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. He has extensive experience of delivering training on the regulations, both to Professional Standards Departments and to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

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.