16 Mar 2023

Unregistered barrister Shirley Ann Bothroyd, was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal which concluded on 13 March 2023 following charges of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

The tribunal disbarred Ms Bothroyd on four charges of professional misconduct relating to several criminal convictions for a number of offences committed between 2017-2018, including threatening to damage property, common assault and assaulting a police officer. The tribunal was of the view that Ms Bothroyd’s conduct of repeated threats of harm and violence resulting in imprisonment and a Hospital Order was of sufficient severity for them to disbar her.

Commenting on the order, a BSB spokesperson said: “The tribunal’s decision to disbar Ms Bothroyd reflects her criminal convictions for violent conduct. Such conduct clearly diminishes the trust and confidence which the public places in the profession and is manifestly incompatible with the high standards expected of the Bar."



Notes to editors

About Shirley Ann Bothroyd

Shirley Ann Bothroyd was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Middle Temple in 1982.

About disciplinary tribunals

The Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service (BTAS) is responsible for appointing and administering Disciplinary Tribunals on behalf of the President of the Council of the Inns of Court and its tribunals are independent of the BSB. The BSB is responsible for bringing charges of professional misconduct against barristers, 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.

About the Bar Standards Board

Our mission is to regulate barristers and specialised legal services businesses in England and Wales in the public interest. For more information about what we do visit: http://bit.ly/1gwui8t

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