Second disciplinary tribunal discovering in opposition to Robert Kearney

A barrister has been suspended from observe for six months over “inappropriate behaviour of a sexual nature” with a feminine mini-pupil.

The bar disciplinary tribunal handed down the suspension to veteran legal barrister Robert Kearney after listening to of feedback together with “that he stored his nails brief as a result of you possibly can’t finger ladies with lengthy nails”.

The panel additionally discovered that he had leaned into her whereas the 2 had been alone in a raise and smelt her neck.

Kearney — who has fallen foul of the regulator earlier than — has additionally been suggested that he mustn’t tackle pupils, mini-pupils or work expertise college students in future.

In response to the published finding within the case, the crime specialist dedicated skilled misconduct in his interactions with Particular person A, who was on a mini-pupillage and with whom he was “able of belief”. The discovering lists his feedback to her over the course of three days as follows:

“i] that he stored his nails brief as a result of you possibly can’t finger ladies with lengthy nails;

ii] requested Particular person A if she had ever had intercourse in her mother and father’ home and the main points about it;

iii] advised Particular person A that consuming pineapple makes semen style higher;

iv] mentioned to Particular person A she ought to put on skirts and heels as an alternative of trousers and requested her what her bra measurement was;

v] lent into Particular person A when the 2 had been alongside inside a raise, smelt her neck and requested her what fragrance she was sporting;

vi] B additionally spoke about intercourse together with his spouse and was bodily too near Particular person A.”

In 2018, Kearney was fined £1,000 and reprimanded over inappropriate remarks to a pupil barrister. The “clearly drunken” transient is alleged to have put his arm across the male pupil at a social occasion and requested whether or not he had “ever taken a lady from behind”.

On the time Kearney was listed as working for Lincoln Home Chambers in Manchester, however in line with a LinkedIn profile he left in March 2020.

An previous chambers profile says that Kearney “has a considerable defence observe, continuously representing members of alleged organised crime teams in Manchester & Salford”.

The occasions involving Particular person A, which passed off in January 2015, predate these resulting in Kearney’s first sanction in October 2017.

The tribunal’s ruling is open to attraction. Kearney has been approached for remark.

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