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News 29th September 2020
Oliver Foy

Oliver Foy Joins Pump Court Chambers

Pump Court Chambers is pleased to welcome Oliver Foy to chambers following successful completion of his pupillage. During his pupillage he undertook work across Chambers’ core areas and gained specific experience in Employment, Criminal and Family law under the supervision of Heather Platt, Eleanor Fargin and Claire Fox respectively. Tony Atkins; Senior Clerk said: “We’re delighted […]

News, Blog 28th September 2020
Jennifer Lee

John’s Campaign – Fighting for the Rights of Care Home Residents

John’s Campaign has been fighting for changes to the way our care homes operate since 2014, with the belief that carers should not just be allowed in, but should be welcomed. On September 9th, John’s Campaign launched a legal challenge against the Government’s guidance on care home visits during the coronavirus pandemic. Jennifer Lee, Co-Head […]

News 25th September 2020

Suspended sentence for man who tried to smuggle Class A drugs into prison

Richard Tutt represented Darren Lane, a heavily convicted serving prisoner from Bournemouth with 49 convictions for 161 offences on his record.  Mr Lane was charged with conveying a List A article, 13.8g MDMA, into prison with an estimated value of  £2,010. It was concealed in a hi-fi system when Mr Lane handed himself into a […]

News 22nd September 2020
Sarah Jones QC

Sarah Jones QC & Richard Tutt secure murder conviction

Sarah Jones QC, leading Richard Tutt, secured the conviction of Trent Hutchinson for murder at the Crown Court at Hove before HHJ Gold QC.  Hutchinson (aged 16), stabbed his friend, Ollie Wells (aged 18), who had been staying with him.  He stabbed him twice, once to the back and once to the head.  Hutchinson claimed […]

News 3rd September 2020

Paul Mertens promoted to Attorney General’s B Panel

We are pleased to announce Paul Merten’s successful promotion onto the Attorney General’s London B Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown. His promotion is recognition of his considerable expertise in information rights (data protection, freedom of information, breach of confidence/privacy/Article 8). For further information on Paul’s practice please contact our clerks via our switchboard or email: […]

News 26th August 2020

James Newton-Price QC and Peter Asteris successfully defend 15 year old boy charged with murder

James Newton-Price QC and Peter Asteris successfully defended a 15 year old boy who was charged with the murder of a 17 year old boy in Southampton in January 2020. The defendant stabbed the deceased in self defence in response to a carjacking robbery. The defence case was that both boys had knives. The 15 […]

News 17th August 2020
Sarah Jones QC

Sarah Jones QC secures murder acquittal

Mark Oliver was acquitted of both the murder and unlawful killing of his brother Andrew in a trial which ended on 7th August at Winchester Crown Court in which Sarah Jones QC acted for the Defendant. The jury were told an argument had broken out between the brothers over pillowcases – each brother claiming some […]

News, Blog 12th August 2020
Jennifer Lee

ThoughtLeaders4 HNW Divorce: The Legal Implications of Donor Insemination

From single-parent families to “blended” or extended family units, whether they be same-sex parents or opposite-sex parents, the concept of the “nuclear family” has become less prevalent, and less apt, to describe modern families in the 21st century. Today’s modern family structures include those where children are created through assisted reproductive technologies and encompass sperm/ […]

News 10th August 2020
Hilary Lennox

Hilary Lennox joins Pump Court Chambers

We are delighted to announce that Hilary Lennox has joined Pump Court Chambers, with immediate effect. A highly experienced practitioner across three jurisdictions, Hilary was called to the Bar in Ireland in 2008, Northern Ireland in 2013 and England & Wales in 2013. She has worked in a law firm in New York and the […]

News 6th August 2020

Re Y (Children in Care: Change of Nationality) [2020] EWCA Civ 1038

Re Y (Children in Care: Change of Nationality) [2020] EWCA Civ 1038 Exercise of parental responsibility by Local Authorities – Scope of decision making relating to the child’s national identity Through its judgment in Re Y (Children in Care: Change of Nationality), the Court of Appeal sends out a clear message that where a local […]

News, Blog 6th August 2020
Naima Asif

Capacity and serious medical treatment

Capacity and serious medical treatment: University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust v K & Mrs W Introduction This case concerned a young woman, K, who was assessed to lack capacity. K was diagnosed with cancer. The proposed treatment was “complex”, “intrusive” and was described as a “life-altering complexion”. An urgent application was brought to […]

News 27th July 2020

The Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review

On the 8 July 2020, the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review (the “Review”) chaired by Baroness Julia Cumberlege CBE DL, published its important report into the use and effect of certain medical interventions.  A copy of the report can be found here. The Review, commissioned in February 2018 by the then Secretary of […]

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