20 February 2019

Barrister Martha Knowlden ordered to be suspended for four months

22 January 2019

Barrister, Martha Knowlden, has been ordered to be suspended by an independent disciplinary tribunal following findings of professional misconduct on charges brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

The tribunal ordered that Ms Knowlden be suspended for four months for failing to pass on fees which were payable to another barrister. She was also suspended for six weeks, to run concurrently with the four-month suspension, on a separate charge for failing to tell a client about a court order and not acting herself to make sure that the order was complied with. The tribunal decided that Ms Knowlden's actions diminished public confidence in her as a barrister and also fell short of the standard of work and service a client can expect.

In addition to the two suspensions, Ms Knowlden was reprimanded and fined £1,000 for three other charges relating to failures to manage her practice competently and for handling client money despite the rule that prohibits barristers from doing so.

Commenting on the tribunal's orders, a BSB spokesperson said: "Barristers who fail to provide a competent standard of work and service can cause serious harm to the interests of their clients and failing to handle fees correctly can reduce the confidence the public have in barristers carrying out their work. The tribunal's decision to suspend Ms Knowlden reflects this."  

The tribunal's decision is open to appeal.

ENDS

 

Notes to editors

About Martha Knowlden

Martha Knowlden was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Inner Temple in November 2000. 

About the Bar Standards Board

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