Sheffield barrister lied about convictions

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A Sheffield barrister who failed to disclose previous criminal convictions for possessing CS gas and wilfully obstructing the police is to be disbarred.

An independent public disciplinary tribunal found that Giles Norton, from Sheffield, falsely denied he had any convictions despite having a criminal record for possession of an illegal weapon.

The panel heard that Norton had three criminal convictions - two for possessing CS spray canisters and one for wilfully obstructing 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.

His practising certificate was suspended with immediate effect.

He was a sole practitioner based at Enigma Chambers - a nationwide firm.

Sara Down, Head of Professional Conduct at the Bar Standards Board, 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.”