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News 13th May 2015

Variation of Periodical Payments Orders

Andrew Grime looks at the recent first instance decision in the case of Taylor v Bell & Haworth [2015] All ER (D) 208 (Feb) which is the first case dealing with the extent of the court’s discretion to vary an order for periodical payments under Section 6 the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act […]

News 8th May 2015

Solicitor’s suspension halved following High Court Appeal

Colin Banham successfully represented a solicitor on an appeal against a 2-year suspension imposed by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. The appellant had admitted allegations, which included failing to act in the best interests of his clients and failing to co-operate with the Solicitors Regulation Authority. It was argued on behalf of the appellant that, in […]

News 30th April 2015
Domestic Abuse during COVID-19

Successful discharge of an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order

The applicant, represented by Matthew Scott on a direct access basis, had received a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (‘SOPO’) in late 2009 for offences committed in 2007 and 2008. The order was expressed to last indefinitely. The Recorder of Winchester, HHJ Cutler CBE was invited to discharge the SOPO under s.108 of the Sexual Offences […]

News 23rd April 2015

Wardship applications – protecting children from conflict zones

What role can the family courts play in protecting children from travelling to conflict zones? Zoe Rudd considers the role of the courts in light of the recent judgment in London Borough of Tower Hamlets v M & Others. To view the article which was first featured in LexisPSL Family please click here.

News 13th April 2015

Finding of Misconduct Appeal Meeting quashed after successful Judicial Review Challenge

Colin Banham successfully represented a Cumbrian Police Officer in a challenge by way of Judicial Review. A Misconduct Appeal Meeting found that the officer had breached the Police Officer Standards of Professional Behaviour in that he had failed to obey orders and instructions from senior officers not to remove or copy material in relation to an ongoing […]

News 30th March 2015

Criminal team private fee scheme

In the past 12 to 18 months Pump Court Chambers have seen a considerable increase in the number of privately funded Criminal Crown Court cases. This is in no small part due to the implementation of Universal Credit legal aid means testing. As a direct consequence of this, the Criminal Practice Group have devised a […]

News 30th March 2015

Police officer reinstated on appeal

Colin Banham has 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. It was argued, on behalf of the appellant, that there was a duty for a Stage 3 meeting under the 2012 Performance Regulations to consider ill-health retirement […]

News 19th March 2015

Court of Protection rules nobody has automatic right to be appointed as a deputy

The Court of Protection has recently handed down Judgment in the case of DB v DW [2015] EWCOP16, which involved two competing applications for deputyship of property and affairs for a person who lacks capacity (‘P’). One application was by the applicant, a close friend of P. The other, competing, application was by the respondent, […]

News 16th March 2015

Are you dead?

Julian Reed discusses the Presumption of Death Act 2013 and some relating cases in his latest article for LawSkills. To read the article in full please click here.

News 2nd March 2015

Top judge blasts legal aid delays in child case

Leslie Samuels QC recently appeared in Re D is: RE D (A CHILD) (NO.2) [2015] EWFC 2, where Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, criticised the delays in processing the parents’ public funding applications and said that the parents could be forgiven for thinking they were trapped in a system that was ‘neither […]

News 23rd February 2015

IHT Transfers of Value in Relation to Pension Funds

Jennifer Lee discusses the case of Parry and others v HMRC [2014] UKFTT 419 (TC) (7 May 2014), in which the First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) held that a transfer of funds to a personal pension plan was not a transfer of value for inheritance tax purposes. However, an omission to take lifetime benefits from a […]

News 18th February 2015

Can our legal system cope with Social Media?

With Professor Cheryl Thomas, Simon Phillips QC and Carl Gardner, Charles Parry was asked to speak to students of the Inner temple on ‘Can our legal system cope with Social Media?’ The question largely addressed issues surrounding jury management in the context of social media and internet research. Charles had represented Dr Dora Dallas, a […]

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