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News & Events: Criminal

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 […]

Blog 28th April 2022
Ruba Huleihel

‘Controlling or coercive behaviour’: Is the law fit for purpose?

About seven years ago, section 76 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 created an offence of ‘controlling or coercive behaviour’. The purpose of the legislation was to offer a further layer of protection for victims of domestic abuse by criminalising conduct that causes harm. As per the Statutory Guidance, the offence “closes a gap in […]

News 5th April 2022

No Returns Statement

Individual members of the Pump Court Chambers Criminal Team have made the decision, that as of Monday 11th April 2022 they will adopt a ‘No Returns’ policy in relation to AGFS cases. Members of chambers will continue to do the hearings in which they are instructed but they will not do cases that are returned to them […]

News 4th April 2022

Rebekah Batt joins Pump Court Chambers

Pump Court Chambers is pleased to welcome Rebekah Batt to chambers following successful completion of her pupillage. During her time at Chambers she has built a mixed common law practice, accepting instructions across a range criminal, civil, and family matters in line with her chambers profile and with a particular focus on civil and family law. Tony […]

News 4th March 2022
Alejandra Llorente Tascon

SPA offers No Evidence in Sex case following Alejandra’s submissions on Abuse of Process

Alejandra acted for LCpl M who was charged with Sexual Assault. It was alleged that LCpl M had grabbed the complainant from behind before he licked and kissed the back of her neck, following a day of drinking. The complainant was a member of staff at the bar in which the incident occurred. Following a […]

Blog 7th February 2022

Greater Sentencing Power for Magistrates – A Solution to the Backlog?

It was confirmed on 18 January 2020 that Magistrates are to have their sentencing powers increased in the coming months, granting them broader power than ever before. The most significant change is that Magistrates’ will be able to impose a sentence of up to 12 months in custody which is double the previous maximum sentence. […]

News 26th January 2022

Richard Tutt appointed as a Recorder on the Western Circuit

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce that Richard Tutt has been appointed as a Recorder on the Western Circuit in Crime.   Richard was called to the Bar in 2000 and practises in criminal and regulatory law. He is equally at home before a jury, judges or a tribunal. He frequently appears before both the High Court and the […]

Blog 10th January 2022

Decoding EncroChat: Admissibility

In the midst of the pandemic last year, unbeknownst to its users at the time, the EncroChat service was infiltrated by malware which installed an identical application on their EncroChat devices. This application, as well as functioning as it normally would, now also sent all message data to intelligence teams across Europe. The National Crime […]

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