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The Honorable Society of King's Inns notice of decision of Benchers to suspend Mr Paul McLoughlin, Barrister at Law.

 

Pursuant to Rule 37(4) of the Society, notice is hereby given that the Bar Council made the following complaints to the Disciplinary Committee of the Society in relation to Mr  Paul Mcloughlin  (described  in  the complaints as the Respondent).

 

1. The Respondent was convicted in the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court of the  criminal offence of harassment, contrary to section 10 of the Non-Fatal Offences  Against  the  Person  Act,  1997  on  8t h   June  2012.   The Respondent failed to inform the Bar Council of the conviction.  The  Respondent was  thereby in breach of Rule 2.13 of the Code of Conduct of the Bar of Ireland in  that he did not forthwith or at  all report  to  the  Bar  Council  the  fact that  he  had been convicted of a  criminal  offence  which  might  bring  the  profession into  disrepute.

2. The Respondent engaged in conduct which brought  the barristers'  profession into disrepute by engaging in conduct which led to his  conviction  for  the  offence of harassment contrary to section  10  of  the  Non-Fatal  Offences Against the Person Act, 1997. The conviction was in respect of offending behaviour which occurred between 1st    day of May 2006 and 14t h   day of  May 2010. The Respondent was thereby in breach of Rule 1.2(b) of the Code of Conduct of the Bar of Ireland in that he engaged  in conduct  which  may  bring the  barristers'  profession  into disrepute.

3. The criminal offence in respect of which the Respondent was  convicted  related to the harassment of a colleague between 1st day of May 2006 and 14th  day of  May 2010.   By so doing, the Respondent did not act in an ethical manner.  The Respondent was thereby in breach of Rule 1.2(c) of the Code   of

Conduct of the Bar of Ireland in that he failed to observe the ethics of the barristers' profession.

4. The Respondent's harassment of a colleague over a significant period of time from  1s t  day  of  May  2006  to  the  14th   day  of  May  2010  and  subsequent conviction for the offence of harassment contrary to  section  10 of  the  Non­ Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, 1997 amounted to serious breach of respect for a colleague. The Respondent was thereby in breach of Rule 7.1 of the Code of Conduct of the Bar of Ireland in that he did not treat a colleague with civility and respect.

 

5. The Respondent by his harassment of a colleague over a significant period of time from 151 day of  May 2006 to the 14t h   day of  May  2010 and subsequent conviction therein fell below the standards expected of a member of the barristers' profession. The Respondent was thereby in breach of Rule 2.4 of the Code of Conduct of the Bar of Ireland in that he did not uphold the standards set out in the Code of Conduct, and the dignity and high standing of the profession of barrister and his own standing as a member of the profession.

6. The Respondent by his behaviour aforesaid has not upheld the standards  set  out  in the Code of  Conduct  of the Bar of Ireland.  The Respondent is thereby  in breach of Rule 1.1. of the  Code of Conduct of the  Bar of  Ireland.

 

The Benchers of the Honorable Society of King's Inns at its meeting of 11 January 2017 confirmed the report of the Disciplinary Committee in which it upheld the complaints made on the basis of an acceptance by Mr Mcloughlin that the  complaints made by the Bar Council in the Complaint document were  made  out. The Benchers confirmed the sanction recommended by the Disciplinary Committee and resolved that Mr Paul Mcloughlin be suspended from practice as a Barrister-at­ law to include all rights and privileges as a Barrister, including rights of audience for a  period  from  the  making  of  the   final  decision  of  the   Benchers  until  the  11t h December 2028. In addition, the Committee deemed it appropriate that the aforementioned disciplinary measure should be the subject of publication/registration in accordance with Rule 37 of the General Ru les of the Honorable Society of King's Inns.

 

Mr Paul Mcloughlin is therefore suspended from practice as aforesaid until 11th December 2028.