The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has suspended a solicitor convicted of racially aggravated assault last year. Following a hearing at the tribunal this week, Alastair James Thomas Main was suspended from practising until 4 January 2019 and ordered to pay around £2,000 in costs.
Main, then 35 and a solicitor now for 10 years, had also been convicted of sexual assault following an incident at a London rowing club dinner in December 2015.
Main, a former in-house lawyer with City firm Schroders, was reported to have poured beer over a woman, called her a slut and made reference to her nationality, before following her into the ladies’ toilets and smacking her on the bottom five times. On 26 January 2017 Main was required to carry out unpaid work for 200 hours, made subject to a restraining order and required to register with the police in accordance with the Sexual Offences Act 2003 for five years.
The tribunal found that Main’s misconduct amounted to a breach of principles two and six, namely failing to act with integrity and failing to behave in a way that maintains the trust the public placed in him and the legal profession. The tribunal did not find he had breached principle one, which is to uphold the rule of law and proper administration of justice.
The full judgment is set to be published in March, after which Main will have 21 days to make an appeal against the tribunal ruling.