25 February 2018

Criminal barrister Desmond Rosario disbarred, following conviction for sexual assault

13 April 2016

Criminal barrister Desmond David Luke Rosario from Leicester was ordered to be disbarred yesterday by an independent disciplinary tribunal, following a criminal conviction for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in October 2013.

He was convicted in May 2015, following a criminal trial, and is currently serving a four-year prison sentence.

The Tribunal considered that Mr Rosario's criminal conviction amounted to engaging in conduct that was likely to diminish the trust and confidence which the public places in him as a barrister.

BSB Director of Professional Conduct Sara Jagger said: "We consider the Tribunal's decision to order the disbarment of Mr Rosario was appropriate in the circumstances. A criminal conviction for sexual assault is clearly incompatible with the high standards expected of the Bar."

ENDS

Notes to editors

About Desmond David Luke Rosario
Mr Rosario was Called to the Bar by Inner Temple in November 1990.

About the Bar Standards Board
Our mission is to regulate the Bar so as to promote high standards of practice and safeguard clients and the public interest. For more information about what we do visit: http://bit.ly/1gwui8t

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.

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