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News & Events: February 2021

News 25th February 2021

Improper non-disclosure of a Complainant’s medical records

1. Scenario A Complainant (“C”) refuses to consent to his GP providing the Crown with medical records. The Defendant (“D”) has requested disclosure of these records, on the understanding that C has a history of prolonged substance abuse and mental health concerns. C has also indicated that he believes information within the records is detrimental […]

News 24th February 2021
Hilary Lennox

Hilary Lennox elected to Child Abduction Lawyers Association Executive Committee

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce that Hilary Lennox has been elected to the Child Abduction Lawyers Association (CALA) Executive Committee. CALA was formed into 2014  by specialist solicitors, barristers, academics and others with an interest in this area of law.   CALA aims are to:  1. Formalise the network of child abduction lawyers throughout the UK and abroad; […]

News 23rd February 2021
Sarah Jones QC

Sarah Jones QC and Peter Asteris prosecute county lines drugs murder

Sarah Jones Q.C. and Peter Asteris prosecuted the murder of Taylor Williams. Williams was an 18 year old man who was the victim of a stabbing during a robbery which arose due to a County Lines drugs dispute. The trial involved 3 Defendants, Olamide Soyege who was convicted of murder, conspiracy to rob and robbery […]

News 22nd February 2021

Catherine Ellis joins Pump Court Chambers

We are delighted to announce that Catherine Ellis has joined Pump Court Chambers. Catherine was called to bar in 2003 and is an expert in all areas of Family law. She has a wealth of experience in public law family matters, acting for parents, guardians and local authorities alike and has appeared in complex care […]

Blog 17th February 2021

Anti-discrimination and harassment training

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has recently prescribed annual booster / refresher training for employers on Equality and Diversity in order to ensure that it is effective in eliminating harassment in the workplace. The EAT drew an analogy with the Covid-19 vaccination programme – ‘we are interested not only in whether the vaccine will be effective […]

Blog 14th February 2021
Laura Tilt

Long overdue and a welcome addition: The Sentencing Act 2020

The first day of the month in which we traditionally offer gifts to one another saw a gift being made to criminal lawyers in England and Wales: the entry into force of the Sentencing Code.   The Code is the product of the Law Commission’s 12th programme of law reform, a project which began in […]

Blog 11th February 2021
Hilary Lennox

Muslim women’s rights are being abused by Sharia Councils upon divorce

Pressure is being placed on the UK government to make it a legal requirement for Muslim couples to register their marriages civilly before or at the same time as their religious ceremony. This will ensure women’s fundamental rights are preserved upon divorce and Sharia councils operate within the law writes Hilary Lennox, Barrister from Pump […]

Blog 11th February 2021

Re E [2021] EWCOP 7 – the Covid-19 Vaccine & Capacity

It was just over a month between the first Covid-19 vaccination being administered and the first reported COP decision relating to it.  As ever, this decision is fact specific, but there are some important points to take away.   Mrs E was an 80-year old woman, who had been living in a care home since […]

Webinar Archive 11th February 2021

Pensions – What every family solicitor needs to know

In our latest Winchester Breakfast Briefing Webinar ‘Pensions – What every family solicitor needs to know’, we’re joined by guest speakers w George Mathieson and Jonathan Galbraith of Mathieson Consulting.   Overview of Talk Topics will include: The impact of covid-19 on various asset classes how will this affect family lawyers and their clients Expert […]

News 10th February 2021
Naomi Gyane

Claimant is awarded over £140,000 for indirect age discrimination and unfair dismissal

Naomi Gyane has successfully represented the Claimant in her Tribunal claim for indirect age discrimination and unfair dismissal. The Claimant worked as a teacher in an independent co-educational prep school. She worked for the school for 17 years. The school introduced a new requirement that all teachers needed to obtain a degree or a Level […]

Past Events
11th Feb 2021, 08:00 to 09:30

Pensions – What every family solicitor needs to know

Please join us via Zoom for our latest Winchester Breakfast Briefing ‘Pensions – What every family solicitor needs to know’, where our guest speaker will be George Mathieson, CEO and Expert Witness of Mathieson Consulting. Overview of Talk Topics will include: The impact of covid-19 on various asset classes how will this affect family lawyers and […]


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