It's advisable that barristers don't attempt any hand gestures in court, although some are worse than others.
A barrister has been fined £250 for "raising his hand in a Nazi salute" and mimicking a German accent in court.
Thomas Davidson, who was called to the bar in 1973, was representing a defendant at Salisbury Magistrates Court before three lay magistrates when the Chair of the bench raised "the issue of his having used a German accent during the proceedings" and told him that this conduct had been "inappropriate".
Davidson looked at the Bench and said "Jawohl" at the same time as raising a hand in a Nazi salute, according to a notice by the Bar Standards Board (BSB). 'Jawohl' means 'yes, indeed' in German, and in a military context has been used when soldiers address their superior officers.
More context is currently lacking - Davidson did not respond to a request for comment and the BSB's hasnb't yet published its full decision. However, the BSB's notice described the veteran barrister's actions as "seriously offensive and discreditable".
The matter has now been heard before a disciplinary tribunal hearing, where the panel deemed that Davidson had breached the barrister's code of conduct and "behaved in a way which was likely to diminish the trust and confidence which the public places in him or in the profession".
The tribunal reprimanded Davidson and fined him £250 and ordered that he pay £1,750 in costs. The decision is open to appeal.
According to the barristers' register, Davidson is a member of Middle Temple and specialises in areas including crime, employment, family, immigration, intellectual property, residential landlord and tenant, and personal injury.