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Nicola Laver

Editor, Solicitors Journal




A male barrister has been suspended from practice for six months after engaging in 'unwanted conduct of a sexual nature' with a 26-yearold female pupil barrister he had been mentoring. An independent disciplinary tribunal heard that Sam Clement Brown, who was 35 at the time, met the woman twice to discuss her career and on the second occasion 'stuck his hands up her skirt' while travelling with her in a taxi. The tribunal heard that both parties had been drinking. The Bar Standards Board said the charges of professional misconduct reflected the seriousness of the allegations. The decision is open to appeal. 2 January 2020