QC 'sent vile text about sex with rape charity boss'

QC ‘sent vile text about sex with rape charity boss’: Top barrister was accused of saying he would ‘sh*g’ head of Rape Crisis Scotland, court hears

  • Brian McConnachie QC, 63, has been found guilty of ‘unsatisfactory’ conduct
  • He allegedly sent a text message saying he would ‘sh*g’ the boss of Rape Crisis Scotland and is said to have called a client a ‘lying c***’
  • The former High Court prosecutor and senior QC faces a fine of up to £3,000
  • He is ‘one of Scotland’s busiest Queen’s Counsel’, earning up to £333,000 a year

A leading barrister is said to have sent a text message saying he would ‘sh*g’ the boss of Rape Crisis Scotland ‘just to have something over her’.

Complaints: Mr McConnachie

Brian McConnachie QC, a former High Court prosecutor in Scotland, has been found guilty of ‘unsatisfactory’ conduct after also allegedly making an obscene comment about a client.

Sanctions have yet to be decided but under the rules of the Faculty of Advocates he could face a fine of up to £3,000.

A disciplinary committee of the investigating body found there was insufficient evidence to prove more serious ‘professional’ misconduct.

Mr McConnachie, 63, is said to have made the ‘distasteful’ sexual comment about Sandy Brindley, chief executive of Rape Crisis Scotland, on October 27, 2020.

A spokesman for the charity said: ‘We are shocked and extremely disappointed to see such sexist and misogynistic behaviour directed towards our chief executive. For senior members of the faculty to discuss our staff in such a sexist and demeaning way is completely unacceptable.’


The disciplinary committee found Mr McConnachie guilty of ‘unsatisfactory professional conduct’ (L)  Sandy Brindley, chief executive of Rape Crisis Scotland (R) Brian McConnachie

Complaints were first sent to the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC), an independent body that handles disputes between the public and lawyers.

It decided there were grounds to refer six to the Faculty, The Daily Record reported.

The disciplinary committee also found Mr McConnachie guilty of ‘unsatisfactory professional conduct’ due to allegedly calling a client a ‘lying c***’. 

It said this insulting conduct fell beneath the standard expected of ‘reputable advocates’.

A Faculty spokesman said: ‘As the process is ongoing, it would not be appropriate for [the] faculty to comment on this matter, beyond confirming it is correct to say that a finding of unsatisfactory professional conduct had been determined regarding Brian McConnachie QC.’

Mr McConnachie declined to comment yesterday, saying only ‘Cheerio’ when approached at his home near Burrelton, Perthshire.

Last night Scottish Tory deputy leader Meghan Gallacher said: ‘These vile comments would be totally unacceptable coming from anyone – that they came from a senior QC defies belief.’ 

And Lib Dem justice spokesman Liam McArthur said: ‘These are appallingly derogatory comments to come from a senior lawyer.’

Mr McConnachie has acted in some of Scotland’s most high-profile cases, including the defence of Aaron Campbell, who was 16 when he was convicted of abducting, raping and murdering six-year-old Alesha MacPhail in 2018 on the Isle of Bute.

He was the eighth highest legal aid earner in 2020-21 with earnings of £147,000, down from £333,000 in 2019-2020. 

On the Faculty’s website, Mr McConnachie is described as ‘one of Scotland’s busiest Queen’s Counsel’.

After a successful period as junior counsel he joined Crown Office as an Advocate Depute in 2002.

He remained there until 2009 and was the Principal Advocate Depute with practical responsibility for the prosecution of all High Court crime in Scotland. 

Since returning to private practice he has been ‘regularly instructed in a wide variety of serious and regulatory crime’.

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