21 May 2018

BSB Statement following the conviction of barrister for "bomb hoax"

26 November 2014

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) was aware of yesterday's Court proceedings involving Mr Shrimpton in relation to a bomb hoax and had already begun professional misconduct proceedings against him as a result.

Following Mr Shrimpton's conviction yesterday and considering also his previous conviction for the possession of indecent images of children, an immediate suspension order has been issued today. This will prohibit Mr Shrimpton from practising as a barrister. The continuation of this suspension and any final disciplinary action will be considered in due course, in accordance with the BSB's usual disciplinary procedures.

Action had already been taken by the BSB before yesterday in relation to Mr Shrimpton's previous conviction for the possession of indecent images of children and his ability to practise as a barrister. In April 2013, when we became aware of the charges which led to his first conviction, we immediately acted to restrict Mr Shrimpton's professional capacity. We required Mr Shrimpton to declare all of the charges against him to his clients, before representing them. Following his conviction under The Protection of Children Act in February 2014 we also prevented him from being involved in any cases concerning the welfare of a child, allegations of sexual abuse or impropriety concerning a child or where a child was liable to be a witness.

The BSB takes its duty to act in the public interest very seriously. We hope that today's action to immediately suspend Mr Shrimpton in light of the judge's comments yesterday is a clear signal of this.

ENDS

Notes to editors

For an overview of the BSB's disciplinary processes, see http://bit.ly/1uaNHgs