A public access barrister who was suspended twice in one month has been hit with another sanction.
London based Oliver White has been fined £500 for ‘failing to be open and cooperative’ with the barristers’ regulator. The fine is in addition to a two-year suspension order made against White in June.
In a decision published this week the Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service said White failed to provide information requested from him and failed to respond to a complaint.
In May this year, White was handed a two-year suspension for failing to reimburse a lay client. In June, he was handed three further suspension orders for work carried out while suspended and for failing to coperate with the Bar Standards Board. The second round of suspension orders are running concurrently with the first.
White, who was called to the bar in 2001 and previously practised at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, is no stranger to disciplinary hearings.
In 2015, two rulings against him led to a £3,000 charge and a six-month ban from public access work. White wrongly told a solicitor he was entitled to hold £400,000 of client money.
That case made it to the High Court, which upheld the suspension.