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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 […]

News 13th December 2017

Guy Draper secures acquittal in death by dangerous driving trial

Guy Draper has successfully defended a man charged with causing death by dangerous driving after a 5-day trial at the Crown Court at Salisbury. His client was charged jointly with another driver, who was convicted by the jury, following eyewitness accounts that they were racing each other ‘wing mirror to wing mirror’ immediately prior to […]

News 5th December 2017

Service please? A cautionary tale of s146 Notices and the right to forfeit

Toms v Ruberry017) EWHC 2970 (QB) Simon Lane has successfully represented the Respondent tenant on appeal in the High Court in a long running possession claim arising from forfeiture of the lease of a pub in Cornwall. The High Court (Mr Justice Dingemans) has upheld the decision of the County Court in the first reported […]

News 6th November 2017

Pump Court Chambers recognised in Chambers & Partners 2018

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce that it has once again been recognised as a Leading Set within the 2018 edition of Chambers & Partners legal directory. Members have been recommended across a number of practice areas including Family, Crime and Employment with a number of improvements within individual rankings. Coverage of our Band 1 […]

News 3rd November 2017

Pump Court Chambers welcomes third-six pupils

Pump Court is delighted to announce the latest cohort of third six pupils to join chambers. Jesse Cook is a third six pupil building a practice in all areas of Chambers’ work. In addition to this, he has a strong interest in sports law and football related matters in particular. Outside of work Jesse uses […]

News 2nd November 2017

Family ties

Grandparents are often important figures in their grandchildren’s lives. Victoria Ellis and Cordelia Williams discuss the position of grandparents when local authority involvement forces them to take a much more central role, this article which featured in the September edition of the Family Law Journal, can be viewed here.

News 16th October 2017

John Dyer joins Pump Court Chambers

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce the arrival of John Dyer as part of our Criminal and Regulatory Team expansion. An expert in all areas of criminal law, recent cases include murder, serious violence, kidnap, serious sexual offences (including rape, historic cases, offences involving children, youths and those with learning difficulties, indecent images), false […]

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