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News & Events: Criminal

Past Events
21st Jan 2021, 18:00 to 19:00

Pupillage Open Evening

  Pump Court Chambers invites prospective pupillage applicants to join us via Zoom for an informative Pupillage Open Evening. Date: Tuesday 21st January 2021 Time: 18:00 until 19:30 The evening will comprise of the following short presentations: The application process, how pupillage is structured and what we look for in our tenants; Recent pupils’ experiences […]

News 11th December 2020

R v Shane Mays

James Newton-Price QC and Andrew Houston have successfully prosecuted Shane Mays for the murder of 16 year old Louise Smith who was his wife’s niece. The trial attracted widespread attention in local and national news media. On 8 May 2020, Mays lured Louise to a secluded clearing in the woods near Havant in Hampshire where […]

News, Blog 4th December 2020
Siân Beaven

Fit your own mask first: living life at the criminal Bar

We defend fearlessly our clients’ best interests and fight for the underdog every day in court, but neglect to apply that same attitude to ourselves. What is needed to improve the lives of those who seek to stand up for justice and assure the future of the profession? Siân Beaven’s article ‘Fit your own mask: […]

News 25th November 2020
Alejandra Llorente Tascon

Diversity at the Criminal Bar

Alejandra Llorente Tascon has been speaking to Martin Bentham of the Evening London Standard about how Diversity at the Criminal Bar has been affected by debt, low fees and the current pandemic. Alejandra is the joint Chair of the Criminal Bar Association’s (CBA) Young Bar Committee and a member of their Social Mobility Committee. To read […]

News 23rd October 2020

James Newton-Price QC prosecutes lockdown murderer

James Newton-Price QC has successfully prosecuted Darren McClean for the murder of an elderly man at his home in the early phase of lockdown. Mr Dennis Kellond, an 88 year old widower, was shielding at home in Godstone, Surrey, on 25 April 2020 when the defendant burgled his house and killed him in a brutal […]

News 22nd October 2020

Chambers and Partners 2021

Pump Court Chambers are delighted to see our hard work and dedication to our clients has been recognised once again within the Chambers and Partners 2021 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 […]

Blog 22nd October 2020
Oliver Foy

Why was Ceon Broughton’s conviction quashed?

Introduction The quashing of Ceon Broughton’s conviction was met with indignation. The well-publicised tragedy of Louella Fletcher-Michie’s death, and Ceon Broughton’s subsequent trial, has cemented a number of conclusions in the court of public opinion. This article will set out why the Court of Appeal decided to overturn Mr Broughton’s conviction for manslaughter.     […]

Blog 21st October 2020
Matthew Scott

R v AD [2020] EWCA Crim 849

In R v AD [2020] EWCA Crim 849 the Court of Appeal quashed Mr D’s convictions for sexual assault and assault by penetration after hearing fresh evidence which undermined the medical evidence which had led to the prosecution.  The case joins a long list of seemingly water-tight convictions subsequently quashed on appeal after the expert […]

Blog 20th October 2020

How can the backlog be addressed?

It is no secret that the effects of COVID 19 have had a substantially detrimental effect on the “flow” of cases through the Crown Court. Prior to the lockdown, approximately 39,000 cases were waiting to be heard; now, five months on, there are well over 41,000 by most estimates. Some trials are being listed as […]

News 20th October 2020
Siân Beaven

Siân Beaven secures Referral Order in youth robbery sentence

Siân Beaven represented R, a youth, who had pleaded guilty to 5 charges of robbery and 3 charges of attempted robbery at sentence. The client, who had been 13 years old at the time of the offences, had been part of a group that had committed the series of street robberies against other teenage victims. […]

News 18th October 2020

Chambers Welcomes New Pupils

In October 2020, chambers welcomed three new pupils. Ed Wylde is s criminal pupil under the supervision of Peter Asteris. Laura Tilt is a common law pupil, currently in her family seat, under the supervision of Helen Brander and Ulrike Ramsay is our second common law pupil, currently in her family seat, under the supervision […]

News 12th October 2020
Justin Gau

Justin Gau secures rape acquittal

Justin Gau secured an acquittal for his client in a recent rape trial, where the Crown alleged the defendant had confessed in a text exchange with the Complainant. After a 4-day trial at Wood Green Crown Court, the jury were out for less than an hour before returning a verdict of Not Guilty.

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