Ryan Beckwith: SDT ruling in full

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Ex-Freshfields partner was fined £35,000 following allegations of sexual misconduct

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has this afternoon revealed its reasons for choosing to fine rather than suspend ex-Freshfields partner Ryan Beckwith, who last October was found to have engaged in sexual activity with a junior female colleague.

Beckwith, a former restructuring and insolvency partner in the magic circle player’s London office, was fined £35,000 and ordered to pay £235,000 in costs.

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Now justifying its decision to fine Beckwith, the tribunal said his misconduct was the result of a “lapse in his judgement that was highly unlikely to be repeated”. It also found that Beckwith, a married father of one, did not pose “a future risk to the public”.

An SRA spokesperson said: “We are reviewing the judgment and will then decide on next steps.”

You can read the full 50-page judgment below:

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“did not pose “a future risk to the public”.”

Offer withdrawn. Not our kind of guy after all.



In other words he was made a scapegoat for something the SDT/SRA shouldn’t have been involved in.



This is like something out of Kafka. Poor guy.



Any word on whether he’s appealing the decision?



We’re not really sure what you did wrong or even if we have jurisdiction, but we’ve decided to slap you for quarter of a mil…


Showround @ Bakers

Always thought this but this article provides the perfect opportunity: abolish the SRA



A lot of people, probably the majority, feel that Beckwith was targeted because he is male.



Having read that ruling, I probably did enough to get done by this lot most Friday nights before 9pm.



I note the lack of gender diversity in the panel.



Can you imagine the shrieks of the feminist lobby if he had succeeded before an all male panel?



Any chance of an article on the costs involved in these SDT hearings -235k!!



Would he have been sanctioned if he’d been a barrister?


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