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Professional Discipline Department

London (Bar)
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Barristers at this set are particularly adept at handling high public interest cases pertaining to the use of force by police officers, and those dealing with allegations of sexual misconduct. Members were heavily involved in the successful representation of police officers implicated in the death of Sean Rigg, in their appearance before the IOPC panel, among other high-profile death in custody matters. Chambers can also boast an increasingly sophisticated pool of expertise in proceedings involving medical professionals.

Client service: "Nothing is too much trouble for the clerks. We get a truly first-class service from them." Eddie Holland is the senior clerk.


Ailsa Williamson

A well-respected barrister who has experience defending police officers accused of gross misconduct, often relating to the use of excessive force or sexually inappropriate behaviour. She is also instructed in related judicial reviews.
Strengths: "She was incredibly personable and charming in court. She is really easy to work with." "She has expertise in dealing with sensitive cases. A really exceptional catalogue of experience."
Recent work: Successfully defended PC Ed Sutton, an officer who caused a moped rider to sustain injuries in the act of blocking him in traffic. The police tribunal found that the force used was reasonable.


Clair Dobbin

Respected junior who is regularly called upon to act on behalf of police officers and forces in complex disciplinary proceedings. She is particularly noted for her skilled handling of major inquests and is an expert in cases concerning death in custody.
Strengths: "A brilliant barrister" who "produces very sound paperwork."
Recent work: Represented Reverend Andrew Birks, a former police officer involved in the death of Sean Rigg, in the 2019 IOPC proceedings.


Daniel Mansell

Focuses on the prosecution of various forms of misconduct on behalf of the GDC and other medical regulators. He has attracted attention for his ability to tackle cases of considerable complexity.
Strengths:"He is a really good prosecutor who is very fair." "He is an excellent professional who has a very good and balanced tone in his advocacy. His cross-examination is firm, courteous and balanced."
Recent work: Acted for the GDC in proceedings against a dentist who allegedly submitted dishonest claims to the NHS.


Guy Ladenburg

Known for his expert representation of police officers in unsatisfactory performance matters, criminal cases and gross misconduct proceedings. He routinely acts for the police in coroners' inquests into deaths in custody and other suspicious deaths. He also has experience acting for the Metropolitan Police, the GDC and other professional regulators.
Strengths: "A stylish criminal advocate who has successfully turned his hand to disciplinary work."
Recent work: Represented a rugby player in relation to a punch which led to a broken jaw. The sportsman was acquitted by the Crown Court but then faced disciplinary proceedings before the RFU panel.


Hugh Davies QC

A specialist representative of police officers in major misconduct hearings and inquests, alongside related judicial review proceedings. He is an adroit representative of forces and individuals in matters concerning police-related fatalities, and offers particularly deep knowledge of the functioning of police regulations. He is often involved in complex appellate challenges arising out of disciplinary hearings.
Strengths: "He is very pragmatic and has years of experience. He understands how to represent individual officers to their best interest."
Recent work: Represented officers involved in the death of Kingsley Burrell, in disciplinary proceedings.


Kevin Baumber

Very experienced in matters relating to the regulation of police officers. He routinely appears on behalf of officers in disciplinary hearings, Police Appeals Tribunals and significant judicial reviews. He is often sought out to defend charges of gross misconduct and offers additional experience in criminal proceedings.
Strengths: "Incredibly well regarded, and very active in matters involving the Met."
Recent work: Represented the first officer who had contact with Sean Rigg prior to his death at Brixton Police Station in 2008, in the 2019 IOPC-led proceedings. The officer was accused of lying at the inquest, among other allegations, none of which were proven.


Matthew Butt QC

Very highly regarded for his adept representation of police officers in serious misconduct hearings. He frequently appears before Police Appeals Tribunals and in judicial reviews. He is also instructed in inquests scrutinising police conduct.
Strengths: "He is a giant of an advocate." "A fierce intellect, really energetic and exudes confidence and charisma."
Recent work: Successfully represented one of the officers involved in the death of Sean Rigg, in the IOPC proceedings.


Neil Saunders

Specialist criminal advocate and experienced disciplinary barrister who is well placed to advise police officers facing misconduct charges including dishonesty, use of excessive force and sexual impropriety. He is also noted for his depth of knowledge in the area of financial crime.
Strengths: "He has a great reputation."
Recent work: Successfully defended PC Buffy Pearce against numerous serious allegations which had been brought by different members of the same family.


Nicholas Yeo

A police law specialist who advises and represents both officers and the authorities. His instructions concern a wide variety of matters including sexual offences and fatalities.
Strengths: "He was charming and organised in his presentation." "He has a very good practice in police work."
Recent work: Represented a police inspector accused of breaching professional standards by lying to fellow senior officers about a private illicit relationship in order to protect other parties involved. The inspector was reinstated by the Police Appeals Tribunal and successfully resisted a judicial review of that decision.


Patrick Gibbs QC

Esteemed practitioner with a thriving practice focusing on the defence of barristers, solicitors and police officers. He offers particular expertise in disciplinary matters involving an overlap with criminal law. He is also skilled at representing professionals facing significant exposure in inquests and public inquiries.
Strengths: "He is super smooth, he doesn't take bad points and he presents beautifully." "Phenomenally charismatic and charming to work with. One of the stars of the Bar."
Recent work: Represented PS Paul White in the IOPC proceedings touching the death of Sean Rigg in Brixton Police Station.