News March 2015

30 Mar 2015

Nicholas Baldock gives lecture to leading insurers on chronic pain claims

Nicholas Baldock has given a lecture to leading insurers on chronic pain claims, alongside two leading medical experts. At this lecture for Berrymans Lace Mawer, Nicholas Baldock, together with Dr Rajesh Munglani (consultant in pain medicine) and Dr Michael Spencer (psychiatrist), addressed

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25 Mar 2015

Ian Rees Phillips instructed against “racist” Paris Metro Chelsea fans

Ian Rees Phillips has been instructed by the Metropolitan Police to act on its behalf in the football banning order applications for five football fans accused of racist violence on 17th February 2015 on the Paris Metro on the night of Chelsea FC’s away game against Paris Saint-Germain. The five

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25 Mar 2015

Six Pump Court Vulnerable Witness Seminar

Members of the criminal team today gave a seminar to Kent CPS lawyers and caseworkers on the subject of Vulnerable Witnesses. Introduced by Eleanor Laws QC and Oliver Saxby QC, the speakers included Richard Barraclough QC, Catherine Donnelly, Simon Taylor and Fran Aldson. To read more about

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19 Mar 2015

Council without an Objectively Assessed Need wins

A development of up to 210 houses has been refused on appeal in West Berkshire, even though the Council’s plan is not based on an objectively-assessed housing need. William Upton represented the Council at the appeal, following on from his earlier work on their Core Strategy in 2012. The

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17 Mar 2015

Ian Whitehurst instructed in £117 million confiscation case arising from large-scale drugs conspiracy

Ian Whitehurst has been instructed by the defence in a £117 million confiscation case arising from a large-scale drugs conspiracy. The confiscation case arises from a conspiracy to supply Class A drugs in the north west & south west of England. The defendant is a key defendant in the case

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16 Mar 2015

Narrowboat owner prosecuted by the Environment Agency

Fran Aldson has prosecuted, on behalf of the Environment Agency, the owner of a narrowboat based on the River Nene in Cambridgeshire. The boat owner was found guilty of failing to register his vessel with the Environment Agency. The owner would have been liable for annual charges set by the

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12 Mar 2015

Mock Inquiry - 20th March - last few places available

Six Pump Court in association with The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London will be presenting this Mock Inquiry on Friday 20th March 2015. The session will include training in Inquiry procedure, expert evidence and advocacy skills, to include preparation of

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12 Mar 2015

Acquittal in Massive Drugs Importation

Andrew Espley represented Hendrik Dekker a Dutch lorry driver accused of importing £14m worth of class A drugs Mr Dekker was acquitted by a jury at Maidstone Crown Court after a two week trial. Click here for media coverage of the case.

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11 Mar 2015

New sentencing guidelines for food safety offences

In a recent article entitled "Food Safety Offences Fines Set to Soar", David Travers QC reviews the proposed new guidelines issued by the Sentencing Council for food safety offences. The proposals, which form part of the wider consultation "Health and safety offences, corporate manslaughter and

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10 Mar 2015

Acquittals in Kent Sex Trafficking Case

Following defence submissions led by Oliver Saxby QC and Peter Alcock on behalf of the first defendant Roman Bodnar at the close of the Crown’s case, the jury were yesterday directed by the trial judge to acquit all five defendants on all charges. Bodnar had faced multiple allegations of rape,

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06 Mar 2015

Anatomy of a trial for manslaughter at sea: P&O ferry Pride of Bilbao disaster

This highly detailed article written by Richard Barraclough QC and published in the Journal of International Maritime Law, covers the trial in the case that followed the tragic presumed collision of the Pride of Bilbao ferry with a yacht, the Ouzo, leading to the death of all three yachtsmen.

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05 Mar 2015

Nicholas Baldock settles employer's liability brain injury case

Nicholas Baldock has settled a serious employer's liability brain injury case for £1.4 million which follows a previous finding of 60% contributory negligence. The Claimant had fallen from scaffolding and suffered serious brain injury which resulted in cognitive deficits and ongoing

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04 Mar 2015

Mark Watson to present UKELA Environmental Offences seminar

Mark Watson of Six Pump Court is to provide an update on Environmental Offences, Sentencing Guidelines and the Proceeds of Crime at a forthcoming UKELA Seminar to be held on 10th March in Cambridge. For further details and to book click here

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03 Mar 2015

Six Pump Court barristers recognised in Who’s Who Legal 2015

Six Pump Court’s environmental law barristers have been recognised in the latest Who’s Who Legal which provides an analysis of the leading barristers and sets in the UK. In the Environment section of the guide, the following Six Pump Court barristers are included:- Stephen Hockman QC...

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03 Mar 2015

Planning for Conveyancers – a webinar

On 4th March, Anne Williams and Laura Phillips will present a webinar entitled ‘Planning for Conveyancers’ as part of the LexisNexis series of webinars online. The session which will be a practical introduction for conveyancers to the main concepts in planning law will cover planning

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02 Mar 2015

New Sentencing Guidelines for Regulatory Offences – opinions from the legal experts

Stephen Hockman QC and David Travers QC were amongst those who were asked to express a view on the proposed new guidelines in Safety and Health Practitioner, the official magazine of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). In the March edition of SHP Online’s magazine in a

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