News

16 May 2017

Successful advice to company leads to withdrawal of ICO criminal investigation

Ian Whitehurst instructed by Knocker Foskett, successfully advised a company in relation to a criminal investigation by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) in relation to possible data protection offences. The advice and strategical guidance provided by Ian and his team, led to the ICO

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16 May 2017

Flood Defence and Pollution Control: Statutory Powers and Compensation

Six Pump Court presents the second in our series of environmental and public law seminars to be held this year: Flood Defence and Pollution Control: Statutory Powers and Compensation Flood damage is an increasing threat. A variety of statutory powers are entrusted to the Environment Agency,

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16 May 2017

Water company fined £1.6m for health and safety offences

David Travers QC represented South West Water which has been fined £1.6m for health and safety offences relating to the death of an employee who drowned at work. Robert Geach, 54, fell into a filtration tank at the Falmouth Water Treatment Works in December 2013. Truro Crown Court heard that

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15 May 2017

Court of Appeal dismisses appeal by neighbours found guilty of blocking right of way and altering boundaries

Nicholas Baldock represented one of two Claimants who brought actions against neighbours who had blocked a right of way and altered boundaries. The Claimant won in the County Court obtaining all the relief sought together with indemnity costs. The Defendants, who were litigants in person at that

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12 May 2017

Six Pump Court is pleased to welcome Katherine Kelleher to the Crime Team

Chambers is pleased to welcome Katherine Kelleher to the Crime team at Six Pump Court. Kate’s practice comprises Criminal Defence Work and some environmental crime. She also appears as an advocate in regulatory hearings before the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Kate has prosecuted and

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09 May 2017

Stuart Jessop presents food safety session at BALPPA Food and Beverage Seminar

Stuart Jessop, along with Luke Johnson, Pizza Express founder and former chairman of Channel 4, Nigel Rosenthal, managing director of SaferFood Company, and others, presented sessions to British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions (BALPPA) members on 9th May at their first Food and

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08 May 2017

Changing careers and becoming a barrister

In an interview for The Guardian’s University of Law Partner Zone, Mukhtiar Singh makes the case for a diverse Bar and encourages switching career at any age. Having left school aged 16, Mukhtiar had a career in the police force for over 20 years, during which time he studied part-time for his

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04 May 2017

Major Sexual Abuse Trial Commences - Oliver Saxby QC Prosecuting

A case involving alleged familial sexual abuse of the gravest kind spanning a 25-year period and two generations of the same family began on Tuesday at Reading Crown Court. Oliver Saxby QC is prosecuting, leading Georgina Gibbs of 36 Bedford Row. They are instructed by the CPS Thames Chiltern

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28 Apr 2017

Vacant building credit and housing development in the Green Belt

Giles Atkinson has successfully defended an LPA’s decision not to apply the Vacant Building Credit to a 46 house development in the Metropolitan Green Belt. In what is believed to be the first Inspector’s decision on the discretion provided by NPPG para 023 providing for authorities to

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26 Apr 2017

Jury Retires in Gross Negligence Manslaughter Trial

The jury will retire today in the trial of Lucy King, a 39 year old mother charged with the manslaughter by gross negligence of her daughter, Frankie, aged 2. Oliver Saxby QC defends, leading Kate Hunter of Gurney Harden Solicitors. The Crown allege that Ms King failed to get medical assistance

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24 Apr 2017

Ian Rees Phillips’ opinion for UK Proptech Association quoted in property trade press

Six Pump Court’s Ian Rees Phillips has prepared an opinion on the business model utilised by online estate agents for the UK Proptech Association, an industry body for technology and property companies and individuals working in or interested in property-related technology. UKPA has released a

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19 Apr 2017

Judicial Review: Tactics for Winning, Recent Developments and “Abuse of Power”

Six Pump Court presents the first in our series of environmental and public law seminars to be held this year: Judicial Review: Tactics for Winning, Recent Developments and “Abuse of Power” This seminar will examine the effect of legislative changes to judicial review procedures effected

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05 Apr 2017

Acquittal in death by dangerous driving case

Thomas Stern has secured an acquittal for a Czech lorry driver, Jaroslav Horvath, who was tried for causing death by dangerous driving. The incident occurred at 5am on 6th December 2015 at junction 7 of the M20, close to Maidstone. Jaroslav Horvath had parked his lorry on the hard-shoulder of

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05 Apr 2017

Planning enforcement and abandoned moorings 

The curtain has finally come down on the long-running planning enforcement case where William Upton has been advising the Broads Authority on the unlawful use of an old mooring basin. The continued pressure from the Broads Authority has now led to the landowner selling up, and abandoning his

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03 Apr 2017

The need for a new international environmental court

On 29 March, Stephen Hockman QC presented a lecture on the history of proposals for an international environmental court and explore how the idea might be taken forward, as well as discussing other related issues. The event took place in the Middle Temple Library. To view a copy of the

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03 Apr 2017

Stuart Jessop helps Taxi Association oppose new policy on knowledge test for new applicants

Stuart Jessop successfully represented a Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Driver's Association in their opposition to a local authority's proposal to replace an existing knowledge test for new applicants with a simplified version to make it easier for new applicants to apply and be granted

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03 Apr 2017

Corporate Social Responsibility as a Legal Duty

In an article published on this website, Frances Lawson discusses whether corporate social responsibility is making a move from ‘soft law’ to ‘hard law’. She comments specifically on recent developments in France where the French Parliament has recently passed a law to shift what is broadly

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31 Mar 2017

Critical Law and Corporate Crime

David Travers QC will be a guest speaker at the Critical Law and Corporate Social Responsibility Network Conference at Canterbury Christ Church University. The focus at this event will be on critical law and corporate crimes - on the corporation as a legal person and it's capability and tendency to

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31 Mar 2017

Six Pump Court presents a series of Environmental and Public Law seminars

Members of the Environmental Law and Public Law Teams at Six Pump Court will be presenting a series of seminars covering both environmental regulation and also public law principles of general application. The Judicial Review and Water seminars listed below will form part of on-going series of

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29 Mar 2017

Six Pump Court barristers recognised in this year’s Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers was established in the USA in 1983 and describes itself as “the oldest and most highly-respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide”. Stephen Hockman QC, David Travers QC and William Upton are ranked as Leading Individuals in the new edition of the ‘Best

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28 Mar 2017

"Legal highs" and their role in serious crime

The so called legal high “Spice” has played a role in a number of recent murders. Legal highs, their chemical diversity and the speed of their development make this type of substance difficult to detect and deal with. In this article Richard Barraclough QC outlines two murder cases in which

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22 Mar 2017

Shaken Baby Syndrome – legal developments

Richard Barraclough QC and Kate Kelleher have written a paper outlining how medical opinion and the courts’ approach to “shaken baby syndrome” have developed. Richard and Kate recently undertook the defence of a young father who had been accused of murdering his six week old baby. The case

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21 Mar 2017

LPA decision to refuse permission for housing development upheld

Giles Atkinson has successfully defended at appeal a LPA’s decision to refuse permission for 95 houses on a greenfield site at Wivelsfield, East Sussex. The Secretary of State recovered the appeal and agreed with his Inspector’s recommendation that permission should be refused for

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21 Mar 2017

William Upton and Megan Thomas to speak at forthcoming PEBA National Conference

William Upton and Megan Thomas will be amongst the speakers at this year’s PEBA National Conference which will take place in May in London. The Conference entitled “Delivering sustainable development - reconciling the tensions” will focus on the delivery of sustainable development and

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20 Mar 2017

Rolled up holiday pay not holiday pay

In Robinson-Steele v R D Retail Services Ltd C-131/04, [2006] IRLR 386, the ECJ held that “rolled up” holiday pay was incompatible with the Working Time Directive, but left the door open for setting off sums actually paid under "transparent and comprehensible arrangements" (the test adopted

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