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12 Jan 2017

Oliver Saxby QC commences Old Bailey Murder Trial

The trial of a young man accused of the murder of a friend began on Monday of this week. Oliver Saxby QC is for the defence, leading Sara Haroon of Bond Joseph Solicitors. The incident occurred outside a party in East London and was at least in part captured on CCTV. The defendant is alleged to

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10 Jan 2017

Network Rail fined £800,000 in prosecution brought by ORR

Network Rail has today been fined £800,000 in a prosecution brought by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) following a serious incident on the railway at Redhill, Surrey two and a half years ago. The company was fined for breaching health and safety laws after a track worker sustained multiple

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09 Jan 2017

Planning & Regeneration Conference – 20 January

Ed Grant and Emmaline Lambert will speak at the forthcoming Lawyers in Local Government Planning & Regeneration Conference this month, hosted by Eversheds.

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21 Dec 2016

Water company receives record £2m fine for polluting Kent beaches

Southern Water received a record fine of £2 million on 19th December, following a plea of guilty to a single count of causing or knowingly permitting an unauthorised water discharge activity in 2012. Richard Banwell prosecuted the company on behalf of the Environment Agency at Maidstone Crown

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09 Dec 2016

Important ruling for almshouse charities and residents

The Court of Appeal today handed down judgment in Watts v Stewart & ors [2016] EWCA Civ 1247 which will be of fundamental importance to the 1,700 almshouse charities and the 35,000 almshouse residents in the UK. In a wide-ranging and important decision the Master of the Rolls found that in

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02 Dec 2016

Stuart Jessop helps residents oppose new premises licence for restaurant

Stuart Jessop has assisted a group of residents with their representations and objections in relation to a new application for a premises licence in a Cumulative Impact Zone. The Licensing sub-committed heard representation from these residents and from two Responsible Authorities and refused the

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02 Dec 2016

Housing Growth and the Environment

The tensions inherent in giving housing delivery priority in the planning system have been discussed by William Upton in the latest edition of UKELA’s e-law journal. This follows on from his speech to the TCPA Annual Conference on 24th November, and the joint UKELA/PEBA seminar on 6th October

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01 Dec 2016

Stuart Jessop secures conditional discharge for breach of enforcement notice

Stuart Jessop has secured a conditional discharge for a defendant facing a charge of failing to comply with a planning enforcement notice contrary to section 179(2) Town and Country Planning Act 1990, brought by the London Borough of Newham. Although the breach was committed over two years

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23 Nov 2016

Residents represented by Stuart Jessop successful in their restaurant premises licence review

Stuart Jessop has successfully represented a group of residents in their Review of the premises licence of a restaurant in Southwark. The Licensing Sub-committee heard evidence from the residents, about the level of public nuisance, who described the noise from patrons of the restaurant and from

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23 Nov 2016

Letting agent represented by Stuart Jessop successful in appeal against house in multiple occupation

Stuart Jessop recently represented a letting agent in his successful appeal to the Crown Court against a sentence imposed by Thames Magistrates Court. The Appellant had pleaded guilty to four offences under the Housing Act 2004, concerning licensing in respect of Houses in Multiple Occupation,

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14 Nov 2016

Waste, planning and Aarhus costs

William Upton and Emmaline Lambert have successfully defended a waste recycling facility permission next to a proposed new ‘garden suburb’. The Judicial Review proceedings were brought by the promoters of the 1,000+ homes in Birchall Garden Suburb, including Tarmac Ltd. It was said that the

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11 Nov 2016

Anne Williams represents restaurant in immediate Article 4 Direction

Anne Williams has represented the Le Colombier restaurant in Chelsea regarding an immediate Article 4 Direction made by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The freeholder of the property is applying for the right to convert it into a shop, or to premises for financial or professional

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10 Nov 2016

Gross Negligence Manslaughter Conviction

Oliver Saxby QC yesterday secured the conviction of Jasmine Gregory, a 24-year old mother of previous good character accused of the manslaughter by gross negligence of her 14-month old daughter, R. At around 11am on 7th August 2014, Miss Gregory received a visit from her Outreach Worker, Carla

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09 Nov 2016

Deborah Charles appointed Circuit Judge

Chambers warmly congratulates Deborah Charles on her appointment as Circuit Judge. Deborah Charles will take up her new role on 5th December and will sit at Croydon. She will be sitting there as a Recorder from now until her new appointment formally begins in December. Chambers wishes her all

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07 Nov 2016

North Wales ex-Police Superintendent prosecuted for historical sex abuse

A former Police Superintendent, Gordon Anglesea has been convicted of four indecent assault charges against two boys which took place between 1982 and 1987, when both boys were 14 or 15. The trial held at Mold Crown Court lasted for six weeks and resulted in a conviction and sentence of 12 years in

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04 Nov 2016

Family Law Update – A Seminar

Six Pump Court presents a Family Law Update Seminar to be held in Maidstone in December to provide an overview of recent changes in family law. More details are below and a flyer for the event is available here Family Law Update – A Seminar Purpose:    This seminar will provide an

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04 Nov 2016

Jill Barrett joins Six Pump Court as an Associate Member

Six Pump Court is pleased to welcome Jill Barrett, a distinguished academic and former FCO lawyer in the field of public international law as an Associate Member. Jill Barrett is currently a Visiting Reader in the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London, where she teaches public

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03 Nov 2016

Oliver Saxby QC commences gross negligence manslaughter prosecution

The trial of Jasmine Gregory, charged with the manslaughter of her 14-month old baby daughter, began today. The Crown allege that Miss Gregory ran a bath, placed her baby in it and then left her unattended for upwards of 7-10 minutes. The trial is expected to take 2 weeks and will involve various

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02 Nov 2016

Six Pump Court is pleased to welcome Daniel Stevenson to the Crime Team

Chambers is pleased to welcome Daniel Stevenson to the Crime team at Six Pump Court. Daniel prosecutes and defends the most serious criminal offences, including sexual offences, drugs offences, fraud and offences of violence. He undertakes prosecutions for the CPS, including the Organised Crime

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02 Nov 2016

Six Pump Court ranked Band 1 in Environment and barristers ranked in eleven areas in 2017 Chambers UK Bar Guide

Six Pump Court Chambers is delighted to be ranked as a Band 1 Set in Environment Law along with further Set rankings in Crime, Health & Safety and Planning in the new 2017 Chambers UK Bar Guide . Furthermore barristers at Six Pump Court received 42 individual rankings across eleven practice

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01 Nov 2016

Science and Justice: The Family Courts

On 3rd December, Caroline Topping will speak at an event hosted by the British Academy of Forensic Sciences entitled 'Science and Justice: The Family Courts'. She will speak on the topic of Non-Accidential Injury within public family law. The event will be divided into three chaired sessions

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01 Nov 2016

Six Pump Court welcomes new Environmental Law specialist Charles Morgan

Chambers is pleased to welcome Charles Morgan to the Planning & Environmental Law team at Six Pump Court. Charles’ principal areas of practice are environmental law and commercial property law. He has a particular interest in all areas of water and water industry law which has led to

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31 Oct 2016

Court of Appeal hears first two appeals under new sentencing guideline

On 25th October, Pascal Bates appeared for the respondent (HSE) in the first two appeals heard against sentences for health and safety offending passed under the new Sentencing Council guideline. Kenneth Thelwall, a company director, had been sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment after an

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31 Oct 2016

Mark Harris wins Environment Junior of the Year at Chambers UK Bar Awards

Chambers congratulates Mark Harris on winning Environment Junior of the Year at the 2016 Chambers UK Bar Awards. The annual Chambers UK Bar Awards were presented at a ceremony in London last week and are based on the extensive research that is undertaken for the 2017 edition of Chambers UK Bar

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31 Oct 2016

Augmenting reality – avoiding criminal liability

In an article for Lexis PSL, Ian Whitehurst considers some of the potential criminal law issues surrounding the development of AR. He explains what it is and how it has been deployed through apps and technology, to track individual locations, record activity and modify versions of reality, recently

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