21 July 2018

Constance Briscoe disbarred for charges relating to perverting the course of justice

15 April 2016

Barrister Constance Briscoe was today ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal, following her criminal conviction on three counts of doing acts with intent to pervert the course of justice.

The Bar Standards Board brought three professional misconduct charges against Miss Briscoe, which were engaging in conduct which was dishonest and discreditable to a barrister, engaging in conduct which was prejudicial to the administration of justice, and engaging in conduct which was likely to diminish public confidence in the legal profession, the administration of justice, or bring the profession into disrepute.

A BSB spokesperson said: "We note the decision of the Tribunal to disbar Miss Briscoe. Attempting to pervert the course of justice is clearly incompatible with the high standards expected of the Bar and the decision reflects this."

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Notes to editors

About Constance Briscoe

Miss Briscoe was Called to the Bar by Inner Temple in November 1983.

About the Bar Standards Board

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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.

 

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