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News 24th April 2018

Christopher Wilkins successful in Article 8 argument

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.

News 10th April 2018

David Barber retires as Chief Clerk

After 25 years as Chambers Chief Clerk and coming up to 40 years at Pump Court, we would like to extend our best wishes to David Barber who will retire on Friday 27th April 2018. David started his career as a clerk more than 40 years ago at a specialist civil set and was soon […]

News 6th April 2018

The Case for a Review of the Law of Murder

Modernising Justice a multi-disciplinary group, which includes Pump Court Chambers Nigel Pascoe QC and Victoria Ellis, launched their newest report last night at the offices of Bates Wells Braithwaite in London. The report “The Case for A Review of the Law of Murder” urges that an independent committee be convened to review the law of […]

News 4th April 2018

Sean Gentleman appointed Senior Family Clerk

Pump Court Chambers is pleased to announce that Sean Gentleman has been appointed as our Senior Family Clerk. Sean joins Pump Court having spent 12 years as a specialist family clerk at 29 Bedford Row. A key part of Sean’s role will be to manage and develop relationships with a broad range of clients who instruct our […]

News 1st April 2018

Pump Court supports statement from Criminal Bar Association on AGFS

The new Graduated Fees Scheme came into force on 1st April 2018. Barristers at Pump Court Chambers have decided that they will not accept instructions in cases in which the Representation Order is dated from 1st April 2018. We support the position of the Criminal Bar Association that the new Graduated Fees scheme represents yet […]

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 […]

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