Kevin Baumber

Call: 1998

2019 UK Bar Awards Best Professional Discipline Junior

Chambers UK 2019: Professional Discipline

"He is on the ball, makes good points and is the master of his brief."

Chambers UK 2020: Professional Discipline

"He defends officers in high-profile cases."

Legal 500 2020: Police Law

"He's excellent in the way he prepares cases. He is meticulous and has very good analysis and strategy."

Chambers UK 2019: Professional Discipline

"Exceptionally thorough. An excellent advocate who provides first-class representation to police officers who find themselves in difficulties."

Chambers UK 2018: Professional Discipline

Instructing Kevin

To instruct Kevin please contact our Clerks on +44 (0)20 7400 6400 or email clerks@3rblaw.com.

Kevin Baumber is a specialist in fraud, crime, professional discipline, inquests and licensing.

He is listed as a Leading Individual by Chambers UK and Legal 500.

Legal Expertise

Fraud/Financial Regulation overview

Following a Masters Degree at Oxford in commercial law Kevin took pupillage at the Commercial Bar (20 Essex Street) before moving to the Criminal Bar to employ his advocacy skills.  He is experienced in acting for prosecution and defence, and in cases brought by the FCA, SFO and CPS. His approach is based on thorough early preparation and mastery of the detail. He is experienced in providing advice at all stages of the process from pre-charge to large prosecutions. Notable cases include

  • Ponzi fraud
  • Carousel fraud
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Insider trading.

Notable Fraud/Financial Regulation cases

Led by Neil Saunders. Advising, drafting, and acting from pre-charge stage for FSA in significant insider trading prosecutions

R v L

Fraud by abuse of position. Defending senior financial products manager for large international bank on charges of fraud by abuse of position concerning use of privileged information to steal customer identities in order to access their accounts.

R v B & Others

SFO Ponzi fraud. Junior counsel defending only acquitted defendant in a Category 2 SFO fraud with many aspects, including a Ponzi fraud in relation to investment in a gold mine, share dealing, banking instruments, insurance and reinsurance. A complex 24 count indictment evidenced by hundreds of thousands of pages of material was drastically reduced following successful dismissal arguments conceived through meticulous preparation. The trial at Liverpool Crown Court featured numerous experts, in particular from the scientific and financial fields and evidence by live link from abroad. Kevin used his familiarity with electronic evidence to negotiate this case.

R v O & Others

Largest detected fraud against NHS at its time, Kevin defended in this case concerning the largest ever payroll fraud detected against the NHS, at its centre a fraudster listed as one of the 10 most wanted criminals in the country. The payroll manager at King’s College hospital was recruited to create a ghost workforce by exploiting a loophole in the electronic payroll system. Conspiracy and money laundering charges were preferred by the Crown whose case was heavily document based. The entire trail from initial recruitment, booking of staff, timesheets, ‘prism’ system entries, matchnet reports was created and faked, expert computer evidence was relied upon.

Crime overview

Kevin has 20 years unbroken experience in serious criminal cases including but not limited to:

  • Torture and assault
  • Corruption
  • Rape and sexual assault
  • Perverting the course of justice
  • Public order
  • Class A drugs conspiracies
  • Causing death by dangerous driving
  • Endangering aircraft
  • Indecent images
  • Cyber crime
  • Hijack

Notable Crime cases

PC M (2019)

Representing first defendant in allegations of Perverting the Course of Justice by police officers in respect of crash en route to emergency response call.

R v DC (2017) Birmingham CC

Defending deaf accused on charges of historical rape and sexual assault of mother-in-law, who was deaf from birth, without speech, virtually blind and communicated and gave evidence via Body Sign Language tactile signing. Familial witnesses all also deaf with similar special measures, as for defendant

PC H (2017) Southwark CC

Representing the first defendant in multi-handed prosecution of Gangs Unit police officers acquitted of assault and perverting course of justice in relation to prominent youth gang member.

Operation Elveden (2014)

Defending Conspiracy to commit Misconduct in Public Office charges at the Old Bailey following the investigation into payments to police arising out of the News International saga.

Professional Discipline overview

Kevin is Head of Chambers’ Professional Discipline Practice Group and was awarded ‘Best Professional Discipline Junior’ at the UK Bar Awards, 2019. Only a limited view of Kevin’s considerable experience in professional discipline can be given in the notable cases section many of which attracted intense media attention. He provides specialist advice, drafting and advocacy in disciplinary as well as performance hearings and IOPC cases. He is instructed to advise the Police Federation nationally on discrete issues of law of general national importance, and gives lectures and training on the law and procedure. Kevin also acts and advises at Police Appeals Tribunal stage and judicial review, acting for the accused officers in important cases that have shaped the law in this area summarised in the Judicial Review cases section.

Notable Professional Discipline cases

Delay by IPCC cases (2015 - 2019)

Representing accused officers in various successful applications for stay of proceedings where culpable delay and significant departure from statutory regime in PRA 2002 by IPCC infringes officer’s Article 6 and 8 rights and causes inherent and specific prejudice justifying a stay of proceedings. Also acting in successful resistance to judicial review application by IPCC or other complainants seeking to overturn favourable result (Re H (MPS), Re Insp C and PC W (MPS), Re PCs B and G (Leicester), Re L and 4 others (TVP), Re Ga (MPS), Re Ra (MPS), Re Ev (MPS), PC F (MPS).

Death of Sean Rigg (2019)

Defending accused officer in so called ‘cause celebre’ civil rights case of last decade.

Principal accused in death of Julian Cole (2018)

Representing first accused in multi-handed national newsworthy allegations of mistreatment and dishonesty in connection with young man left with brain damage and severed spinal cord. Took lead in legal argument, cross-examination and mitigation. IOPC pressing witnesses to give inaccurate statements uncovered.

PC K (2018)

Representing officer on gross incompetence allegations following ejection of a homeless man from police station and locking him outside where he died in the morning following life saving treatment failures, the officer having watched a DVD during the shift. National press and radio focus.

Human Rights ground-breaking in police context: Re IPCC (2017 – cont.)

Conceived, researching, advising, and drafting High Court action in respect of various officers in relation to human rights breaches arising from delay and maladministration in the IPCC conduct of independent gross misconduct investigations. Silk instructed and arguable grounds for breakthrough ruling of application of Art 6 to police officers established at first instance defeat of application to strike out presented by Alison Foster QC

Coroner’s Inquests overview

Kevin acts for interested persons in Coroners’ Inquests, specialising in but not limited to deaths in custody, examples given in the notable cases section. His knowledge of crime and police regulation and High Court advocacy combines well to provide the particular skill required for this specialist work.

Notable Coroner’s Inquests cases

Inquest into the death of Ullah (2015)

Representing 5 TVP officers with Patrick Gibbs QC in inquest into a death at a time of use of force by police in respect of a man concealing crack cocaine in his mouth.

Inquests into death of Alom (2015)

Representing police driver whose vehicle collided with the deceased causing his death.

Inquest into the death of O'Rourke (2015)

Representing custody sergeant in respect of death following release from custody absent a mental health assessment in respect of detainee presenting with such problems.

Inquest into the death of Church (2014)

Representing British Transport Police in inquest into death in custody complicated by application of Mental Health processes, remands, and legislation.

Licensing & regulatory overview

Kevin has represented Transport for London and appears for the trade, the police, local authorities, and residents in alcohol and entertainment licensing. He is well versed in defending alleged Food Safety Regulation breaches and the enabling EC Directives.

Notable Licensing & regulatory cases

Food Safety (2018)

Defending one of the world’s largest fast food chains on allegations of serving unfit food and alleged failures to implement HACCP procedures.

Food Safety (2015)

European Regulations prosecution touching upon pasteurised milk safety processes and requirements.

Metropolitan Police Service (2015-2018)

Alcohol and entertainment licensing, closure orders. Football banning orders.

General Crime

PC M (2019) Southwark Crown Court
Representing first defendant in allegations of Perverting the Course of Justice by police officers in respect of crash en route to emergency response call.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-47415005

R v A (2017–2019) Newcastle Crown Court
Defending police inspector subjected to extensive surveillance operation facing charges relating to alleged relationship with an organised criminal network and use of police computer systems to disclose confidential information in meetings and phone calls

R v DC (2017) Birmingham CC
Defending deaf accused on charges of historical rape and sexual assault of mother-in-law, who was deaf from birth, without speech, virtually blind and communicated and gave evidence via Body Sign Language tactile signing.  Familial witnesses all also deaf with similar special measures, as for defendant

PC H (2017) Southwark CC
Representing the first defendant in multi-handed prosecution of Gangs Unit police officers acquitted of assault and perverting course of justice in relation to prominent youth gang member

Student riots
2015
Representing first defendant in print and televised press covered trial of police officers accused of assault and perverting the course of justice at the student protests

Computer misuse
2015
Defending in relation to criminal misuse of sensitive computer databases and disclosure of confidential intelligence (Old Bailey)

Perverting the course of justice cases
2014 – 2018
Defending series of press reported cases where police officers stood accused of perverting the course of public justice (R v P, R v PC H, R v PC T, R v PC O, R v PC H, R v PC S, R v PC S, R v PC M) 

Causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving cases
2013 – 2019
Defending series of dangerous driving allegations against police officers involved in collisions while driving on emergency response (R v PC F, R v PC R, R v PC H, R v PC D)

Abuse of authority sex cases
2013 – 2019
Defending officers in series press reported cases where police officers accused of criminally misconducting themselves in respect of women met through the office of constable (PC P, PC R, PC A, PS O, PC M, PC DB, PC Y, PC A)

R v U
2014
Defending police rape allegation, silk instructed for Crown where evidence excluded on basis of video interview procedural errors and first trial stopped on basis of disclosure complaints. No evidence offered at re-trial after Crown applications re witness summons and admissibility resisted

R v H
2013
Defending assault prosecuted by specially instructed Treasury Counsel – disclosure faults unearthed leading to concessions and rapid unanimous acquittals

Operation Elveden
2014
Defending Conspiracy to commit Misconduct in Public Office charges at the Old Bailey following the investigation into payments to police arising out of the News International saga

Phone hacking
2012
Westminster Magistrates’ Court and Old Bailey
Representing senior officers at freedom of press hearings

Re M
2012
Ipswich Crown Court
Wife of former formula 1 driver charged with multi-million pound revenue fraud after her arrest for larger Ponzi fraud.  Reported in The Times, The Telegraph and other national press

R v V
2012
Court: Old Bailey
Prosecuting advanced cyber crime by organised criminal network involving malicious software harvesting bank details from users of genuine UK banking websites for storage and misuse on overseas servers

R v D
2012
Nottingham
Misconduct in public office case followed by BBC TV news
Contra Neil Moore 23 ES
Defending allegations of misconduct in public office, class A drugs and data protection by misuse of powers and privileged computer databases to target vulnerable women

R v C
2011
Southwark Crown Court
Contra: David Durose
Defending in complex car ringing and misconduct in public office conspiracy operated between a serving inmate, a prison guard, a police officer and civilian police staff

Barbar Ahmad trial
2011
Nationally publicised trial concerning arrest of terror suspect Babar Ahmad
Co-defending with Neil Saunders, James Hines and Richard Atchley
Defending officer acquitted in connection with allegations of assault of a terror suspect in the course of arrest and thereafter.  A month long multi-handed trial, the final one presided over by HHJ Rivlin QC at Southwark CC, the case was unusually complex for an assault with over a dozen professional medical witnesses, including 5 consultant experts, international disclosure issues and secret service probe evidence.  The case attracted a high profile, including live TV broadcasts from the major terrestrial and satellite channels

R v P
2010
Kingston Crown Court
Defending allegations of kidnap and torture.  Involved issues surrounding expert evidence as to homemade cocktail of drugs and torture devices

R v B
2009
Corruption:  led by Michael Bromley-Martin QC
Defending officer accused of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public officer by supplying Class A drug dealers with sensitive police intelligence over the course of years

R v Inner London Crown Court ex parte M
[2006] 1 WLR 3406
Remand legislation
Statutory construction of youth justice remand legislation and judicial review of remand of youths

R v Campbell
[2005] All ER (D) 18
Adverse inferences from silence

R v Gillham
[2005] All ER (D) 56
Challenge to domestic legislation by reference to Art 8 ECHR

The Stansted hijacking case
Central Criminal Court
Prosecution junior counsel in prosecution of 11 defendants for hijacking

R v Toomer and Others
[2001] 2 Cr App R (S) 8
Representing Toomer (sentencing for distributing child pornography on the internet)

Fraud

FSA insider trading
Led by Neil Saunders
Advising, drafting, and acting from pre-charge stage for FSA in significant insider trading prosecutions

R v L
Southwark Crown Court
Fraud by abuse of position
Defending senior financial products manager for large international bank on charges of fraud by abuse of position concerning use of privileged information to steal customer identities in order to access their accounts

Lecturing
Sole speaker at CPD course for MBL seminars upon Fraud and Recent Developments, for experienced practitioners.

R v A
Fraud by abuse of position

R v B and others
SFO Ponzi fraud
Junior counsel defending only acquitted defendant in a Category 2 SFO fraud with many aspects, including a Ponzi fraud in relation to investment in a gold mine, share dealing, banking instruments, insurance and reinsurance.  A complex 24 count indictment evidenced by hundreds of thousands of pages of material was drastically reduced following successful dismissal arguments conceived through meticulous preparation. The trial at Liverpool Crown Court featured numerous experts, in particular from the scientific and financial fields and evidence by live link from abroad.  Kevin used his familiarity with electronic evidence to negotiate this case

R v O and others
Largest detected fraud against NHS at its time
Kevin defended in this case concerning the largest ever payroll fraud detected against the NHS, at its centre a fraudster listed as one of the 10 most wanted criminals in the country.  The payroll manager at King’s College hospital was recruited to create a ghost workforce by exploiting a loophole in the electronic payroll system. Conspiracy and money laundering charges were preferred by the Crown whose case was heavily document based.  The entire trail from initial recruitment, booking of staff, timesheets, ‘prism’ system entries, matchnet reports was created and faked, expert computer evidence was relied upon

R v G and others
Serious and complex fraud
Defending conspiracy allegations centred around mortgage fraud

R v B and others
Serious and complex fraud
Defending conspiracy allegations centred around mortgage fraud

R v Owusu
Conspiracy to defraud
Junior counsel for prosecution on lengthy fraud indictment with international element

Police discipline
Kevin has conducted well over 100 effective police discipline defences across a multitude of different ‘police services’ countrywide

Delay by IPCC cases
2015 – 2019
Representing accused officers in various successful applications for stay of proceedings where culpable delay and significant departure from statutory regime in PRA 2002 by IPCC infringes officer’s Article 6 and 8 rights and causes inherent and specific prejudice justifying a stay of proceedings.  Also acting in successful resistance to judicial review application by IPCC or other complainants seeking to overturn favourable result (Re H (MPS), Re Insp C and PC W (MPS), Re PCs B and G (Leicester), Re L and 4 others (TVP), Re Ga (MPS), Re Ra (MPS), Re Ev (MPS), PC F (MPS)

Deaths in custody

Death of Sean Rigg
2019
Defending accused officer in so called ‘cause celebre’ civil rights case of last decade.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Sean_Rigg
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-47415005

Principal accused in death of Julian Cole
2018
Representing first accused in multi-handed national newsworthy allegations of mistreatment and dishonesty in connection with young man left with brain damage and severed spinal cord. Took lead in legal argument, cross-examination and mitigation. IOPC pressing witnesses to give inaccurate statements uncovered.
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/oct/13/police-pressured-paramedics-to-give-inaccurate-statements-after-student-paralysed
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-45789343

PC K
2018
Representing officer on gross incompetence allegations following ejection of a homeless man from police station and locking him outside where he died in the morning following life saving treatment failures, the officer having watched a DVD during the shift. National press and radio focus.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/police-officer-homeless-man-death-london-hypothermia-uxbridge-dvd-pericles-malagardis-a8642776.html

PS B (Staffs)
2017
Defending sergeant acquitted of gross misconduct in relation to death in custody of man tasered and bitten by police dog while in vulnerable drug intoxicated state.  Each major terrestrial TV news outlet gave coverage to initial hearing, cleared on appeal (not reported)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-41227022

TVP Five
2015
Defending all five TVP officers in gross misconduct proceedings directed by IPCC to be in public (pre 2015 amendment) based on significant public interest.  All 5 fully acquittal on all elements of all allegations pertaining to use of force upon Habib Ullah culminating in his death and changes made to witness statements not disclosed which had led to collapse of first inquest and initial advising solicitor to be questioned under caution and referred to CPS and SRA
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-33139368

Disciplinary investigation touching upon the death of TM
2006-2009
Subject of Panorama documentary, concerning police failures in investigation into stalker ex-boyfriend of young woman later murdered by the same.  Representing principal accused officer in proceedings both in discipline and judicial review proceedings brought by the family and consequent appeals

Off duty conduct principle cases
2017-2019
Defending allegations relating to off duty behaviour and conceiving novel legal argument as to the limits and material differences in the application of the Standards of Professional Behaviour to certain off duty behaviour.  Interaction of SPB with Article 8 rights to personal and family life. (PC H (Kent), PC S-W (MPS), PC G (MPS))

Human Rights for police officers

PC G (MPS)
2017
IPCC investigated taser use case.  Article 8 ECHR employed to win officer right to pursue new career pending hearing.  Hearing stayed following delay abuse and disclosure arguments forcing IPCC u-turn after 5 years.  Extent of failures exposed such that independent review of IPCC’s conduct by Northern Island Police Authority, departure of IPCC Commissioner and criminal investigation by Police Scotland into the IPCC ongoing

Human Rights ground-breaking in police context:  Re IPCC
2017 – cont.
Conceived, researching, advising, and drafting High Court action in respect of various officers in relation to human rights breaches arising from delay and maladministration in the IPCC conduct of independent gross misconduct investigations.  Silk instructed and arguable grounds for breakthrough ruling of application of Art 6 to police officers established at first instance defeat of application to strike out presented by Alison Foster QC

Computer misuse cases
2010 – 2019
Defending allegations of misuse of confidential police computer systems for purposes other than policing purposes (cases too numerous to mention)

Covert policing misconduct
2017 – 2019
Defending cases alleging misuse of covert police systems and processes for wrongful purposes (too numerous, recent cases e.g. Insp M (BTP), DC M (Sussex), PC S (MPS), PC H (Kent), Insp A (Northumbria) PC R (MPS))

Abuse of authority sex cases
2013 – 2019
Defending officers in series press reported cases where police officers accused of criminally misconducting themselves in respect of women met through the office of constable (PC P, PC R, PC A, PS O, PC M, PC DB, PC Y, PC A, R v MK (2007)(Case attracted national and international press across both hemispheres)

Bias appeals
2015
Series of successful Police Appeals Tribunals asserting lack of unbiased and independent tribunal, departures from prescribed procedures and improper use of fast track procedures (Re De B (MPS), Re Ha (Surrey), Re Gr (Surrey))

Plebgate
2014
Instructed to advise in defence of gross misconduct proceedings surrounding allegations of leaking plebgate stories to The Sun newspaper

Corruption cases

DC H
2018
Defending detective accused of obtaining and disclosing confidential information from Kent Police intelligence system in relation to an abuse victim on behalf of her partner’s friend, the alleged abuser.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-42693538

Inspector W and others
2013
Contra: John Beggs QC; Co: C Miskin QC, H Davies OBE QC, D Mason QC
Only junior counsel in IPPC led gross misconduct corruption allegations pertaining to covert unit at Lancashire Constabulary.  Sole representative for second defendant.

PS H and PC C
2012
Contra:  Andrew Waters 5 Essex Court
Co defending:  James Hines
Three week hearing examining alleged malpractices among Safer Neighbourhood Teams featuring scores of strands and witnesses.  Unfairness and shortcomings in investigation against the officers explored to effect

Sapphire Unit
2010–2011
Alleged officer misconduct in relation to rape allegations
An IPCC investigation and resulted in an Evening Standard front page headline focused upon the alleged deliberate mishandling of rape allegations.  Kevin appeared to defend misconduct proceedings and advised on proposed criminal proceedings in respect of the charges

Custody Suite incidents and management
Cases concerning custody sergeants and management of custody suite and response to attempt suicides and other similar incidents.  Acting in defence in cases under both the Misconduct and Performance Regulations. Detailed examination, understanding and expertise in operating procedures, policy, PACE and risk assessments required (e.g’s Custody Sergeants J, T and M (MPS), Custody Sgts B and G (Leicestershire)

AMEX cases
2008
Special Ops dishonest spending allegations
Defending in line of cases where special operations police officers were accused of illegitimate personal spending upon force issued American Express cards.

Excessive force
Kevin has conducted 100s of use of force cases, often taking the lead on the issue in multi-handed cases. All aspects are part of his particular expertise.

Judicial review

R (COLP) v IPCC ex p A
[2018] EWHC 2997 (Admin)
Claim CO/5914/2017
No case to answer; Hearings directed by IPCC

R (on the application of the IPCC) v MPS ex p PC Evers and others
Claim No.CO3320/2015
Delay; legal test for staying misconduct proceedings; whether requirement for specific prejudice over and above inherent prejudice.  Case followed a successful argument for stay at the discipline hearing

R (on the application of Demetriou) v IPCC Ex p Commissioner of the Metropolis and PC Harrington
[2015] EWHC 593 (Admin)
Finality of IPCC final reports, ability to reopen investigation; functus officio, legitimate expectation; irrationality in police misconduct prosecutorial decisions

R (Commissioner for the Metropolis) v PAT ex p Naulls
[2013] EWHC 1684 (Admin)
Test to be applied in allowing appeals against dismissal; relevance of officer’s welfare in punishing misconduct, application of test for costs and back pay awards and when panel is functus officio.  Claim against the officer defeated

R (on the application of Monger) v Chief Constable of Cumbria Police
[2013] EWHC 455 (Admin)
Special Constabulary judicial review
Asked to advise upon possible action regarding a Special Constable forcibly resigned out of a police force not in accordance with Regulations.  The deadline for Judicial Review had long passed but application made out of time and a full hearing was ordered on the basis of the strength of the argument and exceptional reasons to extend time.  The dismissal was ruled to be unlawful and the officer reinstated

Wallace v IPCC
CO/12984/2013
Acting for 9 police officer interested parties in judicial review of IPCC investigation and final report into detention of a pregnant woman

Re PC Barber
2011-2012
Bringing judicial review of alleged illegality in Police Appeals Tribunal decision
Claimant for judicial review concerning alleged error of law by Police Appeals Tribunal upon the meaning of paragraphs of the Standards of Professional Behaviour under the 2008 Regulations

Re PC Fraser
2011
Judicial review of decision not to institute disciplinary proceedings
Advising and drafting pleadings for interested party in judicial review of IPCC and Authority’s decision not to institute disciplinary proceedings

R (on the application of the IPCC) v Assistant Commissioner Hayman
[2008] EWHC 2191 (Admin)
Standard of proof and its application in police misconduct and erroneous Home Office Guidance

R (on the application of Khan) v IPCC
[2010] EWHC 2339 (Admin)
Representing all 6 accused officers in the defeating application to quash decision not to institute disciplinary proceedings following criminal acquittal

R (on the application of Sam Woodhams) v Commissioner of the Metropolis and Assistant Commissioner Ghaffur 10 September 2008
Defeating application in judicial review to quash reinstatement Kevin had achieved for a detective dismissed over Peter Woodhams murder investigation failings

R (on the application of the IPCC) v Chief Constable of West Midlands Police
[2007] EWHC 2715
Vires of Attorney General’s Guidance on Unsatisfactory Police Conduct; extent of the IPCC’s (and others) rights of audience at Chief Constable’s Reviews

Coroner’s Inquests

Inquest into the death of Ullah
2015
Representing 5 TVP officers with Patrick Gibbs QC in inquest into a death at a time of use of force by police in respect of a man concealing crack cocaine in his mouth

Inquests into death of Alom
2015
Representing police driver whose vehicle collided with the deceased causing his death

Inquest into the death of O’Rourke
2015
Representing custody sergeant in respect of death following release from custody absent a mental health assessment in respect of detainee presenting with such problems

Inquest into the death of Church
2014
Representing British Transport Police in inquest into death in custody complicated by application of Mental Health processes, remands, and legislation

Inquest into the death of McMahon
2013
Representing British Transport Police and its members at inquest into death of a patient subject to a Mental Health Act Order

Stourport Inquest
2011
Death on railway following large scale IPCC investigation
Representing BTP Chief Inspector, the most senior officer with interested party status, in Coroner’s Inquest into a suspicious death upon a tram line.  The IPCC conducted numerous large scale investigations over years culminating in the 3 week inquest. Expert evidence in addition to the pathologists was dealt with on numerous aspects of the collision and police systems

Inquest into the death of Waite
Death in custody
Inquest into ‘death in custody’ following high fall during negotiation with police

Inquest into the death of Neiring
Death in custody
Inquest into death during police chase of smash and grab raid on Kensington jewellers

Inquest into the death of Langdon
Representing family in inquest into death of public servant

Inquest into the death of Davies
Death in custody in police cells

Care Home Inquest
Representing care home regarding inquest into death of resident from hyperthermia

Nottingham Inquests
Inquests into deaths of civilians in course of police vehicles on emergency response

Health & safety, regulatory and licensing

Food safety
2018
Defending one of the world’s largest fast food chains on allegations of serving unfit food and alleged failures to implement HACCP procedures.

Food safety
2015
European Regulations prosecution touching upon pasteurised milk safety processes and requirements

Metropolitan Police Service
2015–2018
Alcohol and entertainment licensing, closure orders
Football banning orders

The Club
Temporary event notices and new licence application
Kevin represents the trade, the public as well as the enforcement authorities in licensing matters – here he acted for the Metropolitan Police in objecting to a night club licence where the applicant was identified as a phoenix from the flames, having recently suffered revocation of a previous licence for serious crime and disorder

Yakatori
Licensing committee hearing
Contested licensing application before Islington justices in respect of new restaurant venture

Harper’s Casino
Appeal in relation to conditions
Appearing for appellant in appeal concerning Casino with convoluted licensing history and incorporating principles in Hope & Glory.  Advanced Security Industry Authority issues arose in detail

TfL
2005-2018
One of short list of standing counsel to TfL in private hire and taxi appeals.  Appearing regularly at Magistrates’ and Crown Court

European and International

EU Treaty Change
2007
Advisory
Advising as to the proposed major change in the competence of the European Union proposed in the field of criminal law to end national sovereignty in police and criminal law

EU Commission Green Paper
2006
Advising at request of Czech Constitutional Court as to UK law and the privilege against self-incrimination

Instructing Kevin

To instruct Kevin please contact our Clerks on +44 (0)20 7400 6400 or email clerks@3rblaw.com.

“He is on the ball, makes good points and is the master of his brief.” Chambers UK 2020: Professional Discipline

“He defends officers in high-profile cases.” Legal 500 2020: Police Law

“He’s excellent in the way he prepares cases. He is meticulous and has very good analysis and strategy.” Chambers UK 2019: Professional Discipline

“He’s excellent in the way he prepares cases. He is meticulous and has very good analysis and strategy.” Chambers UK 2019: Professional Discipline

“Exceptionally thorough. An excellent advocate who provides first-class representation to police officers who find themselves in difficulties.” Chambers UK 2018: Professional Discipline

“Very switched-on.” Legal 500 2018: Police Law

“He is unpretentious, with excellent client care skills.” Legal 500 2017: Police Law

“He’s very thorough and good strategically. His written work is excellent and he has a real ability to out-think the opposition. He’s always meticulously prepared for a case.” Chambers UK 2017: Professional Discipline

“A regular for police appeal tribunal work.” Legal 500 2016: Professional Discipline

“Combines strong skills in general crime and fraud with experience in a wide range of police disciplinary work. He’s well versed in handling sophisticated judicial review cases. His cross-examination is great and presentationally he is very difficult to beat. He strikes a really nice balance. He’s a very good, hard-nosed defence barrister, and a good advocate who is an immensely hard worker.” Chambers UK 2016: Professional Discipline

“His preparation is faultless and his cross-examination is excellent.” Legal 500 2015: Professional Discipline

“He is devastating in cross-examination and has a rapier-sharp mind. He is very measured and is excellent at dealing with very complex matters.” Chambers UK 2015: Professional Discipline

“Accomplished at handling police disciplinary cases as well as financial services regulatory mandates.” Legal 500 2014: Professional Discipline & Regulatory Law

“He often handles high-profile police misconduct cases. He is very good, very thorough and very hard-working, and he comes incredibly well prepared.” Chambers UK 2014: Professional Discipline

“His grasp of the area and understanding of the issues in each case is top class.” Legal 500 2013: Professional Discipline

“Kevin Baumber is extremely thorough and has a very good mind for assimilating detail. He represents police officers before the IPCC and in disciplinary hearings, inquests, appeals and judicial reviews.” Chambers UK 2013: Professional Discipline

“Kevin Baumber is ‘first class’; very clever and hard-working.” Legal 500 2010: Crime

Degrees

  • BCL (Oxon) – Masters degree, Brasenose College, Oxford
  • LLB (1st class hons) – English and European Law

Awards

  • Pegasus International Scholarship
  • Walter Wigglesworth Major Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Sir Thomas More Bursary Award (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Hardwicke Entrance Award (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Sweet and Maxwell Prize (highest first class hons degree)
  • Hammond Suddards Law Prize for Commercial Law and Competition Law
  • British Academy Scholar to Brasenose College Oxford

Lectures

  • Delivered training to MPS, Kent and Surrey Police Federation on 2020 Police Conduct Regulations.
  • Has lectured on fraud for CPD accredited training seminars.
  • He was the sole speaker at a seminar entitled “Fraud and Recent Developments” for MBL Seminars.
  • Has lectured on confiscation at formal seminars.

Sporting Achievements

  • International honours in cycling/running as veteran.
  • Kevin is consistently and currently ranked in the top 25 in the British Best All Rounder competition for time trialling, is current and five time club champion (est 1888), Eastern Counties Points Champion in 2018, and holds around a dozen and counting club records at distances from 10 miles to 12 hours in time trialling.
  • He ran a sub 3 hour competitive marathon in 2017, aged 43.
  • Kevin competes internationally for Great Britain in his age group in duathlon (run/bike/run) finishing 8th and 15th respectively in the European Championships in 2014 and 2015, 6th in the National Championships.
  • He formerly rowed lightweight at Thames and London Rowing Clubs and won blades at Oxford for Brasenose College.

I, Kevin Baumber, am a data controller and can be contacted at 3 Raymond Buildings, Gray’s Inn, London WC1R 5BH or by telephone on 020 7400 6400 or by email at kevin.baumber@3rblaw.com. My Data Protection Policy can be found below.

All personal data that I process is for the purposes of providing legal services, conducting conflict-checks, marketing, defending potential complaints, legal proceedings or fee disputes, keeping anti-money laundering records, training other barristers and pupils and when providing work-shadowing opportunities, and/or exercising a right to a lien. The types of data I process vary upon the nature of the legal matter in relation to which I am engaged to advise, but can include names, contact details, biographic details, records of service, training records and ‘special category personal data’ (such as details of racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, health, sex life, criminal convictions and proceedings).

Depending upon the circumstances of the case, the legal bases upon which I process personal data are (i) the performance of a contract to which the data subject is a party or in order to take steps at the request of the data subject prior to entering into a contract, (ii) the processing is necessary to comply with legal obligations to which I am subject, or (iii) the processing is necessary for the legitimate interests set out above, except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subjects which require protection of personal data, in particular where the data subject is a child. When I rely on (iii) legitimate interests, my ‘Legitimate Interests Assessment’ can be found here. When I process data which has not be obtained directly from the data subject (e.g. personal data contained in evidential materials), it will have been supplied to me as part of my instructions in circumstances covered by legal professional privilege.

Depending upon the circumstances of the case, I may share the personal data with:

  1. my Chambers, which supplies professional and administrative support to my practice;
  2. Courts and other tribunals to whom documents are presented;
  3. my lay and professional clients, which includes authorised representatives such as Federation/ Union representatives when they are formally acting in connection with the legal proceedings;
  4. potential witnesses, in particular experts, and friends or family of the data subject;
  5. solicitors, barristers, pupils, mini pupils and other legal representatives;
  6. ombudsmen and regulatory authorities;
  7. current, past or prospective employers;
  8. education and examining bodies;
  9. business associates, professional advisers and trade bodies.

I retain personal data for no longer than 8 years after the case has come to an end or as otherwise required by law.

I do not intend to transfer data to any country which is not either within the European Union, ‘white listed’ by the EU or otherwise permitted by EU law (e.g. to the USA under the provisions of the ‘Privacy Shield’).

Under the GDPR, data subjects whose personal data I process have the right to request from me access to, and rectification or erasure of, their personal data, the right to the restriction of processing concerning them, the right to object to processing as well as the right to data portability. Data subjects also have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ico.org.uk).

In cases where there is a contract between me and the data subject, the provision of personal data is a contractual requirement and the data subject is obliged to provide the personal data in order that I can supply legal services. A failure to provide such data may mean that I will not be able to provide the legal services.

Rev 1.1 – 24.05.2018

Data Protection Policy

Legitimate Interests Assessment

Kevin Baumber is qualified to accept instructions direct from clients under the Bar Council’s Public Access Scheme. This means that members of the public who seek specialist advice can come direct to him. In addition, he welcomes instructions from solicitors, in-house law departments, qualified foreign lawyers, and clients licensed by the Bar Council to give instructions direct to barristers under the Bar Council’s Licensed Access Scheme.

For further information please contact our Clerks.