A barrister convicted of common assault has been suspended for three months, just days after another barrister was suspended for four months after a conviction for beating a woman.

Rashid Ahmed, called to the bar in 2003, was convicted of common assault by beating in April 2018. He was sentenced to a 12-month community order with the requirement of rehabilitation activity for 35 days and 180 hours of unpaid work.

An independent disciplinary tribunal found that Ahmed had behaved in a way which was likely to diminish the trust and confidence which the public places in him or in the profession, and suspended him from practice for three months.

Commenting on the order, a Bar Standards Board spokesperson said: 'Being convicted of any form of assault is a serious matter for barristers and the tribunal’s decision to suspend Mr Ahmed from practice reflects this.'

Earlier this month, Stephen Joseph Sweeney, called to the bar in 2001, received a four-month suspension and a reprimand from the tribunal after being convicted for assault by beating a woman.