We are pleased to announce that the Family Team at Pump Court Chambers have been shortlisted in the 2018 ‘Family Law Chambers of the year – London’ category. The awards recognises lawyers for their exceptional contribution to family law and will be presented at the 8th annual Family Law Awards on Wednesday 28 November at the Ballroom […]
Mark Ruffell has successfully appealed on behalf of a Driving Instructor who had been declared to be not a fit and proper person to be an instructor following receiving 6 penalty points for using his mobile telephone whilst instructing. The Registrar of Driving Instructors ordinarily seeks to remove an instructor from the register of approved […]
James Newton-Price QC successfully defended his client who was charged with the murder of a drug dealer working for a London drugs network, following a trial lasting 3 weeks at Winchester Crown Court. The case concerned the fatal stabbing of a man in a local park in February. The Jury returned Not Guilty Verdicts on […]
Pump Court is proud to announce, Nigel Pascoe QC, senior member of Chambers, has had his most recent work ‘Advocacy Plus, A Guide for Young Advocates‘ published. Sir John Royce, Former Presiding Judge on the Western Circuit has written a Preface, including “Any aspiring advocate should read and learn from this excellent practical guide.” ‘Advocacy Plus, A Guide […]
Writing for Counsel Magazine, Jesse Cook discusses how knife culture is so engrained in some communities that only more severe punishment will actually see it ‘stamped out’. This article was first published in Counsel Magazine June 2018, to read in full please click here.
A former police officer advised by Christopher Wilkins has obtained an interim High Court injunction restraining the BBC programme Panorama from broadcasting footage of him described by the judge as selective and very invasive. The judge found that he had shown a reasonable expectation of privacy in relation to his genuine and sincere attempts to […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
A clergy discipline tribunal considered a complaint made by a clergy man (‘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 […]
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 […]
Christopher Willkins has been successful in persuading the BBC to defer the broadcast of an episode of Panorama whilst it considers his client’s application for an injunction to restrain broadcast of “door stepping” footage contained in the episode which his client alleges breached his Article 8 ECHR rights to privacy and respect for family life.