R (on the application of McCarthy) v Visitors to the Inns of Court and another

Counsel – Disciplinary proceedings. The appellant barrister had been disbarred for serious misconduct by the Bar Disciplinary Tribunal (the tribunal). The appellant appealed to the Visitors to the Inns of Court (the visitors), on the ground that there had been unfairness by the respondent Bar Standards Board in having failed to disclose a statement of the principal witness against him. The appeal was dismissed. In judicial review proceedings, the judge declined to quash the visitors' decision. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, in allowing the appeal, held that there had been a real possibility that the tribunal would have come to a different conclusion had disclosure been made.

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