Criminal barrister suspended for 12 months after conviction for stalking his ex-lover

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But not struck off…


A criminal law specialist found guilty of stalking his ex-lover earlier this summer has been suspended by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

Jonathan Simpson was handed a six month custodial sentence, suspended for a year, at Southwark Crown Court in June for stalking his former mistress and by doing so causing her serious alarm and distress.

Legal Cheek reported at the time he had sent a number of letters to his ex-partner and her family and even showed up at her eldest child’s school. Simpson was already the subject of a restraining order and police warning when the stalking occurred. Formerly of London’s Charter Chambers, the experienced barrister was also given a year-long restraining order and a “mental health treatment requirement”.

His 49-year-old wife Katherine — a property law specialist and head of residential real estate at central London firm Pemberton Greenish — was given a 12-month restraining order and curfew for her own campaign against Simpson’s ex-partner. She faces a separate disciplinary hearing at the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) in February.

Simpson — who was represented by 2 Bedford Row’s Ian Stern QC — was yesterday barred from practising as a barrister for 12 months, a spokesperson noting:

A conviction for stalking is a serious matter. Mr Simpson’s conduct was below the standard expected of barristers. A suspension from practice reflects this.