26 April 2018

Barrister Jonathan Simpson suspended for 12 months following conviction for stalking

12 December 2016

Barrister Jonathan Simpson was suspended for 12 months by an independent disciplinary Tribunal at a hearing on Monday, 12 December, following a charge brought by the Bar's regulator, the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

The Tribunal's decision follows Mr Simpson's criminal conviction on 17 June 2016 after stalking his former partner and by so doing causing her serious alarm and distress. He was sentenced to six months' imprisonment, suspended for 12 months at Southwark Crown Court.

A BSB spokesperson said: "A conviction for stalking is a serious matter. Mr Simpson's conduct was below the standard expected of barristers. A suspension from practice reflects this."

Mr Simpson has been suspended from practising as a barrister since 1 July 2016.

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Notes to editors

About Jonathan David Simpson

Mr Simpson was Called to the Bar by Gray's Inn in November 1993.

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 their professional practice 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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