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News & Events: February 2016

Blog 29th February 2016

The department for transport triennial review implementation plan

What will it mean for Traffic Commissioners, Operators and Practitioners? In December 2015, an implementation plan was published by the Department for Transport (the Department) in response to the recommendations of the Triennial Review of the Traffic Commissioners published in March 2015. That Review had considered the role of Traffic Commissioners (TCs) and how they […]

Blog 25th February 2016

Black Rapp’s Knuckles – Rapp v Sarre [2016] EWCA Civ 93

Black LJ (Patten LJ and Baker J agreed) emphasised the need for full cooperation in ancillary relief proceedings. Facts H argued that the capital assets were wrongly divided unequally, giving W (54.5%) and the more liquid and less risky assets. The parties met in 1990, when H’s assets were worth $1m, and married in 1994. […]

Blog 23rd February 2016

Transport For London v Uber London Limited & Licensed Taxi Drivers Association & Licensed Private Hire Car Association [2015] EWHC 2918 (Admin) 1449

The judgement given by Ouseley J. sets out the interesting background for what is a revolutionary development in travelling by taxi in London. In May 2012, Transport for London, licensed Uber as a private hire vehicle operator in London. It is an offence under s11 of the Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998 for a […]

Blog 22nd February 2016

The quantification of a lump sum to offset pension disparity on divorce

Practitioners have an array of authorities on the issue of how to calculate the entitlement of spouses to a pension sharing order or the calculation of a capital sum to compensate a party for the loss of pension rights. The problem is that the approach of the courts is not uniform. There are now two […]

Blog 19th February 2016

Technology in the Courts

It’s good to know that some jurisdictions still have healthy regard for pointless rules. A client the other day told me that in the British Commonwealth jurisdiction where he had been resident, the court would refuse to look at any documents unless they were on foolscap paper, although the court’s only photocopier only took A4 […]

News 18th February 2016

Claudia Lorenzo

We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Claudia Lorenzo. Claudia passed away suddenly on Monday evening following a short illness. This has come as a huge shock to us all. Claudia was treasured in chambers and our sincere condolences go out to her husband and Family. She will be greatly missed. Claudia joined […]

Blog 17th February 2016

Dishonesty in Regulatory Proceedings

It is important to realise that those sitting in regulatory proceedings may have a wide and varied perception of the meaning of Dishonesty. That itself is not surprising. Those of us who cut our teeth in the wide environs of criminal law have come to realise that dishonesty as a concept lies on a spectrum. […]

Blog 17th February 2016

A critical time for the CQC

It has not been an easy few months for healthcare providers’ biggest regulator the Care Quality Commission. Against a background of tightened budgets, staff shortages and warnings by the Barker Commission for the need for restructuring of healthcare delivery, the CQC is facing its toughest period as a relatively new regulator. CQC Annual Report 2015 […]

News 16th February 2016

New legislation and guidance

The Senior Traffic Commissioner’s statutory guidance and statutory directions have been reviewed and the new version of these statutory documents went live on 1st January 2016. The statutory provisions require Traffic Commissioners to act under statutory directions of the Senior Traffic Commissioner but only to have regard to the statutory guidance. Where a Traffic Commissioner […]

News 16th February 2016

Father jailed for abandoning 2 year old child

A drunk father who abandoned his two-year old child in a car park at night has been sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for Child Cruelty. Neil Schofield, 35, from Weymouth was sentenced at the Crown Court at Dorchester, Richard Tutt, was instructed on behalf of the prosecution. For further details on this story as reported […]

Blog 15th February 2016

The Buses Bill and potential changes to bus registration

As part of the Government’s plans for devolution, it has agreed to provide authorities with directly elected mayors the powers necessary to franchise their bus services. These powers are expected to be included in a Buses Bill that is to be introduced in the current parliamentary session. Local Authorities in different areas of the country […]

News 15th February 2016

Ruth Arlow appointed Chancellor of Diocese of Salisbury

Pump Court Chambers are delighted to announce that Ruth Arlow is to become the next Chancellor of the Diocese of Salisbury, she will be sworn on Monday 22nd February 2016. She takes over from HHJ Wiggs who is shortly retiring. The Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam said “After a careful search I […]


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