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News & Events: Regulatory & Disciplinary

News 9th October 2019

Counsel representing Rifles Regiment at Inquest following fatal march

Four barristers from Pump Court Chambers (Tim Akers, Lucy Morell, Richard Tutt and Tom Wilkins) are currently appearing in an Article 2 inquest before Birmingham’s Senior Coroner, representing members of The Rifles Regiment. The inquest concerns the death of Cpl Joshua Hoole, who died on the hottest day of the year in 2016 on an […]

News 12th September 2019

Judge rejects Health and Safety sentencing guidelines in a non-registration case

In a case involving a slimming clinic that had traded without being registered with the CQC, the CQC had argued that the Sentencing Council’s ‘Health and Safety Offences, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene Offences Definitive Guideline’ should apply. CQC had told District Judge Woollard who was sitting at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court, that two […]

News 24th June 2019

Alejandra Llorente Tascon speaks at PASS Q&A Day

Sunday saw the Annual Pegasus Access and Support Scheme (PASS) held  at Inner Temple. PASS was designed in order to support aspiring barristers who have not yet started their  BPTC, with the aim of improving access to the profession and to support high achieving students from under-represented backgrounds by providing the experiences they need to […]

News 19th June 2019

Five members appointed to list of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health & Safety and Environmental Law

Pump Court are delighted to announce that five members of chambers have been appointed to the list of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law. Richard Tutt has been promoted to the A list; Mark Ruffell, Tim Akers and Ellie Fargin have been appointed to the B list and Andrew Stone has […]

News 6th April 2019

Latest appointments to the HSE Panel

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce that five members have been approved to the list of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law in this latest round of appointments . Richard Tutt has been promoted to the A List; Mark Ruffell, Tim Akers and Eleanor Fargin have been appointed to the […]

Blog 30th April 2019

A pupil’s view – Alejandra Llorente Tascon third-six criminal pupillage

Moving chambers as a third-six pupil can be a daunting and scary experience; however, this was not my experience of moving to Pump Court Chambers. From day one, I was made to feel welcome, valued and challenged. As a working pupil, no two days are ever the same. I often commuted to Southampton, Winchester, Portsmouth […]

Blog 11th April 2019

From ‘Inadequate’ to ‘Good’ – turning round a Care Provider’s rating

Mark Ruffell was instructed to represent a well-established domiciliary care provider who faced having their registration being cancelled by the CQC. The background is a familiar tale of a service provider who had previously been rated as ‘Good’, finding that in a routine inspection in 2016 it ‘Required Improvement.’ In early 2017 it was inspected […]

News 6th November 2018

Safety Errors can be very Expensive

Westminster City Council v The Zoological Society of London [ZSL] On 22nd October 2018 ZSL was fined a total of £40,000 with costs of £8000 for failing to ensure the safety of an employee, and linked, failing to have in place adequate a risk assessment. On 16th July 2016 a keeper using a step ladder […]

News 10th October 2018

Peter Asteris and Tim Akers secure acquittals after five-month fraud trial at Southampton Crown Court

Peter Asteris and Tim Akers secured the acquittal of a client of all offences charged in the longest-running trial that has taken place at Southampton Crown Court. Over the course of five months, eleven defendants were on trial for charges of conspiracy to defraud and fraud in a Trading Standards prosecution that arose out of […]

News 23rd February 2018

Mark Ruffell successfully represents solicitor before Disciplinary Tribunal

Mark Ruffell has successfully mitigated on behalf of a solicitor who admitted contacting her imprisoned client by mobile phone; sending him 102 text messages in less than three months. In mitigation before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, Mr Ruffell said that at the time his client set up her own practice, she did not appreciate “the […]

News 16th October 2017

John Dyer joins Pump Court Chambers

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce the arrival of John Dyer as part of our Criminal and Regulatory Team expansion. An expert in all areas of criminal law, recent cases include murder, serious violence, kidnap, serious sexual offences (including rape, historic cases, offences involving children, youths and those with learning difficulties, indecent images), false […]

News 5th October 2017

Fire Safety Regulations

Mark Ruffell, Head of Pump Court Chambers Regulatory and Disciplinary Team has recently presented a seminar on Fire Safety Regulation following the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The seminar is designed to assist Local Authorities and landlords with the various powers to maintain fire safety and highlights the consequences if the regulations are not maintained.

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