The 29-year-old alcoholic lawyer who broke his jaw with a hockey stick after drinking was given a suspended sentence and kept his job
- Alcoholic Felix Evans hit a hotel reception with a hockey stick
- The professional court ruled that 29-year-old Evans had reformed his life since the attack
- He hit the receptionist twice on the back and once in the face and broke his jaw
An alcoholic lawyer who hit a hotel reception with a hockey stick was allowed to continue his legal career.
A professional court ruled yesterday that 29-year-old Felix Evans had reformed his life since being attacked in the early hours of the morning after a drinking lesson in 2017.
Evans, who had played hockey before drinking, hit the receptionist twice on the back and once in the face and broke her jaw.
He was sentenced to a two-year suspended sentence for the attack in 2018 by a judge at the Crown Court.
An alcoholic lawyer who hit a hotel reception with a hockey stick was allowed to continue his legal career. An archive image is used above [file photo]
Evans was also ordered to pay the receptionist £ 5,000 in compensation. The judge described Evans' behavior as "completely unforgivable" and added: "It seems to me that, despite your high academic achievements and your qualifications as a lawyer, this career is completely lost for you."
The tribunal, chaired by the Crown Court judge Witold Pawlak, heard that Evans had admitted to being an alcoholic.
He violated the professional rules and failed to tell the legal profession about his criminal conviction.
However, since he was a newly qualified lawyer who had not yet found a place in a Chamber, he may not have been aware of the rules, the tribunal said.
Evans has since undergone counseling and joined Alcoholics Anonymous. He got married too and now has a child.
After re-qualifying as a lawyer, the tribunal heard that he now has a job with a law firm well aware of his criminal record.
The Tribunal noted that "the circumstances of the attack were particularly egregious – he hit the hotel reception desk three times with a hockey stick, broke his jaw once in the face and twice on his back".
But it was said that after his arrest, Evans told police, "I am very guilty for what I did. I am upset that I harmed him and shocked by what I did. I regret it. & # 39;
It turned out that Evans had shown genuine remorse and made efforts to ensure his actions did not happen again.
The attorney was suspended from practicing law for three years – a decision that means he can continue practicing as a lawyer.
A future return to the bar – which is considered the elite of the legal profession – could also be open to him.
Evans was fined £ 2,000 and paid a cost of £ 250.
The tribunal said that a criminal conviction for a crime like Evans' would usually mean he would be dismissed.
"Without the efforts that he has made to put his life in order, we would not have hesitated to ban him," he said.
"However, we consider everything he has done to fix his life since the incident as exceptional circumstances."