Felix Joel Evans is about to develop into a solicitor regardless of GBH conviction
A barrister convicted of grievous bodily hurt for breaking a resort receptionist’s jaw with a hockey stick has retrained as a solicitor.
Felix Joel Evans was handed a two-year suspended sentence in February 2018 for what the choose referred to as an “unforgivable” assault on a “hapless resort receptionist”.
Though suspended by a bar disciplinary tribunal earlier this week, Evans had already switched professions and has “certified as a solicitor”.
In accordance with the report, the incident that led to Evans’s conviction occurred in February 2017. The non-practising barrister had been ingesting closely with a pal after enjoying hockey and ended up “very, very drunk”.
The disciplinary tribunal discovered that Evans had “hit the resort receptionist with a hockey stick thrice, as soon as within the face breaking his jaw and twice on his again”. He reportedly instructed police “I’m very responsible for what I did”.
However the tribunal determined to not disbar Evans in mild of the efforts he has since made to show his life round. An “alcoholic” on the time, the 29-year-old has since been to counselling and Alcoholics Nameless, and now has a spouse and baby.
Evans additionally “works for a agency of solicitors, has certified as a solicitor, and is because of be admitted to the roll in March 2021”. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and his agency are conscious of his conviction.
Justifying its resolution to droop Evans from the bar for 3 years relatively than disbar him, the tribunal mentioned “we do contemplate all that he has completed for the reason that incident to restore his life to quantity to distinctive circumstances”.
Earlier this yr, a barrister convicted of assault for headbutting a female colleague was suspended from apply for 3 months.