A tweet about the name of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new baby has led to the suspension of a barrister from the chambers she founded.
The Family Law Cafe (FLC) said this week it had suspended Joanna Toch with immediate effect, pending an internal review.
Toch, who was called to the bar in 1988, founded the company in 2017 as a ‘hub’ for family-law cases.
The suspension follows a tweet about the name of the Sussex’s new daughter, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
Responding to journalist Julie Burchill, Toch said: ‘No Doria? Don’t black names matter?’ The tweet, for which Toch apologised, refers to the Duchess of Sussex’s mother, Doria Ragland.
Columnist Julie Burchill had previously posted a tweet that said: ‘What a missed opportunity. They could have called it Georgina Floydina!’.
The Family Law Café said Toch's comments were “offensive, unacceptable and highly contradictory to the inclusive manner in which FLC has always and will continue to work with members of all communities in managing the challenges of matrimonial and family disputes.”
The Family Law Bar Association (FLBA) said it had written to Ms Toch, as well as referring the exchanges to the Bar Standards Board, the Bar Council, and other relevant bodies.
“We make it clear that FLBA condemns the comments by the individual, which are completely inappropriate and have no place in our society. Racism of any kind cannot be tolerated and cannot be justified as a ‘joke’.”