A barrister who took almost four years to pay a £3,000 fine has been suspended for two months by an independent disciplinary tribunal.

Vincent Deane, admitted in 1976, was fined £3,000 by a tribunal in August 2015 after failing to comply with his continuing professional development obligations. Deane arranged with the Bar Standards Board to pay monthly instalments of £300, starting in November 2015. However, the penalty was not paid off until June last year. 

At a virtual hearing earlier this month, Deane was ordered to be suspended from practice for two months. According to the BSB, the sanction took into account his previous disciplinary history and his persistent failure over many years to comply with his professional obligations.

BSB director of legal and enforcement, Sara Jagger, said: ‘The tribunal’s decision to suspend Mr Deane shows that ongoing and deliberate failure to comply with professional obligations is a serious matter and can have severe consequences.’