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13 Nov 2014

Case of R v C commences at Maidstone Crown Court

The prosecution of a man charged with historic sexual abuse got underway at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday. There are six complainants, alleging a variety of abuse dating back many decades. Oliver Saxby QC and Simon Taylor defend, instructed by Morlings Solicitors.

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07 Nov 2014

Gordon Menzies and Frances Aldson prosecute in a trading standards case involving auctioneers accused of fraudulently taking thousands of pounds of customers' money

Gordon Menzies and Frances Aldson have commenced a trial at Reading Crown Court prosecuting three family members who ran an auction house and allegedly siphoned off customer's money for their own gain. While customers who had entrusted items to the business went without payment, the jury were told

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05 Nov 2014

Anne Williams appears on behalf of residents action group opposed to proposed residential development in Moddershall Valley

Anne Williams is appearing on behalf of an action group of residents (Nicholls Lane Action Group) who are opposed to a proposed residential development in the Moddershall Valley, Stone, Staffordshire. The inquiry sat for 4 days in October and resumed again on November 3rd. One of the key

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31 Oct 2014

Oxford sex abuse case enters its final stages

The historic sex abuse case being prosecuted by Oliver Saxby QC and Michael Roques on behalf of Thames and Chiltern CPS  is nearing its conclusion. Seven complainants have been called to give evidence over the course of the last four weeks, dealing with allegations dating as far back as the

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31 Oct 2014

Six Pump Court ranked as Band 1 set in 2015 Chambers UK Bar Guide

Six Pump Court Chambers is delighted to be ranked as a Band 1 set in the new 2015 Chambers UK Bar Guide. It receives this top tier ranking in Health & Safety along with set rankings in Environment and Planning and 33 individual rankings in nine areas of law. In addition to existing rankings,

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24 Oct 2014

Ian Whitehurst secures acquittal of defendant in armed robbery case

Ian Whitehurst has secured the acquittal of a defendant involved in a series of armed robberies, on the basis that his client was unaware of his involvement as the getaway driver and had been tricked by his two passengers, who had entered the shops alone and who had purposefully requested that he

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24 Oct 2014

William Upton and Emmaline Lambert successfully represent London Borough of Hackney in separate claims for judicial review of two planning permissions

William Upton and Emmaline Lambert have successfully represented the London Borough of Hackney in separate claims for judicial review of two planning permissions.  The Claimant's grounds ranged from issues of confidentiality of financial viability appraisals in relation to members of the public

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23 Oct 2014

Nina Ellin speaking at Symposium on "Child and Adolescent Health and Wellbeing: Safeguarding Children from Sexual Exploitation”

Nina Ellin will be speaking at the "Child and Adolescent Health and Wellbeing: Safeguarding Children from Sexual Exploitation” Symposium at the Public Policy Exchange today. The symposium will bring together practitioners across the police, social services, health, education and third sector

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20 Oct 2014

Six Pump Court welcomes new tenant Fran Aldson

Six Pump Court is delighted to welcome Fran Aldson as a new member of Chambers following the successful completion of her pupillage. In addition to her achievements in pupillage, Fran brings with her a wealth of experience acquired in her previous careers, particularly in the NGO sector and at

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16 Oct 2014

Mock Public Inquiry - Friday 7th November

Six Pump Court in association with The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London will be presenting this Mock Inquiry on Friday 7th November 2014. The session will include training in Inquiry procedure, expert evidence and advocacy skills, to include preparation of

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15 Oct 2014

Criminal Team submits response to Ministry of Justice consultation

The 6 Pump Court Criminal Team has submitted a response supporting the position of the CLSA and LCCSA on the further consultation to the MoJ's response caused by recent litigation. The link for those wanting to do likewise is available on the Criminal Law Solicitors' Association website The

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14 Oct 2014

Financial Reporting Orders: An Economic Tag or A Necessary Deterrent

In this latest article, Ian Whitehurst discusses the application for Financial Reporting Orders (FROs) in confiscation proceedings and addresses the most appropriate way to defend proceedings involving FROs. To view the article click here

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13 Oct 2014

Oxford sex abuse trial begins

The trial of a 62 year old man charged with multiple counts of historic sexual assault and child cruelty against seven complainants begins today at Oxford Crown Court. Oliver Saxby QC and Michael Roques prosecute, instructed by Thames and Chiltern CPS. The case is expected to last some 6

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09 Oct 2014

Aquittals in Gillingham shooting case

Oliver Saxby QC, leading Simon Wickens, have been successful in their defence of a man accused of Gillingham shooting; Thomas Stern also successfully defended co-defendant accused of providing false alibi The trial of a man accused of the attempted murder of two Kurdish men by shooting has

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08 Oct 2014

Confiscation: Preparation & Presentation in the Crown Court

At a recent seminar to lawyers at Burton Copeland in Manchester, Ian Whitehurst provided an encompassing review of POCA preparation and presentation in the Crown Court and a review of recent decisions in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. The topics covered included: to prepare

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06 Oct 2014

Relief from Sanctions in the Employment Tribunal

In his latest article, Mukhtiar Singh explores the relevance of the Civil Procedure Rules when considering relief from sanctions in Employment Tribunal proceedings. A copy of the article can be found here

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03 Oct 2014

William Upton wins Environment and Planning Junior of the Year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2014

Six Pump Court congratulates William Upton who has been awarded Environment/Planning Junior of the Year in the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2014. A full list of all of the winners and nominees will be available here.

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02 Oct 2014

Six Pump Court recommended in nine areas of law in the Legal 500 (2014)

The Legal 500 (2014) was published this week and Six Pump Court has been recommended in 9 areas of law with 38 individual recommendations. This year there were 6 additional recommendations and, as well as existing set rankings, Chambers was additionally recommended in Family Law. The nine areas

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02 Oct 2014

Six Pump Court shortlisted for two awards in the Legal 500 UK Awards 2014

Six Pump Court is delighted to have been shortlisted for two awards for The Legal 500 UK Awards 2014. The nominations are:- Chambers of the year: Real Estate, Environment and Planning Team of the year: Clerking/Practice Management (UK-wide) A complete list of the nominations is available

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29 Sep 2014

BitCoin: A Cyber Bubble Ready To Burst

Ian Whitehurst discusses the underlying issues in the debate facing digital policing, regulation and enforcement in the 21st Century. In his article entitled "BitCoin: A Cyber Bubble Ready to Burst", Ian argues that the way in which the challenges of BitCoin as a digital concept are dealt with,

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25 Sep 2014

Megan Thomas in First Environmental Damage Public Inquiry

Megan Thomas has represented Severn Trent Water Ltd at the first appeal ever to be heard under the Environmental Damage (Prevention & Remediation) Regulations 2009. These regulations enable the Environment Agency to hold an operator liable for environmental damage after a pollution

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24 Sep 2014

Anne Williams acting for local authority in a major mixed use redevelopment case

Anne Williams is acting for the Royal Borough of Kingston council in a major mixed use redevelopment case which includes 200 student bedrooms. Amongst those issues that are dealt with by the case are those of public realm contributions and amenity issues. The case is expected to last one

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23 Sep 2014

Anne Williams acting for local authority in a major mixed use redevelopment case

Anne Williams is acting for the Royal Borough of Kingston council in a major mixed use redevelopment case which includes 200 student bedrooms. Amongst those issues that are dealt with by the case are those of public realm contributions and amenity issues. The case is expected to last one week.

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17 Sep 2014

"Self-employed" construction worker was an employee

Mukhtiar Singh has successfully argued on behalf of a Claimant that despite a written contract identifying the Claimant as self-employed, the reality of the relationship was that of a contract of employment. As such, the Claimant could bring a claim for unfair dismissal; wrongful dismissal;

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11 Sep 2014

Kent Law Society in association with Six Pump Court present Litigation and Dispute Resolution Annual Conference

Kent Law Society together with Six Pump Court are hosting the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Annual Conference which will take place on 8th October in Rochester. This Conference will cover all of the important developments in the principal areas of law, practice and procedure over the last

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