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News 13th May 2024

Sarah Jones KC defends former Mayor accused of attempted murder

On 6th October 2022 Margaret McLean, aged 92, was dying of bronchopneumonia with added complications due to heart disease. Her breathing was becoming more and more laboured and distressing as she struggled to clear her own secretions. In reporting her death that night to the NHS telephone helpline her son confessed to placing a cushion […]

News, Podcasts 1st May 2024

Criminal Law Podcast Episode 2 – Sarah Jones KC

In the second episode of the Pump Court Criminal Law podcast, Ed Wylde speaks to Sarah Jones KC about her career, top tips for advocates, taking over as the Head of Pump Court’s Criminal Team and the challenges faced by the criminal Bar.  To download please click here.    

News, Podcasts 15th April 2024

The Criminal Law Podcast Episode 1 – Nigel Pascoe KC

In this first episode of the Pump Court Criminal Law Podcast, Nigel Pascoe KC presents his personal view of essential advocacy – “Golden Treasures & Fresh Fruit”.  To download please click here.    

News 15th April 2024

John Dyer secures acquittal in drugs and money laundering case

John’s client was charged with being concerned in the commercial supply of cocaine in Southampton and converting nearly £137,000 in criminal property, the alleged proceeds of the drug dealing, into bank and charge card accounts. His case was that he had nothing to do with drugs, either as a consumer or a dealer, and the […]

News 4th March 2024

Gaylene Coles joins Pump Court Chambers

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce that Gaylene Coles has joined as a tenant in the criminal team, effective Monday 4th March 2024. Gaylene was called to the Bar in 2023 having previously qualified as a solicitor in 2011. Since 2019, Gaylene appeared as a Higher Court Advocate appearing daily in Crown Court. In […]

News 29th January 2024

Tom Wright joins Pump Court Chambers

We are very pleased to announce that Tom Wright has joined as a tenant in our criminal team, effective Monday 29th January 2024. Tom has practised almost entirely in Criminal Law throughout his career. In his early years at the bar, Tom undertook some housing and licensing cases and represented indeterminate sentence and life prisoners […]

News 23rd January 2024

Peter Asteris to take up academic post at the Inns of Court College of Advocacy

Peter Asteris will take up an academic post at the Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA), training the next generation of young advocates from February. The ICCA is the education and training division of The Council of the Inns of Court (COIC). It is a not-for-profit organisation providing education, guidance and coordination in relation […]

News 15th January 2024

Shona Love and Annabel Hazlitt appointed to CPS Advocate Panel List

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce that Shona Love and Annabel Hazlitt are both listed as Level 2 for general crime on the CPS Advocate Panel List. Shona Love accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ expertise and is developing a broad mixed practice. Before coming to the Bar, Shona spent several years as […]

News 11th December 2023
Domestic Abuse during COVID-19

Several members of chambers re-graded on CPS Advocate Panel List

Pump Court Chambers is very pleased to announce the following members of the criminal team have been re-graded on the CPS Advocate Panel List: Ellie Fargin – Level 4 general crime panel Siân Beaven – Level 2 general crime panel and appointed to Extradition panel (Level 2) Stephanie Painter – Level 3 general crime panel […]

News, Blog 7th December 2023
Domestic Abuse during COVID-19

The Devil is in the Detail: A Summary Examination of the Consequences of Clerical Errors in the Magistrates’ Court Following the Case of R v Clark [2023] EWCA Crim 309

The Court of Appeal (CA) in R v Clark [2023] EWCA Crim 309 was faced with what seemed to be a fairly trivial issue – what happens when a clerical issue occurs on the Sending Sheet in the Magistrates’ Court (MC)? In Clark, the appellant was charged with two either-way offences, namely, ABH and breach […]

News 1st December 2023
Siân Beaven

Siân Beaven secures acquittal in s.20 GBH case

Siân, instructed by Emily Alexander of Roach Pittis solicitors, secured an acquittal for her client after a 2 day trial. The crown’s case relied entirely on CCTV of the incident. The defendant, who was of good character, accepted punching the complainant who landed and sustained a serious head injury however, he stated he did so […]

News 28th November 2023
Ruba Huleihel

Ruba Huleihel elected to CBA Executive Committee

Following the recent elections, Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce that Ruba Huleihel will join the Criminal Bar Association Executive Committee as an under seven years’ call representative from January 2024. Ruba joins other Pump Court CBA committee members Ellie Fargin and Stephanie Painter. The CBA Executive Committee meets once a month to discuss […]


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