23 Apr 2020

Vincent Deane, called to the Bar of England and Wales by Lincoln’s Inn in July 1976, was ordered to be suspended from practice for two months by an independent disciplinary tribunal which concluded at an online hearing on 21 April 2020, following a charge of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

The tribunal's decision comes after Mr Deane failed to co-operate with his regulator and failed to comply in due time with an order of a disciplinary tribunal in August 2015 to pay a fine of £3000 in a payment period agreed with the BSB. The original disciplinary tribunal in 2015 found that Mr Deane had failed to comply with his Continuing Professional Development obligations.  The Tribunal’s sanction took into account Mr Dean’s previous disciplinary history and his persistent failure over many years to comply with his professional obligations.    

BSB Director of Legal and Enforcement, Sara Jagger, said: “The tribunal’s decision to suspend Mr Deane shows that ongoing and deliberate failure to comply with professional obligations is a serious matter and can have severe consequences.”

The tribunal’s decision is open to appeal.

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Notes to editors

About Vincent Deane

Vincent Deane was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Lincoln’s Inn in July 1976.

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. The BSB is responsible for bringing charges of professional misconduct against barristers, on which BTAS tribunal panels then adjudicate. The sanctions imposed are a matter for the tribunal having regard to the facts of the individual case and the BTAS Sanctions Guidance which is endorsed by the Council of the Inns of Court.

About the Bar Standards Board

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