Name suppression lifted on high profile lawyer
High profile Auckland criminal barrister, facing charges brought by the Law Society's disciplinary tribunal, has been revealed as Barry Hart.
The Law Society’s Auckland standards committee earlier ruled the barrister should be publicly identified after accusing him of unsatisfactory behaviour. Mr Hart appealed that finding.
Last night, the Supreme Court rejected his appeal to keep his identity secret, saying there was ''no arguable error'' in the previous consideration of the matter by the tribunal and Justice Toogood in the High Court in December.
Mr Hart's argument was that open justice approach should not apply in ''the case of a professional person with a high public profile facing disciplinary charges, particularly where, as here, criminal offending is not alleged''.
The Law Society charges against Mr Hart concerned overcharging and obstructing the Society's investigation.