17 November 2018

Barrister Michael Shrimpton ordered to be disbarred following criminal convictions.

20 September 2018

Barrister Michael Shrimpton was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held on 19 and 20 September 2018, following two charges brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

The tribunal's decision comes after Mr Shrimpton was convicted in 2014 on two counts of communicating false information with intent when he told two people in 2012 that a bomb was present in the London area. He was imprisoned for 12 months on 6 February 2015.

Mr Shrimpton has been suspended from practising as a barrister in England and Wales by the BSB since this conviction in November 2014.

The tribunal's decision today to disbar Mr Shrimpton also relates to his conviction in 2014 of an offence contrary to the Protection of Children Act 1978 following his making of images or pseudo images of children. For this offence, he was sentenced to a three-year Supervision Order, was made the subject of a five-year Sex Offender Prevention Order and placed on the Sex Offender Register for five years.

Commenting on the order to disbar, a BSB spokesperson said: "Mr Shrimpton was charged with having behaved in a way which was dishonest or otherwise discreditable and/or likely to diminish public confidence in the legal profession or otherwise bring the legal profession into disrepute. The tribunal found that his behaviour was indeed incompatible with the duties of a barrister and their decision to disbar him reflects the seriousness of the charges."

The tribunal's decision is open to appeal.

ENDS

Notes to editors

About Michael Shrimpton

Michael Shrimpton was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Gray's Inn in November 1983.

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

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