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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 & 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 B […]

Blog 30th April 2019
Alejandra Llorente Tascon

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

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.

News 10th March 2016

Former officer faces substantial sentence

James Newton-Price has successfully prosecuted a former Bedfordshire policeman who ‘trawled’ Facebook to find vulnerable teenage girls for sex. Mohammad Arshad 35, of Luton, groomed underage girls online and pestered them for sex, sometimes paying them, St Albans Crown Court heard. He began abusing girls in 2012 when he was a CCTV operator in Luton […]

Blog 17th February 2016

Dishonesty in Regulatory Proceedings

It is important to realise that those sitting in regulatory proceedings may have a wide and varied perception of the meaning of Dishonesty. That itself is not surprising. Those of us who cut our teeth in the wide environs of criminal law have come to realise that dishonesty as a concept lies on a spectrum. […]

Blog 2nd October 2015

Recent developments in disciplinary law

There have been two recent important cases, Squier and Enemuwe, on the vexed question of the use that professional disciplinary panels are entitled to make of Court of Appeal judgments in related criminal cases. Squier must now be regarded as the leading authority on the issue. The Queen (on the application of Squier) v General […]

News 30th September 2015

Regulatory news update

Government faces fierce opposition from BMA over plans to enforce 7 day working The Government’s manifesto pledge to require GPs to provide 7 day a week access and to increase the number of consultants working at weekends has sparked a furious reaction from the medical profession. The BMA’s Dr Mark Porter castigated the scheme, saying […]

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