Ms Martha Knowlden

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Barrister Status:
Self Employed
Called:
Nov 2000
Inn:
Inner Temple
Hearing type:
Disciplinary Tribunal (5 Person)
Decision date
06/10/2023
Breach details:
Professional misconduct, contrary to Core Duty (CD) 5, CD10 and paragraph rC73 of the Conduct Rules (Part 2 of the Bar Standards Board’s Handbook versions 4.3-4.4).
Offence details:

Ms Knowlden, a barrister and BSB authorised individual, behaved in a way which was likely to diminish the trust and confidence which the public would place in her or in the profession and received, controlled or handled client money (apart from money paid by the client for the barrister's services) in that, on 3 December 2019, she requested a sum of money, namely £550, from her public access client’s husband (AWI) to cover court fees in the filing of her client’s divorce application. Ms Knowlden received the sum from AWI on 4 December 2019.

Ms Knowlden, a barrister and BSB authorised individual, behaved in a way which was likely to diminish the trust and confidence which the public would place in her or in the profession and failed to take reasonable steps to manage her practice, or carry out her role within her practice, competently and in such a way as to achieve compliance with
her legal and regulatory obligations in that she failed to return the sum of £550 to AWI when the divorce application was not filed at Court in good time, despite requests from solicitor for AWI in his letter to Ms Knowlden dated 9 January 2020 and his email to her dated 13 March 2020.

Sanction:
Reprimanded (sentence effective from 28 October 2023). Restricted from undertaking public access work pending completion of an authorised course.
Status:
Final