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News 5th October 2017

Fire Safety Regulations

Mark Ruffell, Head of Pump Court Chambers Regulatory and Disciplinary Team has recently presented a seminar on Fire Safety Regulation following the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The seminar is designed to assist Local Authorities and landlords with the various powers to maintain fire safety and highlights the consequences if the regulations are not maintained.

News 2nd October 2017

LFL v LSL (McKenzie Friends: breach of court orders) [2017] EWFC B62

Jennifer Lee has successfully represented the applicant wife in LFL v LSL (McKenzie Friends: breach of court orders) [2017] EWFC B62, which is a rare instance of a reported decision by the Family Court, involving an obstructive McKenzie Friend (MF), who was fully named in the Judgment, and severe litigation misconduct by the husband. The […]

News 27th July 2017

Tribunal Fees: What we suspected all along!

Tribunal Fees: What we suspected all along! No impact on tribunal costs, no impact on reducing unmeritorious claims, indirectly discriminatory to women and did not result in more ACAS settlements. Today is a good news day for access to justice (and for employment lawyers!) In a pivotal judgment based on the principle of access to […]

News 24th March 2017

Tom Wilkins receives glowing reference from Detective Sergeant at Met Police

Tom Wilkins a “competent and professional barrister” with “exemplary patience and attitude”, “a great credit to Pump Court”, these are the words of a Detective Sergeant of the Met Police who has worked with Tom since 2013 and on Tuesday (21st March 2017) successfully convicted Mr Paul Monk who was the head of a £31 […]

News 20th February 2017

Christopher Wilkins joins Chambers

Pump Court Chambers is pleased to announce that Christopher Wilkins joined Pump Court in February 2017. Christopher is based in both Winchester and London. Christopher’s practice covers a broad range of chancery, property and commercial work. He has also been accredited as a civil mediator since 2008 and is an experienced mediator and mediation advocate. […]

News 12th January 2017

Penny Howe appointed as Queen’s Counsel

Pump Court is delighted to announce the upcoming appointment of Penny Howe as Queen’s Counsel. We look forward to celebrating with Penny on 13th February 2017, when she will take her oath at the ceremony in the House of Lords.’ Penny specialises in care and adoption proceedings. Her expertise lies in lengthy and serious care […]

News 4th January 2017

Margaret Pine-Coffin joins Chambers

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to welcome Margaret Pine-Coffin, formerly of 12 College Place, who joined our Family Team on 3 January 2017. Margaret was called in 1981 and specialises in high level family work including complex care and private law proceedings and cases in the Court of Protection. The addition of Margaret to our […]

News 17th November 2016

Guy Draper secures acquittals in child rape trial

Following a 5-day trial at the Crown Court at Southampton, Guy Draper has successfully defended a 21-year-old man on a 14-count indictment alleging rapes and sexual assaults committed against 8-year-old male family members. It was alleged that, on several occasions respectively, the defendant had raped his younger brother using violence, and sexually assaulted his young […]

News 17th November 2016

Claims exiting the RTA Protocol

What costs are recoverable? Plus, the latest decision on costs budgeting and relief from sanctions Paul Mertens reviews two important decisions from the Court of Appeal on fixed recoverable costs, along with the Court’s most recent decision on costs budgeting and relief from sanctions. Fixed Recoverable Costs In the last week, The Court of Appeal […]

News 12th October 2016

Schoolgirl convicted of attempting to murder former best friend

A 15 year old Hampshire schoolgirl has been convicted of attempting to murder her former best friend in a planned knife attack at school on Monday 25 April 2016. Prosecuting counsel, James Newton-Price told the jury at Winchester Crown Court that the young defendant had become obsessed with serial killers and school shootings, including the […]

News 29th September 2016

Colin Banham represented Police Constable at misconduct hearing

Colin Banham represented a Police Constable at a misconduct hearing following an allegation that she sent a letter to Swansea City and County Council, containing a dishonest and false account, in order to contest a Fixed Penalty notice. The officer was issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice after dropping a cigarette down a drain in […]

News 29th September 2016

Richard Tutt represented the Health & Safety Executive

Richard Tutt represented the Health and Safety Executive at a Newton hearing and then sentence before HHJ Taylor at the Crown Court at Southwark. Montway Ltd had pleaded guilty to s.2 HSWA 1974 (failing to conduct its undertaking in such a way as to ensure the health, safety and welfare of its employees) but amongst […]

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