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News & Events: Regulatory & Disciplinary

News 14th March 2016

Colin Banham successfully represents a DCI from the Metropolitan Police at disciplinary proceedings

Colin Banham successfully represented a DCI at a misconduct hearing where the officer faced allegations that he breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in relation to Authority, Respect and Courtesy and Equality and Diversity. The officer was alleged to have made sexist and racist comments to junior officers, as well as reducing another officer to […]

News 10th March 2016

Former officer faces substantial sentence

James Newton-Price has successfully prosecuted a former Bedfordshire policeman who ‘trawled’ Facebook to find vulnerable teenage girls for sex. Mohammad Arshad 35, of Luton, groomed underage girls online and pestered them for sex, sometimes paying them, St Albans Crown Court heard. He began abusing girls in 2012 when he was a CCTV operator in Luton […]

Blog 17th February 2016

Dishonesty in Regulatory Proceedings

It is important to realise that those sitting in regulatory proceedings may have a wide and varied perception of the meaning of Dishonesty. That itself is not surprising. Those of us who cut our teeth in the wide environs of criminal law have come to realise that dishonesty as a concept lies on a spectrum. […]

News 11th February 2016

Colin Banham successfully represents a City of London officer at disciplinary proceedings

Colin Banham has successfully represented a City of London officer facing breaches of the Professional Standards of Behaviour in relation to Honesty and Integrity, Duties and Responsibilities and Discreditable Conduct. The officer was the subject of a Gross Misconduct Hearing following allegations that he used racist language when conducting a stop and search, unlawfully seized […]

Blog 2nd October 2015

Recent developments in disciplinary law

There have been two recent important cases, Squier and Enemuwe, on the vexed question of the use that professional disciplinary panels are entitled to make of Court of Appeal judgments in related criminal cases. Squier must now be regarded as the leading authority on the issue. The Queen (on the application of Squier) v General […]

News 30th September 2015

Regulatory news update

Government faces fierce opposition from BMA over plans to enforce 7 day working The Government’s manifesto pledge to require GPs to provide 7 day a week access and to increase the number of consultants working at weekends has sparked a furious reaction from the medical profession. The BMA’s Dr Mark Porter castigated the scheme, saying […]

Blog 28th September 2015

Rugby World Cup – how are players disciplined?

The laws of Rugby are notoriously incomprehensible to most spectators, many players and some referees. But if you thought the rules about behaviour in the scrum were murky, spare a thought for the galaxy of rugby loving legal luminaries who administer an equally complex set of disciplinary rules. The game at international level is run […]

Blog 15th July 2015

Gay cake row

Not the latest cupcake, popcake, cronut or yumdough! But the case of Gareth Lee v Ashers Baking Co Ltd & Colin McArthur Ltd & Karen McArthur Ltd heard in the High Court of Belfast last month. This case has received a good deal of media attention. The judgment was handed down in the same week […]

News 8th May 2015

Solicitor’s suspension halved following High Court Appeal

Colin Banham successfully represented a solicitor on an appeal against a 2-year suspension imposed by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. The appellant had admitted allegations, which included failing to act in the best interests of his clients and failing to co-operate with the Solicitors Regulation Authority. It was argued on behalf of the appellant that, in […]

News 13th April 2015

Finding of Misconduct Appeal Meeting quashed after successful Judicial Review Challenge

Colin Banham successfully represented a Cumbrian Police Officer in a challenge by way of Judicial Review. A Misconduct Appeal Meeting found that the officer had breached the Police Officer Standards of Professional Behaviour in that he had failed to obey orders and instructions from senior officers not to remove or copy material in relation to an ongoing […]

News 30th March 2015

Police officer reinstated on appeal

Colin Banham has successfully represented a Metropolitan Police Officer at the Police Appeals Tribunal following an original outcome of dismissal with notice under the Police (Performance) Regulations 2012. It was argued, on behalf of the appellant, that there was a duty for a Stage 3 meeting under the 2012 Performance Regulations to consider ill-health retirement […]

News 17th February 2015

Man who claimed he bribed officials prosecuted for illegal sale of dogs

Richard Tutt, a member or our Regulatory and Disciplinary Team, was instructed by Havant Borough Council to prosecute this case that concerned the sale of two Highland Terrier puppies, in the course of a business, without a licence, contrary to section 1 of the Pet Animals Act 1951. During the course of the investigation the […]

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