Barrister faces professional misconduct charges over defence in terror trial (31 January2014) (United Kingdom)

How fearless can a barrister afford to be when representing a defendant at a criminal trial? That's the question at the heart of a high-profile disciplinary hearing that opened on Thursday.

Lawrence McNulty, who has practised as a barrister for more than 28 years and is described as a "leading junior", denies five charges of professional misconduct arising from a terrorist trial in the summer of 2011.

Charge two against McNulty was that he suggested to the jury in his closing speech that Henriques might be biased.

Darbyshire told the tribunal, in written submissions, that to invite a jury to approach the summing-up with the same caution as they would show towards sales patter was properly capable of being regarded as prejudicial to the interests of justice.

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