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News 23rd May 2018

Further statement regarding criminal legal aid funding reforms

Barristers at Pump Court Chambers have decided not to accept legally aided instructions that are returned from other barristers or other chambers with effect from 25 May 2018. This action (No Returns) is in addition to refusing new instructions in cases in which the Representation Order is dated 1st April 2018 or later. We are […]

News 16th May 2018

McKenzie Friends and the “conduct of litigation”

In the second of a two-part article on the rise and legal status of McKenzie Friends (MFs), Jennifer Lee, counsel for the applicant in the case LFL v LSL, presents practical tips for working with them, and discusses the calls for tighter rules on their powers. This article first featured in the April 2018 edition of Resolution’s gazette, […]

News 16th May 2018

Local authorities should not circumvent the court Re T (a child)

Claire Fox of Pump Court Chambers looks at the practical implications of this decision. Family analysis: The Court of Appeal considered that all of the options available to the court had not been exhausted in a case where a kinship carer required support from the local authority. To read the article in full which was […]

News 3rd May 2018
Justin Gau

Justin Gau successfully defends clergyman charged with misconduct

A clergy discipline tribunal considered a complaint made by a clergyman (‘Rev C’) against another clergyman (‘Rev R’) during a hearing from the 12th to the 14th March. The allegations were: That the conduct of the respondent, the Reverend “R” was unbecoming or inappropriate to the office and work of a clerk in Holy Orders […]

News 1st May 2018

Tony Atkins appointed Senior Clerk

Members of Pump Court Chambers are delighted to announce the appointment of Tony Atkins as Senior Clerk. Tony has been a member of the clerking team at Pump Court for over 16 years, joining initially as First Junior Clerk to the family team before being promoted to Senior Family Clerk and Deputy Senior Clerk. He […]

News 10th April 2018

David Barber retires as Chief Clerk

After 25 years as Chambers Chief Clerk and coming up to 40 years at Pump Court, we would like to extend our best wishes to David Barber who will retire on Friday 27th April 2018. David started his career as a clerk more than 40 years ago at a specialist civil set and was soon […]

News 6th April 2018

The Case for a Review of the Law of Murder

Modernising Justice a multi-disciplinary group, which includes Pump Court Chambers Nigel Pascoe QC and Victoria Ellis, launched their newest report last night at the offices of Bates Wells Braithwaite in London. The report “The Case for A Review of the Law of Murder” urges that an independent committee be convened to review the law of […]

News 4th April 2018

Sean Gentleman appointed Senior Family Clerk

Pump Court Chambers is pleased to announce that Sean Gentleman has been appointed as our Senior Family Clerk. Sean joins Pump Court having spent 12 years as a specialist family clerk at 29 Bedford Row. A key part of Sean’s role will be to manage and develop relationships with a broad range of clients who instruct our […]

News 1st April 2018

Pump Court supports statement from Criminal Bar Association on AGFS

The new Graduated Fees Scheme came into force on 1st April 2018. Barristers at Pump Court Chambers have decided that they will not accept instructions in cases in which the Representation Order is dated from 1st April 2018. We support the position of the Criminal Bar Association that the new Graduated Fees scheme represents yet […]

News 29th March 2018

New rules for termination payments made on, or after, 6 April 2018

HMRC is changing the way that termination payments are taxed. Previously (subject to some caveats) one would expect the first £30K to be tax-free, and pay-in-lieu-of-notice (“PILON”) payments to be subject to tax only where there is a contractual entitlement to them. From 6 April 2018, some termination payments – or at least, some parts […]

News 23rd March 2018

Discrimination appeal against C of E dismissed

Justin Gau has appeared before the Court of Appeal in the first case under the Equality Act relating to a Gay Priest who married his partner. Canon Jeremy Pemberton had been working as a chaplain in a Lincolnshire hospital when an offer to work as a bereavement manager at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust was withdrawn when […]

News 20th March 2018

Helen Brander to join Pump Court

Pump Court is delighted to announce that Helen Brander will be joining chambers as of Monday 26th March 2018. Helen is an established family law practitioner with particular expertise in matrimonial finance, private law children, as well expertise in inheritance and the Court of Protection. If you require any further information regarding Helen’s practice or any other […]


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