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26 Jan 2015

Six Pump Court strengthens ties with The Bartlett, UCL

A team of barristers from Six Pump Court, including Anne Williams, recently appointed as a Visiting Professor, Mark Beard, Pascal Bates, Ian Rees Phillips and Laura Phillips, commenced teaching undergraduate students enrolled at The Bartlett School of Planning, UCL. The Property and Planning Law

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21 Jan 2015

The EU Recommendation on hydraulic fracturing and its implementation in the UK

In a recent issue of the journal, Environmental Liability - Law, Policy and Practice, Fran Aldson analyses the legal and environmental issues surrounding the European Commission's recent Recommendation regarding hydraulic fracturing ('fracking'). She also assesses the implications for its

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20 Jan 2015

Six Pump Court Regulatory Team barristers act in human cannonball inquest

Mark Watson, Emmaline Lambert and Tanya Robinson are appearing at an inquest into the death of Matthew Cranch, who died whilst acting as a "human cannonball" stuntman at a Kent County Showground. He suffered a fatal accident when a safety net intended to break his fall, collapsed. He was taking

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14 Jan 2015

Anatomy of a Trial for Manslaughter at Sea: the Pride of Bilbao ferry disaster

In this highly detailed article covering 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, Richard Barraclough QC, leading counsel for the Defence, outlines the technical and legal

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09 Jan 2015

Current Trends in Penalties for Environmental Crime

Mark Watson is to speak at a forthcoming UKELA meeting entitled 'Current Trends in Penalties for Environmental Crime' to be held on 14th January. The session will cover the new environmental sentencing guideline, and provide analysis of how it is working in the courts and assess the results so

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08 Jan 2015

Eleanor Laws QC to speak at National Crime Agency seminar on her recent case regarding the treatment of vulnerable witnesses

Eleanor Laws QC is to speak to 160 delegates from the National Crime Agency on the recent case of R v F; where she acted as Lead Counsel in one of the leading training cases to the Bar and Judiciary on the witness competency test and intermediaries. The seminar takes place today at the Wybosten

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23 Dec 2014

Guilty verdicts in the Berkshire auction house case

Fran Aldson has acted as junior counsel in a successful 6-week Trading Standards prosecution of three people involved in the fraudulent running of a Berkshire auction house. The jury at Reading Crown Court took 12 hours to return guilty verdicts on Jonathan King, Glenn Norcliffe and Beverley King

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19 Dec 2014

Cling Film case acquittal

David Connor, represented by Oliver Saxby QC, was yesterday cleared by the jury of the remaining offence he faced, gross negligence manslaughter. 23 year old Connor had been standing trial over the death of P&O chef Alun Williams, who died following a consensual 'mummification' sex session.

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18 Dec 2014

Oliver Saxby QC instructed for Crown in Operation Articulate Trial

Oliver Saxby QC has been instructed to lead for the Crown in the prosecution of 11 men charged with serious sex exploitation offences in the Aylesbury area following the 'Operation Articulate' police investigation. The trial is scheduled to take place at the Central Criminal Court next

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17 Dec 2014

New edition of the Sexual Offences Referencer published

Eleanor Laws QC ’s 2nd edition of the Sexual Offences Referencer has now been published. This long awaited edition covers charging and sentencing for cases involving sexual offences from 1950 to date. The book is used by Judges and practitioners alike. This new edition covers recent CPS

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12 Dec 2014

Unlawful act manslaughter count withdrawn from jury in Cling Film Case

Following legal submissions by the defence at the close of the Crown's case, the count of unlawful act manslaughter has been withdrawn from the jury in R v Bowler and Connor in which John O'Higgins and Oliver Saxby QC are defending, the case involving the death of a man called Alun Williams

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11 Dec 2014

Mark Watson prosecutes in fatal maritime accident

Mark Watson is prosecuting in a case involving the death of a woman caused by the collision at sea of a yacht with a 5,000 tonne dredger. The woman had been sunbathing on her yacht several miles off the coast of Felixstowe in Suffolk when the fatal collision occurred. Mark Watson is prosecuting

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08 Dec 2014

Ian Whitehurst successfully represents defendant in confiscation proceedings

Ian Whitehurst has successfully represented a defendant in a Proceeds of Crime Act case. The defendant was charged with breaching a restraint order arising from an ongoing confiscation case involving her husband. She was accused of dissipating assets. Further to defence requests for disclosure

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04 Dec 2014

Stephen Hockman QC and Emmaline Lambert successful in Court of Appeal planning case

Stephen Hockman QC and Emmaline Lambert have successfully defended the London Borough of Enfield's position in the Court of Appeal regarding whether a variation, or purported variation, under s.173A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) can render an already valid enforcement

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03 Dec 2014

Ian Whitehurst secures leave to appeal in a conviction of serious violent crime

Ian Whitehurst, instructed by Jonathan Wall of Burton Copeland has been granted permission to appeal against a conviction in a case of serious violent crime. The convictions related to a s.18 wounding and attempted robbery. Leave was granted on the basis that there were potential failures in

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02 Dec 2014

John O'Higgins and Oliver Saxby QC defend in Clingfilm Death case

The trial of two men charged over the death of P & O chef Alun Williams commenced on Monday. Richard Bowler and his carer David Connor are accused of the manslaughter of Mr Williams, who had an interest in sado-masochism and mummification. Oliver Saxby QC and John O'Higgins are defending.

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02 Dec 2014

Ian Whitehurst to present seminar on Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000

In a seminar to be held today at Burton Copeland in Manchester, Ian Whitehurst will present a seminar on Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 entitled 'Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act: The Use and Misuse of Powers to Stop and Search & Retain in the UK' . The Seminar, will examine the

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28 Nov 2014

Guilty verdicts in the first of the Operation Paillial cases

The guilty verdicts in the first of the Paillial cases (R v John Allen) follow a seven week trial.  John Allen has been found guilty on 26 counts of historical child sex abuse. Eleanor Laws QC and Catherine Donnelly are prosecuting. Openshaw J will sentence the defendant on 1st

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27 Nov 2014

John O'Higgins, leading Nina Ellin successfully prosecute in a fraud case where elderly victims were defrauded of over £250,000

John O'Higgins and Nina Ellin have successfully prosecuted 13 defendants in a fraud case where elderly victims were defrauded of over £250,000. The charges involved the systematic targetting of particularly vulnerable elderly victims who were deceived into believing that their properties needed

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26 Nov 2014

Defendant acquitted in prison mutiny trial

Peter Alcock has secured the acquittal of the first defendant, Peter Gaffney, at Blackfriars Crown Court after a month long trial of 11 defendants charged with Prison Mutiny. The incident, which took place at HMP High Down, was set against the background of transition to the new prison regime

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26 Nov 2014

John Allen found guilty on 26 counts in historical child abuse case

In the latest Operation Pallial case, John Allen has been found guilty on 26 counts of historical child sex abuse. Eleanor Laws QC and Catherine Donnelly are prosecuting. Operation Pallial was set up to investigate allegations of historical child abuse in North Wales. News coverage of the

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25 Nov 2014

Flooding and legal liability

William Upton has been named in the latest edition of UKELA's e-law as one of its Star Members in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Water Working Party’s Seminar on Flooding and his accompanying paper on the topic. The Seminar was held in association with the Chartered

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24 Nov 2014

Mukhtiar Singh successfully completes his first Planning Inquiry

Mukhtiar Singh appeared on behalf of the London Borough of Newham in relation to an appeal against a refusal by the local planning authority to grant a certificate of lawful use or development. The appeal involved three commercial units and one of the considerations for the Inspector was whether a

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21 Nov 2014

Eleanor Laws QC instructed to defend Paul Gadd, also known as Gary Glitter, in historical sex offences case

Eleanor Laws QC  has been instructed to defend Paul Gadd (also known as Gary Glitter), against charges of historical sex offences against three girls dating back to the 1970's. The trial is set to begin in January next year and will be heard at Southwark Crown Court. News coverage of the

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17 Nov 2014

Guilty verdicts in Oxford sex abuse case

After nearly 20 hours of deliberation the jury today returned their final verdicts in the six week trial of Terence Sturgeon-Clegg, prosecuted by Oliver Saxby QC and Michael Roques. In all, Mr Sturgeon-Clegg was convicted on 16 counts of historic sexual abuse and child cruelty dating back to

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