Dr Peter Raymond Barnett

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Barrister Status:
Disbarred
Called:
Mar 2007
Inn:
Lincoln's Inn
Hearing type:
Disciplinary Tribunal (5 Person)
Tribunal panel members:
Mr Colin Wilby ,  Mrs Deborah Spring ,  Mr Edward Michael Levey QC ,  Miss Jacqueline Louise Thomas QC ,  His Honour Judge Patrick William O'Brien
Decision date
26/09/2016
Breach details:
Professional misconduct contrary to CD5, CD9 and rC65.1 of the Bar Standards Board Handbook (1st Edition) and contrary to paragraph 301 and pursuant to paragraph 901.7 of the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales (8th Edition).
Offence details:

Peter Barnett, an unregistered barrister, engaged in conduct likely to diminish the trust and confidence which the public places in him or in the profession and engaged in conduct, whether in pursuit of his profession or otherwise, which was dishonest or otherwise discreditable to a barrister; and likely to diminish public confidence in the legal profession or otherwise bring the legal profession into disrepute, in that, between 1 April 2012 and 24 November 2014, he committed fare evasion by dishonestly representing at Marylebone Station that he had travelled one stop into and out of London. Such representations were, to his knowledge, false. In respect of this conduct, Mr Barnett was, on 30 September 2015, convicted of six offences of fraud by misrepresentation contrary to sections 1 and 2 of the Fraud Act 2006, sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment (suspended for 12 months) and ordered to pay compensation of ?5892.70

Peter Barnett failed to report promptly to the Bar Standards Board, as required by CD9 and rC65.1, that he had been charged on 6 March 2015 on six counts with an indictable offence, namely committing fraud at Marylebone Station between 1 April 2012 and 24 November 2014 in dishonestly making a false representation that he had travelled one stop into and out of London.

Sanction:
Disbarred – Effective from 31 October 2016.
Status:
Final