A barrister who sent cocaine to a rival chambers has been suspended for assault.
Richard Keogh, who was convicted in February of attacking three members of the public, has been suspended by a Bar Disciplinary Tribunal for 28 days.
He was found by the tribunal to have engaged in conduct which was "likely to diminish the trust and confidence in which the public places in the profession".
It is the second unfortunate incident involving Keogh within a year. Last December, while working at London firm Alexander Johnson, he accepted a police caution for possessing a wrap of cocaine. He said he used the drug to calm himself down.
Keogh was caught because he inadvertently sent the cocaine to a rival chambers. After accepting the marching powder at a pub next to his office and snorting a "small amount" outside, he stored the remainder in an envelope and forgot about it. Later that day he accidentally used the same envelope to send a payment to another chambers.
Upon receiving a cheque dusted in gak, the goody-goody recipients called in the police. And they contacted Keogh's firm, which immediately suspended him.
"Quick, someone calm him down with cocaine!"
Calling it a "grave mistake of judgement", Keogh said he "acted very stupidly" by accepting the wrap. He said he was snorting coke because he had been told it "relieved stress".
Tony Marshall, head of Alexander Johnson's criminal team, attempted to put some distance between the firm and Keogh. "Mr Keogh was not employed by this firm as he is a self-employed Barrister", Marshall told RollOnFriday, "albeit that he did a great deal of work with the firm". Marshall said that no decision had been taken "as to whether or not we will continue to instruct Mr Keogh".