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News 23rd June 2015

Life sentence for brutal murder of neighbour

Kevin Hyden 35, a drug addict from Wellington has been handed a life sentence for the killing of Davinia Loynton an officer manager from Telford.The bloodied body of Miss Loynton, 59, was found rolled up in her living room rug at her flat by distraught friends and colleagues after she failed to show up for […]

News 15th June 2015

Pay reinstated after Regulation 28 decision

Colin Banham successfully represented a Derbyshire Police Officer whose sick pay had been reduced following a decision under Regulation 28 and Annex K of the Police Regulations 2003. The decision to reduce the officer’s pay was initially made by a Human Resources professional and then, on appeal, upheld by a Deputy Chief Constable [‘DCC’]. The […]

News 15th June 2015

Priest sues Church for Discrimination

Justin Gau has been instructed to act on behalf of Canon Jeremy Pemberton in his discrimination case against the Church before the Employment Tribunal. Cannon Jeremby Pemberton the first priest to marry his same-sex partner was refused the licence he needed to work as a hospital chaplain by the then acting bishop of Southwell and […]

News 10th June 2015

Naked rambler: why have we spent £300,000 imprisoning this harmless eccentric?

Stephen Gough has spent nine years in prison for refusing to wear clothes, but nobody else in the country is subject to the same conditions as him. Matthew Scott represented Mr Gough, commonly known as the ‘naked rambler’ at his latest hearing in the Court of Appeal for breaching an ASBO. To read the article […]

News 2nd June 2015

Theresa May wants to ban pleasure

The new law on legal highs is a bizarre piece of farcically bad drafting which could criminalise nuts, scented pillows, and the smell of flowers. Matthew Scott discusses the Psychoactive Substances Act in his latest article for the Telegraph. To view the article in full please click here.

News 19th May 2015

A parent who fails to engage with professionals – the need for creative thinking

How often is it that as care practitioners we find ourselves acting for clients who, by reason of a prevailing negative and often aggressive attitude, are seemingly determined to burn all bridges and scupper any chance there might be of sufficiently impressing professionals that it is in the best interests of the children for them […]

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 […]

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