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News 8th February 2020
Justin Gau successfully defends clergyman charged with misconduct

Justin Gau secures acquittal in gang rape allegation

At 04.00 at the end of July last year C, a woman living in Bethnal Green, telephoned the Police claiming that she had ben orally and vaginally raped by two men of Mediterranean background who had attacked her as she tried to escape their advances in a park. An ABE interview took place later that […]

Blog 7th April 2020
Matthew Scott Matthew Scott discusses the case of Maria Dinou

Lessons to be learned from the Marie Dinou case

Marie Dinou, the woman from York convicted of a non-existent coronavirus offence after being found “loitering between platforms” at Newcastle railway station was lucky to be charged with something newsworthy.  Had hers been a mundane motoring charge it is highly unlikely that anyone would have spotted that her treatment by the police and the justice […]

Blog 1st April 2020

Implied warnings to Trial Counsel

Case Commentary – R v RT & Anor [2020] EWCA Crim 155 and R v Reece (David) [2020] EWCA Crim 44 –Implied warnings to Trial Counsel Introduction   In R v RT & Anor [2020] EWCA Crim 155 and R v Reece [2020] EWCA Crim 44, the Court of Appeal dismissed appeals against conviction. The […]

Blog 30th March 2020
Stephanie Painter

The Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Bill

The Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Bill was introduced into Parliament on the 3rd February 2020, as ‘emergency legislation’ in response to the Streatham Hill terrorist attack that took place on 2nd February 2020. This terrorist incident followed two other attacks by men who had also been convicted of terrorism offences and had recently […]

News 24th March 2020
Stephanie Painter

Stephanie Painter joins Pump Court Chambers

Pump Court is pleased to welcome Stephanie Painter to Chambers following successful completion of her pupillage. During her time at Chambers she has built a mixed common law practice, accepting instructions across a range criminal, civil, and family matters in line with her chambers profile and with a particular focus on criminal matters. Prior to […]

News 17th March 2020
Tim Akers successfully secures a reduction of sentence in the Court of Appeal

Tim Akers secures conviction following fatal crash

After a week long-trial at Winchester Crown Court involving the presentation of a variety of technical and scientific evidence, Tim Akers (Prosecuting), successfully secured the conviction of a Defendant for two offences of causing death by dangerous driving on the A34 at Bullington Cross. At the conclusion of the trial, the Defendant was sentenced to […]

News 6th March 2020

Does life on Circuit, within easy reach of London, appeal to you?

Join us We are a busy, successful Criminal and Disciplinary & Regulatory Team in a large common law set of chambers. We have a clear surplus of good work. We need committed and enthusiastic practitioners across the board to take it up. Based in the beautiful Cathedral City of Winchester we practise predominantly in Southampton, […]

News 2nd March 2020
Mark Ashley

Mark Ashley successfully represents client accused of Conspiracy to carry out Armed Robbery

Mark Ashley has successfully defended a woman who was one of nine co-defendants charged with Conspiracy to commit Armed Robbery. The target premises was Franses Jewelers of Bournemouth and over £650,000 worth of watches and jewellery was taken during the raid in March of 2019.   The gang that carried out the robbery travelled down […]

News 28th February 2020
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Members appear for Prosecution and the Defence in complex child cruelty trial

Sarah Jones QC / Frank Abbott and James Newton-Price QC / Andy Houston appear for the Prosecution and the Defence respectively in a long and complex child cruelty trial at Southampton Crown Court.   Sarah Jones QC and Frank Abbott prosecuted a female defendant who was charged with multiple offences of causing grievous bodily harm […]

News 29th January 2020
Alejandra Llorente Tascon on Dishonesty: Barton & Booth-v-The Queen [2020] EWCA Crim 575

Alejandra secures not guilty verdicts for unfit defendant charged with sexual assault

Alejandra Llorente Tascon represented H before the Crown Court at Swindon facing charges of sexual assault. It was alleged that H had followed a 15-year old girl on her way to school and while on a small and isolated road, H lifted up the complainant’s school skirt and touched her buttocks. The complainant picked out […]

News 19th December 2019
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Couple who abused vulnerable young boys successfully prosecuted

James Newton-Price QC and Andrew Houston successfully prosecuted a male couple who abused vulnerable young boys at their home in Southampton from 2000 to 2005. The leading defendant received an extended sentence of 23 years for rape and multiple sexual offences, following his conviction after a trial lasting four weeks. He was investigated by the […]

News 17th December 2019
Sarah Jones QC Skyping the Court of Appeal

Sarah Jones QC defending murder suspect

Sarah Jones QC of Pump Court Chambers is currently defending murder suspect Shaun Dyson accused of killing his estranged wife. Mr Dyson, 28,  is accused of killing, Lucy-Anne Rushton by repeatedly stamping and jumping on her at her home in Andover, Hampshire. A jury at Winchester Crown Court heard a tearful Mr Dyson say “I […]

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