A barrister who refused to carry out a police breath test when suspected of drink driving has been reprimanded and fined £400 by the disciplinary tribunal.
Adnan Siddiq, an unregistered barrister called to the bar in 2012, was found to have behaved in a way which was likely to diminish public trust and confidence, and which could reasonably be seen to undermine his integrity.
According to a judgment published by the Bar Tribunals & Adjudication Service, Siddiq failed to cooperate with a roadside breath test in September 2019. He also refused to provide a specimen of breath when taken to a custody suite at Stoke Newington police station.
He was convicted of offences under the Road Traffic Act 1988 at Thames Magistrates Court the following month.
The disciplinary tribunal stated: ‘The offences with which you were charged and the circumstances of those offences are serious, more serious, in our view, than a conviction for drink driving and the reason they are more serious than a conviction for drink driving is we do not know and cannot know, because of your conduct, what the level of alcohol in your blood was when you were driving.’
It added that Siddiq’s lack of cooperation with the police on the day of the incident was a matter of ‘serious aggravation’. However, it acknowledged that he admitted the charge to the police; did not contest the prosecution; reported the matter promptly to the regulator; and had suffered ‘severe adverse consequences’ by losing his job as a paralegal.
Siddiq was fined £400 and ordered to pay £60 in costs.