A barrister has been reprimanded and fined for sending cocaine to a chambers. In a regulatory decision published last month the Bar Standards Board (BSB) said Richard Thomas Keogh failed to act with integrity for being in possession of the drug.
Keogh was reprimanded and fined £750.
The BSB notice said Keogh had ‘inadvertently’ sent the drug to an unknown chambers. He also received a police caution for possession of a class A drug.
The BSB said Keogh, who was called to the bar by Middle Temple in November 1991, failed to act with integrity and behaved in a way which was likely diminish trust in the profession and which could be seen by the public as undermining his integrity.
The sanction, which is open to appeal, was issued through a ‘determination by consent’, meaning the case would not be sent to the Bar’s disciplinary tribunal.
The chambers in question has not been named. The incident took place in April last year.