A barrister jailed for multiple sexual offences, including committing gross indecency with a child, has been disbarred. A decision published by the Bar Tribunals & Adjudication Service (BTAS) noted that Clyde Stevens failed to report the fact he had been charged with offences and the fact he had been subsequently found guilty.

Stevens, called to the bar by Middle Temple in July 1978, was an unregistered barrister.

In January 2017, he was found guilty of assaulting a female by penetration and was subsequently jailed for 10 years the following March.

He was also convicted of four offences of committing or inciting an act of gross indecency with a child and four offences of indecent sexual assault on a female under 16.

Commenting on the order to disbar, the BSB’s director of professional conduct, Sara Jagger said: ‘The tribunal’s decision that Stevens should be disbarred reflects the fact that a conviction for serious sexual offences is entirely incompatible with continued membership of the bar.’

The BTAS decision is open to appeal.