News

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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28 Mar 2014

Grayling Announcement: Criminal Team Response

The Criminal Team has campaigned hard against the Lord Chancellor's planned reforms over the last 18 months. It takes the view that if the Criminal Justice System in this country is to work, viability for both sides of the profession needs to be assured. Yesterday's news does not achieve this.

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27 Mar 2014

William Upton - Lawyer of the Week in The Times

William Upton has been given the prestigious accolade “Lawyer of the Week” by The Times newspaper, regarding his involvement in the Coventry v Lawrence case in the Supreme Court. The article, published in today’s 27 March edition of The Times, features an interview with William, regarding

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26 Mar 2014

Environmental Justice - Coventry v Lawrence and the law of nuisance

In an article for the 'Environmental Law Monthly', Nicholas Baldock summarises and comments on the implications of the recent Supreme Court judgment in Coventry v Lawrence and comments on the wider implications for the law of nuisance and the remedies used to protect property rights. Click

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24 Mar 2014

Criminal Team welcomes Public Accounts Committee's Confiscation findings

Describing the situation as a 'shambles', chairwoman Margaret Hodge MP criticised the poor performance of the agencies involved. 'It is unclear who is responsible and accountable for what', the MP said. The report cited poor implementation of the confiscation order scheme saying that this had

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17 Mar 2014

Oliver Saxby QC and Danny Moore defend in 'Body in Shop' case

The trial of the three men accused of murdering pensioner Harjit Chaggar gets under way today with Oliver Saxby QC and Danny Moore, instructed by Vymans Solicitors, representing the defendant Murshed Miah. Mrs Chaggar's badly beaten body was found hidden beneath a trap door in the shop where

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14 Mar 2014

Sheppey murder trial enters fourth week at Maidstone Crown Court

In the Sheppey murder case, the trial has entered its fourth week at Maidstone Crown Court. The main defendant is represented by Eleanor Laws QC and Danny Moore. The trial in R v Mark Terry & Others is expected to last 7 weeks. Click here for BBC News Report Click here for Local

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13 Mar 2014

Eleanor Laws QC interviewed on Radio 4

Eleanor Laws QC was interviewed on Radio 4's Today programme this morning. She was interviewed in relation to the case of R (Nunn) v Chief Constable of Suffolk Constabulary being heard today by the Supreme Court. The issue for the court relates to police disclosure obligations post

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12 Mar 2014

Nuisance - from Farnworth to Lawrence

Following on from the recent Supreme Court case on nuisance - Coventry v Lawrence, William Upton will be speaking about the case at a forthcoming meeting of the UKELA entitled 'Nuisance - From Farnworth to Lawrence'. It will consider the recent Supreme Court decision of Lawrence [2014] UKSC 13 and

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10 Mar 2014

Recent Developments In Tax Planning From A European Perspective: The Impact on Off Shore Jurisdictions

Richard Barraclough QC and Ian Whitehurst review the latest EU anti-money laundering directive. To view the article click here

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07 Mar 2014

Criminal Team Leads Legal Aid Action

As solicitors demonstrate locally, members of the Criminal Team congregate in London as part of the Day of Action. Please see here for local coverage.

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