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04 Oct 2013

Six Pump Court Chambers named as Health & Safety 'Set of the Year'

Six Pump Court Chambers were named Health & Safety 'Set of the Year' last night at the Chambers Bar Awards ceremony. "Going from strength to strength, this set has established a leading presence in the health and safety field as just one aspect of its broader and well-recognised regulatory

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03 Oct 2013

Mark Harris and Mark Watson represent Environment Agency in an appeal by Thames Water against sentence

Mark Harris and Mark Watson have successfully represented the Environment Agency in an long running prosecution of Thames Water following a flooding incident in south London in 2003. Thames Water had been prosecuted and ordered to pay fines and costs of over £300,000 by a Magistrate's Court in

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02 Oct 2013

Eleanor Laws QC speaks at South East Circuit seminar on the cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses

Eleanor Laws QC  spoke at the South East Circuit seminar entitled "Fragile Witnesses: Handle With Care" yesterday. She spoke on the subject of sex trafficking and HHJ Cutts QC also spoke on vulnerable witnesses. The event was attended by 200 delegates. The seminar was also filmed and will be

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18 Sep 2013

Nina Ellin speaks at the 'Child and Adolescent Health and Wellbeing: Safeguarding Children from Sexual Exploitation' symposium

Nina Ellin has lectured at a symposium entitled "Child and Adolescent Health and Wellbeing: Safeguarding Children from Sexual Exploitation" run by the Public Policy Exchange this month. The event took place on Thursday 19th September at Broadway House, Westminster. Further details can be

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18 Sep 2013

Trial of Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell concludes

The trial of Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell concluded last week with the actor being acquitted of allegations of the rape and sexual abuse of an underage girl. The acquittal followed five days of evidence at Manchester Crown Court and was covered heavily by the media. Eleanor Laws QC of

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16 Sep 2013

Mock Public Inquiry Training Event - 8th November

On 8th November 2013, 6 Pump Court will be hosting a Mock Public Inquiry in association with The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London, a one-day training event in the practice and procedure at Public Inquiries. The event will be conducted by Anne

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09 Sep 2013

Six Pump Court shortlisted in forthcoming Chambers Bar Awards with two nominations

Six Pump Court Chambers has received two nominations in the forthcoming Chambers Bar Awards 2013. Chambers has been shortlisted as Health & Safety Law Set of the Year. Mark Watson has been shortlisted as Health & Safety Law Junior of the Year. For more details and a full list of

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09 Sep 2013

David Travers QC to chair the Eversheds Health & Safety Summer School

David Travers QC has been invited to chair the Eversheds Annual Health & Safety Summer School. The event will be held on 17-18 September at Merton College, University of Oxford. More details can be found here

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05 Sep 2013

Pascal Bates Prosecutes Essex Hospital for Double Safety Failures

Pascal Bates has prosecuted Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for two quite separate sets of safety failings. Between 2004 and 2010 the Trust failed to get to grips with the management of legionella in its complex water systems, despite having previously been

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04 Sep 2013

Eleanor Laws QC prosecutes actor Michael le Vell for serious sexual offences at Manchester Crown Court

Eleanor Laws QC prosecutes actor Michael le Vell for serious sexual offences this week at Manchester Crown Court. The trial is expected to last 2 to 3 weeks. To read news coverage use the links below:- The Daily Telegraph BBC News Sky News Updates on each day's proceedings can also be

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04 Sep 2013

Oliver Saxby QC and Simon Taylor begin defence of alleged fraudster Scott Baker

The trial of Scott Baker, accused of a widescale investment/mortgage fraud, began last week. Oliver Saxby QC and Simon Taylor, instructed by Bond Joseph solicitors are defending. The trial is expected to last some 3 weeks.

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02 Sep 2013

David Travers QC teaching forthcoming course on Professional Disciplinary Tribunals

David Travers QC will be teaching a course on Professional Disciplinary tribunals later this month. The course, entitled 'Enforcing Professional Duties and Obligations' and organised by CLT, will be held in London on the 10th September. Further information and a link to the course can be

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12 Aug 2013

Oliver Saxby QC interviewed live on BBC Radio about Legal Aid cuts

Oliver Saxby QC appeared live this morning on the BBC Radio Kent breakfast programme to talk about the Legal Aid reforms. To follow his interview on the BBC Radio Kent website (John Warnett, 7.25am) click here.

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07 Aug 2013

Ian Whitehurst instructed in confiscation proceedings in Vantis Tax Avoidance Case

Ian Whitehurst has been instructed to deal with the confiscation proceedings arising from the Vantis Tax Avoidance Scheme case. In this complex, multi-jurisdictional case, tax advisers of Vantis faced charges of tax evasion in a multi-million pound tax scam involving celebrities, sportsmen and

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07 Aug 2013

Oliver Saxby QC speaks out about Legal Aid reforms

In a recent interview with Kent Online, Chairman of the Kent Bar Mess Oliver Saxby QC warned about the potential consequences of the reforms planned by the Lord Chancellor. You can read the full interview here

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18 Jul 2013

Swimming Pool Tragedy Sentenced

Pascal Bates has today prosecuted Leisure Connection Limited, a company running some 70 leisure centres across the country, in a case arising from the death of a 7 year old girl in the pool at Blackwater Leisure Centre at Maldon in Essex. The Prosecution established that Leisure Connection's

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15 Jul 2013

Nicholas Baldock succeeds in Court of Appeal for Claimant and increases proportion of liability against Defendant in serious road traffic accident

Nicholas Baldock has successfully represented the Claimant in a Court of Appeal contributory negligence case, increasing the proportion of liability against Defendant in a serious road traffic accident. In Starks v Chief Constable of Hertfordshire [2013] EWCA 782, the claimant ‘s car was struck

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08 Jul 2013

Stephen Hockman QC and William Upton instructed in significant environmental noise nuisance case

Stephen Hockman QC and William Upton will be representing the claimants in a highly significant environmental (noise) nuisance case - Lawrence v Fen Tigers, to be heard by the Supreme Court later this year. The late Peter Harrison QC had previously acted on behalf of the claimant in these

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03 Jul 2013

Checklist prepared for those considering judicial review

Following recent changes to the rules on judicial review in planning decisions, William Upton and Nicholas Ostrowski have prepared a checklist for residents/groups who are considering challenging the grant of planning permission by judicial review. The checklist can be found here

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19 Jun 2013

"Legislating for Responsible Capitalism". A paper by Stephen Hockman QC

Stephen Hockman QC has written a paper published by the Policy Network, entitled 'Legislating for Responsible Capitalism: what it means in practice". In the paper, he explores the legal amendments available to improve the monitoring, transparency and accountability of corporate practice. To read

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07 Jun 2013

Oliver Saxby QC secures Jerome Parkinson's acquittal of murder

The jury in the case of Parkinson and others returned their verdicts on Thursday. The Crown alleged that Parkinson and two of his co-accused had travelled down to Boscombe armed with a sawn-off shotgun in order to kill a young man called Reece Menzies, this at the instigation of the fourth

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06 Jun 2013

Crime Team Seminar - Pre-Trial Advocacy

The first of the Crime Team's Seminars takes place this evening, 6th June, at the Maidstone annexe. The seminar is entitled 'Pre-Trial Advocacy'. The seminar will be held from 5.30-7pm and will be followed by drinks and light refreshments Other topics to be covered in the seminar series include

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05 Jun 2013

Oliver Saxby QC becomes Chairman of the Kent Bar Mess

Oliver Saxby QC has become Chairman of the Kent Bar Mess. 6 Pump Court Chambers featured heavily the Kent Bar Mess elections which took place last week. Andrew Espley became Senior and Catherine Donnelly, Danny Moore, John O'Higgins and Thomas Stern became members of the Committee. 

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03 Jun 2013

Oliver Saxby QC and Danny Moore (instructed by Vymans, Gravesend) begin their defence of Lee Webster at Maidstone Crown Court

The trial of Lee Webster began on 30th May at Maidstone Crown Court. Webster is charged with the unlawful killing of a man called Jason Wood. He is alleged to have placed a quantity of anti-depressant pills into Wood's beer, causing his death. The central issue will be the question of

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31 May 2013

Successful appeal by Ministry of Defence against plans for wind farm

William Upton has represented the Ministry of Defence in a successful appeal against plans for two separate wind farms which, it was argued, would interfere with operations at a nearby seismic monitoring facility. It was argued that the two separate schemes proposed for sites near Carlisle would

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