News

Commercial barrister who bought and supplied cannabis fined £1,500

By on
16

And reprimanded by the regulator

A commercial barrister who purchased and supplied cannabis has been fined and reprimanded by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

Edward Ross, who was called to the bar in 2010 and is a member of national chambers Clerksroom, “purchased and possessed cannabis”, a class B drug, on four occasions between 2015 and 2017.

According to the disciplinary finding, the University of Manchester grad also “shared cannabis” with others, “on more than one occasion”, during the same period. Ross was found to have “behaved in a way which is likely to diminish the trust and confidence which the public places in him or in the profession”.

The 2018 Chambers Most List

He was fined £1,500 and given a reprimand. The offence was dealt with by a ‘determination by consent’, an agreement that means the case was not sent to a disciplinary tribunal.

This isn’t the first time a cannabis-related story has graced the pages of Legal Cheek.

In 2016, a BPP University Law School student was caught with 28 wraps of cannabis (roughly £1,200) stuffed in the roof of his car. Firase Morgan — who was studying an LLB at the time — received a 12 month custodial sentence, suspended for two years, and 120 hours community service.

Sign up to the Legal Cheek Newsletter

16 Comments

Anonymous

Bet he is white. Ethnics would have been struck off immediately #facts #unfair

Anonymous

Not sure that’s the politically correct term…

Judge hobosexual

That’s nothing, I’ve supplied over £10m of crack cocaine whilst being homeless and a judge! How? I networked with my uncle in the House of Lords and he gave a judge job paying over £100k is how!!

Anonymous

Honestly, how ridiculous. Just make it legal, like the rest of the world, and stop this nonsense.

Anonymous

I very much doubt the apparent facts of this case would “diminish the trust and confidence” of anyone in any role.

The law on cannabis is really becoming unsustainable. (I’m in favour of legalisation because the law should reflect society as best it can, not because I believe there’s anything worthwhile about stoners.)

Anonymous

Meanwhile Canadian law firms are cashing out on newly minted cannabis practice groups for large, legal, weed companies. UK is missing out on some interesting billables. Oh well, we’ve come to expect nothing more from such a regressive rock.

Anonymous

“commercial barrister”

John

Surprised it’s not “too commercial barrister”.

John

“Top commercial barrister”

Bloody autocorrect

donald duck

How did he get caught??

Anonymous

This post has been removed because it breached Legal Cheek’s comments policy.

Anonymous

He looked weedy . . .

Anonymous

It’s an absolute farce that cannabis is still illegal. Many people are losing out on its medical benefits and police/judicial resources are wasted prosecuting people for using cannabis. The only stakeholders who still benefit from prohibition are the for-profit prisons

Anonymous

If it makes George Soros’ quest easier, don’t do it.

You could start by quitting weed. It helps Soros if people self identify as pot heads and then act accordingly.

Keep your eye on him and be ready to act and react instead!

Anonymous

I dont know why they are getting involved! it not like they should regulate every part of a solicitors life, from their work time, to where they are sleeping or at home.

Commentator

English cousin of Mike Ross?

Join the conversation

Related Stories