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Barrister - Colin Banham

Year of Call:  1999

Colin Banham Inquests

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Gavin John
Lucas Bennett
Christy Irvine

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Colin Banham - Inquests, Public Inquiries and Coronial Law

For over fifteen years, Colin has been instructed by the Police Federation to appear on behalf of officers at gross misconduct hearings, gross incompetence meetings and associated appeals both to the Police Appeals Tribunal and High Court (Judicial Review). He has conducted cases for officers following a number of IPCC investigations, including those deemed to be ‘Force Critical Incidents’.

Colin is also possibly one of only a handful of advocates who regularly advise upon the Police Performance and Attendance Regulations 2012. He is often instructed to draft grounds of appeal in relation to those hearings and also from Stage 3 performance and attendance meetings. He has assisted a number of officers in front of Police Medical Appeals Boards and in relation to police pensions regulations.

He conducts training for solicitors and members of the Police Federation in advocacy skills, discrimination law, whistleblowing, UPP, and the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012. He has, most recently, delivered training in relation to the changes under 2014 and 2015 Amendment Regulations.

Colin regularly appears before other regulatory bodies (legal, medical and Courts Martial) in addition to work in the financial services field. He has recently appeared before the High Court against the Solicitors Regulation Authority on appeal from the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. He also acts as a legal adviser for the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).

NOTABLE CASES                                                                   

Re Carl Bird and Malcolm Tindall (2017): Article 2 Inquest following an IPCC investigation into a fatal road traffic accident in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire.

Re Peter Gale (2016): Inquest following the death of an elderly male, who suffered from learning difficulties. Mr Gale died from cardio-respiratory failure caused by choking whilst a resident of a care home. The Coroner returned a verdict of accidental death.

Re Matthew Seddon (2015): Article 2 Inquest following an IPCC investigation into the death of a teenager following a Police pursuit that came to a conclusion on the A33 in Reading. The driver, who was the sole occupant of the car, was thrown into the road after colliding with the central reservation. He was hit by one of the pursuing vehicles and died at the scene. I represented the control room staff, who were exonerated by the narrative verdict returned by the jury.