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02 February 2017

Lawyer fined for calling himself the country's 'top' criminal barrister

Michael Wolkind QC of 2 Bedford Row certainly isn't one to shy away from the hard sell…

By Kathryn Higgins

Sergey Nivens

Following a two-day hearing at the Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service, Mr Wolkind was ordered to pay a £1,000 fine after boasting about himself on his own website – topcriminalqc.co.uk – so such an extent as to, ironically, ‘likely diminish the trust and confidence which the public placed in him or in the profession.’ Among his more sensational claims were that he was ‘the UK’s top criminal barrister’, as well as that he was widely recognised as the country’s ‘top murder barrister and QC; top protest case barrister and QC; top terrorism barrister and QC; top property householder self-defence rights barrister and QC and top regulatory, inquest health and safety and tribunal barrister and QC.’ Though the website now carries significant amendments, it continues to exist under the ‘topcriminalqc’ domain name.

Sources: Law Gazette; Legal Cheek

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