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5 Essex Court

Barnabas Branston

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2021 Ranked in 3 departments
Ranked in : Police Law: Mainly Defendant , Professional Discipline , Inquests & Public Inquiries
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Police Law: Mainly Defendant - All Circuits

Band 2

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Barnabas Branston
Known for representing police forces in misconduct hearings, as well as defending against civil claims arising from unlawful arrest, Taser assaults and misfeasance in public office. He is also highlighted for his skills in police-related inquests.
Strengths: "He is great with clients, great with witnesses and also very good with coroners." "He is a charming advocate." "Precise and targeted in his approach."
Recent work: Acted for the West Midlands Police in a mass claim concerning the alleged police cover-up in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster.
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Professional Discipline - London (Bar)

Band 3

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Barnabas Branston
Recognised as an expert in disciplinary procedures involving police officers. He routinely acts on behalf of police forces in cases involving the use of excessive force and gross misconduct. He also acts for the police in inquests.
Strengths: "He has a very good court presence." "He makes very elegant and classy submissions. He has a lovely way with the tribunal and a nice demeanour."
Recent work: Acted for Gwent Constabulary in the case of a supervisor who was disciplined for skipping shifts to meet his partner. The officer was dismissed but reinstated on appeal, where the Police Appeals Tribunal found that the original panel had failed to follow College of Policing guidance on outcomes.
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Inquests & Public Inquiries - London (Bar)

Band 3

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Barnabas Branston
Significant experience of inquests involving police conduct and deaths in custody. He is typically instructed on behalf of police forces and prison operators.
Strengths: "Barnabas is great with clients, great with witnesses and also very good with coroners. He has really good working relationships with them which pays dividends." "He is an excellent communicator. He has a great deal of experience and is bright and decisive with his opinion." "An excellent advocate. He had an excellent grasp of the case and was always on top of the detail. He is really excellent at communicating the context of the police actions."
Recent work: Represented the Chief Constable for Dyfed Powys Police at the inquest into the death of Merion James, who died after being restrained by police officers during a mental health episode.
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Practice Areas

Coroners' Inquests (on behalf of Chief Officers in police inquests in drugs, firearms, pursuit and detention-related deaths, on behalf of Serco in inquests where there has been a death in custody in the private prison sector and on behalf of care providers in the healthcare sector), Civil Actions Against the Police (Defendant) in claims for assault, wrongful arrest/false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and misfeasance, Regulatory and Disciplinary proceedings (advising and presenting on behalf of the Appropriate Authority in police misconduct hearings and on appeal to the Police Appeals Tribunal), Health and Safety (defending alleged or actual breaches of the usual raft of health and safety regulations), Personal Injury (Claimant and Defendant), Public law (on behalf of Chief Officers).

Career

Called to the Bar in 1999; Infantry Officer (Welsh Guards, 1992 - 1997)

Professional Memberships

ARDL; PIBA

Personal

Barney is married with three children, lives in Shropshire and his outside interests include sport and games (especially rugby and cricket), the Welsh Guards, and looking after his chickens, pigs and spaniels.

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