Colin Banham > Chambers of Adrian Keeling KC and Jonathan Jones KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Adrian Keeling KC and Jonathan Jones KC
No5 Barristers' Chambers
Fifth Floor, 7 Savoy Court


Colin is a mixed criminal and civil practitioner. He specialises in criminal law, employment law and regulatory and disciplinary law. Colin has over 14 years’ experience both defending and prosecuting in the criminal courts. He has been instructed as a leading junior, led junior and acting alone in the most serious of cases. On his own he regularly defends cases including aggravated burglary, grievous bodily harm with intent, violent disorder, serious drugs allegations, robbery and fraud. He also prosecutes similar matters and has recently conducted cases involving a multi-handed conspiracy to burgle, a multi-handed conspiracy to handle stolen goods and fraud in breach of trust. Colin is a member of chambers’ regulatory and disciplinary team. He undertakes cases in front of all manner of regulatory bodies. As one of his specialisms, for over a decade Colin has been instructed by the Police Federation to appear on behalf of officers at disciplinary hearings, gross incompetence meetings and associated appeals to the Police Appeals Tribunal and High Court. He has conducted cases for officers following a number of IPCC-led investigations (including those deemed to be ‘Force Critical Incidents’) and also at coroner’s inquests. Colin is also possibly one of only a handful of advocates who regularly advise upon the Police Performance and Attendance Regulations (UPP and UPP(A) 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 also assisted a number of officers in front of Police Medical Appeals Boards and in relation to police pensions regulations. Colin conducts training for members of the Police Federation in advocacy skills, discrimination law, UPP and the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012.


Called 1999, Lincoln’s Inn.


LLB (Hons) (Notts).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Colin BanhamNo5 Barristers’ ChambersGo-to counsel for many solicitors due to having so many strengths. He works tirelessly in his preparation to ensure that he is on top of his game in every case. He handles difficult clients well, managing their expectations and ensuring that they understand the potential obstacles to the success of their case. He also picks his battles wisely to ensure that a client has the best chance of winning the overall war; and he has a great manner and wit, which he uses appropriately to win over the most difficult tribunals, while remaining alert to all potential sensitivities.

London Bar > Police law (forces and constables)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Colin BanhamNo5 Barristers’ Chambers

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Professional disciplinary law

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Colin Banham – No5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Colin is very good with the clients. He has the ability to put their mind at rest by demonstrating that he has a complete command of the brief. He is incredibly hard working, always devoted to whichever case is instructed on.’