Speaking freely just got a bit easier

In August my professional regulator, the Bar Standards Board, sanctioned me for a tweet.  An appeal panel has now overturned the BSB’s decision and confirmed the importance of political speech under human rights law.  The panel concluded that a tweet that may cause offence, or which could promote hostility towards others as a group, provides no basis for interfering with the right of a barrister, or any other member of a regulated profession, to speak politically.