19 August 2019

Barrister David Farley ordered to be suspended

7 June 2019

Barrister David Farley has been ordered to be suspended from practice by an independent disciplinary tribunal following three charges of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB). The Tribunal ordered that Mr Farley be suspended for a period of two months starting on 22 July 2019, subject to any appeal.

The tribunal's decision comes after Mr Farley carried out reserved legal activities and practised as a barrister between May 2014 and August 2018 without a valid barristers' practising certificate.

The tribunal found that, by not holding a valid practising certificate between these dates, Mr Farley failed to take reasonable steps to manage his practice competently and in such a way as to achieve compliance with his legal and regulatory obligations. It also found that his conduct was likely to have diminished the trust and confidence which the public placed in him and the profession.

Commenting on the order, BSB Director of Professional Conduct, Sara Jagger said: "The tribunal's decision to suspend Mr Farley serves as another warning to barristers of the serious consequences that can result from practising without a valid practising certificate."

The tribunal's decision is open to appeal.


Notes to editors

About David Farley

David Farley was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Middle Temple in October 2001.

About disciplinary tribunals

The appointment, operation, and decisions (including sentencing) of disciplinary tribunal panels are performed by the Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service (BTAS). BTAS is run independently of the Bar Standards Board, the barristers' regulator, which is responsible for bringing charges of professional misconduct against barristers. These charges are then adjudicated on by BTAS' tribunal panels.

About the Bar Standards Board

Our mission is to regulate barristers and specialised legal services businesses in England and Wales in the public interest. For more information about what we do visit: http://bit.ly/1gwui8t

About reserved legal activities

Reserved legal activities are:


  • the exercise of a right of audience;
  • the conduct of litigation;
  • reserved instrument activities;
  • probate activities;
  • notarial activities; and
  • the administration of oaths.

Barristers are only permitted to carry out these activities if they hold a valid practising certificate from the BSB.

Contact: For all media enquiries call: 0207 611 1452 or email press@barstandardsboard.org.uk .