Mr Darren Craig Stapleford

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Barrister Status:
Nov 2012
Inner Temple
Hearing type:
Disciplinary Tribunal (5 Person)
Decision date
Breach details:
Professional misconduct contrary to paragraphs 301 (a) (i), (ii) and (iii) and 901 and 901.7 of the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales (8th Edition).
Offence details:

Mr Stapleford, an unregistered barrister, on dates unknown before 5 August 2016, engaged in conduct which is dishonest or otherwise discreditable to a barrister; prejudicial to the administration of justice; and/or likely to diminish public confidence in the legal profession or the administration of justice or otherwise bring the legal profession into disrepute by:

1. Fraudulently transferring approximately £11,000 from his grandmother, Mrs X’s bank account to his account.

2. Fraudulently using a Barclaycard without Mrs X’s permission.

3. The fraudulent using of a NatWest bank account held in Mrs X’s name without her permission.

4. The fraudulent using of Mrs X’s bank card to withdraw £4,240 in cash.

5. The fraudulent using of Mrs X’s bank account card to pay for goods and services by way of on-line purchases.

For which conduct, on 5 August 2016, Mr Stapleford was convicted by Chichester Crown of five counts of Fraud, contrary to section 1 of the Fraud Act 2006 and sentenced by the judge to 4 years’ imprisonment on each count to be served concurrently and ordered to pay £8,000 in compensation.

Disbarred (Sentence came into effect on 03 April 2023).