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News 11th June 2021
Justin Gau

Justin Gau appointed Chancellor of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich

Chambers is delighted to announce that Justin Gau has been appointed to be Chancellor of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. He will remain as Chancellor of the Diocese of Bristol and Deputy Chancellor of the Dioceses of Lincoln, and Bath and Wells. Justin is head of the Ecclesiastical Law Team.

News 9th April 2021
Justin Gau

Justin Gau succeeds in an ‘extraordinary case’ before the Court of Arches

Justin Gau successfully appealed the penalty of ‘removal from office’ of a clergyman who, although acquitted of adultery, fell to be dealt with for his misconduct in failing to refer the woman to the Diocesan safeguarding team and for swearing at her. The original tribunal had determined that the witness had behaved with ‘egregious’ dishonesty […]

News 6th March 2021

Ruth Arlow appointed Deputy Chancellor for the Diocese of London

Pump Court Chambers is pleased to announce that Ruth Arlow has been appointed to the Deputy Chancellor for the Diocese of London. Ruth is an experienced ecclesiastical lawyer and will take up her position at the beginning of March 2021. Justin Gau, Team Leader said: “This is a brilliant and well-deserved appointment. I have no doubt that […]

News 29th January 2021
Justin Gau

Justin Gau instructed to object to the removal of the Tobias Rustat Memorial from Jesus College, Cambridge

31 alumni of Jesus College, Cambridge have instructed Justin Gau to object to a petition for a Faculty for the removal of a memorial to Tobias Rustat from the college chapel. The memorial was created by Grinling Gibbons and is regarded as one of the most important pieces of funerary art in the country. Tobias Rustat […]

News 27th October 2020

Ruth Arlow appointed to the Rule Committee of the Church of England

Pump Court Chambers is proud to announce that Ruth Arlow has been appointed to the  Rule Committee of the Church of England. Justin Gau, Team Leader said: “We’re all delighted for Ruth on this thoroughly well-deserved appointment. This appointment along with the teams recent coverage in the latest edition of Chambers & Partners, further highlights Pump Court Chambers as one […]

News 22nd October 2020

Chambers and Partners 2021

Pump Court Chambers are delighted to see our hard work and dedication to our clients has been recognised once again within the Chambers and Partners 2021 Guide. The highly respected annual guide, released today, ranks both counsel and chambers based on the research of more than 170 full-time editors and researchers who talk to lawyers […]

News 16th June 2020

Ruth Arlow appointed Legal Chair of the Clergy Discipline Tribunal

Pump Court Chambers are pleased to announce that Ruth Arlow has been appointed the Legal Chair of the Clergy Discipline Tribunal. She remains the Chancellor of the Diocese of Salisbury. This appointment highlights Pump Court Chambers as one of the pre-eminent Ecclesiastical Law sets in the country. For further information on Ruth’s practice or another member of […]

News 15th May 2020
Mark Ruffell

Mark Ruffell has been appointed Chancellor of the Diocese of Gloucester

The Ecclesiastical Law team is delighted to announce that Mark Ruffell has been appointed to be Chancellor of the Diocese of Gloucester. He remains Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of Winchester. This appointment highlights Pump Court Chambers as one of the pre-eminent Ecclesiastical Law sets in the country. For further information on Mark’s practice or […]

News 22nd January 2020
Justin Gau

Bishop’s Disciplinary Tribunal dismisses claim of adultery and criticises the Clergy Discipline Measure procedure

A Bishop’s Disciplinary Tribunal for the Diocese of Chelmsford was convened to deal with an allegation of adultery against the Revd William Bulloch. It was chaired by the Revd and Worshipful Judge Mark Bishop. Counsel for the Respondent was Justin Gau instructed by Edward Henderson of Lee Bolton Monier-Williams. Judgment was handed down on 20th […]

News 3rd May 2018
Justin Gau

Justin Gau successfully defends clergyman charged with misconduct

A clergy discipline tribunal considered a complaint made by a clergyman (‘Rev C’) against another clergyman (‘Rev R’) during a hearing from the 12th to the 14th March. The allegations were: That the conduct of the respondent, the Reverend “R” was unbecoming or inappropriate to the office and work of a clerk in Holy Orders […]

News 23rd March 2018

Discrimination appeal against C of E dismissed

Justin Gau has appeared before the Court of Appeal in the first case under the Equality Act relating to a Gay Priest who married his partner. Canon Jeremy Pemberton had been working as a chaplain in a Lincolnshire hospital when an offer to work as a bereavement manager at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust was withdrawn when […]

News 22nd February 2018

Justin Gau successfully opposes exhumation of wrongly interred person

Justin Gau has successfully opposed the exhumation of Patricia Sutton, who had been wrongly interred at South Stone Cemetery in Southampton. In 1999 Mark Edwards, reserved the exclusive right of burial in a space at the cemetery next to the grave of his late sister and was given a deed recording the reservation accordingly. However […]

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