News

13 Feb 2017

Low Fine for Breach of Planning Enforcement

On 10th February 2017 Stuart Jessop represented a landlord who faced a Local Authority prosecution for a breach of a planning enforcement notice under section 179 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. The breach occurred over a four year period and rent had been received over the entire

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10 Feb 2017

LBLA Training – An Introduction to Planning Law

On Tuesday 14th February, members of Six Pump Court’s Planning team will present a seminar to London Authority delegates entitled “A General Introduction to Planning Law”. The session is being hosted by Six Pump Court as part of our ongoing relationship with the London Boroughs Legal Alliance

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06 Feb 2017

Six Pump Court joins Pro Bono Connect

Members of Six Pump Court have joined the Pro Bono Connect scheme. The scheme aims to establish a network of barristers and solicitors willing to work together on pro bono cases in civil matters for individuals, charities and community groups who cannot afford to pay for legal advice/representation

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30 Jan 2017

Sentence Increased in Gross Negligence Manslaughter Prosecution Prosecuted by Oliver Saxby QC

The Court of Appeal has increased the sentence of 3 years that had been imposed on Jasmine Gregory, whose baby daughter had drowned in a bath at their home. Miss Gregory had been convicted of her child’s manslaughter by gross negligence at a trial in October - she had left the baby unattended

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27 Jan 2017

Gross Negligence Manslaughter Case: Simon Taylor Prosecutes, Oliver Saxby QC and Peter Alcock Defend

Sentence took place on Thursday in the case of Michael Bowditch, a 21 year old man charged in connection with the death of a 17 year old, Becky Morgan. Simon Taylor was instructed by CPS SECCU. Oliver Saxby QC and Peter Alcock were instructed by Tuckers Solicitors. Miss Morgan and Mr Bowditch

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23 Jan 2017

Is a new Environmental Protection Act on the horizon?

In an interview for LexisPSL, Frances Lawson discusses the issues surrounding the future of the natural environment after Brexit and whether a new Environmental Protection Act may be on the horizon. She examines the first of a series of reports carried out by the Environmental Audit Committee on

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20 Jan 2017

Ian Whitehurst appointed Disclosure Counsel by the SFO

Ian Whitehurst has been appointed as Disclosure Counsel by the Serious Fraud Office in a high profile and complex major case. Ian was appointed in December and the case is ongoing.  

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20 Jan 2017

Old Bailey Jury Recommend Leniency

A jury today returned a verdict of guilty in the trial of a young man charged with the killing of an acquaintance outside a party in East London last year. Oliver Saxby QC was defending, leading Sara Haroon of Bond Joseph Solicitors. The incident was captured on CCTV and the jury rejected the

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17 Jan 2017

Planning permission granted for major residential development in Surrey

Anne Williams advised Kitewood Investments Ltd from the outset and for over a year and a half on the preparation of a major residential planning application at Dunsfold, Surrey and an accompanying application for the removal of land under the Commons Act 2006. Waverley Borough Council

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16 Jan 2017

David Travers QC acts for major retailer Wilko following serious injury to employee

The major high street retailer Wilko Retail Ltd has been fined over £2m in the latest prosecution under the Sentencing Guidelines. David Travers QC acted for Wilko which is a “very large organization” within the meaning of the guideline. The retailer pleaded guilty at the first opportunity

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12 Jan 2017

Oliver Saxby QC commences Old Bailey Murder Trial

The trial of a young man accused of the murder of a friend began on Monday of this week. Oliver Saxby QC is for the defence, leading Sara Haroon of Bond Joseph Solicitors. The incident occurred outside a party in East London and was at least in part captured on CCTV. The defendant is alleged to

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10 Jan 2017

Network Rail fined £800,000 in prosecution brought by ORR

Network Rail has today been fined £800,000 in a prosecution brought by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) following a serious incident on the railway at Redhill, Surrey two and a half years ago. The company was fined for breaching health and safety laws after a track worker sustained multiple

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09 Jan 2017

Planning & Regeneration Conference – 20 January

Ed Grant and Emmaline Lambert will speak at the forthcoming Lawyers in Local Government Planning & Regeneration Conference this month, hosted by Eversheds.

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21 Dec 2016

Water company receives record £2m fine for polluting Kent beaches

Southern Water received a record fine of £2 million on 19th December, following a plea of guilty to a single count of causing or knowingly permitting an unauthorised water discharge activity in 2012. Richard Banwell prosecuted the company on behalf of the Environment Agency at Maidstone Crown

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09 Dec 2016

Important ruling for almshouse charities and residents

The Court of Appeal today handed down judgment in Watts v Stewart & ors [2016] EWCA Civ 1247 which will be of fundamental importance to the 1,700 almshouse charities and the 35,000 almshouse residents in the UK. In a wide-ranging and important decision the Master of the Rolls found that in

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02 Dec 2016

Stuart Jessop helps residents oppose new premises licence for restaurant

Stuart Jessop has assisted a group of residents with their representations and objections in relation to a new application for a premises licence in a Cumulative Impact Zone. The Licensing sub-committed heard representation from these residents and from two Responsible Authorities and refused the

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02 Dec 2016

Housing Growth and the Environment

The tensions inherent in giving housing delivery priority in the planning system have been discussed by William Upton in the latest edition of UKELA’s e-law journal. This follows on from his speech to the TCPA Annual Conference on 24th November, and the joint UKELA/PEBA seminar on 6th October

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01 Dec 2016

Stuart Jessop secures conditional discharge for breach of enforcement notice

Stuart Jessop has secured a conditional discharge for a defendant facing a charge of failing to comply with a planning enforcement notice contrary to section 179(2) Town and Country Planning Act 1990, brought by the London Borough of Newham. Although the breach was committed over two years

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23 Nov 2016

Residents represented by Stuart Jessop successful in their restaurant premises licence review

Stuart Jessop has successfully represented a group of residents in their Review of the premises licence of a restaurant in Southwark. The Licensing Sub-committee heard evidence from the residents, about the level of public nuisance, who described the noise from patrons of the restaurant and from

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23 Nov 2016

Letting agent represented by Stuart Jessop successful in appeal against house in multiple occupation

Stuart Jessop recently represented a letting agent in his successful appeal to the Crown Court against a sentence imposed by Thames Magistrates Court. The Appellant had pleaded guilty to four offences under the Housing Act 2004, concerning licensing in respect of Houses in Multiple Occupation,

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14 Nov 2016

Waste, planning and Aarhus costs

William Upton and Emmaline Lambert have successfully defended a waste recycling facility permission next to a proposed new ‘garden suburb’. The Judicial Review proceedings were brought by the promoters of the 1,000+ homes in Birchall Garden Suburb, including Tarmac Ltd. It was said that the

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11 Nov 2016

Anne Williams represents restaurant in immediate Article 4 Direction

Anne Williams has represented the Le Colombier restaurant in Chelsea regarding an immediate Article 4 Direction made by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The freeholder of the property is applying for the right to convert it into a shop, or to premises for financial or professional

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10 Nov 2016

Gross Negligence Manslaughter Conviction

Oliver Saxby QC yesterday secured the conviction of Jasmine Gregory, a 24-year old mother of previous good character accused of the manslaughter by gross negligence of her 14-month old daughter, R. At around 11am on 7th August 2014, Miss Gregory received a visit from her Outreach Worker, Carla

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09 Nov 2016

Deborah Charles appointed Circuit Judge

Chambers warmly congratulates Deborah Charles on her appointment as Circuit Judge. Deborah Charles will take up her new role on 5th December and will sit at Croydon. She will be sitting there as a Recorder from now until her new appointment formally begins in December. Chambers wishes her all

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07 Nov 2016

North Wales ex-Police Superintendent prosecuted for historical sex abuse

A former Police Superintendent, Gordon Anglesea has been convicted of four indecent assault charges against two boys which took place between 1982 and 1987, when both boys were 14 or 15. The trial held at Mold Crown Court lasted for six weeks and resulted in a conviction and sentence of 12 years in

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