday 23, Monday 26 - Friday 30 July 2021, Monday 7 - Friday 11, Monday 14 - Tuesday 15, Wednesday 30 - Thursday 31 March and Thursday 2 June 2022
Defendant

Rosa Zaffuto

(Middle Temple)

Type of hearing
3 Person Tribunal
Panel members
Finding and sentence
Fined £5,000 to be paid one month after the expiry date of the appeal period to the BSB. To attend a Public Access course for Barristers by the 31 December 2022 and provide evidence to the BSB that she has done so. Costs of £3,570.00 to be paid to the BSB within one month.
Status
Open to appeal
Dates
Monday 30 May - Wednesday 1 June 2022
Defendant

David Osborne

(Gray's Inn)

Type of hearing
3 Person Tribunal
Panel members
Finding and sentence
Charge 1 - Fined £1,000, Charge 2 - Fined £500, Charge 3 - Fined £500, Charge 4 - Fined £,1000, Charge 5 - Fined £1,250. Costs of £3,300 to be paid to the BSB. Fines and costs to be paid within 6 months of the expiry of any appeal period.
Status
Final
Dates
Monday 17 January and Tuesday 29 March 2022
Defendant

Nicola Cain

(Middle Temple)

Type of hearing
5 Person Tribunal
Panel members
Finding and sentence
Disbarred / Suspended for 6 Months [BSB not to issue a Practising Certificate if applied for during this time]. Costs of £5,900 to be paid to the BSB within 28 days.
Status
Final
Dates
Monday 10 January and Thursday 3 February 2022
Should Covid Restrictions disallow the in person hearing it will take place via Zoom

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