A dual-qualified lawyer who committed professional misconduct as a solicitor and failed to inform the Bar Standards Board has been disbarred – six years after being struck off the roll.
Terence Symmonds, who was called to the bar in 1989, was struck off the roll of solicitors in 2014 for acting in breach of the solicitors account rules and the code of conduct. He had previously been fined and suspended by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.
The Bar Tribunals & Adjudication Service found that Symmonds’ disciplinary track record showed he had engaged in conduct which was discreditable and/or likely to diminish public confidence in the legal profession or the administration of justice, or otherwise bring the legal profession into disrepute. He was also found to have failed to be open and co-operative with his regulator.
According to the tribunal’s judgment, Symmonds was practising as a barrister from 2015 until the present. He told the tribunal he had assumed the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal would communicate its findings to the Bar Council and the Bar Standards Board, and that the BSB would prevent him from getting a practising certificate if he was not permitted to have one.
Commenting on the order, a BSB spokesperson said: ‘The tribunal’s decision to disbar Mr Symmonds shows the serious consequences that can result from a barrister being found in breach of the rules of another regulator. It also serves as a reminder that any barrister subject to disciplinary findings within another profession must report these to the BSB.’