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The Family Law Podcast 13th August 2020

When care proceedings and criminal proceedings collide

Corinne Iten of Pump Court Chambers joins regular host Mark Ablett to look at the issues which arise when care proceedings and criminal proceedings collide, following Corinne’s experience of a linked directions hearing in the Crown Court. The pod looks at issues such as the interrelation of the separate but factually linked proceedings and disclosure. […]

Blog 29th July 2020

Murder, Manslaughter and the Court of Public Opinion

Following the verdict of manslaughter returned against three defendants for the killing of PC Andrew Harper, news broke on 29th July 2020 that his widow had written to the Prime Minister to ask for a retrial after the jury failed to convict the three of murder. In the now infamously tragic case, PC Harper, a […]

News 15th July 2020
Alejandra Llorente Tascon

Alejandra secures lengthy custodial sentence

Alejandra Llorente Tascon, acting on behalf of the Prosecution, secured a custodial sentence of 6 years, after the defendant, Narcis-Bogdan Stoica, 29, from Neamt County, Romania attempted to import 15 kilos of Class A drugs with a  street value of an estimated £1.2 million. The National Crime Agency began investigating the Defendant after Border Force officials stopped […]

Blog 8th July 2020
Siân Beaven

The Magnitsky Act in the UK – A summary

Who was Sergei Magnitsky? Sergei Magnitsky, whose name is associated with laws implemented to impose sanctions on abusers of human rights, was a Russian tax advisor who died in police custody in 2009. He was arrested and charged on allegations of tax evasion after accusing Russian tax officials of defrauding Hermitage Capital Management, an investment […]

Webinar Archive 17th June 2020

Dishonesty in the Criminal Courts

In ‘Dishonesty in the Criminal Courts’ Tim Akers and Alejandra Llorente Tascon explore the evolution of the test for ‘dishonesty’, from R v Ghosh [1982] EWCA Crim 2, to the present-day test in Ivey v Genting Casinos [2017] UKSC 67. The webinar will also explore the applicability of the Ivey test for ‘dishonesty’ in criminal courts following the Court of Appeal’s […]

Past Events
17th Jun 2020, 15:00 to 16:00

Dishonesty in the Criminal Courts and Adjusting to ‘the New Normal’

Tim Akers and Alejandra Llorente Tascon explore the evolution of the test for ‘dishonesty’, from R v Ghosh [1982] EWCA Crim 2, to the present-day test in Ivey v Genting Casinos [2017] UKSC 67. The webinar will also explore the applicability of the Ivey test for ‘dishonesty’ in criminal courts following the Court of Appeal’s recent ruling in Barton & Booth v The […]

News 21st May 2020
Naomi Gyane

Naomi Gyane successful in the Court of Appeal

Congratulations to our Naomi Gyane on her success in the Court of Appeal this month. Ms Gyane’s client had been sentenced at Winchester Crown Court to 12 months immediate custody further to pleading guilty to a Sexual Assault. Ms Gyane was successful on all five of her grounds of Appeal, which included the argument that delays in […]

Blog 21st May 2020
Sarah Jones QC

Skyping the Court of Appeal

Six Things I Learned dealing with an appeal against sentence during the pandemic: Court of Appeal Judges look infinitely less severe/frightening/impressive in “normal business attire” than when in full horse-hair and robed regalia. This sensation is further heightened when the designated High Court Judge giving the judgement of the court is the one in the […]

Blog 20th May 2020
Technology – A lawyer’s Best Fremeny?

Technology – A lawyer’s Best Frenemy?

Following the covid-19 outbreak, courts have been forced into an alternative way of working. With the country in lockdown and people ordered by the government to work at home, the courts along with businesses have been transferred into the digital realm. While jury trials have had to be postponed, with only existing cases at the […]

News 14th May 2020

Siân Beaven joins Pump Court Chambers

We are delighted to announce that Siân Beaven has joined Chambers, with immediate effect. Siân is a specialist criminal practitioner, she has developed a practice prosecuting and defending in all areas of general crime.  Siân also accepts instructions in professional disciplinary matters, appearing regularly before the NMC on behalf of registrants. She has also developed a practice in prison law, […]

Blog 7th May 2020
Eleanor Fargin

Judge alone trials in the face of COVID-19

If we had to adapt for Covid-19, could it work having Judge alone Crown Court trials, or jury trials with less than 12 peers? Let me start by saying I am not advocating for a system in England and Wales where there is no jury or a jury of less than 12 peers. I personally […]

Blog 30th April 2020
Alejandra Llorente Tascon

Dishonesty: Barton & Booth v The Queen

CASE SUMMARY: Barton & Booth-v-The Queen [2020] EWCA Crim 575. The Court of Appeal considers whether the new definition of ‘dishonesty’ given by the Supreme Court in  the case of Ivey v Genting Casinos (UK) (trading as Cockfords Club) [2017] UKSC 67 applies in criminal cases.  This was an appeal against conviction brought on various grounds, primarily […]

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