A male barrister who touched two people sexually without their consent has been suspended for three months by a disciplinary tribunal.

Craig Charles Tipper, who was called to the bar in 2018, was found to have behaved in a way which was likely to diminish the trust and confidence which the public places in him or in the profession.

According to a finding by the Bar Tribunals & Adjudication Service, Tipper touched two individuals sexually without their consent on or around 21 June 2019. The tribunal found that neither person consented to his behaviour and Tipper did not reasonably believe they were consenting.

Tipper was suspended for three months and ordered to pay costs of £900.

Commenting on the order, spokesperson for the Bar Standards Board said: ‘This conduct is entirely unacceptable and our decision to bring charges of professional misconduct against Mr Tipper demonstrates our commitment to taking action against such behaviour by members of the bar.’

Earlier this week, a male barrister who held a junior female colleague ‘by or around the neck’ and told her ‘I really wanted to smack your arse’ – before actually doing so – was fined £6,000 by the regulatory tribunal.