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News, Blog 7th August 2023

Gohil v Advantage Insurance Company – What is a genuine offer of settlement?

Anyone who has any familiarity with fixed-cost personal injury litigation on the fast track will be well familiar with the provisions of CPR Part 36. That part provides that a party can make an offer which will have punitive consequences if it is not beaten by the other side at trial. Part 36 contains numerous […]

News 2nd August 2023

Re S (Children: Parentage and Jurisdiction) [2023] EWCA Civ 897 – Jennifer Lee and Samara Brackley of Pump Court Chambers succeed in landmark Court of Appeal judgment

Jennifer Lee and Samara Brackley, led by Will Tyler KC of 36 Family, instructed by Byron James of Expatriate Law Limited, acted in the Court of Appeal for the successful Appellant in Re S (Children: Parentage and Jurisdiction) [2023] EWCA Civ 897 – a hugely significant case involving the children of same-sex civil partners, conceived […]

News 2nd August 2023
Naomi Gyane

Naomi Gyane to be sworn in as the new Chancellor of the Diocese of Leicester

Naomi will be officially sworn in by the Right Reverend Saju Muthalaly on 2nd August and will become the youngest Diocesan Chancellor currently serving in the Church of England. Naomi’s appointment is featured in an article on the Diocese of Leicester website here. Naomi will continue to practice as a barrister. The Diocesan Chancellor acts […]

News, Blog 27th July 2023

Catherine Ellis considers the recent CA case of G&H (Leave to revoke placement order) [2023] EWCA Civ 768

This was an appeal by a grandmother against a refusal of her application under s24(2)(2) Adoption and Children Act 2002 (“the 2002 Act”) for leave to apply to revoke placement orders in respect of her grandchildren. The application for leave was made six weeks after the care and placement orders had been made. The grandmother’s […]

News 27th July 2023
Siân Beaven

Siân Beaven secures suspended sentence in dangerous driving case

Siân, instructed by Emily Alexander of Roach Pittis solicitors, acted for a vulnerable defendant who pleaded guilty on an acceptable basis to an offence of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. The defendant, who was elderly and previously of good character, misapplied the pedals of his automatic car which had been left in reverse at […]

News 18th July 2023

SPA v LCpl R

R was accused of one count of rape, one count of attempted rape, two counts of sexual assault, and five counts of battery. The allegations were said to take place in the context of an unhappy and cross-continental marriage, across a period of approximately fourteen months. The case involved complex issues of jurisdiction, specific disclosure, […]

News, Blog 17th July 2023

Years of missed opportunities and intrusion of privacy: The Undercover Policing Inquiry Interim Report

The Undercover Policing Inquiry (‘UCPI’) was established in 2015 to inquire into, and report on, undercover police operations conducted by police forces in England and Wales since 1968.[1]The Inquiry was set up in response to an independent review (The Ellison Review) which unearthed ‘appalling practices in undercover policing’.[2] The UCPI published its first interim report […]

News 17th July 2023

Shona Love, Alex McHugh and Annabel Hazlitt to join Pump Court Chambers

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce that Shona Love, Alex McHugh and Annabel Hazlitt have all accepted offers of tenancy and will join chambers in October, following the successful completion of their respective pupillages. Shona Love accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ practice. Before coming to the Bar, Shona spent several years as […]

News 13th July 2023

Pump Court Chambers and Penny Howe KC shortlisted in Legal 500 UK Bar Awards 2023

We are delighted to announce that Pump Court Chambers and Penny Howe KC have been shortlisted in the Family Law Set of the Year and Family Law Silk of the Year categories in the Legal 500 UK Bar Awards 2023. The awards are determined on The Legal 500’s market-leading independent research, conducted by over 20 […]

News 4th July 2023

James Newton-Price KC prosecutes triple murderer: life imprisonment with minimum of 40 years

James Newton-Price KC prosecuted a triple murderer for killing his wife and two children. The Defendant, Saju Chelavalel, aged 52, killed his wife, aged 35, and his son, aged 6, and daughter, aged 4, in their home in Kettering on the night of 14-15 December 2022. He strangled his wife with a dressing gown cord […]

News 30th June 2023
Domestic Abuse during COVID-19

Changes to our DX Exchange service

Please note that as of 30th June 2023, Pump Court Chambers will no longer accept deliveries through the DX Exchange at any of our offices. You may continue to send us deliveries and post through Royal Mail or via couriers to our addresses below: London Chambers: 3 Pump Court, Temple, London EC4Y 7AJ Winchester Chambers: […]

News, Blog 29th June 2023
James Byrne on The practical application of Practice Direction 51Z; Issues that may arise

The transit of Venus – costs budgeting, is what you’re billing for really progressing the litigation?

The recent decision of Hadley v Przybylo (2023) EWHC 1392 (KB) gives practitioners a steer on what a court is likely to consider what costs cannot form part of a budget. The issue here was not the principle of whether a proportion of the costs in issue were unreasonable or proportionate but whether they were […]

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