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News & Events: Criminal

Past Events, Webinar Archive
17th Mar 2021, 17:00 to 18:00

Sex, Lies and Legal Wranglings

Sex, Lies and Legal Wranglings where our speakers Ellie Fargin, Alejandra Tascon and Ed Wylde provide a brief overview of the provisions of section 28, section 41, and non-defendant bad character. Topics include: Practical analysis of section 28, how it works and how this new procedure is being utilised? A step-by-step guide on Section 41 arguments […]

News 25th February 2021

Improper non-disclosure of a Complainant’s medical records

1. Scenario A Complainant (“C”) refuses to consent to his GP providing the Crown with medical records. The Defendant (“D”) has requested disclosure of these records, on the understanding that C has a history of prolonged substance abuse and mental health concerns. C has also indicated that he believes information within the records is detrimental […]

News 23rd February 2021
Sarah Jones QC

Sarah Jones QC and Peter Asteris prosecute county lines drugs murder

Sarah Jones Q.C. and Peter Asteris prosecuted the murder of Taylor Williams. Williams was an 18 year old man who was the victim of a stabbing during a robbery which arose due to a County Lines drugs dispute. The trial involved 3 Defendants, Olamide Soyege who was convicted of murder, conspiracy to rob and robbery […]

Blog 14th February 2021

Long overdue and a welcome addition: The Sentencing Act 2020

The first day of the month in which we traditionally offer gifts to one another saw a gift being made to criminal lawyers in England and Wales: the entry into force of the Sentencing Code.   The Code is the product of the Law Commission’s 12th programme of law reform, a project which began in […]

Past Events
21st Jan 2021, 18:00 to 19:00

Pupillage Open Evening

  Pump Court Chambers invites prospective pupillage applicants to join us via Zoom for an informative Pupillage Open Evening. Date: Tuesday 21st January 2021 Time: 18:00 until 19:30 The evening will comprise of the following short presentations: The application process, how pupillage is structured and what we look for in our tenants; Recent pupils’ experiences […]

News 11th December 2020

R v Shane Mays

James Newton-Price QC and Andrew Houston have successfully prosecuted Shane Mays for the murder of 16 year old Louise Smith who was his wife’s niece. The trial attracted widespread attention in local and national news media. On 8 May 2020, Mays lured Louise to a secluded clearing in the woods near Havant in Hampshire where […]

News, Blog 4th December 2020
Siân Beaven

Fit your own mask first: living life at the criminal Bar

We defend fearlessly our clients’ best interests and fight for the underdog every day in court, but neglect to apply that same attitude to ourselves. What is needed to improve the lives of those who seek to stand up for justice and assure the future of the profession? Siân Beaven’s article ‘Fit your own mask: […]

News 25th November 2020
Alejandra Llorente Tascon

Diversity at the Criminal Bar

Alejandra Llorente Tascon has been speaking to Martin Bentham of the Evening London Standard about how Diversity at the Criminal Bar has been affected by debt, low fees and the current pandemic. Alejandra is the joint Chair of the Criminal Bar Association’s (CBA) Young Bar Committee and a member of their Social Mobility Committee. To read […]

News 23rd October 2020

James Newton-Price QC prosecutes lockdown murderer

James Newton-Price QC has successfully prosecuted Darren McClean for the murder of an elderly man at his home in the early phase of lockdown. Mr Dennis Kellond, an 88 year old widower, was shielding at home in Godstone, Surrey, on 25 April 2020 when the defendant burgled his house and killed him in a brutal […]

News 22nd October 2020

Chambers and Partners 2021

Pump Court Chambers are delighted to see our hard work and dedication to our clients has been recognised once again within the Chambers and Partners 2021 Guide. The highly respected annual guide, released today, ranks both counsel and chambers based on the research of more than 170 full-time editors and researchers who talk to lawyers […]

Blog 22nd October 2020
Oliver Foy

Why was Ceon Broughton’s conviction quashed?

Introduction The quashing of Ceon Broughton’s conviction was met with indignation. The well-publicised tragedy of Louella Fletcher-Michie’s death, and Ceon Broughton’s subsequent trial, has cemented a number of conclusions in the court of public opinion. This article will set out why the Court of Appeal decided to overturn Mr Broughton’s conviction for manslaughter.     […]

Blog 21st October 2020
Matthew Scott

R v AD [2020] EWCA Crim 849

In R v AD [2020] EWCA Crim 849 the Court of Appeal quashed Mr D’s convictions for sexual assault and assault by penetration after hearing fresh evidence which undermined the medical evidence which had led to the prosecution.  The case joins a long list of seemingly water-tight convictions subsequently quashed on appeal after the expert […]

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