One Crown Office Row silk cleared of inquest misconduct

A One Crown Office Row barrister has been cleared of professional misconduct after he was accused of making an insensitive joke at an inquest.

Stephen Mackenzie Miller QC
Stephen Mackenzie Miller QC

Stephen Mackenzie Miller QC, who was called to the bar in 1971, made silk in 1990 and also sits as a part-time crown court judge, appeared before a Bar Standards Board (BSB) tribunal panel on Tuesday. A spokesperson for the BSB confirmed that all charges have been dismissed.

He was alleged to have engaged in discreditable conduct and failing to act courteously when sitting next to a grieving family by making a quip to a female coroner about switching on an iPad.

The 79-year-old woman had died in hospital after a series of errors including an air switch being left off, the tribunal heard.

Miller specialises in medical cases and a large part of his work is concerned with clinical negligence. He is also on the Court of Appeal Mediation Panel and is the Master of the Bench of the Middle Temple.

Miller’s lawyer, Hill Dickinson partner Angela Horne, said: “It is a matter of enormous regret that the BSB saw fit to bring these charges, which have quite properly been dismissed.”