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Blog 20th October 2020

How can the backlog be addressed?

It is no secret that the effects of COVID 19 have had a substantially detrimental effect on the “flow” of cases through the Crown Court. Prior to the lockdown, approximately 39,000 cases were waiting to be heard; now, five months on, there are well over 41,000 by most estimates. Some trials are being listed as […]

News 20th October 2020
Siân Beaven

Siân Beaven secures Referral Order in youth robbery sentence

Siân Beaven represented R, a youth, who had pleaded guilty to 5 charges of robbery and 3 charges of attempted robbery at sentence. The client, who had been 13 years old at the time of the offences, had been part of a group that had committed the series of street robberies against other teenage victims. […]

News 18th October 2020

Chambers Welcomes New Pupils

In October 2020, chambers welcomed three new pupils. Ed Wylde is s criminal pupil under the supervision of Peter Asteris. Laura Tilt is a common law pupil, currently in her family seat, under the supervision of Helen Brander and Ulrike Ramsay is our second common law pupil, currently in her family seat, under the supervision […]

News 12th October 2020
Justin Gau

Justin Gau secures rape acquittal

Justin Gau secured an acquittal for his client in a recent rape trial, where the Crown alleged the defendant had confessed in a text exchange with the Complainant. After a 4-day trial at Wood Green Crown Court, the jury were out for less than an hour before returning a verdict of Not Guilty.

News 1st October 2020

38 members ranked in Legal 500 2021 Edition

We are proud to announce that Pump Court Chambers has been recognised as a ‘Top Tier Set’ in the Legal 500, 2021 Rankings. Described as the ‘go-to‘ set on the Western Circuit, 38 of our members have been recognised across a number of practice areas including: Chancery, Crime, Employment, Family and Children Law, Personal Injury and […]

News 29th September 2020
Oliver Foy

Oliver Foy Joins Pump Court Chambers

Pump Court Chambers is pleased to welcome Oliver Foy to chambers following successful completion of his pupillage. During his pupillage he undertook work across Chambers’ core areas and gained specific experience in Employment, Criminal and Family law under the supervision of Heather Platt, Eleanor Fargin and Claire Fox respectively. Tony Atkins; Senior Clerk said: “We’re delighted […]

News 25th September 2020

Suspended sentence for man who tried to smuggle Class A drugs into prison

Richard Tutt represented Darren Lane, a heavily convicted serving prisoner from Bournemouth with 49 convictions for 161 offences on his record.  Mr Lane was charged with conveying a List A article, 13.8g MDMA, into prison with an estimated value of  £2,010. It was concealed in a hi-fi system when Mr Lane handed himself into a […]

News 22nd September 2020
Sarah Jones QC

Sarah Jones QC & Richard Tutt secure murder conviction

Sarah Jones QC, leading Richard Tutt, secured the conviction of Trent Hutchinson for murder at the Crown Court at Hove before HHJ Gold QC.  Hutchinson (aged 16), stabbed his friend, Ollie Wells (aged 18), who had been staying with him.  He stabbed him twice, once to the back and once to the head.  Hutchinson claimed […]

Webinar Archive 3rd September 2020

Prison & Parole Hearings in the Age of COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected all areas of public life and has changed the way the legal professions work. The impact of the changes in prisons has been particularly acute for our clients and for practitioners in crime and civil alike. In Prison & Parole Hearings in the Age of COVID-19, the speakers explore the changes […]

Past Events
3rd Sep 2020, 12:30 to 13:30

Prison & Parole Hearings in the Age of COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected all areas of public life and has changed the way the legal professions work. The impact of the changes in prisons has been particularly acute for our clients and for practitioners in crime and civil alike. In this two-part discussion we explore the changes to the prison regime during the […]

News 26th August 2020

James Newton-Price QC and Peter Asteris successfully defend 15 year old boy charged with murder

James Newton-Price QC and Peter Asteris successfully defended a 15 year old boy who was charged with the murder of a 17 year old boy in Southampton in January 2020. The defendant stabbed the deceased in self defence in response to a carjacking robbery. The defence case was that both boys had knives. The 15 […]

News 17th August 2020
Sarah Jones QC

Sarah Jones QC secures murder acquittal

Mark Oliver was acquitted of both the murder and unlawful killing of his brother Andrew in a trial which ended on 7th August at Winchester Crown Court in which Sarah Jones QC acted for the Defendant. The jury were told an argument had broken out between the brothers over pillowcases – each brother claiming some […]

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