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Blog 29th April 2020
Ezra MacDonald

Remote hearings and witness evidence

Remote hearings come with particular difficulties. One obvious difficulty is that the parties cannot see each other as well as they might in the courtroom. But how much of a problem is this? If the demeanour of witnesses (or indeed parties) is relevant to an issue to be decided by the Court, then restrictions on […]

Blog 28th April 2020
Alejandra Llorente Tascon

Unexplained Wealth Orders: The Weapon Against Dirty Money

Unexplained Wealth Orders: The Weapon Against Dirty Money – National Crime Agency -v- Baker & Others [2020] EWHC 822 (Admin)   What is an Unexplained Wealth Order? Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWO’s) were introduced into law through section 1 of the Criminal Finances Act 2017 by inserting section 362A to I into Part 8 of the Proceeds […]

Blog 17th April 2020
Domestic Abuse during COVID-19

The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) Regulations 2020

A Practical Guide to The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) Regulations 2020 Justin Gau introduces us to The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) Regulations 2020. The regulations were introduced as a response to the serious and imminent threat to public health posed by the Coronavirus. In accordance with section 45R of the Public Health (Control of Disease) […]

News 8th April 2020

HMCTS Guidance – Criminal Courts

The below is summary of the guidance published by HM Courts & Tribunal Service in respect of Criminal Courts and Proceedings on Monday 27th April 2020. There are no Jury trials currently underway Crown Courts are dealing with a range of work, much of which is being done remotely. This includes sentencing hearings and all […]

Blog 7th April 2020
Lucy's Law -

Lucy’s Law

On Monday 6 April 2020, the Government brought into force new legislation in England to ban the commercial third-party sale of puppies and kittens, under six months old, by anyone other than a registered breeder. The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 provided for the licensing of persons in England to […]

News 8th March 2020
Tim Akers successfully secures a reduction of sentence in the Court of Appeal

Tim Akers successfully secures a reduction of sentence in the Court of Appeal

Tim Akers recently won an appeal at the Court of Appeal against the sentence imposed on a vulnerable client with a co-morbid diagnosis of Schizoid Personality Disorder and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Notwithstanding that permission to appeal had been refused by the Single Judge on the basis that the appeal was “not arguable”, the application was […]

News 8th February 2020
Justin Gau

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

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 […]

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