Leading QC Donald Findlay is facing further disciplinary action after he refused to accept that he was guilty of professional misconduct.
Donald Findlay QC was once vice-chairman of Rangers FC
He was disciplined following an after-dinner speech in Northern Ireland during which he was alleged to have made remarks offensive to Catholics.
A committee of the Faculty of Advocates censured him but its ruling could only take effect if Mr Findlay accepted it.
Mr Findlay's refusal to do so means the matter will now be heard by a tribunal.
The veteran advocate is expected to appear before the tribunal in March.
Mr Findlay has denied that he had been found guilty of professional misconduct.
If the faculty proceeds with disciplinary action, he could face suspension or a heavy fine.
Mr Findlay is one of Scotland's highest earning defence advocates.
He has defended accused in some of the country's biggest trials, including Luke Mitchell, who murdered teenager Jodi Jones, from Midlothian.
He also represented one of the three men convicted of murdering Glasgow teenager Kriss Donald.
Eight years ago, he resigned as vice-chairman of Rangers Football Club after he was filmed singing a sectarian song.