Top lawyer who sent sexually explicit WhatsApp messages handed fine

Brian McConnachie KC was found guilty of professional misconduct after sending an intimate photo of himself from the toilets of a Scots court.

Top Scots lawyer Brian McConnachie KC fined and given warning for messages about rape charity boss Faculty of Advocates

One of Scotland’s top criminal defence advocates has been fined and given a severe written warning after being found guilty of professional misconduct over a series of WhatsApp messages.

Brian McConnachie KC sent a sexually explicit photograph of himself from the toilets at the High Court in Livingston to a woman among a series of other inappropriate communications at a hearing last month.

Another message stated he might “sh*g” Rape Crisis Scotland chief executive Sandy Brindley “just to have something over her. But I would not enjoy it,” while the lawyer also broke a confidentiality agreement between himself and a client by suggesting he was a liar.

The Faculty of Advocates said his conduct represented a “serious and reprehensible” departure from the expected standard in February’s ruling.

The body has since announced McConnachie has been given a “severe written censure” and an £8,000 fine.

Rape Crisis Scotland branded the punishment “a complete disgrace”.

McConnachie has been one of the most high-profile legal figures in Scotland for decades, appearing in many high profile criminal trials.

The faculty’s ruling said: “When all of the actions complained about are taken together, we are of the opinion that the respondent’s conduct must be considered professional misconduct.”

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