Pump Court Chambers


News 17th September 2015

Pump Court improves Legal 500 rankings

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce that it has been recognised as a Leading set within the latest edition of the Legal 500. Practitioners have been recommended across a number of practice areas including Chancery, crime, employment, family, personal injury and clinical negligence and property. We are also pleased to announce the number of members […]

News 1st September 2015

Prioritising the Vulnerable within the Criminal Justice System

The extent to which the Criminal Justice system is changing its priorities with regard to witnesses was highlighted notably in a case in Winchester Crown Court. The case involved a complainant who is a vulnerable witness with mental health difficulties and had been assessed as requiring an intermediary. Despite this having been identified long ago […]

News 1st September 2015

Met Officer successful at Police Appeals Tribunal

Colin Banham has, once more, successfully represented a Metropolitan Police Officer at the Police Appeals Tribunal following an original outcome of dismissal with notice under the Police (Performance) Regulations 2012. Notwithstanding that the officer admitted that his attendance was unsatisfactory at a Stage 3 meeting, it was argued that there had been a material breach […]

News 28th August 2015

Harvey Proctor’s accusers are making sure he will never get a fair trial

Matthew Scott discusses the accusations made against former Tory MP Harvey Proctor and the actions of Exaro News in his latest article for the Telegraph. To read the artcile in full please click here.

News 19th August 2015

The practical impact of the decision in Ilott v Mitson & Ors

The Court of Appeal handed down its judgement in the case of Ilott v Mitson [2015] EWCA Civ 797 to much publicity in the media in July. What should practitioners make of it? Victoria Ellis discusses in her latest article for LawSkills. To view the article in full please click here.

News 14th August 2015

IPFD claims and “maintenance” needs – a look at current developments

The concept of maintenance lies at the heart of the Inheritance (Provision for Families and Dependants) Act 1975. For anyone other than a spouse, the standard of financial provision is that which is reasonably required for the Applicant’s maintenance. It is of course a concept which has its roots in matrimonial law and developments in […]

News 30th July 2015

No returns policy

Individual members of the Pump Court Chambers Criminal Team have taken a decision as of 29 July that they will adopt “No Returns” in relation to all legal aid defence hearings in the Crown Court. Members of chambers will continue to do the hearings in which they are instructed but they will not do cases […]

News 27th July 2015

Victoria Ellis shortlisted for award

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce that Victoria Ellis has been shortlisted for Young Barrister of the Year at the Annual Family Law Awards. Victoria was shortlisted following a stellar year and is fast developing a reputation for combining an empathetic manner with assertive and pragmatic legal advice. The awards recognises Chambers and barristers […]

News 16th July 2015

Defendant denies murdering elderly parents’

Timothy Crook is standing trial for the murder of his elderly parents in 2007 at Bristol Crown Court. The bodies of the couple were found hidden underneath wheelie bins, when a police officer carried out a welfare check at the Lincoln home of their son. Post mortem results revealed that Mr & Mrs Crook had […]

News 14th July 2015

Man accused of killing a woman by forcing a shampoo bottle into her abdomen

A jury at Winchester Crown Court has heard how a 51 year old woman has died from internal injuries two days after being admitted to hospital.  Addressing the jury Mr Justice Akenhead said “You will see evidence which some of you, if not all of you will, find shocking and disturbing.” On Friday April 18th […]

News 1st July 2015

Consortium breaks new grounds in Aviation litigation

The Federal High Court in Lagos Nigeria has ruled that Dana Air ought to have paid the statutory advance payment of US $30,000 to the families of the victims of its plane crash within 30 days of the accident. The court gave the decision in respect of the applications brought by 23 families of the […]

News 29th June 2015

Tree-felling incident leaves worker in wheelchair

In June Richard Tutt prosecuted a Health and Safety case at the Crown Court in Amersham. Defending were Ronald Walker QC, Christopher Paxton and Philip Stott. The defendants were a company, Alpha Schools Ltd, that runs four private schools, and one of its caretakers, Paolo Mule. The company was developing a site to which it proposed […]

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