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The Family Law Podcast 7th August 2020

Special advocates in Family Proceedings

Paul Mertens joins Mark Ablett to talk about special advocates in family proceedings, closed material procedures and how the courts attempt a fair outcome where parties are not able to view sensitive material, such as in care proceedings with a radicalisation element. To download please click here.  

News 27th July 2020

The Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review

On the 8 July 2020, the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review (the “Review”) chaired by Baroness Julia Cumberlege CBE DL, published its important report into the use and effect of certain medical interventions.  A copy of the report can be found here. The Review, commissioned in February 2018 by the then Secretary of […]

News 23rd July 2020

Success in costs appeal

Paul Mertens has recently represented the successful appellant in an appeal against costs orders that were expected to total more than £54,000. Paul successfully argued that the Judge at first instance had been wrong to order that costs should be assessed on an indemnity basis, in circumstances in which the appellant had not accepted two […]

Past Events
11th Sep 2019, 13:00 to 16:30

Property Seminar – Winchester

Venue The Hotel du Vin, Southgate Street, Winchester, SO23 9EF Schedule 13.00 – 13.30 – Registration 13.30 – 14.00 – Is Brexit a frustrating event? – A view from the Chancery Division 14.00 – 14.30 – Nuisance and infringement of privacy: A Tate Modern perspective 14.30 – 15.00 – The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) […]

Past Events
4th Jul 2019, 13:00 to 17:00

Children Law Seminar – Portsmouth

Pump Court Chambers are pleased to announce their annual Children Law Seminars providing a valuable and in-depth update for all practitioners at intensive afternoon sessions. The seminar will be reviewing the notable recent decisions and providing practical advice to give an overview of essential issues, which will update delegates on law, practice and procedure. Venue […]

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 […]

Blog 1st November 2017

“Fundamental Dishonesty” in the Court of Appeal

Paul Mertens reviews the recent decision of Howlett v Davies [2017] EWCA Civ 1696, the first case in which the Court of Appeal has considered the approach to “fundamental dishonesty” as an exception to Qualified One-Way Costs Shifting (QOCS) under CPR 44.16(1). Background Howlett v Davies was a fairly commonplace PI claim arising from a […]

News 17th November 2016

Claims exiting the RTA Protocol

What costs are recoverable? Plus, the latest decision on costs budgeting and relief from sanctions Paul Mertens reviews two important decisions from the Court of Appeal on fixed recoverable costs, along with the Court’s most recent decision on costs budgeting and relief from sanctions. Fixed Recoverable Costs In the last week, The Court of Appeal […]

Blog 1st February 2016

Updated guidance on the efficient conduct of Financial Remedy hearings in the High Court

On the 24th January 2016, Mr Justice Mostyn issued updated guidance on the conduct of financial remedy proceedings in the High Court (see here). It lays down important new rules concerning skeleton arguments and reiterates and reinforces other key messages about court bundles and the requirement to agree a Statement of Issues, Schedule of Assets, […]

Blog 26th January 2015

Self-represented parents and the cross-examination of a child

The abolition of legal aid for family cases and the concomitant increase in the number of self-representing parents appearing before the new single Family Court, continues to raise troubling (and perhaps unforeseen) legal situations that risk damaging our justice system and the rights of those who come before the courts. The recent case of Re […]

News 9th January 2015

Paul Mertens appointed to BSB CPD Expert Panel

Pump Court Chambers is pleased to annouce that Paul Mertens has been appointed to the Bar Standards Board’s CPD Expert Panel, which will consider and advise on the profession’s future CPD requirements. Working alongside the BSB executive with Michael Edenborough QC (Serle Court) and Matthew Nicklin QC (5RB), Paul is delighted to be be able […]

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