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Top Blackstone silk fined £18,000 for drink driving

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Details of hefty court penalty appear in recent BSB decision

A top commercial barrister was slapped with a fine of almost £18,000 earlier this summer after being caught more than twice the drink-drive limit, a recent regulatory decision has revealed.

Alan Maclean QC, a member of Blackstone Chambers, home to some of the country’s wealthiest barristers, was found to have driven a motor vehicle on 3 April of this year while over the legal alcohol limit. He had 92 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

The experienced silk, who was called to the bar in 1993, was convicted of drink driving at Oxford Magistrates’ Court in May and fined £17,833, according to the Bar Standards Board (BSB). Maclean was also disqualified from driving for 23 months, reduced by 23 weeks on successful completion of a drink-drive awareness course.

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The regulator said that the Blackstone barrister had acted in a way likely to diminish the trust and confidence which the public places in him or in the profession. He was reprimanded and fined a further £600.

Maclean told Legal Cheek:

“I accepted a single charge of driving under the influence of alcohol while on holiday. I immediately self-reported to the Bar Standards Board and fully accept the sanctions imposed.”

The offence was dealt with by way of ‘determination by consent’, an agreement that means the case was not sent to a disciplinary tribunal.

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21 Comments

Anonymous

If he was a solicitor, the SRA would have slapped him a lot harder.

TommyBoy

But he’s not so…

Beatrice

Huge fine really. That is enough for a house deposit in some parts of this country.

Chris John

‘Loose change’ for the Barrister I imagine

Kirkland NQ

Deposit! Lol! I paid that a for a roll of toilet paper in my Chelsea townhouse.

Tim

How’s Introduction to Contract Law going young man? Must have had your first lectures this week?

Kirkland NQ

Haha here comes the jealousy! You will know that I skipped university after discovery of my legal wizardry, and sent to the ‘land.

Archibald Pomp O'City

For your solid gold throne?

a

Fair enough – he could have killed someone. The fine is large enough to be genuinely punitive to a top silk, not some derisory amount.

Tips ahoy

Yep. One brief fee- punitive.

Anonymous

And all the BSB could be bothered to do is tack-on a £600 fine and give him a slap on the wrist. What a joke.

Tim

Guarantee I could have got him off Scot free

Ahoy

Scotch free?

Anonymous

My cousin was killed by a drunk driver.

Commercial barristers want to pretend that they are the paragon of intelligence and ‘good judgement’?

Sort your life out Alan.

Anonymous

None of the BSB’s business. This sort of nonsense does more harm to the profession than anything.

Anonymous

Whilst they’ll always proudly brag in interviews about having the ‘Best Job in the World’, you can see how unhappy and unfulfilled they really are by all the binge drinking.

Do genuinely happy and well-adjusted people drink so much?

Shiela goes out with her mate Stella

What’s wrong with habitually drinking an amount of alcohol of one’s choosing to the point one’s voice stops working and one’s reality alters?

Anonymous

What’s wrong is when you then choose to drive your car, upping the risk of driving into someone and killing them as your perception of reality has been altered so much by alcohol.

I’m happy to explain the ‘your selfish behaviour could kill someone’ concept to a barrister as much as may be needed?

Anonymous

“Binge drinking”? The levels of alcohol in question probably are about 6 pints.

Former Bazza

He was almost x3 times the limit, nearer 8 pints or 2.5 bottles of wine

Pooch

Standard for a completion lunch. Not too much sauce but just enough. Woof.

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