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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in a Lincolnshire hospital when an offer to work as a bereavement manager at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust was withdrawn when […]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 […]

News 14th March 2018

LFL v LSL: guidance and practical tips on how to work with McKenzie Friends

In the first 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, sets out her experience, and analyses the practice guidance on MFs. This article first featured in the February 2018 edition of Resolution’s gazette, The Review.

News 12th March 2018

Mark Ablett joins Pump Court Chambers

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce the arrival of Mark Ablett. His practice encompasses all aspects of the financial consequences of relationship breakdown, having been instructed both in applications under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 and Schedule 1 Children Act 1989, to provide representation and to advise in writing. He has experience of significant […]

News 8th March 2018

Edward Boydell to speak at Bloomsbury Family Law Conference

Pump Court Chambers is pleased to announce that Edward Boydell will speaking at the inaugural Bloomsbury Professional Family Law Conference on 16th May 2018 at Gray’s Inn. Mr Boydell will be discussing the topic of setting aside financial orders; the session will consider under what circumstances the court will set aside consent orders and agreements, exploring the […]

News 26th February 2018

James Newton-Price appointed Queen’s Counsel

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce that James Newton-Price QC was appointed Queen’s Counsel at today’s ceremony at Westminster Hall. An expert in criminal and regulatory law, he regularly appears for both the defence and for the prosecution. The 2017 edition of The Legal 500 UK describes him as ‘highly experienced across the full range of criminal […]

News 23rd February 2018

Mark Ruffell successfully represents solicitor before Disciplinary Tribunal

Mark Ruffell has successfully mitigated on behalf of a solicitor who admitted contacting her imprisoned client by mobile phone; sending him 102 text messages in less than three months. In mitigation before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, Mr Ruffell said that at the time his client set up her own practice, she did not appreciate “the […]

News 22nd February 2018

Justin Gau successfully opposes exhumation of wrongly interred person

Justin Gau has successfully opposed the exhumation of Patricia Sutton, who had been wrongly interred at South Stone Cemetery in Southampton. In 1999 Mark Edwards, reserved the exclusive right of burial in a space at the cemetery next to the grave of his late sister and was given a deed recording the reservation accordingly. However […]

News 23rd January 2018

Defendant acquitted in trial of murdered businessman

Nigel Pascoe QC has just represented Scott Keeping, aquitted of murder at Winchester Crown Court in a long and harrowing high profile case. He was instructed by Hill Twine solicitors and his junior was Kevin Hill. For further details on the case please click here.  

News 10th January 2018

Paul Mertens appointed to Attorney General’s Panel of Special Advocates

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce that Paul Mertens has been appointed as a Special Advocate by the Attorney General. Special Advocates appear in a wide variety of forums where a party, with the permission of the forum, seeks to rely on ‘closed’ evidence (often relating to issues of national security). Paul was called to the […]

News 9th January 2018

Justin Gau briefed in first case of ‘spiritual abuse’

Justin Gau has appeared on behalf of a Vicar in what is considered to be the first reported case of spiritual abuse before a Church of England Tribunal. The Revd Timothy Davis, the vicar of Christ Church, Abingdon, in Oxfordshire, became a mentor to a 15-year-old boy, referred to in the judgment as W1, in […]

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