Pump Court Chambers

News & Events: Criminal

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 6th January 2023

Richard Tutt successfully acts for Defendant in Isle of Wight murder trial

Richard Tutt, led by Ignatius Hughes KC, represented Piers Brazier who was found not guilty of murdering Scott Cooper at a flat in Ryde in January 2021. The original trial was held in June and July 2022, but that jury could not reach a verdict. The trial is the first murder case to be heard […]

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 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 11th November 2022
Siân Beaven

Siân Beaven secures acquittal at Court Martial

Siân Beaven, instructed by Bob Scott of Richard Griffiths & Co solicitors, secured an acquittal on two charges of sexual assault. The defendant, a LCpl, was accused of having entered the complainant’s room, and repeatedly touched his upper thigh without consent. The Prosecution case was, that following these episodes of touching, when the complainant had […]

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 10th October 2022

Ruba Huleihel and Hester Calder join Pump Court Chambers

Chambers is pleased to welcome Ruba Huleihel and Hester Calder to chambers following the successful completion of their pupillages.   Ruba Huleihel Ruba is a specialist criminal barrister. She undertakes all areas of criminal work, both prosecuting and defending, and holds the position of grade 1 panel advocate for the CPS in general crime. Prior […]

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 1st September 2022

Pump Court Chambers Shortlisted at Chambers UK Bar Awards 2022

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to have been recognised and shortlisted for ‘Client Service Set of the Year’ at this year’s upcoming Chambers UK Bar Awards 2022. The shortlists are a result of extensive objective research by over 200 analysts. The lists reflect achievements over the past 12 months including outstanding work and excellence in […]

News 28th July 2022
Siân Beaven

Sian Beaven returns to chambers following secondment

We are pleased to announce Sian Beaven has returned to chambers following a 12-month secondment with the CPS Extradition Unit with immediate effect. Upon her return, Sian looks forward to resuming her work in all aspects of criminal law as well as developing her practice in extradition and professional discipline.

News 11th May 2022
Nigel Pascoe QC

Advocacy Plus second edition by Nigel Pascoe QC

The second edition of Advocacy Plus by Nigel Pascoe QC has just been published.  Described as an invaluable short guide for young advocates, this edition contains new chapters dealing with advocacy online. There are contributions from Sarah Jones QC, Stephen Jones, Imogen Robins, Alice Scott and three former members of chambers, now circuit judges: HHJ Jane […]

News 4th May 2022

Richard Tutt secures life sentence for serial rapist

Richard Tutt prosecuted a 46 year old Swindon man charged, amongst other things, with raping his then partner.  The Defendant denied all charges and was tried over two weeks in January.  He was convicted unanimously by the jury.  On 21 April 2022 the Defendant was sentenced by HHJ Taylor QC. The Defendant had previously orally […]

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