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18 Mar 2019

Richard Barraclough QC successfully prosecutes illegal money lending enterprise

Richard Barraclough QC who has a specialist experience of illegal money lending cases has successfully prosecuted on behalf of the government funded Birmingham Illegal Money Lending Team an unlicensed business to business money lending enterprise where over £4 million of mixed monies passed

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07 Mar 2019

Stephen Hockman QC and David Hercock appear in the Supreme Court in important food safety case

On 5 March 2019 Stephen Hockman QC and David Hercock appeared in the Supreme Court on behalf of the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (“AIMS”) instructed by Hannah Leese of SAS Daniels LLP. AIMS is a trade association that represents the interests of slaughterhouses within the United

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05 Mar 2019

Stephen Hockman QC and Mark Watson QC succeed in appeal against sentence in asbestos exposure case

Stephen Hockman QC and Mark Watson QC have been successful in an appeal against a sentence in a case that concerned exposure to asbestos. The case highlighted the importance of expert evidence in cases involving the assessment of likelihood of injury under the Sentencing Guideline for Health and

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27 Feb 2019

Keeping International Travellers Healthy on Land and at Sea - meeting the public health challenges

David Travers QC will speak at a Conference hosted by the Royal Society for Public Health concerning welfare within the international travel industry. The Conference entitled "Keeping International Travellers Healthy on Land and at Sea - meeting the public health challenges" will cover the

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25 Feb 2019

Director and company convicted of toy safety offences

A company director of a toy importer has been convicted along with the company itself after a trial alleging offences under the Toy Safety Regulations and the REACH Regulations. The company and the director were fined after the trial in a prosecution brought by the London Borough of Enfield at

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25 Feb 2019

Reduction in fine for waste company

Stuart Jessop has successfully represented a waste company in its appeal against a sentenced imposed on it in respect of depositing waste without a permit. The fine originally imposed was reduced by 62%. Stuart argued that the court below had incorrectly categorised the offence as falling with the

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22 Feb 2019

Comply first and fight later: the law relating to section 20 requests

Gordon Menzies and Mark Davies have written an article concerning the wide-ranging powers provided by section 20 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. In the article they discuss interpretation and the ambit of these powers and the subsequent enforceable duties. Following on from a recent

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22 Feb 2019

Farmer cleared of 22 allegations of animal cruelty and related offences

Stuart Jessop recently represented a farmer and his two partners charged with various offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, Animal By-Products (Enforcement) (England) Regulations 2013, and the Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) Regulations 2007. The farmer had admitted two less serious

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22 Jan 2019

Maximising mitigation – steps a company can take to reduce penalties

In this two part series published in the Safety and Health Practitioner, Stephen Hockman QC along with other health and safety specialists, considers the actions which a duty-holder can take following a serious incident in which failings have been identified, to influence the size of penalty

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19 Nov 2018

Stephen Hockman QC and David Hercock appear in the Divisional Court

On 16 November 2018 the Divisional Court handed down judgment in Highbury Poultry Farm Produce Limited v CPS [2018] EWHC 3122 (Admin). The Appellant had challenged a District Judge’s ruling made in the course of criminal proceedings that an operator of a slaughterhouse could be criminally

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02 Nov 2018

Six Pump Court ranked Band 1 Set and barristers ranked in twelve practice areas in 2019 Chambers UK Bar Guide

Six Pump Court Chambers is delighted to be ranked as a Band 1 Set with Set rankings in Crime, Consumer Law Environment, Health & Safety and Planning in the new 2019 Chambers UK Bar Guide. Barristers at Six Pump Court received 40 individual rankings across twelve practice areas. In this new

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30 Oct 2018

Six Pump Court barristers recommended in twelve areas of law in the Legal 500 2019

Six Pump Court has been recommended in twelve areas of law in the Legal 500 2019 with 59 individual recommendations. This year there were  additional individual recommendations, as well as set rankings in Crime, Consumer, Environment, Health & Safety and Planning. In this new edition,

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26 Oct 2018

Six Pump Court wins Health & Safety Set of the Year at Chambers UK Bar Awards

Last night at the Chambers UK Bar Awards, Six Pump Court was delighted to be named as the Health & Safety Set of the Year. The Award recognises our continuing involvement in high profile and significant cases shaping the regulatory landscape in health and safety in England and Wales.

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07 Sep 2018

Six Pump Court shortlisted for three awards in the Chambers UK Bar Awards

Six Pump Court is delighted to have been nominated for awards in the following categories of the Chambers Bar Awards 2018: Health & Safety Set of the Year Environment/Planning Set of the Year Environment/Planning Junior of the Year: Mark Beard The winners will be announced at the

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15 Aug 2018

Manslaughter prosecutions of those involved in supplying drugs and legal highs: an analysis

Richard Barraclough QC and Gordon Menzies recently prosecuted an individual who sold ‘DNP’ slimming pills over the internet for offences of manslaughter in what has been described as a ‘landmark case’. The defendant received a total sentence of 7 years imprisonment. This case may well

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01 Aug 2018

New book on food law by Ian Thomas

Six Pump Court is pleased to announce the publication of "A Practical Guide to the Law Relating to Food", written by Ian Thomas. Finding what the law says can be quite straightforward but this book helps provide an explanation of how food law is applied in practice. It will be of benefit to

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30 Jul 2018

Sentencing in fire safety offences

In R v Butt EWCA Crim 1617, the Court of Appeal sets out the correct approach to sentencing in fire safety offences. Laura Phillips represented the successful appellant. Click here for analysis of the case on our Weekly Environmental Law Blog

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05 Jul 2018

Richard Barraclough QC and Gordon Menzies appear in 'deadly' slimming pills case

Richard Barraclough QC and Gordon Menzies instructed by Harrow Council successfully prosecuted an individual who sold ‘DNP’ slimming pills over the internet for offences of manslaughter in what has been described as a ‘landmark case’. Bernard Rebelo ran a business which sold

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02 Jul 2018

Court of Appeal ruling on the meaning of the term “recovery”

Neal Soil Suppliers Limited & Others v Natural Resources Wales [2017] EWCA Crim 645 involved an appeal arising from a Crown Court ruling in the course of a preparatory hearing in relation to the meaning of the term “recovery”. The Appellant held an environmental permit enabling it to

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29 Jun 2018

New monthly audio environmental law news podcast

The latest update in our series of monthly environmental law updates (in association with LexisPSL) now comes as a free audio podcast. The new format allows listeners to catch-up on the latest news ‘on-the-go’ and provides a usefully succinct round-up of the month’s environmental law

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15 Jun 2018

David Travers QC to speak at the Global Food Law Current Issues Conference

David Travers QC will speak at MSU’s Global Food Law Current Issues Conference next week at Michigan State University’s prestigious College of Food Law. The conference, taking place on 19th-21st June in East Lansing Michigan, USA. Food lawyers with a global reach will be discussing a range

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06 Jun 2018

Regulatory Law Conference 2018 (Birmingham)

Six Pump Court will present a Regulatory Law Conference on 13th July in Birmingham which will cover a variety of topics providing essential updates on specialist areas, informative discussion on topical issues and practical tips for those who act in regulatory cases. We would be delighted if

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29 May 2018

European Commission proposes new measures to tackle e-crime

In an article for Lexis PSL, Ian Whitehurst considers the new proposals set out by the European Commission designed to ‘curtail the space in which terrorists and criminals operate’. To view the full text of the article click here This article was first published on Lexis®PSL

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15 May 2018

Richard Barraclough QC and Gordon Menzies prosecute case involving death of woman from slimming pills

On 14th May Richard Barraclough QC and Gordon Menzies (for the prosecution) began the trial at the Inner London Crown Court of three individuals charged with an offence under the Food Safety and Hygiene (England ) Regulations 2013 and manslaughter by unlawful act and gross negligence after they

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27 Apr 2018

Stephen Hockman QC and David Hercock successful in the Court of Appeal

On 26 April 2018 the Court of Appeal Criminal Division handed down judgment in R v M Najib & Sons Limited [2018] EWCA 909 (Crim). Stephen Hockman QC and David Hercock represented the appellant company and successfully overturned the company’s conviction for an alleged offence under the

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