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News & Events: Mark Ruffell

News 1st February 2023

Charles Gabb and Mark Ruffell secure conviction of Hampshire organised crime gang

Charles Gabb and Mark Ruffell prosecuted 18 members of an organised gang, who were sentenced to a combined 33 years and 8 months in prison for their part in the conspiracy to sell cannabis and Class-A drugs. Between April 2019 and December 2020, the gang imported drugs from Europe, Canada and the US, which were […]

News 3rd January 2023
Mark Ruffell

How much mitigation should be afforded to a gambling addiction when sentencing for dishonesty?

By Mark Ruffell This was the question that the Court had to consider when sentencing Martin Sargeant for fraud. He had stolen £5.2 million from the Church of England over 11 years when working as an administrator. He had worked hard, and had a good reputation, but this had hidden his dishonesty which had commenced […]

News, Blog 30th December 2022
Mark Ruffell

Senior Traffic Commissioner clarifies the relationship between the number of vehicles specified on an Operator’s Licence and the number of vehicles held and used

On 12 December 2022, The Senior Traffic Commissioner published important proposed changes to the Statutory Guidance. The changes are currently out for consultation, and the consultation itself closes on 16 January 2023. Of significance are the proposals to amend Statutory Document No. 0, ‘Introduction to Operating Licensing’ and Statutory Document No. 4, which covers Operating […]

News 22nd December 2022
Mark Ruffell

Mark Ruffell appears in £5m Church of England fraud case

Mark Ruffell acted for the defendant, a former operations manager at the Church of England’s Diocese of London, who defrauded the Church out of £5.2m. The case has been widely reported in the national press: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/12/19/church-england-official-took-52m-spent-flights-burberry/ https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11555467/Convicted-thief-given-second-chance-CofE-defrauded-church-5-2M.html https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/church-official-admits-ps5-million-fraud-on-diocese-of-london-b1032738.html https://www.itv.com/news/london/2022-12-19/ex-prisoner-jailed-after-landing-86k-church-of-england-job-and-stealing-52m Mark Ruffell is regularly instructed in heavy weight criminal defence work and is also regularly instructed […]

News 20th October 2022

Pump Court Chambers Rankings in Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide 2023

Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide 2023 has been launched today and we’re delighted to have been recognised once again as a ‘Top Ranked’ set, with 23 members ranked across the areas of criminal, employment, ecclesiastical, family: matrimonial finance and children law, health & safety and inquests and inquiries. Our “Market leading” Band 1 Family […]

News 1st November 2021

Pump Court Ranked recognised as Top Ranked Set in Chambers & Partners Guide

Pump Court Chambers has once again been recognised as a Leading Set within the latest edition of the Chambers and Partners Guide. The highly respected annual guide, released today, ranks both counsel and chambers based on the research of more than 170 full-time editors and researchers who talk to lawyers and clients all year round, […]

News, Blog 12th March 2021
Mark Ruffell

Fire Safety Fine Reduced on Appeal

At Cardiff Crown Court on 26 February 2021, Farrington Care Homes Limited (Farrington) successfully appealed the record-breaking fine imposed on them by a District Judge, with a reduction of nearly £125,000, for breaches of the Fire Safety Order (the Order) at Hillcroft Residential Care Home (Hillcroft) in Cardiff. The decision of the Court shows the […]

News 15th May 2020
Mark Ruffell

Mark Ruffell has been appointed Chancellor of the Diocese of Gloucester

The Ecclesiastical Law team is delighted to announce that Mark Ruffell has been appointed to be Chancellor of the Diocese of Gloucester. He remains Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of Winchester. This appointment highlights Pump Court Chambers as one of the pre-eminent Ecclesiastical Law sets in the country. For further information on Mark’s practice or […]

News 12th September 2019
Mark Ruffell

Judge rejects Health & Safety sentencing guidelines in a non-registration case

In a case involving a slimming clinic that had traded without being registered with the CQC, the CQC had argued that the Sentencing Council’s ‘Health and Safety Offences, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene Offences Definitive Guideline’ should apply. CQC had told District Judge Woollard who was sitting at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court, that two […]

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 & 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 & 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 B […]

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 […]

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