5 Essex Court

Barnabas Branston

Call 1999

Police Law

Barney has an extensive practice defending Chief Constables in a variety of tortious claims, specifically in civil actions for assault, wrongful arrest, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, negligence and trespass. He also defends cases which include claims brought pursuant to the Human Rights Act.

He is currently instructed by the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police as Junior Counsel in the Group Litigation Order arising out of the Hillsborough disaster.

Previous cases include:

Goldsmith v CC Devon and Cornwall Police – claim for assault, false imprisonment and negligence following the use of CS spray and handcuffs.

Phillips v CC Devon and Cornwall Police – claim for assault and wrongful arrest following the use of taser and handcuffs.

Godfrey v CC Dyfed Powys Police – claim for assault, wrongful arrest, false imprisonment, trespass to property.

Fareed v CC West Midlands Police – claim for assault, false imprisonment, negligence and breach of HRA following the use of taser and handcuffs.

Fox v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis – claim for assault, including the partially successful reliance on s329 CJA 2009.

Okoro v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis – claim for assault and false imprisonment

Klein v CC Staffordshire Police – claim for malicious prosecution.

Gonsalves v CC Staffordshire Police – claim for assault, wrongful arrest and malicious prosecution.

Andry v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis – claim for assault and false imprisonment.

Kirby v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis – claim for assault.

JEA & JXA v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis – claim for negligence.