Miss Althea Sonia Brown

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Barrister Status:
Self Employed
Called:
Feb 1995
Inn:
Lincoln's Inn
Hearing type:
Disciplinary Tribunal (3 person)
Decision date
12/03/2022
Breach details:
Professional misconduct, contrary to Core Duty 1 and 5 and/or rC3.2 and/or rC7 of the Conduct Rules (Part 2 of the Bar Standards Board’s Handbook – Version 4).
Offence details:

Althea Brown, a barrister, failed to observe her duty to the court in the administration of justice at an Employment Tribunal hearing on 12 and 13 September 2019, in that she:

a) In the course of her submissions to the tribunal on the afternoon of 12 September 2019 alleged that NC (the opposing barrister) had made an untruthful statement to the tribunal, without reasonable basis; and/or
b) In the course of her submissions mimicked and/or mocked NC by:

i) On one or more occasions repeating the words used by NC adopting a noticeably different and disrespectful tone of voice to her usual voice; and/or

ii) Comparing NC’s submissions to the words of the literary character Violet Bott “I’m going to scream and scream until I’m sick”, thereby imputing without reasonable basis that NC was behaving in a juvenile and/or petulant manner; and/or

c) In the course of her submissions to the tribunal on the morning of 13 September 2019 said that NC had a “fundamental intellectual difficulty”.

By doing so Ms Brown displayed a pattern of behaviour that undermined NC and/or distracted the tribunal from matters relevant to the hearing.

Althea Brown, a barrister, behaved in a way which is likely to diminish the trust and confidence which the public places in her or the profession, and/or abused her role as an advocate at a hearing on 12 and 13 September 2019, in that she:

a) In the course of her submissions to the tribunal on the afternoon of 12 September 2019 alleged that NC (the opposing barrister) had made an untruthful statement to the tribunal, without reasonable basis; and/or

b) In the course of her submissions mimicked and/or mocked NC by:

i) On one or more occasions repeating the words used by NC adopting a noticeably different and disrespectful tone of voice to her usual voice; and/or

ii) Comparing NC’s submissions to the words of the literary character Violet Bott “I’m going to scream and scream until I’m sick”, thereby imputing without reasonable basis that NC was behaving in a juvenile and/or petulant manner; and/or

c) In the course of her submissions to the tribunal on the morning of 13 September 2019 said that NC had a “fundamental intellectual difficulty”.

By doing so Ms Brown (1) improperly undermined, insulted, humiliated and/or annoyed NC; and/or (2) was in the circumstances unprofessional and likely to diminish the trust and confidence that the public places in her in the profession.

Sanction:
Reprimanded and fined in the sum of £750 for each charge, ie. total sum of £1500
Costs:
£5,820.00
Status:
Open to Appeal