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News, Blog 15th January 2021

Claimant awarded £45,000 in constructive unfair dismissal claim

Heather Platt has won £45,000 compensation for a direct access client who resigned from his job at HMRC after being accused of money laundering and benefit fraud. Heather represented the Claimant, Mr Hussain, in an unusual case of constructive unfair dismissal.  Mr Hussain placed £10,000 in cash in the basement of HMRC building where he […]

News, Blog 8th January 2021
Jennifer Lee

N v N (Afghanistan: Validity of an overseas marriage: Procedure)[2020] EWFC B55

An important Judgment on the validity of an overseas marriage, and compliance with the significant procedural rules which apply if one wishes to defend divorce petitions, has recently been handed down in the case of N v N (Afghanistan: Validity of an overseas marriage: Procedure) [2020]. Jennifer Lee of Pump Court Chambers acted for the successful […]

News, The Family Law Podcast 27th December 2020
Naima Asif

Domestic abuse in minority communities

In the series finale of series 2 of the Family Law Podcast, Naima Asif of Pump Court talks to host Mark Ablett about some of the lesser known forms of domestic abuse in minority communities. Naima discusses with Mark about how best to deal with these forms of abuse in the context of litigation and […]

News 18th December 2020

Chambers Christmas Opening Hours

We will be operating with reduced hours over the festive period. Our Chambers Christmas and New Year opening hours are as follows:- Wednesday 23rd December – 8.00am – 6.00pm Thursday 24th December – 9.00am – 1.00pm Friday 25th December – closed Monday 28th December – closed Tuesday 29th December – 9.00am – 4.00pm Wednesday 30th […]

News, The Family Law Podcast 14th December 2020
The Family Law Podcast

Pension ring-fencing after W v H

In this fascinating Family Law Podcast, Tara Lyons is joined by Caroline Bayliss of Excalibur Actuaries to talk pension ring-fencing following the judgment in W v H [2020] EWFC B10. In particular, in circumstances where HHJ Hess indicated straight line ring-fencing could be unfair, Caroline gives her expert view on alternative methods of ring-fencing and their implications on sharing.   To download […]

News 11th December 2020

R v Shane Mays

James Newton-Price QC and Andrew Houston have successfully prosecuted Shane Mays for the murder of 16 year old Louise Smith who was his wife’s niece. The trial attracted widespread attention in local and national news media. On 8 May 2020, Mays lured Louise to a secluded clearing in the woods near Havant in Hampshire where […]

News 7th December 2020

Pump Court supports Bridging the Bar

Pump Court Chambers is proud to announce our support for Bridging the Bar, a charity committed to the promotion of equal access to opportunity and diversity at the Bar.   By participating in the Bridging the Bar mini-pupillage scheme, Chambers hopes to better enable aspiring barristers from non-traditional backgrounds to gain the exposure and insight […]

News, Blog 4th December 2020
Siân Beaven

Fit your own mask first: living life at the criminal Bar

We defend fearlessly our clients’ best interests and fight for the underdog every day in court, but neglect to apply that same attitude to ourselves. What is needed to improve the lives of those who seek to stand up for justice and assure the future of the profession? Siân Beaven’s article ‘Fit your own mask: […]

News, The Family Law Podcast 3rd December 2020
The Family Law Podcast

Adjourning Capital Claims

Edward Boydell and Cordelia Williams join host Tara Lyons to discuss adjourning capital claims in financial remedy proceedings. They look at a raft of recent decisions with slightly conflicting tests, as well as tracing the history of adjourning capital claims and a curious connection with Pump Court Chambers.     To download please click here. […]

News 25th November 2020
Alejandra Llorente Tascon

Diversity at the Criminal Bar

Alejandra Llorente Tascon has been speaking to Martin Bentham of the Evening London Standard about how Diversity at the Criminal Bar has been affected by debt, low fees and the current pandemic. Alejandra is the joint Chair of the Criminal Bar Association’s (CBA) Young Bar Committee and a member of their Social Mobility Committee. To read […]

News 27th October 2020

Ruth Arlow appointed to the Rule Committee of the Church of England

Pump Court Chambers is proud to announce that Ruth Arlow has been appointed to the  Rule Committee of the Church of England. Justin Gau, Team Leader said: “We’re all delighted for Ruth on this thoroughly well-deserved appointment. This appointment along with the teams recent coverage in the latest edition of Chambers & Partners, further highlights Pump Court Chambers as one […]

News 23rd October 2020

James Newton-Price QC prosecutes lockdown murderer

James Newton-Price QC has successfully prosecuted Darren McClean for the murder of an elderly man at his home in the early phase of lockdown. Mr Dennis Kellond, an 88 year old widower, was shielding at home in Godstone, Surrey, on 25 April 2020 when the defendant burgled his house and killed him in a brutal […]

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