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News & Events: Criminal

News 30th May 2023

Christopher Pix joins Pump Court Chambers

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce that Christopher PIx has joined Chambers as a tenant. Christopher Pix is a criminal law specialist who is instructed in a full range of criminal cases, both alone and as a led junior. He undertakes both defence and prosecution work. His work spans a wide range of criminal […]

News 26th May 2023

Richard Tutt secures life sentence in murder trial

Richard Tutt was junior Prosecution Counsel in this murder trial at the Crown Court in Winchester before HHJ Morris, which resulted in a unanimous conviction for murder and a sentence of life imprisonment with a minimum term of 14 years’ imprisonment. The trial was covered in the press, including the BBC [the BBC article incorrectly […]

News 18th May 2023

Mark Dubbery, Catherine Ellis and Adam Gadd appointed as Recorders

Pump Court Chambers is very pleased to announce that Mark Dubbery, Catherine Ellis and Adam Gadd have been appointed as Recorders, with effect from Tuesday 30th May 2023. The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, The Right Honourable The Lord Burnett of Maldon, has deployed Mark, Catherine and Adam to the South Eastern Circuit […]

News 2nd May 2023

James Newton-Price KC and Tim Akers achieve suspended sentence in attempted murder

In a tragic case before Winchester Crown Court, 80-year old Elizabeth Butler had been charged with the attempted mercy killing of her profoundly disabled 60-year old son. Mrs Butler’s son suffered from cerebral palsy, significant contractures in his spine, legs hands and arms and severe learning difficulties. He was bedbound and did not have the […]

News 4th April 2023

Shona Love successfully defends in a Newton Hearing

On her first day on her feet, Shona successfully defended in R v H, a Newton Hearing for an Assault by Beating offence which took place in South London earlier this year. The District Judge determined the factual basis in favour of the defendant, concluding he had only kicked the complainant once to the legs, […]

News 31st March 2023
Domestic Abuse during COVID-19

Pump Court Chambers welcomes members of Stour to create southern super set

A major, multi-practice chambers reaching across London, Kent, Hampshire and Wiltshire, has emerged after Pump Court Chambers welcomed the members of Stour Chambers in Canterbury. The former members of Stour Chambers will be joining Pump Court Chambers from 3 April 2023, creating a combined membership of 120 barristers and 24 members of staff spread across […]

Blog 9th March 2023

Should those convicted of serious offences be compelled to face their victim’s family?

The current Justice Secretary Dominic Raab thinks so. The recent, tragic murders of Sabina Nessa and Zara Aleena have prompted Mr Raab to consider new legislation which will see those convicted of serious offences compelled to attend court and face the families of those they have harmed. Both convicted murderers Jordan McSweeney and Koci Selamaj […]

Blog 9th March 2023
Domestic Abuse during COVID-19

Research Demonstrates Juries Convict In 58% Of Rape Cases, On Average

Over the period 2007 to 2021, the jury conviction rate for all rape charges stood at an average of 58%, with a high of 75% in 2021, according to new research published in the Criminal Law Review[1]. In 2007, the jury conviction rate was 55%. This research was commissioned by senior judiciary following public concerns […]

Blog 9th March 2023
Domestic Abuse during COVID-19

The Not-so-Beautiful Game

In February 2023, BBC Radio 5 Live released the results of a questionnaire canvassing the experiences of 927 grassroots referees. The statistics make for grim reading, although will come as little surprise to anyone who has played Sunday league football. Amongst the most notable figures are the following: 375 of respondents had received abuse pertaining […]

News 7th February 2023
Siân Beaven

Siân Beaven secures conviction and custodial sentence in dangerous dogs case

Siân was instructed by CPS Wessex in the trial before Salisbury Crown Court. The Defendant was convicted after trial of an offence of being an owner/person in charge of a dog dangerously out of control causing injury. The case concerned the Defendant’s Belgian Malinois dog, biting the leg of the victim who, at the time, […]

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 […]

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