'Rude' barrister handed £1,000 fine for pulling faces at a judge and slamming ruling as 'insane'

A BARRISTER has been fined £1,000 for pulling faces at a judge and calling a ruling “insane”.

Marguerite Russell, a lawyer for nearly 50 years, was criminal defence counsel at a case in 2016.

But she interrupted the prosecution’s submissions and the judge and failed to sit down when asked.

She also shouted at the judge and described as “ridiculous” a ruling that had been given in response to her argument.

At a later hearing she interrupted, argued with and pulled faces at the judge, and described the decision as “insane”.

A panel at the Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service fined Ms Russell, who has chambers in London’s Lincoln’s Inn, for acting in a “rude and unprofessional manner”.

Russel has acted in a significant number of high profile trials and her defence work includes murder, manslaughter, drug smuggling cases and multi-million pound internet frauds.

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