Barrister fined for ‘positive discrimination’ comment about judge

A barrister who suggested that a judge had only secured her job because she was female and Asian has been fined £750 by a disciplinary tribunal.

Timothy Becker, a self-employed barrister who was called to the bar in 1992, was found to have behaved in a way which was likely to diminish public trust and confidence in the profession, according to a finding by the Bar Tribunals & Adjudication Service.

In August 2018, when acting for a defendant in civil proceedings under the public access scheme, Becker sent an email to the claimant in the proceedings in which he suggested that the Deputy District Judge, who happened to be female and Asian, had only secured her position as a result of ‘positive discrimination’ in the judicial recruitment process.

Becker was reprimanded by the tribunal and fined £750, after being found to have broken core duty five of the Bar Standards Board Handbook. The decision is open to appeal. 


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