Alcoholic barrister, 29, who broke receptionist’s jaw with a hockey stick immediately after consuming session gets suspended sentence and keeps his occupation
- Alcoholic barrister Felix Evans battered a lodge receptionist with a hockey stick
- Experienced tribunal dominated 29-12 months-outdated Evans experienced reformed his lifestyle since attack
- He hit the receptionist twice on the back again and once in the face breaking his jaw
An alcoholic barrister who battered a lodge receptionist with a hockey adhere has been authorized to go on his authorized job.
A specialist tribunal dominated yesterday that 29-year-aged Felix Evans had reformed his life due to the fact the early several hours attack that followed a ingesting session in 2017.
Evans, who had been playing hockey in advance of he went out consuming, hit the receptionist twice on the again and at the time in the deal with, breaking his jaw.
He was handed a two-yr suspended jail sentence for the attack by a crown courtroom decide in 2018.
An alcoholic barrister who battered a lodge receptionist with a hockey stick has been permitted to continue on his legal profession. A stock graphic is employed over [File photo]
Evans was also ordered to pay out £5,000 in payment to the receptionist. The decide named Evans’s behaviour ‘completely unforgivable’, incorporating: ‘It appears to be to me that even with your significant tutorial achievements and your qualification to the bar, that occupation is now completely lost to you.’
The tribunal, which was headed by crown courtroom choose Witold Pawlak, read that Evans experienced admitted he was an alcoholic.
He had damaged skilled rules and failed to tell the Bar about his legal conviction, it stated.
Nevertheless, considering the fact that he was a recently competent barrister who experienced not nevertheless found a place with a chambers, he may perhaps not have recognized about the policies, the tribunal mentioned.
Evans has due to the fact gone through counselling and joined Alcoholics Anonymous. He has also married and now has a baby.
Following qualifying yet again as a solicitor, the tribunal read that he now has a job with a regulation company which is absolutely conscious of his legal record.
The tribunal flagged up that ‘the circumstances of the assault had been specially egregious – he hit the resort receptionist with a hockey adhere a few occasions, once in the face breaking his jaw and two times on his back’.
But it explained that just after his arrest Evans informed law enforcement: ‘I’m very responsible for what I did. I am upset I harmed him and shaken by what I’ve finished. I regret it.’
It discovered that Evans experienced proven real regret and experienced created endeavours to guarantee his actions did not take place yet again.
The law firm was suspended from doing the job as a barrister for 3 many years – a selection which indicates he can proceed his work as a solicitor.
A potential return to the Bar – deemed the elite of the authorized job – may well also be open to him.
Evans was fined £2,000 and requested to pay £250 expenditures.
The tribunal explained that a criminal conviction for an offence like that fully commited by Evans would commonly indicate he would be struck off.
‘Were it not for the initiatives he has produced to place his life in buy we would not have hesitated to disbar him,’ it ruled.
‘However, we do look at all that he has done since the incident to repair service his lifetime to sum to remarkable circumstances.’