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Blog 17th June 2021

Modern Slavery

A young man [YM] from London smokes shared cannabis socially with his ‘new friend’[NF]. After a little time, discovering that the YM has a job, NF asks for payment for the cannabis, a sum just beyond YM’s financial reach, NF demands carrying and supplying in lieu of the debt. Unusually early one morning YM is […]

Blog 17th June 2021
Siân Beaven

Sentencing Disposals under the Mental Health Act 1983

In criminal practice, it is not uncommon to represent clients with complex and severe mental health issues. The test in R v Pritchard (1836) 7 C&P 303 which sets out the test for a Defendant’s fitness to plead does not always capture the vast array of clients with psychiatric diagnoses, meaning that it is possible […]

News, Blog 27th May 2021

Re H-M [2021] EWCA Civ 748: Inconsistent post-fact finding convictions

Hot off the press this week is the judgment in Re H-M [2021] EWCA Civ 748, in which the Court of Appeal (Peter Jackson LJ, Singh LJ and Stuart-Smith LJ) considered an appeal by a mother from a refusal by the trial judge to reopen findings made at the conclusion of a fact-finding hearing. One […]

Blog 14th April 2021

Without notice applications in Children Act and Family Law Act: tips, pointers and warnings

Without notice applications, both under the Children Act 1989 and Family Law Act 1996, are invaluable tools in the realms of domestic abuse and child protection. Particularly in relation to Family Law Act applications, such work is considered the bread and butter of the junior family barrister. However, those who would treat such applications as […]

Blog 19th March 2021
Helen Brander

Money for Nothing? Crypto-assets and their implications in matrimonial and private client work

Helen Brander, barrister of Pump Court Chambers, considers the current treatment by the courts and taxation authorities of crypto-assets For the matrimonial finance and private client lawyer, crypto-assets can form a major part of a client’s estate and we are seeing them with increasing frequency. It is vital that we can identify, value and understand […]

News, Blog 15th March 2021
Jennifer Lee

The perils of contested divorce proceedings

As many practitioners will be aware, defended divorce cases are rare. According to a recent study by the Nuffield Foundation,  “No Contest: Defended Divorce in England & Wales”, formally defended divorces account for less than one percent of divorces each year in England & Wales. ‘The perils of contested divorce proceedings’ written by Jennifer Lee, […]

News, Blog 12th March 2021
Mark Ruffell

Fire Safety Fine Reduced on Appeal

At Cardiff Crown Court on 26 February 2021, Farrington Care Homes Limited (Farrington) successfully appealed the record-breaking fine imposed on them by a District Judge, with a reduction of nearly £125,000, for breaches of the Fire Safety Order (the Order) at Hillcroft Residential Care Home (Hillcroft) in Cardiff. The decision of the Court shows the […]

Blog 2nd March 2021
Alice Scott

A short delay and the ‘just and equitable’ test

The Court of Appeal has provided important guidance in Adedeji on the exercise of the tribunal’s discretion to extend the period in which a claim for discrimination can be presented under s.123(1)(b) ERA. It also warned against treating the factors in s.33 Limitation Act as a checklist or rigid framework to reach a decision. A […]

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 […]

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