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Family solicitor suspended from practice for glassing ex-boyfriend

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She was convicted of ABH

Woolwich Crown Court

A family law solicitor who hit her ex-boyfriend in the face with a glass has been suspended from practice for 15 months.

Rebecca Harling, admitted to the roll in 2011, was convicted at Woolwich Crown Court last October of actual bodily harm and was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years.

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) heard that on 21 April last year she went to the flat of her former boyfriend, by whom she believed she was pregnant. He reacted badly to her presence and reportedly pushed her to the ground. The judgment on an agreed outcome continues:

“After being helped up to her feet Miss Harling went into the kitchen to get a glass of water. Her former boyfriend told her that she should have asked his permission to do so and Miss Harling reacted by striking him in the face with the glass she was holding.”

The ex-boyfriend suffered cuts to his earlobe that required some stitching and gluing in hospital. Harling — who will be 39 this year — resigned from her job at a law firm the day she was sentenced and reported the conviction to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). Her former firm isn’t named in the judgment.

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In mitigation, “not endorsed” by the regulator, Harling said that her personality and attitude have been shaped by a number of traumatic personal incidents in adult life, which have arisen in part due to her own poor decision making. It continues:

“This series of events culminated in Ms Harling being in an abusive and controlling relationship with the individual she subsequently assaulted.”

Harling was suspended from practice for 15 months and ordered to pay costs of £1,500.

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

You are the cnut.

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Anonymous

How so? You pr*ck.

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Anonymous

Fuck off

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Anonymous

This is typical of a prevailing state of unreason and mental illness.

It is too easy to find that after an hour of turmoil with your so called loved one hospital and a criminal record, and the attendant careers in person, are all waiting for you. Waiting so that they can repeat their job descriptions with today’s influx of human capital.

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Anonymous

WTF

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Anonymous

The specialist domestic abuse police ppl, the specialist prosecutor, defence solicitor and barrister, probation officer, doctor and nurse all wait for fresh human capital from couples with the prevailing state of unreason and mental illness. Do you get it now ?

It is too easy to find that you and your so called loved one end up feeding the machine.

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Anonymous

^^^ STAY OFF THE DRUGS M8!!!

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Justsayingasitis

Domestic abuse can be even worse than physical assault – as it entails controlling the individual’s autonomy. It can’t be self defence as the defence was disproportionate: him helping her up but then saying you should have asked for permission. It is him controlling her – showing he is in control. It is not surprising she just ‘snapped.’ Temporarily insanity – there is an issue with capacity here as if someone were provoked for long enough albeit did not react over the duration of that relation could, depending on the personality subject to such domestic abuse, class someone in the face. I think the law is not meant to be black or white. This is such as case – in any event, she was convicted likely because dickhead juries are not lawyers.

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Anonymous

Or because they were given directions on the law and understood what insanity is, unlike you. Provocation isn’t a defence to ABH. It can only be a partial defence to murder and even then only to reduce it to voluntary manslaugher. She wasn’t acting in self-defence as she was neither under attack nor did she fear an attack. She wasn’t suffering from a defect of mind, nor did she suggest that she did not know she was hitting him with a glass when she hit him with a glass. Doesn’t it occur to you look up what words mean before using them?

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Anonymous

BURN HEAL TO AISLE FOUR!

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Anonymous

Provocation no longer exists. It is now loss of control. Look it up maybe.

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Anonymous

Justsayingasitis – trust you’d have the same view if it was a female being assaulted by a male.

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Anonymous

Not surprised it was a family solicitor, given the cavalier approach most of them take to other people’s relationships.

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Child Support Agency

Was she actually preggers?? And if so, was he the Dad???

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Call Your Mother

At least she’ll have more empathy for clients who lose their s**t.

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Anonymous

Did she use to be employed at Irwin Mitchell?

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