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13 Jun 2014

Jane Campbell writes on the issues surrounding maternal drinking and parental capacity

Jane Campbell has written an article in the June issue of Family Law, which discusses the relationship between alcohol and it's effect on parenting in mothers. Together with Sally Marlow and Colin Drummond of the Alcohol Research Section at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, she

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12 Jun 2014

Richard Barraclough QC and Emmaline Lambert successfully represent the London Borough of Newham in High Court planning enforcement case

Richard Barraclough QC and Emmaline Lambert have successfully represented the London Borough of Newham in the High Court in a planning enforcement case that started in 2010. The judgment in Sanger and Sanger v London Borough of Newham [2014] EWHC 1922 (Admin) was handed down today and can be

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12 Jun 2014

Eleanor Laws QC to speak at forthcoming South East Circuit Seminar

Eleanor Laws QC will be speaking at the South East Circuit seminar on Saturday as part of their Sexual Offences Training for the CPS. She will speak on the subject of the merits based approach and the prosecutor’s checklist. To book a place or to find out more please click here

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11 Jun 2014

Anne Williams appointed Visiting Professor at the Barlett School of Architecture and Planning

Anne Williams has been appointed Visiting Professor at the Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning, part of University College London. UCL is one of the world's leading academic institutions, recently ranked fourth in the world-wide university rankings. The Bartlett School of Architecture

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09 Jun 2014

Murder Trial of Brian Sharp commences

Oliver Saxby QC and Peter Alcock (instructed by Kent Defence) began their defence of Brian Sharp, a 55 year old man charged with murdering an acquaintance in Folkestone, today at Canterbury Crown Court. The trial is expected to last some three weeks.  

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05 Jun 2014

Pascal Bates prosecutes Company Director who is imprisoned for 12 months after roofer fell through fragile asbestos roofing sheets

Robert Wynn Marsh, the 64 year old sole director and shareholder of RM Developments (2005) Limited, was prosecuted for two offences after he caused the company to supply severely weathered roofing sheets described by the sentencing Judge as “wholly and obviously unsuitable”. Having already

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22 May 2014

Simon Taylor prosecutes London property developer for a series of safety failings that led to an employee sustaining catastrophic spinal injury.

Simon Taylor has prosecuted a London property developer (instructed by Mssrs Tuckers on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive) for a series of safety failings that led to an employee sustaining catastrophic spinal injury. In June 2011 Habitat Construction LLP, a developer of premium London

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21 May 2014

David Travers QC to present a lecture at the Royal Society for Public Health conference on food law entitled 'Allergies on a Plate'

  David Travers QC will be lecturing on the new EU Regulation on the Provision of Food Information to Consumers (1169/2011 EC) at a forthcoming Royal Society for Public Health conference this month. The Conference, entitled, 'Allergies on a Plate' will be held on 22nd May and will

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19 May 2014

Andrew Espley prosecutes in a case involving a woman accused of plotting a colleague's rape

Andrew Espley successfully prosecutes in a case involving a woman who is accused of posing as a workmate in online sex chatrooms asking men to attack her. The defendant was found to have posed on websites as a woman who liked “role play” sex and wanted “to create some sort of rape

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16 May 2014

Eleanor Laws QC successfully responds in the Court of Appeal to a fresh evidence appeal

Eleanor Laws QC has successfully responded in the Court of Appeal to a fresh evidence appeal in a case. The applicant raped and murdered his mother in law and attempted to murder his wife in 1978. He pleaded guilty and offered no mitigation. Psychiatrists later claimed that he must have been

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14 May 2014

Nina Ellin responds on behalf of the Crown in case concerning sexual assault of a vulnerable complainant

Nina Ellin responds on behalf of the Crown, as the Court of Appeal uphold the sentence of 9 months for the sexual assault of the vulnerable complainant who featured in the case of R v F [2013] EWCA Crim 424. This appeal is linked to the complainant in the article which Eleanor Laws QC wrote in a

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12 May 2014

Richard Barraclough QC writes on the latest attempt to defeat POCA in illegal money lending cases

The latest attempt to defeat POCA in illegal money lending cases on grounds that a POCA order is a "sanction", has been roundly rejected by the Court. Richard Barraclough QC examines the case and outlines the implications of the judgment in R v Chapman. The article entitled "Last Ditch

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07 May 2014

Oliver Saxby QC's gross negligence manslaughter case commences

The trial of two doormen charged with the manslaughter by gross-negligence of a party-goer started last week. The Crown allege over-restraint causing death by positional asphyxiation. The trial is expected to last 4 weeks. For media coverage of the case see links below:- The Daily

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02 May 2014

Christopher Badger joins Six Pump Court Chambers

Chambers is pleased to announce that specialist regulatory barrister, Chris Badger has joined Six Pump Court. Chris has an established practice in commercial regulatory investigations and prosecutions, with an emphasis on environmental enforcement, acting for both the prosecution and on behalf of

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01 May 2014

Pascal Bates prosecutes Pirbright Institute for foot and mouth disease controls failures in first ever case under the Specified Animal Pathogens Order 2008

Pascal Bates yesterday prosecuted the Pirbright Institute, a government-funded research facility recognised by the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation as the world reference centre for foot and mouth disease, for failures in relation to its disease containment controls during repeated

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30 Apr 2014

Eleanor Laws QC interviewed on the 'Today' programme on Radio 4

Eleanor Laws QC was interviewed on the Today programme yesterday on Radio 4 commenting on the significance of the verdicts in the Max Clifford trial. The Today programme can be accessed here  

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14 Apr 2014

Mukhtiar Singh completes his first multi-track trial

Mukhtiar Singh acted for the Defendants in a high-value, two-day unlawful eviction trial at Dartford County Court. The Claimant tenant made a number of allegations against inexperienced landlord Defendants, including: breach of covenant; harassment (including various acts of a criminal nature);

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07 Apr 2014

Eleanor Laws QC writes in Counsel Magazine on the way vulnerable witnesses are treated by the courts

In an article appearing in the latest issue of Counsel Magazine, Eleanor Laws QC writes on the changes that have occurred in the way vulnerable witnesses are treated by the courts. In this month's April issue, Eleanor specifically considers the recent case of R v F: [2013] EWCA Crim 424 and the

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04 Apr 2014

Rook and Ward on Sexual Offences - new Supplement published

William Hotham has made significant contributions to the new First Supplement of the 4th edition of Rook and Ward on Sexual Offences Law and Practice. The Supplement published on 24th March 2014 is available to purchase here This contributes to chambers' strength and depth of expertise in

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04 Apr 2014

John O'Higgins opens the case for the prosecution in the case of Lee Birch accused of murdering his ex-wife

John O'Higgins has opened the case for the prosecution in the case of Lee Birch accused of murdering his ex-wife after flouting court orders banning him from contacting her. The trial is being heard at Maidstone Crown Court. Click here for news coverage of the case

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03 Apr 2014

Jane Campbell represents parent in same sex custody case

Jane Campbell has successfully represented an appellant parent in the Court of Appeal in Re G Children [2014] EWCA Civ 336. Judgment was given by Black LJ, sitting with Moses and Kitchen LLJ, on 25 March 2014. The case concerned a same sex couple who have 5 year old twins. The appellant is the

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03 Apr 2014

Members of Six Pump Court ranked in Planning newspaper's 2013-2014 Planning Law Survey

Members of the Six Pump Court have been ranked highly in Planning newspaper’s annual Planning Law Survey for 2013-2014. Members featured in all three Top Rated Barrister categories. Stephen Hockman QC and Roy Martin QC featured in the Top Silks categoryMark Beard, Anne Williams, Will

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02 Apr 2014

79% and rising? The ACAS Early Conciliation Scheme

On 6 April 2014, the ACAS Early Conciliation Scheme is available to prospective claimants. From 6 May 2014, for most claims to employment tribunals, claimants must comply with the scheme. In this article Mukhtiar Singh explains the scheme; its practical effect; and raises some concerns for

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02 Apr 2014

Report of Parliamentary Inquiry into the Effectiveness of Legislation tackling Child Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking published today

The Report of the Parliamentary Inquiry into the effectiveness of legislation tackling child sexual exploitation and trafficking in the UK has been published today. Eleanor Laws QC took part in the Inquiry. A number of oral evidence hearings were convened in late 2013 and early 2014, and the

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30 Mar 2014

Medway murder trial enters third week

The jury in the 'Body in the Shop' case heard the allegedly staged 999 call made to the police by the accused Mershed Miah on Friday last week. Miah is being represented by Oliver Saxby QC and Danny Moore (instructed by Vymans Solicitors). This week, the Crown will be calling their pathologist

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