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Sex in the Supreme Court: Two Irish barristers caught having ‘steamy romp’

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‘Oral submissions’ after boozy Christmas bash

Two barristers have been caught in the midst of a post-Christmas bash “steamy romp” in none other than Ireland’s Supreme Court building, according to The Irish Sun.

The duo apparently hooked up after-hours in the Dublin court following a work function where, a source claims, “a substantial amount of alcohol had been taken”. The tryst came to an end when, The Sun’s words here, “one brief’s oral submission was disturbed by an official”. The barristers are understandably said to be “mortified and deeply embarrassed”.

Indeed, the Irish building is hardly a top drunken fumble destination. The “darkly-lit” Supreme Court is housed in Dublin’s ‘Four Courts’, where the Court of Appeal, High Court and Circuit Court can also be found. (The name may ring a bell for those who saw Irish pop duo Jedward’s recent Britney Spears-inspired music video, filmed in locations including the corridors and outside spaces of the Four Courts building.) “It really isn’t the sort of place you’d expect for a romantic get-together,” a Sun source concludes.

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This latest barrister ‘romance’ may remind Legal Cheek readers of 2016’s Waterloo sex QC scandal, where a male City lawyer and a female silk were caught drunkenly romping outside Waterloo station.

Though the female involved in the Waterloo scandal was never identified, the male was named almost straight away as Graeme Stening, managing partner at London private equity outfit Doughty Hanson & Co. The identities of the Irish pair, by contrast, have not been revealed by the newspaper. What The Sun does say, quoting a source, is that the male barrister involved has a reputation for being “something of a ladies’ man”.

Legal Cheek wonders what the repercussions of the Irish lawyers’ actions will be — the prospect of a regulatory slap on the wrist, or worse, hangs in the balance. But The Sun implies the pair will escape with their records, if not their dignity, intact. The report says:

“It is understood no complaint has been lodged to the Bar Council nor have the randy pair been officially identified.”

An indication: Stening reported himself to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), which then “decided not to take disciplinary action”.

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38 Comments

Anonymous

No doubt the male barrister is going to be named and shamed immediately while the female barrister gets rewarded with lifetime anonymity because THAT’S EQUALITY

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Anonymous

If you’d bothered to read the story you would have seen that neither of them has been identified

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Anonymous

He’s talking about the English scandal numbnuts

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Anonymous

His comment clearly says no doubt the male barrister is going to be named immediately, which is a reference to the Irish story. Do try to keep up dear

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Anonymous

We don’t even know the genders of the two barristers!

They could have been two men or two women, or two pan-tran-man-genderqueer-ubersexuals who self identify as zebras….

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Anonymous

Wow, I never knew Milo Yiannopoulos and Matt Damon read Legal Cheek. Impressive.

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Anonymous

Is it any wonder more and more men are stopping having sex with women and now having sex with other men?

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Corbyn. Symphathiser

You think the cause of a perceived rise in male homosexuality is down to two barristers (who one may presume, given the article’s text, are of opposite sex) engaging in a brief affair de coeur in a Dublin court?

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Anonymous

No, I think it’s in part down to the risk of false accusations being spread after the act by complainants who face no consequences when their accusations are then found to be false.

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Anonymous

You think that men decide to have sex with other men rather than women because of the fear that they will get falsely accused of rape by having sex with women?

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Anonymous

I think the rise in false allegations and failed prosecutions have made many men think twice about one night stands with women.

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Corbyn. Symphathiser

What does that have to do with a perceived rise in male homosexuality?

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Anonymous

Behavioural economics teaches us that when one leisure activity becomes too risk associated over time men switch to a lower risk leisure activity.

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Corbyn. Symphathiser

Just so we’re clear, you think that there’s a huge outbreak of false rape claims, and that men are turning gay because of it?

I’m not sure you have a strong understanding of what sexuality is.

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Anonymous

Stop with the ham-fisted cross-examination. You must practise at the Chancery bar? You seem to believe yourself to be an expert on sexuality so please set out your exegesis on what sexuality is and while you’re at it please disclose how much you get and how regularly you get it so we can see on what empirical evidence your thesis is built.

Corbyn. Symphathiser

Your confusion between sex and sexuality here rather bolsters the point I was making.

Anonymous

Only a chancery hack would come out with such a esoteric distinction.

Corbyn. Symphathiser

It’s hardly esoteric. Sex and sexuality are not the same thing. You’re comparing apples and oranges and moaning when you’re informed that they’re not the same fruit. Get it together.

Anonymous

So you deny that which gender you have sex with determines your objective sexuality?

Corbyn. Symphathiser

Yes, because it’s nonsense. In less enlightened times, many homosexual people, due to societal pressures, had heterosexual intercourse. This did not change their sexuality. Those who are gay who feel pressure to confirm to heteronormative standards and engage in heterosexual relationships do not become ‘ungay’ because of it, i.e. they do not lose their sexuality, though sadly testimonies from such people often say that it makes them deeply unhappy, and they have my utmost sympathy.

Anonymous

That is an eloquent, cogent and very persuasive analysis much more compelling than your cross-examination technique.

Anonymous

Nothing wrong with a bit of naughtiness.

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Anonymous

Not sure the Regulators see it that way. Barristers are supposed to set an and be held to a higher example.

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Anonymous

That gets no respect from me. All very holier-than-thou , but means fuck all. The regulator is up its own arse.

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the regulator

Should i self-report?

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Warren G

Should I self-report?

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Nate Dogg

It’s a tad bit late, but I think we both have to.

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Anonymous

Can we see the vid please?

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Anon.

This happens in Leeds court a lot – but usually it’s two or three men.

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Anonymous

Names please …

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Anonymous

Or at least initials

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Anonymous

No complaints have been filed and the Irish bar aren’t going to investigate themselves (they only investigate when it suits them).

https://www.thesun.ie/news/1985460/two-randy-barristers-caught-having-sex-in-supreme-court-after-boozy-christmas-bash-in-dublin/

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I’m Irish so it’s not racist

This is what happens when society changes too quickly.

Until the 1990s, in Ireland homosexuality and condoms were illegal and they still had the death penalty.

Now in just over 20 years the open minded Irish actually voted for gay marriage.

They’ve just gone a little crazy leprechaun about it. ☘️

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Anonymous

Yep, spot on. There was no sex in Ireland before 1990.

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Anonymous

Masturbation was even a crime

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Ciaran Goggins

Incorrect about female rape claimant in Stening case not being identified.

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Anonymous

Two barristers have sex. News? Oh bollocks

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Anonymous

Was it on client time?

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