Pump Court Chambers

News & Events: Administrative & Public Law

News 29th September 2022

Pump Court pleased to announce Legal 500 rankings

The Legal 500 UK 2022 rankings launched on Wednesday 28th September 2022. We are pleased to announced 39 members have been recognised as ‘Leading Individuals’, over the areas of Commercial, Chancery, Probate & Tax, Criminal, Employment, Family and Children Law, Health & Safety, Inquests & Inquiries and Personal Injury. As well as increasing the number […]

News 19th September 2022

Jennifer Swan returns following maternity leave

We are delighted to welcome back Jennifer Swan to our Family team following her recent maternity leave. Jennifer was called to the Bar in 2009 and specialises in the law relating to children, undertaking both public and private law work, often involving international elements. Jennie acts for local authorities, parents, children and intervenors. She has particular experience […]

News 13th December 2021

Christmas Opening Hours 2021

We will be operating with reduced hours over the festive period. Our Chambers Christmas and New Year opening hours are as follows:- Thursday 23rd December – 8.00 am – 6.00 pm Friday 24th December – 9.00 am – 1.00 pm Saturday 25th December – closed Sunday 26th December – closed Monday 27th December – closed […]

The Family Law Podcast 23rd November 2021
The Family Law Podcast

Well-being in Family law

In May 2021, Resolution published their report ‘Wellbeing in Family Law‘ which painted a grim picture of morale amongst family law practitioners, including a worrying statistic of 1 in 4 respondents considering leaving the profession. With lockdown and remote working, wellbeing and mental health has never been more important in the legal profession generally. For […]

News 27th September 2021

Mark Dubbery, Heather Platt and Paul Mertens appointed Deputy District Judges

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce that Mark Dubbery, Heather Platt and Paul Mertens have been appointed as Deputy District Judges, on the advice of the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. Heather and Paul have been appointed to sit on the South Eastern Circuit, with Mark sitting on […]

Blog 2nd March 2021
Alice Scott

A short delay and the ‘just and equitable’ test

The Court of Appeal has provided important guidance in Adedeji on the exercise of the tribunal’s discretion to extend the period in which a claim for discrimination can be presented under s.123(1)(b) ERA. It also warned against treating the factors in s.33 Limitation Act as a checklist or rigid framework to reach a decision. A […]

News, Blog 28th September 2020
Jennifer Lee

John’s Campaign – Fighting for the Rights of Care Home Residents

John’s Campaign has been fighting for changes to the way our care homes operate since 2014, with the belief that carers should not just be allowed in, but should be welcomed. On September 9th, John’s Campaign launched a legal challenge against the Government’s guidance on care home visits during the coronavirus pandemic. Jennifer Lee, Co-Head […]

News 3rd September 2020

Paul Mertens promoted to Attorney General’s B Panel

We are pleased to announce Paul Merten’s successful promotion onto the Attorney General’s London B Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown. His promotion is recognition of his considerable expertise in information rights (data protection, freedom of information, breach of confidence/privacy/Article 8). For further information on Paul’s practice please contact our clerks via our switchboard or email: […]

Webinar Archive 3rd September 2020

Prison & Parole Hearings in the Age of COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected all areas of public life and has changed the way the legal professions work. The impact of the changes in prisons has been particularly acute for our clients and for practitioners in crime and civil alike. In Prison & Parole Hearings in the Age of COVID-19, the speakers explore the changes […]

Blog 23rd July 2020

Misuse of private information: A tort in its infancy

There has been an avalanche of commentary on the recent decision of the Supreme Court in WM Morrison Supermarkets plc v Various Claimants [2020] UKSC 12[1]. The case has provided some welcome guidance on vicarious liability in the wake of the earlier decision of Mohamud v WM Morrison Supermarkets plc [2016] UKSC 11[2], and also […]

Blog 29th April 2020
Ezra MacDonald

Remote hearings and witness evidence

Remote hearings come with particular difficulties. One obvious difficulty is that the parties cannot see each other as well as they might in the courtroom. But how much of a problem is this? If the demeanour of witnesses (or indeed parties) is relevant to an issue to be decided by the Court, then restrictions on […]

Blog 12th October 2018

Secure accommodation – where are we now?

Samara Brackley discusses secure accommodation procedure after HHJ Lazarus’s judgment in Re O [2018] EWFC B60 published this week. Secure accommodation applications and procedure continues to be an area at the forefront of criticism by both judges and practitioners alike. Applications are becoming more and more common as secure placements are used to protect children […]

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