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News 26th April 2016

Nigel Pascoe QC successfully defends man accused of attempted murder

A man who admitted punching his former partner while holding a knife has been acquitted of attempted murder and wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm. Michael Kilby entered a guilty plea to the lesser offence of inflicting grievous bodily harm and to a charge of criminal damage during a six day trial at […]

News 2nd March 2016

Anne Brown sworn in

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce that Anne Brown has been sworn in as a recorder on the Northern Circuit. Ms Brown who has specialised in Criminal law and Courts Martial since being called to the Bar in 2000, was sworn in yesterday at a ceremony at Manchester Crown Court.

News 1st March 2016

Father found guilty of prolonged sexual abuse

Sarah Jones has successfully prosecuted a defendant who has been found guilty of prolonged sexual abuse against his daughter from the age of 9 years’ old for approximately 2 years. The Defendant groomed her by showing her videos from the internet showing sexual activity between adults and young girls before going on to rape her […]

Blog 12th February 2016

Introducing better case management

The beginning of last year brought publication of Sir Brian Leveson’s Review on Efficiency in Criminal Proceedings. As a result of the Review all efforts are presently focused on Better Case Management (BCM) in the Crown Court. The three key changes to the management of cases will be: Better Case Ownership A new Digital Case […]

Blog 6th January 2016

The evolution of PPE: remuneration in a digital age

The definition of “pages of prosecution evidence” (“PPE”) in Schedule 2 of the Criminal Defence Service (Funding) Order 2007 (“the Funding Order”) has evolved over time. There has, of late, been a proliferation of decisions of cost judges on the subject and it is outside the scope of this article to consider them all in […]

Blog 5th October 2015

The curse of CCC

The Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 (Criminal Courts Charge) Regulations 2015 continue to drive judicial despair and resignations from the lay bench. Lucy Plumpton addresses an issue which raises the prospect of further injustice for Defendants. Which charge should apply when a Defendant pleads to a summary-only offence in the Crown Court? My client had […]

News 1st September 2015

Prioritising the Vulnerable within the Criminal Justice System

The extent to which the Criminal Justice system is changing its priorities with regard to witnesses was highlighted notably in a case in Winchester Crown Court. The case involved a complainant who is a vulnerable witness with mental health difficulties and had been assessed as requiring an intermediary. Despite this having been identified long ago […]

News 16th July 2015

Defendant denies murdering elderly parents’

Timothy Crook is standing trial for the murder of his elderly parents in 2007 at Bristol Crown Court. The bodies of the couple were found hidden underneath wheelie bins, when a police officer carried out a welfare check at the Lincoln home of their son. Post mortem results revealed that Mr & Mrs Crook had […]

News 14th July 2015

Man accused of killing a woman by forcing a shampoo bottle into her abdomen

A jury at Winchester Crown Court has heard how a 51 year old woman has died from internal injuries two days after being admitted to hospital.  Addressing the jury Mr Justice Akenhead said “You will see evidence which some of you, if not all of you will, find shocking and disturbing.” On Friday April 18th […]

News 23rd June 2015

Life sentence for brutal murder of neighbour

Kevin Hyden 35, a drug addict from Wellington has been handed a life sentence for the killing of Davinia Loynton an officer manager from Telford.The bloodied body of Miss Loynton, 59, was found rolled up in her living room rug at her flat by distraught friends and colleagues after she failed to show up for […]

News 30th April 2015
Domestic Abuse during COVID-19

Successful discharge of an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order

The applicant, represented by Matthew Scott on a direct access basis, had received a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (‘SOPO’) in late 2009 for offences committed in 2007 and 2008. The order was expressed to last indefinitely. The Recorder of Winchester, HHJ Cutler CBE was invited to discharge the SOPO under s.108 of the Sexual Offences […]

News 30th March 2015

Criminal team private fee scheme

In the past 12 to 18 months Pump Court Chambers have seen a considerable increase in the number of privately funded Criminal Crown Court cases. This is in no small part due to the implementation of Universal Credit legal aid means testing. As a direct consequence of this, the Criminal Practice Group have devised a […]

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