Mr Kevin Stewart Farquharson

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Barrister Status:
Unregistered
Called:
Oct 2011
Inn:
Middle Temple
Hearing type:
Disciplinary Tribunal (5 Person)
Decision date
21/10/2021
Breach details:
Professional misconduct, contrary to Core Duty 5 and/or rC8 of the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales (9th Edition) Bar Standards Board Handbook (version 4.2)
Offence details:

Kevin Stewart Farquharson, a practising barrister, engaged in conduct which was likely to diminish the trust and confidence which the public places in him or in the profession, contrary to Core Duty 5, and/or did something which could reasonably be seen by the public to undermine his integrity, contrary to rC8, in that he, in the early hours of 28 September 2019, sexually assaulted A, and as a result, on 18th of March 2021, appeared before Cardiff Magistrates’ Court and was convicted of one offence of Sexual Assault against A, contrary to section 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, and was sentenced to six-months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement, ordered to pay £1800 compensation, a victim surcharge of £128 and made subject to the Notification Requirements of s.80 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 for a period of seven years.

Kevin Stewart Farquharson, a practicing barrister, on 29 September 2019, engaged in conduct which was likely to diminish the trust and confidence which the public places in him or in the profession, contrary to Core Duty 5, and/or behaved in a way which could reasonably be seen by the public to undermine his integrity, contrary to rC8, in that he, having been informed on 28 September 2019 about his conduct towards A in the early hours that day, sent A a text message asking her to respond to a future text from him with a scripted message he had prepared which was not a truthful account of the events in the early hours of 28 September 2019.

Kevin Stewart Farquharson, a practising barrister, on 29 September 2019, engaged in conduct which was likely to diminish the trust and confidence which the public places in him or in the profession, contrary to Core Duty 5, and/or behaved in a way which could reasonably be seen by the public to undermine his integrity, contrary to rC8, in that he, having been informed on 28 September 2019 about his conduct towards A in the early hours that day, sent Z (another barrister) messages asking him to lie about events in the early hours of 28 September 2019.

Sanction:
Disbarred
Costs:
£2,100.00
Status:
Appeal Pending