News

13 May 2013

Mark Watson successfully prosecutes company responsible for major pollution incident

Mark Watson, on behalf of the Environment Agency, has successfully prosecuted one of Europe's leading chemical companies for a pesticide pollution of the River Nene in Peterborough. Thousands of fish died and thousands more were damaged as a result of the leak of toxic chemicals into the river

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09 May 2013

Eleanor Laws QC to contribute to Advocate's Gateway training for treatment of vulnerable witnesses

Eleanor Laws QC has been invited to assist in compiling a training programme for the treatment of vulnerable witnesses as part of the launch of the Advocate's Gateway. The Advocate’s Gateway is hosted by the Advocacy Training Council and is managed by the ATC’s Vulnerable Witness Management

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01 May 2013

Nicholas Baldock secures finding of 60% contributory negligence in employer's liability case

Nicholas Baldock secures finding of 60% contributory negligence against employer in a case involving a fall from scaffold. In Jason Sharp (by his brother & litigation friend John Sharp) v Top Flight Scaffolding[2013] EWHC 479 the Claimant had fallen from the top of a scaffold that he had

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17 Apr 2013

Nina Ellin and Peter Alcock successfully defend mother in child neglect case

Nina Ellin and Peter Alcock successfully defend a mother charged with neglecting her baby boy, who suffered severe head injuries and brain damage at the hands of his father. The case concluded at Guildford Crown Court on 9th April. The solicitors representing the defendant were BKRW

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04 Apr 2013

Stephen Hockman QC and Lee Bennett successfully represent Ofgem in proposed record £10.5m fine case against energy supplier SSE

Ofgem has announced its intention to fine SSE £10.5 million for mis-selling energy contracts to domestic customers. Stephen Hockman QC, Monica Carss-Frisk QC andLee Bennett advised Ofgem throughout this complex and very substantial investigation. Further support was provided by Nicholas

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27 Mar 2013

Mark Harris and Mark Watson have successfully represented the Environment Agency in a test case brought by Thames Water Utilities regarding escapes of sewage onto land

In Thames Water Utilities Ltd v Environment Agency [2013] EWHC 472 (Admin) Mark Harris and Mark Watson have successfully represented the Environment Agency in a test case brought by Thames Water Utilities regarding escapes of sewage onto land. To view the judgement click here

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20 Mar 2013

The murder trial of Sarah Ripley (Oliver Saxby prosecuting and Richard Barraclough QC and John O'Higgins defending) commences

The trial of Sarah Ripley - a 21 year old girl charged with murdering her partner, James Heddington, began on Monday at Canterbury Crown Court. It is expected to last 3-4 weeks. Oliver Saxby is prosecuting and Richard Barraclough QC and John O'Higgins are defending. To read more about the

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15 Mar 2013

Thomas Stern defends one of five indicted for murder

Thomas Stern is representing one of five defendants indicted for murder before the Crown Court at Norwich. The complex trial in which the defendants are accused of the murder of a man outside a pub in Great Yarmouth has now completed it's second week.See below for news coverage on the case:-BBC

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15 Mar 2013

Eleanor Laws QC secures reversal of a ruling regarding a vulnerable witness

Eleanor Laws QC yesterday successfully argued in the Court of Appeal that a terminating ruling declaring a vulnerable witness as incompetent, be reversed. The witness had learning difficulties and required an intermediary and interpreter. The Court of Appeal reversed the ruling and sent the case

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14 Mar 2013

Six Pump Court Chambers shortlisted in the Halsbury's Legal Awards 2013

Six Pump Court Chambers has been shortlisted in the 'Chambers of the Year' category by the Halsbury's Laws Legal Awards 2013. The Halsbury's Legal Awards recognise excellence in the law and great contribution to the legal sector. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 8th May in

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12 Mar 2013

Six Pump Court is pleased to announce Oliver Saxby's appointment as Queen's Counsel

Called to the Bar in 1992, Oliver Saxby has built up a strong criminal practice and has been involved in some of the most sensitive, high profile and demanding cases of recent years. His particular areas of expertise include the fields of homicide and serious sexual abuse. Oliver's appointment

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14 Jan 2013

Roy Martin QC appointed as Court of Appeal Judge in Jersey and Guernsey

Chambers is pleased to announce that Roy Martin QC has been appointed by Her Majesty the Queen to serve as a Judge in the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey on the recommendation of the Lord President of the Court of Session and the Lord Chancellor.  The post is part-time and the Courts sit

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22 Dec 2012

Eleanor Laws QC appointed to sit as Chair in Bar Disciplinary Tribunals

Eleanor Laws QC has been appointed by the Council of the Inns of Court to sit as Chair in Bar Disciplinary Tribunals. To view Eleanor Laws' profile click here

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03 Dec 2012

Pascal Bates Prosecutes Oil Drum Explosion Case

On 27 November Pascal Bates successfully prosecuted C.V.S. (Anglia) Limited, an Ipswich vehicle repair company, for safety failures at its garage premises. A workshop assistant was badly injured when cutting open an old oil drum with an oxy-acetylene torch. The incident was caught on CCTV

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03 Dec 2012

Mark Watson successfully represents Maritime & Coastguard Agency

At Southampton Crown Court on 27 November 2012 Mark Watson successfully represented the Maritime & Coastguard Agency in the first successful prosecution of a UK-based management agent in relation to the safety of an Anglo-Spanish trawler. “The Shark”, based at La Coruna in Galicia but

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30 Nov 2012

David Travers QC and Mark Watson awarded honorary fellowships of the Society of Food and Hygiene and Technology

On 22 November 2012 David Travers QC and Mark Watson were awarded honorary fellowships of the Society of Food Hygiene and Technology (SOFHT) at the Society's annual lunch at the Savoy.  In presenting the fellowships the chairman of SOFHT expressed thanks to David and Mark for their work over

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07 Nov 2012

Pascal Bates and Simon Taylor lead Bribery Act Training Event

On 1st November 2012 Pascal Bates and Simon Taylor led a CPD accredited training event on the Bribery Act 2010 at the head quarters of Epping Forest District Council. The seminar, whose 25 delegates included the Chief Executive, Head of Planning and the Deputy Head of the Legal Department,

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01 Nov 2012

Nicholas Ostrowski awarded Pegasus Scholarship

Six Pump Court Chambers is pleased to announce that Nicholas Ostrowski has been awarded a Pegasus Scholarship. He will be seconded to a number of specialist planning and regulatory lawyers in the United States. We look forward to him returning to chambers in early 2013.

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22 Oct 2012

Nina Ellin speaks at the Level 3 Child Safeguarding Conference 2012

Nina Ellin spoke at the Level 3 Child Safeguarding Conference 2012 held by the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine Conference in London last week. The 2-day course involved speakers from a variety of agencies covering all of the knowledge domains of Level 3* Child Safeguarding training. To

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05 Oct 2012

Nicholas Baldock acts for Pride Of Derby Angling Club and obtains injunction to prevent £3m development on part of its waters

Following a four day hearing, a judge has ruled that plans for a £3m hydropower plant on a stretch of the River Trent cannot go ahead. The judge ruled that developers had not properly consulted with the anglers over the plans which had proposed development on a stretch of prime fishing waters

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28 Sep 2012

Criminal Team's established presence in Kent further strengthened with the addition of five experienced practitioners

Chambers is pleased to announce that Tom Stern, John Fitzgerald, Simon Wickens, Tom Dunn and Kieran Brand have joined the Criminal Team. The recruitment of these exceptional practitioners reinforces 6 Pump Court's commitment to providing a specialist, amenable and local service for Kent's

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24 Sep 2012

Eleanor Laws QC and Lucy Luttman secure acquittal of former Head Teacher in sex abuse case

Eleanor Laws QC and Lucy Luttman successfully defended a former Head Teacher of a Boys School in Brighouse, West Yorkshire. The Head Teacher was charged with nineteen charges of serious sexual abuse upon 4 former pupils. A jury found Peter Merrick, 67, not guilty of the offences alleged

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20 Sep 2012

Supreme Court confirms scope of listing of old minerals planning permissions

Roy Martin QC acted for the successful owner of minerals in a case in which the Supreme Court confirmed that when a planning authority lists a mineral site for the purpose of providing modern working conditions pursuant to what in England and Wales is Schedule 13 to the Environment Act 1995, that

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13 Sep 2012

Six Pump Court shortlisted as Health & Safety Set of the Year by 2012 Chambers Bar Awards

ix Pump Court has been shortlisted for UK Set of the Year in Health & Safety by the 2012 Chambers Bar Awards. Barrister Mark Harris has also been shortlisted as Health & Safety Junior of the Year. These awards are presented as part of the research conducted for the forthcoming 2013

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05 Sep 2012

Deborah Charles appointed Recorder and returns to practice after maternity leave

This week Deborah Charles returns to her practice after maternity leave. She will pick up where she left off with a busy practice in all aspects of criminal law both prosecution and defence based in Kent. She returns having been appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court

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