Claims that barristers who have been found to have committed sexual misconduct are treated too leniently have prompted regulators to announce a review of sanction guidance.

However, critics complain that the "misguided" sanctions are out of step with other professional bodies and acceptable behaviour in modern society. They also fear that the guidance belittles victims.

Russell-Cooke Senior Partner John Gould agrees with the need for revision in comments in The Times.

Sanctions for sexual misconduct by barristers are 'derisory' is available to read on The Times website by subscription.

John is Senior Partner of Russell-Cooke and author of The Law of Legal Services and Practice (2nd edition). His area of particular expertise is regulation and public law. He specialises in the analysis and solution of complex regulatory problems, advising regulators, government departments, law enforcement agencies, charities and statutory and professional bodies.