A barrister who failed to disclose his criminal convictions has been disbarred following a disciplinary hearing.
Giles Norton, from Sheffield, who was called to the bar by Inner Temple in 2004, failed to declare convictions for possessing CS gas and wilfully obstructing the police.
The tribunal found that upon qualifying as a barrister Norton falsely denied he had any convictions, when he had three criminal convictions – two for possessing CS spray canisters and one for ‘wilfully obstructing PC Burgess, a police constable, in the execution of his duty’.
Norton was also found to have falsified a number of educational qualifications, including a BA in Chinese from Harvard University and a masters degree from Staffordshire.
His practising certificate was suspended with immediate effect and he was fined £3,000. Norton is able to appeal.
Head of professional conduct at the Bar Standards Board Sara Down said: ‘Our duty as a regulator is, first and foremost, to protect the public. Mr Norton not only failed to disclose serious criminal convictions, but also fabricated his qualifications.
‘In our view, there is no place at the bar for such dishonesty and we believe the tribunal decision is the right one.’