5 Essex Court

Barnabas Branston

Call 1999

Regulatory

Barney has a wide-ranging practice acting on behalf of the Appropriate Authority in proceedings brought under the Police (Conduct) Regulations and Police Appeals Tribunals Rules.

Recent cases include:

PS W (WMP) – allegations that a male officer had repeatedly subjected a number of female colleagues to inappropriate and lewd innuendo; the defence of ‘banter’ failed

PC N (WMP) – allegation that a male officer used his position to seek to pursue a personal relationship with a victim of crime as she made a complaint

PC W (TVP) – allegation that a male officer had engaged in unwanted sexualised behaviour with a female colleague

PC N (Devon & Cornwall Police) – IPCC directed hearing regarding allegations that the officer had used excessive force in striking a football fan to the head with a baton.

PC D (Gwent Police) – allegations that the officer had accessed police databases to pursue a private relationship.

PC B (Metropolitan Police) – fast track case where the officer had been using and possessing cocaine and amphetamines.

PC S (Metropolitan Police) – allegations that the officer had used excessive force in the course of an arrest following a pursuit.

PS S (Gwent Police) – allegations that the officer had regularly absented himself from duty in order to pursue a new relationship.

SC A (Thames Valley Police) – allegations that the officer had acted aggressively towards members of the public and to attending police officers when drinking off-duty.

PC P (South Wales Police) – allegation that the off-duty officer had slapped the backside of a female member of the public when out drinking with colleagues.

PC B (Thames Valley Police) – allegations that the officer had repeatedly made sexual advances to two females whilst on duty.