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News 19th June 2019

Five members appointed to list of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health & Safety and Environmental Law

Pump Court are delighted to announce that five members of chambers have been appointed to the list of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law. Richard Tutt has been promoted to the A list; Mark Ruffell, Tim Akers and Ellie Fargin have been appointed to the B list and Andrew Stone has […]

News 6th April 2019

Latest appointments to the HSE Panel

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce that five members have been approved to the list of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law in this latest round of appointments . Richard Tutt has been promoted to the A List; Mark Ruffell, Tim Akers and Eleanor Fargin have been appointed to the […]

Blog 11th April 2019

From ‘Inadequate’ to ‘Good’ – turning round a Care Provider’s rating

Mark Ruffell was instructed to represent a well-established domiciliary care provider who faced having their registration being cancelled by the CQC. The background is a familiar tale of a service provider who had previously been rated as ‘Good’, finding that in a routine inspection in 2016 it ‘Required Improvement.’ In early 2017 it was inspected […]

News 3rd September 2018

Driving instructor allowed to continue working after using mobile

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 […]

Blog 10th May 2018

Man jailed after blaming speeding ticket on fictional Frenchman

On 9 May 2018 at Winchester Crown Court, the defendant was sentenced to three counts of doing acts tending to and intended to pervert the course of public justice. He had been convicted after a trial and received three consecutive sentences. In short, he had pretended that a vehicle that could be linked to him […]

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 […]

Blog 24th October 2017

Martin Revisited – the meaning of ‘supply’ in the context of ‘being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug

In Martin, the legal interpretation of the word ‘supply’ in the context of ‘being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug to another’ was significantly altered, changing the way that it had been understood for the previous 29 years. In Martin, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd CJ stated that ‘the ‘word “supply” is a broad […]

News 5th October 2017

Fire Safety Regulations

Mark Ruffell, Head of Pump Court Chambers Regulatory and Disciplinary Team has recently presented a seminar on Fire Safety Regulation following the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The seminar is designed to assist Local Authorities and landlords with the various powers to maintain fire safety and highlights the consequences if the regulations are not maintained.

Blog 29th February 2016

The department for transport triennial review implementation plan

What will it mean for Traffic Commissioners, Operators and Practitioners? In December 2015, an implementation plan was published by the Department for Transport (the Department) in response to the recommendations of the Triennial Review of the Traffic Commissioners published in March 2015. That Review had considered the role of Traffic Commissioners (TCs) and how they […]

Blog 17th February 2016

A critical time for the CQC

It has not been an easy few months for healthcare providers’ biggest regulator the Care Quality Commission. Against a background of tightened budgets, staff shortages and warnings by the Barker Commission for the need for restructuring of healthcare delivery, the CQC is facing its toughest period as a relatively new regulator. CQC Annual Report 2015 […]

News 16th February 2016

New legislation and guidance

The Senior Traffic Commissioner’s statutory guidance and statutory directions have been reviewed and the new version of these statutory documents went live on 1st January 2016. The statutory provisions require Traffic Commissioners to act under statutory directions of the Senior Traffic Commissioner but only to have regard to the statutory guidance. Where a Traffic Commissioner […]

Blog 15th February 2016

The Buses Bill and potential changes to bus registration

As part of the Government’s plans for devolution, it has agreed to provide authorities with directly elected mayors the powers necessary to franchise their bus services. These powers are expected to be included in a Buses Bill that is to be introduced in the current parliamentary session. Local Authorities in different areas of the country […]

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