22 May 2018

Barrister to be disbarred for causing “serious harm to the administration of justice”

23 February 2014

A disciplinary tribunal has ordered the disbarment of a barrister for causing "serious harm to the administration of justice" after he was found to have practised for almost ten months without a valid Practising Certificate, failed to engage at all with the regulator throughout the disciplinary process, and failed to comply with his continuing professional development requirements.

Mr Jonathan Richard Gerard Oultram was found to have practised as a barrister between 13 March 2013 and 5 January 2014 despite not being properly authorised to do so. The independent tribunal noted that Mr Oultram's conduct amounted to a criminal offence under the Legal Services Act 2007.

At the public hearing, which took place on Thursday 19 February 2015, the panel heard that Mr Oultram had regularly appeared in both crown and magistrates courts. Upon sentencing the barrister, HHJ Sleeman, who chaired the five person panel, said his behaviour resulted in "serious harm to the administration of justice, the reputation of the Bar, and risk to the public".

Charges of professional misconduct were originally brought against the barrister in October 2014. These were heard by a three person panel, chaired by Mr Alexander Gunning QC. The case was then referred to a five person panel because such panels can impose more serious penalties such as lengthy suspension or disbarment.

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Notes to editors

About Mr Jonathan Oultram
Mr Oultram was Called to the Bar by Middle Temple in November 1988.

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
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