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Blog 4th April 2020
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The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“the Scheme”) was announced by the government on 20th March 2020. The government’s published guidance states that “it is designed to help employers whose operations have been severely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to retain their employees and protect the UK economy.” The Scheme allows all UK employers to claim a […]

Blog 1st April 2020
Jennifer Lee

The Legal Impact of Covid-19 – The View from Two Jurisdictions

In this two-part article, Jennifer Lee of Pump Court Chambers, and Ezane Chong of Ariff Rozhan & Co., reflect on the guidance issued in the UK and Malaysia concerning Covid-19, and the impact of the pandemic on courts and litigants in their respective jurisdictions. 

Blog 1st April 2020

Implied warnings to Trial Counsel

Case Commentary – R v RT & Anor [2020] EWCA Crim 155 and R v Reece (David) [2020] EWCA Crim 44 –Implied warnings to Trial Counsel Introduction   In R v RT & Anor [2020] EWCA Crim 155 and R v Reece [2020] EWCA Crim 44, the Court of Appeal dismissed appeals against conviction. The […]

Blog 30th March 2020
Eleanor Bruce

Contact and the Coronavirus: COVID-19 and its Impact on Separated Families

About 7 ½ weeks after the first reported coronavirus case in the UK, and after some 6,000 confirmed cases, the Prime Minister addressed the nation confirming that in an attempt to halt the spread of the worldwide pandemic the public were being told to stay at home in order to stop the disease spreading.  He […]

Blog 30th March 2020
Stephanie Painter

The Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Bill

The Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Bill was introduced into Parliament on the 3rd February 2020, as ‘emergency legislation’ in response to the Streatham Hill terrorist attack that took place on 2nd February 2020. This terrorist incident followed two other attacks by men who had also been convicted of terrorism offences and had recently […]

Blog 25th March 2020
Imogen Robins

Wellbeing for the Legal Community

Imogen Robins of Pump Court Chambers discusses Wellbeing for the legal community alongside Rachel Osgood, Partner at Paris Smith LLP and award winning hypnotherapist, author and speaker Malminder Gill in this short webinar brought to you by Simon Gore Legal Conferences and Online Learning.To view please click on the window below. We hope you find […]

Blog 24th March 2020

Employment Team – COVID-19 Coronavirus Update

These are unprecedented times and Chambers is seeing a significant increase in questions being raised by workers, employees, and employers alike. This post is intended to provide some outline guidance for the position as we see it, with links to useful information. It is not a substitute for formal legal advice – and if you […]

Blog 23rd March 2020
Jennifer Lee

COVID-19 Guidance and New Modes of Working for the Legal Profession

As many of you will know, Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division and Head of Family Justice, has released national guidance on COVID-19 (click here). The guidance is intended to be followed with immediate effect by all levels of the Family Court and in the High Court Family Division, and is intended to […]

Blog 29th November 2019
https://www.pumpcourtchambers.com/2020/04/29/the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme-further-guidance/

The Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 – 100 years on

This year marks the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919. This ground breaking Act of Parliament, which became law on 23 December 1919, allowed women to become Solicitors, Barristers, Magistrates and Jurors for the first time. The Act begins with the defining words “a person shall not be disqualified by sex or marriage […]

Blog 14th November 2019

The Murder of Lucy McHugh: Legal Challenges in R v Stephen Nicholson

I was instructed to defend Stephen Nicholson, aged 25, who was charged with the murder and multiple sexual offences against Lucy McHugh, a 13-year-old girl. The trial took place before Mrs. Justice May at Winchester Crown Court earlier this year. Nicholson lived as a lodger in the same house as Lucy and her family in […]

Blog 12th November 2019
Stephanie Painter

Homelessness & Offending Rates – An inextricable link

The Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA) 2017 came into effect on 3rd April 2018 and places new legal duties on local authorities so that everyone who is homeless, or at risk of homelessness, should have access to meaningful help, irrespective of their priority need status, as long as they are eligible for assistance. The Act amends […]

Blog 11th November 2019

Case Commentary – R v O [2019] EWCA 1389

Introduction 1. In R v O [2019] EWCA Crim 1389, the Court of Appeal gave further guidance on when a conviction may be unsafe where the defendant was a Victim of Trafficking (“VOT”). The Court concluded that there is a “settled approach to these cases”. This approach requires three questions to be posed: 1) Is […]

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