5 Essex Court

Barnabas Branston

Call 1999

"He’s fantastic. He really gets to grips with the issues”
Chambers UK

Barney is ranked as a leading junior specialising in police law, inquests and police discipline. He is rated by clients for being “excellent counsel” and "a master strategist”. 

Barney acts for a range of clients including police forces across England and Wales and other organisations in the public and private sector. He is currently representing Serco Home Affairs, Devon and Cornwall Police, West Midlands Police, Dyfed Powys Police and South Wales Police on a variety of matters.

Before being called to the Bar, Barney studied French at Oxford and whilst at university was sponsored by the Welsh Guards. After graduating he served in the regiment for five years in Northern Ireland, Shropshire, Paris, Germany and London.

Barney is happy to provide lectures to solicitors on all aspects of his practice. In the last year he has given lectures on coroners’ inquests and on police misconduct hearings and was recently part of the Chambers’ team delivering lectures in the ‘Sofa Series’ during the lockdown.