Shaun Wallace

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This article is about the lawyer and TV personality. For the cyclist, see Shaun Wallace (cyclist). For the science fiction editor, see Sean Wallace. For the bodybuilder known as "The Dark Destroyer", see Monique Jones.
Shaun Wallace
Shaun Wallace.jpg
Born Shaun Anthony Linford Wallace
(1960-06-02) 2 June 1960 (age 56)[1]
London, England
Other names The Dark Destroyer
The Legal Eagle
The Barrister
Grumpy Jaws
Occupation Barrister, part-time lecturer and Television personality
Notable credit(s) The Chase (2009—)

Shaun Anthony Linford Wallace[2] (born 2 June 1960) is an English television personality and a barrister. He is a "Chaser" on the ITV quiz show The Chase. Wallace is also a part-time lecturer and often visits schools, colleges and other institutions to educate students on the many aspects of law. In 2004, he won Mastermind and was ranked 286th in the World Quizzing Championships in 2012.

Wallace is of Jamaican heritage. He is also a football fan and a supporter of Chelsea.[3]

Career[edit]

Law[edit]

Wallace was called to the Bar in November 1984[4] and in 1986 completed pupilage. He has taken part in hearings held at both the Old Bailey as well as several Magistrates' Courts located in England and Wales and also in Scotland. He used to be a member of Farringdon Barristers Chambers, until February 2012 when it was announced that he joined Great James Street Chambers.[5]

On 26 October 2016 Wallace was found guilty by the Bar Disciplinary Tribunal of breaching of the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales (8th Edition) by committing Professional misconduct contrary to paragraph 701(a) and pursuant to paragraph 901.5. Wallace was reprimanded and fined £2500. Wallace was found to have failed to comply with his duty while representing a defendant in criminal proceedings.

The tribunal found that Wallace held four conferences with a client at their home without a solicitor being present and/or without having notified the instructing solicitor, and did not keep any note of the advice given. He also allegedly failed to explain the strength of the prosecution case ‘at any time’ prior to the day the case was listed for trial.

The offences took place between July 2012 and March 2013. Wallace also failed to record the advice given to the client and the instructions he received from them, which led to the client changing their plea to guilty under section 18 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861.[6][4]

Wallace is also a member of the southeastern circuit of the Criminal Bar Association. Owing to his heritage, he has been a member of the Jamaican Bar since 1999.[7]

Television[edit]

In 2004, Wallace became a champion of the long running BBC general knowledge quiz Mastermind, which also tests a contestant's aptitude on a subject of their choice. His specialist subject in the final was FA Cup Finals.

Wallace was a finalist on the first series of Are You an Egghead?, narrowly losing out to Barry Simmons.

Other shows that he has been a contestant on include Fifteen to One and The Weakest Link.[7]

Since 2009, Wallace has appeared as a "Chaser" on the UK television series The Chase, a teatime game show which airs on ITV. The other Chasers are Anne Hegerty, Paul Sinha, Mark Labbett, and Jenny Ryan. He also appears on the celebrity editions of The Chase.

Qualifications[edit]

  • BA (Hons), Barrister. Inns of Court School of Law.
  • Alumnus, Polytechnic of North London.
  • Honorary Doctorate of Law awarded in July 2015 from London Metropolitan University

Politics[edit]

In 2005, Wallace stood as an independent parliamentary candidate, campaigning to be elected MP for the Brent South constituency.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Chase". 2 April 2012.  Missing or empty |series= (help)
  2. ^ "Election results for Brent South". Brent Council. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "quiz-genius.com". 
  4. ^ a b "Past findings and future hearings:Disciplinary Finding Details". Bar Standards Board. 26 October 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2017. }
  5. ^ "» Shaun Wallace joins chambers Great James Street". Great James Street. February 2012. Retrieved April 21, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Quiz show barrister fined and reprimanded by BSB". Law Gazette. 4 November 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "Farringdon Chambers". 
  8. ^ London Metropolitan University. "News - London Metropolitan University". Londonmet.ac.uk. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 

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