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Colette Renton

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Colette Renton - Deans Court Chambers


  • BPP London – BPTC: Very Competent
  • Trinity College, Dublin – LLB 2:1
  • ERASMUS Year at Uppsala University, Sweden


  • CPS Level 2 prosecutor
  • CPS Specialist Panels 2018-22 Fraud List at Level 2
  • Specialist Regulatory Advocate in Health and Safety and Environmental Law list C

Professional Associations

  • Criminal Bar Association


  • Junior of the Northern Circuit September 2017- March 2018
  • Middle Temple Harmsworth Scholar
  • BPP Advocacy Scholarship


Colette is an established and versatile practitioner, specialising in crime and regulatory work.


Since commencing practice, Colette has obtained significant trial experience both defending and prosecuting. She has represented clients in a range of offences including: drugs matters, violence offences, sex offences, fraud cases, driving charges. Colette deals with cases at all stages of case management and is experienced in appeals to the Crown Court and to the Court of Appeal. She is noted for her friendly and dedicated approach to her clients and their cases, and her technical legal ability.

Colette also has a successful prosecution practice, regularly prosecuting CPS panel 2 cases. Colette receives instructions as a result of her appointment on the Specialist Fraud Panel at level 2. She has experience of dealing with sensitive matters involving young and vulnerable people and ground rules hearings.


Colette accepts instructions in all areas of regulatory practice, and has been appointed as a Specialist Regulatory Advocate at list C for health and safety and environmental law. She has particular experience in education law and licencing matters, appearing in both the Magistrate’s Court, Crown Court and High Court. Colette has worked for several local authorities in relation to their regulatory matters. Colette regularly receives instructions on inquest work and professional discipline matters.

Notable Cases


    Inquest into the death of K

    Represented a local authority where teenager from the orthodox Jewish community had suffocated himself in his bedroom. The teenager had received treatment for ADHD within his community and under the NHS. The inquest concluded with a finding of misadventure.

  • Inquest into the death of M

    Representing a local authority in an inquest concerning the death of a care leaver who attended at hospital, before leaving shortly thereafter with his whereabouts unknown.


    Operation Rumble: acquitted in a 4-week trial at Carlisle Crown court in relation to alleged conspiracy to steal and burgle in locations all over Cumbria. The Defendant was accused of being involved in a conspiracy to remove ATM machines from shops and supermarkets using heavy plant machinery.

  • Operation Horizon: represented defendant in a county-lines drugs conspiracy spanning Barrow in Furness, Coventry and London.

  • VHCC Fraud: disclosure Junior in a VHCC fraud. She was required to read and consider disclosure of 15,000 emails in 3 weeks, applying a strict rubric to dip sampled emails. The fraud related to a department- head at a University who had a personal relationship with a contractor who provided services to his department.

  • R v McMullen - sentence for s.18 GBH appealed to the Court of Appeal.

  • R v J - 60- year old male who had spoken to a ‘paedophile-hunter’ online group, posing as a 14- year old and who had travelled to Blackpool to meet her. As part of this matter it was necessary to consider issues including: entrapment; extent of the incitement and R v Solanki

  • R v S – represented female in reckless Arson matter. Significant fitness to plead and psychiatric issue.

  • R v C- represented a 15- year old female charged with s.18 GBH who struck another 15- year old female to the face using broken wine bottle.


    Respondent in appeal by way of case stated in the High Court– [2019] EWHC 420 (Admin). Appeared in front of Higginbottom, LJ and Pepperall, J. The court considered the meaning of ‘unavoidable cause’ under s.444 (2A) of the Education act 1996.

  • 2- day regular attendance trial: Colette appeared on behalf of Lancashire County Council in a school attendance matter involving the parents of a young boy with autism. A SEN tribunal had placed the child at a school in which the parents did not agree and therefore did not send him to. The place had remained open, without the parents refusing it, or registering their child as home-educated.

  • Defence taxi appeal at Preston Crown Court: Defence appeal in case against Hyndburn Borough Council revocation of a hackney carriage licence for ‘unreasonable behaviour’. Written advice prepared in advance of hearing of costs in licencing appeals.

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