A barrister who assaulted three people has been suspended from practice for 28 days by a disciplinary tribunal. Richard Keogh, called by Gray’s Inn in 1991, was convicted by South Essex Magistrates' Court in February of assaulting three members of the public. 

The Bar Standards Board brought charges of professional misconduct and an independent disciplinary tribunal ordered for Keogh to be suspended for twenty eight days starting on 7 October 2019, subject to any appeal.

The tribunal found Keogh had engaged in conduct which was likely to diminish the trust and confidence the public places in the profession.

Sara Jagger, BSB director of professional conduct, said: ‘Conviction for assault is a serious matter and the tribunal’s decision to suspend Mr Keogh reflects the importance placed in the BSB’s code of conduct on upholding public trust and confidence in the profession.’