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Disbarment for barrister who asked fellow lawyer to lie about sex assault

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Handed suspended sentence earlier this year

A barrister convicted of sexual assault has been disbarred by a disciplinary tribunal.

Kevin Stewart Farquharson was convicted at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court in March 2021 for a sexual assault which took place in September 2019. He was sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months.

The Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service (BTAS) found that Farquharson, who was called to the bar in 2011, sent a text message to his victim asking her to respond to a future message from him with a scripted response he had prepared. This prepared response was “not a truthful account” of the events on the day of the assault, according to the published finding.

The tribunal further found that Farquharson had subsequently sent a message to another barrister asking them to “lie about the events” at the time of the assault.

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The tribunal said Farquharson had engaged in conduct which was likely to diminish the trust and confidence which the public places in him or in the profession, and had acted in a way which could reasonably be seen by the public to undermine his integrity.

A spokesperson for the BSB said:

“Mr Farquharson’s conduct of sexually assaulting another person and then making dishonest efforts to conceal it is clearly incompatible with the standards expected by the public from barristers. The tribunal’s decision to disbar him reflects this.”

The tribunal disbarred Farquharson and ordered him to pay costs of £2,100.

The decision is open to appeal.

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15 Comments

Urgh

This is the tip of the iceberg as to the extent of sexual abuse and harassment committed by barristers.

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Gurgh

What is the rest of the iceberg? I haven’t seen many more cases.

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Archibald Pomp O'City

“What is the rest of the iceberg? I haven’t seen many more cases.”

Well you wouldn’t see them if the visible ones are the tip of an iceberg, would you, silly.

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Anonymous

Hence the reason for asking what they are, silly.

Messed that one up, didn’t you Archie.

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#metoo

My dear, you have no idea. 🙃

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Anonymous

Enlighten us.

I would have thought someone calling themselves #Metoo would know better than to call people ‘My Dear’.

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Ok bye dear!

Lol, you must be one of them.

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Anonymous

If you don’t already know, you’re part of the problem.

It isn’t my job to tell you why.

Educate yourself.

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I am educated don't worry

No.
The problem is how “some” barristers have abused their position of power for years because they can. The problem is the little protection given to the brave ones that do come out. The problem is people like you telling me I am part of the problem without knowing a thing about me, which is hilarious.
And no, it’s not my job to enlighten you, my #metoo was enforcing the comment made above, nothing to do with you.
Also, I hope you’re not a lawyer because that my dear argument was absolutely rubbish! 😂

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Anonymous

Part of the problem is the sheer volume of false allegations.

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FGS

Where’s your evidence that a significant number of pupils and barristers make ‘false’ allegations of sexual harassment?

Oh I see – in your head.

Every time…

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Urgh

Another huge problem is the ‘luxury’ practising barristers have of aligning themselves with #Metoo and launching websites to promote how compassionate they are about stopping sexual harassment, but they are not the people that face the consequences of having to report harassment.

A BPTC student who reports harassment from a barrister may be seen as a liability. They may be prevented from earning pupillage (however good they are) and will forever have their name tied to what happened to them.

In contrast, a barrister who self-promotes how #bekind they are doesn’t actually have to listen to anyone’s experiences of harassment. They won’t lose their income if they can’t be bothered to sanction pervy barristers. The number of barristers who are fined by the BSB for sexual harassment is tiny compared to their income and the number of women who contact the BSB.

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You got it

Oh finally someone that understands the situation completely! Thank you Urgh.

My favourites are “advocates for womens rights and equality at the Bar”. 😂

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Anonymous

I’ve seen so many barristers who lie, especially at the highest level of the profession. It seems if you stick QC after any idiot’s name, they begin to think they’re invincible. Why are barristers such horrible, greedy people?

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Horrible Greedy Personage

Sweeping generalisation🤺

Back to school.

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