Colin has substantial experience in representing professional clients in many areas of crime, from white collar crime to general crime and road traffic incidents. His expertise is particularly recognised in advising and defending police officers in connection with misconduct (discipline) and criminal allegations.
In 1983, Colin represented officers charged with the attempted murder of Stephen Waldorf. Since then, he has been at the forefront of advising and assisting officers in all aspects of their work - particularly when operational duties result in criminal or disciplinary investigations and proceedings.
Colin advised and represented senior officers in both the Stephen Lawrence and Victoria Climbie Inquiries. He has since advised two officers in relation to the Ellison Stephen Lawrence Review.
Colin has also represented a number of police officers charged with various misconduct offences under the 2008 and 2012 Police (Conduct) Regulations. He is involved in a large number of cases involving death or serious injury after contact with police and independent IPCC investigations. His representation of officers extends widely, including officers in the MPS, City of London, Surrey, Kent, Cambridge, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, the West Midlands and Yorkshire.
In addition, he has been involved in representing officers in connection with major inquests, including the death of Roger Sylvester in 2004. This eventually led to a successful Judicial Review on behalf of the eight officers for whom he acted and the original verdict of the jury of 'unlawful killing' being quashed. Between 2005 and 2008, Colin advised and assisted both Grey and Red Surveillance Team officers from SO12 involved in the shooting of Jean Charles De Menezes at Stockwell Tube Station. More recently, Colin advised and represented the Islington Borough officers at the Inquest into the death of Henry Hicks. During the course of this Inquest we successfully opposed by way of judicial review an application to lift orders made by the Coroner concerning the anonymity of the officers, and their giving evidence from behind screens.
Colin also lectures, including to custody officers at seminars organised by the MPS Directorate of Professional Standards as part of the learning and organisation command which they represent. He has also been an invited speaker at the Roads Policing Conference, as a recognised authority in advising and representing police officers in connection with road traffic accidents both on and off duty. He currently represents five officers the subject of an independent IPCC investigation into the death of Lewis Johnson , and the two officers involved in the Penge fatal traffic accident.
Colin has represented many whose cases have been the subject of media attention including PC Simon Harwood, prosecuted for manslaughter in relation to the death of Ian Tomlinson in April 2009. Colin advised PC Harwood throughout the criminal investigation, inquest, criminal trial and subsequent misconduct proceedings. PC Harwood was acquitted of manslaughter. Previously, he represented four Territorial Support Group officers accused of assault on the alleged terrorist Babar Ahmad in December 2003; all four being acquitted at Southwark Crown Court in 2011. Colin advised and represented a number of officers in relation to Operation Elveden.
He represented the five Thames Valley police officers at the Inquest into the death of Habib Ullah, and their subsequent gross misconduct hearing, at which all five were cleared of all gross misconduct allegations against them.
Currently he continues to advise five officers in relation to the IPCC re-investigation into the death of Sean Rigg in 2008, including PS White (MPS) who was tried and acquitted at Southwark Crown Court in relation to an allegation that he committed perjury at the Inquest into the death of Sean Rigg in 2012.
Colin continues to advise and represent eleven officers in the IPCC re-investigation into the death of Seni Lewis, eight Surrey officers in connection with the investigation into the death of Terry Smith and two MPS officers in connection with the circumstances surrounding the death of Liam Albert in 2009.
Colin is currently representing three of the officers, including the SIO, who recently were advised they are to be the subject of an independent IPCC investigation in relation to the Operation Midland investigation, following the recent Report/Review by Sir Richard Henriques. Similarly, the eight officers under investigation over alleged failures in connection with the Stephen Port murders are being advised by him.
The breadth of his experience is substantial, accumulated over many years and with the benefit of personal involvement in a wide variety of police related incidents and alleged offences. This is recognised by Chambers Directory, and the Legal 500, where he is highlighted as a leader in the field of criminal and disciplinary law.
Colin has been accredited as a Band 1 solicitor in Chambers Directory 2017. The entry confirms that market commentators described him as the “go to Lawyer” for police officers in London and praised him for his “ingrained understanding of how the police work.”
Trained with Victor J. Lissack and post qualification remained an Assistant Solicitor and Partner with the firm.
1982: Established Reynolds Dawson with Stephen Dawson.
1994: Stephen Dawson appointed a District Judge (Stipendiary Magistrate).
Colin has remained the Senior Partner within the Practice since 1994, retaining his own case load and working with an energetic, committed and experienced team. Since 1992, Reynolds Dawson has been concerned solely with criminal law and regulatory matters arising from that criminal work.
Colin continues to lecture widely on police discipline related matters, and continues to play a prominent role in advising and assisting officers of the British Transport Police, and the Special Constabulary throughout the country.
Law Society, LCCSA (President in 2000), Justice, Howard League for Penal Reform, Liberty.
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