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News 26th November 2019

Woman avoids jail for attempting to blackmail Premier League footballer

A woman who was filmed in bed with a cheating Premier League footballer has avoided jail, having attempted to blackmail him. The footballer, who has lifelong anonymity, requested that Natalie Wood, 28, send him sexual videos, before arranging to meet her in a hotel. A plan was then hatched for two men to burst in […]

News 21st November 2019

Alejandra Llorente Tascon elected to Criminal Bar Association Executive Committee

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce that Alejandra Llorente Tascon has been elected to the Criminal Bar Association Executive Committee. The Executive Committee was formed to represent the views and interests of the practising members of the Criminal Bar in England and Wales, Alejandra will take her role from January 2020. For further information […]

Blog 14th November 2019

The Murder of Lucy McHugh: Legal Challenges in R v Stephen Nicholson

I was instructed to defend Stephen Nicholson, aged 25, who was charged with the murder and multiple sexual offences against Lucy McHugh, a 13-year-old girl. The trial took place before Mrs. Justice May at Winchester Crown Court earlier this year. Nicholson lived as a lodger in the same house as Lucy and her family in […]

Blog 12th November 2019

Homelessness and Offending Rates – An inextricable link

The Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA) 2017 came into effect on 3rd April 2018 and places new legal duties on local authorities so that everyone who is homeless, or at risk of homelessness, should have access to meaningful help, irrespective of their priority need status, as long as they are eligible for assistance. The Act amends […]

Blog 11th November 2019

Case Commentary – R v O [2019] EWCA 1389

Introduction 1. In R v O [2019] EWCA Crim 1389, the Court of Appeal gave further guidance on when a conviction may be unsafe where the defendant was a Victim of Trafficking (“VOT”). The Court concluded that there is a “settled approach to these cases”. This approach requires three questions to be posed: 1) Is […]

News 24th September 2019

Defendant pleads guilty after hearing opening of case by Sarah Jones QC

A man with a history of stalking offences pleaded guilty to one count of encouraging another to aid and abet murder by providing a gun and ammunition and one count of making a threat to kill. Matthias Brandt, of Horsham Road, Swindon, had initially denied claims he planned to kill his ex-partner. However he changed […]

News 30th August 2019

Alejandra Llorente Tascon secures acquittals at half time for client charged with Section 18 Wounding with Intent

Alejandra Llorente Tascon has successfully represented a man charged with section 18 wounding with intent to cause GBH and attempted wounding with intent to cause GBH. It was alleged that the Defendant had stabbed the complainant in the face and attempted to throw hot oil over him. The trial took place at Hove Crown Court […]

News 24th June 2019

Alejandra Llorente Tascon speaks at PASS Q&A Day

Sunday saw the Annual Pegasus Access and Support Scheme (PASS) held  at Inner Temple. PASS was designed in order to support aspiring barristers who have not yet started their  BPTC, with the aim of improving access to the profession and to support high achieving students from under-represented backgrounds by providing the experiences they need to […]

News 11th June 2019

Sarah Jones QC successfully represents client accused of attempted murder

Sarah Jones QC has successfully represented a man arrested over the attempted murder of his first girlfriend following a four day trial at Portsmouth Crown Court. Harry Middleton, 21 of Chichester had been accused of attacking  his ex-partner, 21-year-old Louise Brindley, with a 2.5in tomato knife leaving her with six wounds and a cut thumb […]

News 10th June 2019

HHJ Anne Brown

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce that Anne Brown has been appointed a Circuit Judge. Anne will sit at Kingston Crown Court. On joining Chambers, Anne gained a reputation as one of the leading juniors on the Western Circuit maintaining a strong and loyal following from local firms and gaining recognition from the leading […]

News 3rd June 2019

Boyfriend successfully prosecuted for brutal murder of partner

James Newton-Price QC has prosecuted a man for beating his partner to death. The defendant, Daniel O’Malley-Keyes of Christchurch, Dorset, battered his partner to death in her own home after she had embarrassed him by her drunken behaviour on a night out in Bournemouth.  The victim was found to have 82 areas of bruising to […]

News 15th May 2019

Client spared jail

Alejandra Llorente Tascon appeared before the Crown Court at Southampton to represent her client following guilty pleas to 3 counts of making indecent images of children (Cat A, B, and C), 3 counts of distributing indecent images of children (Cat A, B, and C) and 1 count of possession of prohibited images. The charges arose […]

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