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News 19th January 2016

NHS prosecuted following death of 82 year old man on a mobility scooter

The NHS has been fined £40,000 after an 82-year-old man riding a mobility scooter fell 12ft to his death when a barrier on an elevated walkway collapsed. Benjamin Withers was visiting Fareham Health Centre, Hampshire, when his scooter collided with a wooden weather screen placed around the main entrance. The crash caused a section to […]

News 15th December 2015

Suicide verdict successfully resisted on behalf of the family of the man who once held the record for flying around the world solo

A Jury has recorded a narrative verdict following an Inquest into the death of an experienced pilot last year. Muhammad Naviede, 60 from Regent’s Park London was piloting a PA-38 Tomahawk aircraft when it spun out of control and crashed in a field in Buckinghamshire in August 2014. Mr Naviede, was an experienced pilot who […]

News 11th December 2015

Grandparents blocked from adopting grandchild

The grandparents of a three-year-old girl who lost their application to appeal to apply to care for their granddaughter are making a fresh fight to avoid her being placed with prospective adopters. An application for permission to apply for a special guardianship order and permission to apply to revoke a placement order will be heard before […]

News 9th December 2015

Deprivation of Liberty of Children under Local Authority Responsibility

In A Local Authority v D & Ors [2015] EWHC 3125 (Fam), Keehan J gave useful guidance in an area of law which many family practitioners may not have considered. Where a child is under the local authority’ responsibility, can that local authority authorise the placement of the child in a setting which amounts to […]

News 7th December 2015

Key tax changes announced in the Finance Acts 2015

Since April 2015 the sale of residential property in the United Kingdom owned by non-UK domiciled individuals can generate a tax charge. In the summer the government published the Summer Finance Bill 2015 which also proposes key changes to the inheritance tax regime applicable to many non-UK residents. These changes, together with forthcoming changes to the […]

News 25th November 2015

Matthew Scott wins ‘Independent Blogger of the Year’ award

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce that Matthew Scott has won ‘Independent Blogger of the Year’ at the 2015 Comment Awards. The Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards celebrate the achievements of the UK’s finest and most influential print and online commentators and their editors, Mr Scott site has received  wide spread acclaim and popularity for […]

News 23rd November 2015

Social workers found to have ‘altered report’ and ‘lied in Court’

A court has heard how senior social workers altered a report and lied under oath in order to create a “wholly negative” picture of a couple, in order to substantially improve the local authority’s case for removal of the children, probably permanently. Judge Mark Horton, sitting in Portsmouth, said the five children aged between one […]

News 17th November 2015

Cohabiting Divorcees: to bar or not to bar?

Any practitioners in the field of inheritance or family finance will be familiar with the standard term that forms part of a clean break in a divorce financial settlement; namely that the parties cannot claim against the estate of the other. However a recent case has challenged the widespread belief that such a bar is […]

News 30th October 2015

High Court Judge names and shames ‘abysmal’ ex-husband in long-running financial remedy case

Mr Justice Mostyn has handed down judgment in Veluppillai v Veluppillai [2015] EWHC 3095 (Fam)’, a long-running financial remedy case, in which His Lordship made the unusual decision to name the parties involved, in order to expose the ‘absymal’ behaviour of the husband. Jennifer Lee of Pump Court Chambers was instructed to represent the wife, […]

News 30th October 2015

Pump Court recognised in Chambers & Partners

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce that it has once again been recognised as a ‘Leading Set’ within the latest edition of Chambers & Partners, directory to the legal profession. Practitioners have been recommended across a number of practice areas including Crime, Employment, Family and Personal injury. Our level of customer service has also […]

News 27th October 2015

Chambers presents mock trial for Transport industry

Peter Asteris from Chambers recently completed 4 days of presenting a mock trial, after he was asked by Fleet 21 a nationwide firm of Driver Safety Consultants. The trial was presented to E.M. Highway Services who are part of the Kier Construction Group and the delegates were the majority of their 600 drivers. The aim […]

News 12th October 2015

Bankruptcy petition successfully dismissed

Jennifer Lee has been successful in assisting a client in defending a bankruptcy petition brought against her by a major bank. She was victorious in seeking an order for costs against the bank at an interim hearing, which eventually resulted in a very favourable settlement and dismissal of the petition.

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