Barrister who slapped junior female colleague's bottom is fined almost £10,000

A barrister who slapped a junior female colleague's bottom telling her 'I really wanted to smack your a**e' was fined almost £10,000 by a disciplinary tribunal.  

Dominic Woolard, 36, held the unnamed woman around her neck as he made the comments before he pulled her onto his lap and slapped her on the backside, causing her physical pain. 

The married father of two and experienced criminal barrister acted in a 'sexual' manner without the woman's consent, the Bar Disciplinary Tribunal ruled.

It found that Woolard, who was in a position of professional seniority, violated the woman's dignity during the incident in December 2018. 

He was found to have diminished public trust in the profession through his 'unwanted conduct'. 

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Dominic Woolard held a female colleague around the neck in December 2018. Pictured: Woolard with woman believed to be his partner

Woolard, pictured, also pulled the unnamed female colleague onto his lap and slapped her bottom

Dominic Woolard held a female colleague around the neck in December 2018 before pulling her onto his lap and slapping her bottom. Pictured: Dominic Woolard, right, and left with woman believed to be his partner

The three-person tribunal ruled Woolard, a practising barrister, acted 'without integrity and/or did something which could be reasonably seen by the public to undermine his integrity'.

A document detailing the outcome of the tribunal described how Woolard, while in a position of professional seniority, held the woman - referred to as 'A', around the neck and ruled that his actions had the effect of 'violating her dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or otherwise offensive environment'.

It added that Woolard caused the woman 'physical pain'when he slapped her on the bottom and noted that the touching was 'intentional' and 'sexual'. 

'A did not consent to the touching, and Dominic Woolard did not reasonably believe that A consented to

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