23 September 2018

Martin Wynne Jones suspended for failing to take reasonable steps to manage his practice as a barrister

12 November 2015

An independent disciplinary tribunal has ordered that Mr Martin Wynne Jones be suspended from practising as a barrister for a period of three months.

All barristers are required to take steps to manage their practice as barristers in a way that meets their legal and regulatory responsibilities. Such responsibilities include the need to ensure that they renew their practising certificates with the Bar Standards Board on an annual basis. The disciplinary tribunal found that on 1 May 2014, Mr Jones had failed in that duty to manage his practice properly to the extent that he represented a client at the Central London County Court without holding a valid practising certificate.

The tribunal also found that Mr Jones continued to practice as a barrister between 1 May 2014 and 22 July 2014, without holding the necessary practising certificate. He also appeared as a barrister in court during this time without being authorised by the Bar Standards Board. His actions were considered to be a failure to take reasonable steps to manage his practice competently; the outcome of which was a breach of Mr Jones' legal and regulatory obligations.

When deciding to suspend Mr Jones for both charges, the tribunal also considered that Mr Jones had appeared before a disciplinary Tribunal in May 2014, for a similar matter, which also involved practising without a valid certificate and exercising rights of audience in court when not authorised to do so.

Director of Professional Conduct for the BSB Sara Jagger said, "The tribunal's decision to suspend Mr Jones, acts as a reminder for all barristers about the importance of ensuring they have a valid practising certificate at all times during which they are practising. To manage their practice competently, and in a way which ensures compliance, is a key requirement of all barristers. We would also remind barristers that in certain circumstances, acting without authorisation can amount to a criminal offence under the Legal Services Act 2007."

Mr Jones has until 30 November 2015 to appeal against the decision. If no appeal is made, the sentence will come into force shortly after that date.

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Notes to editors

About Martin Wynne Jones

Mr Jones was called to the Bar by Inner Temple in November 1977.

About the Bar Standards Board

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