19 August 2018

Barrister Lisa Freeman ordered to be suspended for three months

7 June 2018

Barrister Lisa Freeman has been ordered to be suspended from practice for three months by an independent disciplinary tribunal after admitting a charge of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

The tribunal's decision comes after Miss Freeman, in 2015, asked her clerk to issue a written statement to her instructing solicitor that she would be unable to accept a brief to attend a hearing because she had a hospital appointment. Miss Freeman knew this statement to be untrue as she did not have a hospital appointment on that date and instead attended another professional appointment. This resulted in the hearing that she missed being adjourned.

BSB Director of Professional Conduct, Sara Jagger, said: "Misleading a court by providing false information about your professional commitments is a very serious matter and the tribunal's decision reflects this".

The tribunal's decision is open to appeal.

ENDS

Notes to editors

About Miss Lisa Freeman

Lisa Freeman was called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn in October 2005

About disciplinary tribunals

The appointment, operation, and decisions (including sentencing) of disciplinary tribunal panels are the responsibility of 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 before BTAS.

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

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