Miss Caroline Denise Langley

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Barrister Status:
Self Employed
Called:
Nov 1989
Inn:
Lincoln's Inn
Hearing type:
Disciplinary Tribunal (5 Person)
Decision date
15/11/2021
Breach details:
Professional misconduct, contrary to Core Duty 3 and 5 of the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales (8th Edition).
Offence details:

Caroline Langley, a barrister, acted in a way which undermined her honesty and/or integrity in that communicated with Person A regarding her client, Person B’s contact with Children X and Y, as particularised in Schedule 1, which was inappropriate and/or designed or had the effect of placing undue pressure on Person A to comply with the request for contact by stating the following:
a) On 15 June 2019, in an email to Person A copying in Person B and other third parties ‘There are various ways to retrospectively enforce the orders for this weekend. However, I would prefer to see the adults reach a compromise for the sake of the boys’

b) On 15 June 2019 in an Instant Message to Person A copying in Person B and other third parties ‘To be absolutely clear, the children must [sic] to be taken to the Father now. You have no legal rights over the children, nor even legal guardianship. I will enforce this order if I have’ .

c) On 15 June 2019 in an email to Person A copying in Person B and other third parties “I appreciated that you are in some difficulty being in the middle; however, that you have not released the boys into the care of their Father can only be interpreted as you wilfully enabling a breach of Court orders by wrongfully retaining the boys. If there is anything in this statement that is not correct please let me know”.

d) On 16 June 2019, in an email to Person A copying in Person B and other third parties ‘Yesterday, you decided per ispum, not to remit the boys to the care and control of my client, directly violating Court Orders and in defiance of my request to do so…My client will be at your premises at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning as per Court Order. Should you continue to thwart the order I will not hesitate to have you sanctioned by the appropriate authorities’

Caroline Langley, a barrister, acted in a way which was likely to diminish the trust and confidence which the public places in her in in the profession in that she communicated with Person A regarding her client, Person B’s contact with Children X and Y as particularised in Schedule 1, which was inappropriate and/or designed or had the effect of placing undue pressure on Person A to comply with the request for contact by stating the following:

a) On 15 June 2019, in an email to Person A copying in Person B and other third parties ‘There are various ways to retrospectively enforce the orders for this weekend. However, I would prefer to see the adults reach a compromise for the sake of the boys’.

b) On 15 June 2019 in an Instant Message to Person A copying in Person B and other third parties ‘To be absolutely clear, the children must [sic] to be taken to the Father now. You have no legal rights over the children, nor even legal guardianship. I will enforce this order if I have’.

c) On 15 June 2019 in an email to Person A copying in Person B and other third parties “I appreciated that you are in some difficulty being in the middle; however, that you have not released the boys into the care of their Father can only be interpreted as you wilfully enabling a breach of Court orders by wrongfully retaining the boys. If there is anything in this statement that is not correct please let me know”.

d) On 16 June 2019, in an email to Person A copying in Person B and other third parties ‘Yesterday, you decided per ispum, not to remit the boys to the care and control of my client, directly violating Court Orders and in defiance of my request to do so…My client will be at your premises at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning as per Court Order. Should you continue to thwart the order I will not hesitate to have you sanctioned by the appropriate authorities’

Sanction:
Reprimanded and fined in the sum of £750.
Costs:
£500.00
Status:
Open to Appeal