In brief: Sex pest barrister sacked from bench

Nigel Hamilton QC, the barrister suspended from the Bar for three months for sexual harassment, has been sacked by the Lord Chancellor from his part-time assistant recorder post on the Western Circuit. His dismissal follows the high-profile Inns of Court disciplinary tribunal that took place earlier this year and which found Hamilton guilty of sexually harassing a client and a solicitor's clerk. The suspension of Hamilton, of St John's Chambers in Bristol, was the first case of its kind and he is believed to be only the second member of the judiciary ever to be dismissed for misconduct.