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News & Events: Criminal

News 26th October 2021

Ed Wylde joins chambers

Chambers is pleased to welcome Ed Wylde to Pump Court following successful completion of his specialist criminal pupillage under the supervision of Peter Asteris and Thomas Wilkins.Ed was called to the Bar 2018 and accepts instructions across the full spectrum of criminal law matters having appeared on behalf of the prosecution and defence in the Crown […]

News 1st October 2021

Ed Wylde secures dismissal of all charges for youth victim of modern slavery

On 30 September 2020, Q (aged 16 at the time and of thoroughly good character) was arrested in a hotel room in Teddington, along with another youth and a 19-year-old male.  A member of staff had called the Police after attending the room earlier that day, finding drugs in plain view and the occupants nowhere […]

News 26th August 2021
Alejandra Llorente Tascon

Alejandra secures unanimous acquittal in Rape Trial

Alejandra represented the Defendant, who was charged with one count of rape, two counts of sexual assault and one count of voyeurism. The Crown’s case was that after a night out at Viper Rooms in Kingston, the Defendant went back to the complainant’s address, uninvited, and while the complainant slept, he touched the complainant’s clitoris, […]

News 3rd August 2021

Join Us – Criminal Barristers

Due to a significant increase in workload Pump Court Chambers’ specialist criminal team is now seeking to recruit additional members at all levels of call. The team now seeks exceptional criminal advocates to assist with a significant surplus of quality work and complex trials at all levels of seniority. The team, led by James Newton Price QC, […]

Blog 18th June 2021
Laura Tilt

Law Commission Consultation Paper on Taking, Making and Sharing Intimate Images without Consent

In February of this year, the Law Commission of England and Wales published its Consultation Paper on taking, making and sharing intimate images without consent. I was fortunate to be part of the team who produced this Paper prior to the commencement of my pupillage in October 2020.   The project originated from the Law […]

Blog 17th June 2021

Modern Slavery

A young man [YM] from London smokes shared cannabis socially with his ‘new friend’[NF]. After a little time, discovering that the YM has a job, NF asks for payment for the cannabis, a sum just beyond YM’s financial reach, NF demands carrying and supplying in lieu of the debt. Unusually early one morning YM is […]

News 2nd June 2021
Alejandra Llorente Tascon

Alejandra Tascon co-authors CBA Young Bar Committee Response to the Independent Review of Criminal Legal Aid Panel

In response to the Call for Evidence from the Independent Review of Criminal Legal Aid Panel, Alejandra Tascon, co-chair of the CBA Young Bar Committee, has co-authored the response of the Young Bar Committee on behalf of the Criminal Bar Association. The full text which focuses on the issues faced by junior practitioners can be found […]

News 21st May 2021
Siân Beaven

Sian Beaven secures custodial sentence in drugs and taser case

Sian Beaven, acting on behalf of the Prosecution, secured a sentence of 31 months’ imprisonment after the Defendant pleaded guilty to Possession of Class A (Cocaine) with intent to supply, Possession of a Prohibited weapon (taser) and Possession of Criminal Property. Police had attended the Defendant’s home to investigate a separate allegation when they discovered […]

News 10th May 2021
Eleanor Fargin

Royal Navy officer cleared of assault

Ellie Fargin successfully defended Darren Wearing MBE in Portsmouth Crown Court last week. Mr Wearing had been accused of unlawfully and maliciously causing another grevious bodily harm by angrily pushing him on three occasions. The last push was said to cause the other male to stumble back, roll his ankle, and break his fifth metatarsal […]

News 7th May 2021
Alejandra Llorente Tascon

Alejandra secures suspended sentence for double stabbing

Alejandra represented RA, who was charged with section 18 wounding, following an incident in which RA stabbed his mother and father with a kitchen knife, during lockdown. As a result of the stabbing, RA’s mother suffered a punctured lung. RA’s father’s injuries were not life threatening. In addition, RA had previous convictions for knife related offences. […]

News 6th May 2021
Siân Beaven

Sian Beaven secures s.37 Hospital Order

Sian Beaven, instructed by Alex Kenney of Kesar & Co solicitors, appeared before Isleworth Crown Court representing a severely vulnerable client, M. The offence of robbery took place almost 2 years prior. Sian had conduct of the case from the first appearance in which fitness to plead issues arose due to the Defendant’s detention under […]

News 27th April 2021

Corhampton shooting trial: convicted of manslaughter but cleared of murder

James Newton-Price QC and Peter Asteris of Pump Court Chambers were instructed by Footner Ewing solicitors to represent Corin Barlow, aged 41 years, who was charged with the murder of Gurinderjit Rai, a major drugs supplier, on Friday 12 July 2019. The Prosecution alleged that he was part of a revenge killing by an organised […]

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