Barrister Shooting Appeal Allowed Independent Police Complaints Commission 15.10.2008 A High Court judge has dismissed a claim by the family of barrister Mark Saunders that the investigation into his shooting by police is unlawful.But Mr Justice Underhill expressed concern about the practice that allowed police officers to confer with one another before recording their first accounts of the shooting.He said this might be unlawful, and risked institutionalising the opportunity for collusion. He gave permission to take the case to the Court of Appeal.He was told at the hearing last month that the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) inquiry was flawed because officers involved in the siege at the lawyer's Chelsea flat were allowed to confer before recording their accounts.Tim Owen QC, representing sister Charlotte Saunders who brought the case, told the court the issue was whether this was compatible with human rights laws.He said: "There can be no doubt that the present practice means that there is a substantial risk of collusion and of contamination."He said the IPCC had provided further opportunity to confer by organising meetings attended by groups of officers to put the questions to them.Copyright © PA Business 2008Ifti Manzoor from law firm Irwin Mitchell said: "It is fundamentally important that there should be no opportunity for police to confer with one another - this sends out the wrong message. It is vital for there to be public confidence and to ensure alleged collusion between officers is a thing of the past." Press contact James Clarke Press Officer +44 (0)161 838 3169 Email James Related articles 19.06.2018The New Tax Evasion Facilitation Offence 19.06.2018Legal Challenge To Inadequate Care ‘A Wake-Up Call To The NHS’ 18.06.2018Family Of Former College Cleaner Appealing To Ex-Colleagues For Help Following Cancer Death 18.06.2018Family Law Team Ranked Number One 18.06.2018London Drives UK Tourism But Other Regions Attracting Attention 18.06.2018Omnichannel And Experiential 'Key To Retail's Future Success'