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25 Mar 2019

Gambling Commission fine reduced by millions

Mark Watson QC and Stuart Jessop of Chambers instructed by Pinsent Masons solicitors have successfully assisted a very large gambling company in substantially reducing the initial fine imposed by the Gambling Commission. The company was represented by a different legal team at the hearing and

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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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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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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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21 Dec 2017

Mark Watson to be appointed Queen's Counsel

Chambers is delighted to announce that Mark Watson is to be appointed Queen’s Counsel. Mark will be formally appointed as Queen’s Counsel on Monday 26th February 2018.  

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10 Jul 2017

David Travers QC led Mark Watson in the defence of Martinisation London Ltd at Old Bailey 

David Travers QC and Mark Watson represented Martinisation London Limited after the company was accused of corporate manslaughter and associated health and safety offences. Two employees of the company, Tomasz Procko, 22, and Karol Symanski, 29, had died while working on a property in Cadogan

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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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18 Jul 2016

Members act in West Coast Railway safety failings case

In a case brought by the Office of Road and Rail (ORR), West Coast Railway Company Limited and one of their steam train drivers have been prosecuted following a near miss at a busy main line railway junction at Royal Wooton Bassett after a Signal Passed at Danger (SPAD). The incident was a

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14 Jul 2016

Stunt boss pleads guilty to health and safety offences

A stunt boss represented by Tanya Robinson and prosecuted by Mark Watson has pleaded guilty to health and safety offences.  For press coverage of the case see below:- The Mirror Kent Online    

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15 Apr 2016

Mark Watson instructed on behalf of Environment Agency in waste cases involving “record fine”

A company was ordered to pay fines and costs totalling more than £1.2 million in relation to two separate prosecutions by the Environment Agency which concluded this week at ¬Harrow Crown Court following legal proceedings lasting more than three years. The first case concerned the storage of

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01 Apr 2016

Six Pump Court Barristers listed in Who's Who Legal UK Bar 2016

Six Pump Court barristers Stephen Hockman QC, Mark Harris and Mark Watson have each been included in the Who's Who Legal UK Bar 2016 list of leading barristers in Environmental Law, in which a total of 33 barristers were identified as leaders in this field. The analysis from the report

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19 Feb 2016

Mark Watson secures withdrawal of £3m confiscation application against company director in waste case

Mark Watson, representing the director of a waste company, has secured the withdrawal of one of the largest confiscation applications ever made by the Environment Agency in a waste crime prosecution. On the basis of alleged waste deposits of in excess of 66,000 tonnes, the Agency had claimed that

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03 Nov 2015

Mark Watson wins Health & Safety Junior of the Year at Chambers UK Bar Awards

Chambers congratulates Mark Watson on winning Health & Safety Junior of the Year at the 2015 Chambers UK Bar Awards. Mark Watson received the award at the Bar Awards ceremony in London last week. To view Mark Watson’s profile click here

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18 Sep 2015

Six Pump Court barristers shortlisted for awards in Chambers UK Bar Awards 2015

Six Pump Court Chambers barristers, Eleanor Laws QC, Mark Watson and Christopher Badger have been shortlisted for awards in Chambers UK Bar Awards. The nominations which were announced yesterday include:-   Crime: Silk of the Year - Eleanor Laws QC Environment/Planning: Junior of

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10 Sep 2015

Six Pump Court and UKELA present a seminar on Criminal Enforcement by Regulators

Six Pump Court presents the second in our series of environmental law seminars to be held this year. This forthcoming seminar is being held in association with UKELA Topical Issues in Criminal Enforcement by Regulators: Current Issues Speakers: Christopher Badger, Richard Banwell, Mark

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29 Apr 2015

Food Standards Agency: Food Safety Witness Training Seminar

Mark Watson and Stuart Jessop attended the Food Standard Agency’s Witness Familiarisation Programme on 25th March. As part of the Programme, they trained staff from the FSA, including veterinarian surgeons and expert witnesses, on the process of giving specialist evidence in Food Safety

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04 Mar 2015

Mark Watson to present UKELA Environmental Offences seminar

Mark Watson of Six Pump Court is to provide an update on Environmental Offences, Sentencing Guidelines and the Proceeds of Crime at a forthcoming UKELA Seminar to be held on 10th March in Cambridge. For further details and to book click here

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03 Mar 2015

Six Pump Court barristers recognised in Who’s Who Legal 2015

Six Pump Court’s environmental law barristers have been recognised in the latest Who’s Who Legal which provides an analysis of the leading barristers and sets in the UK. In the Environment section of the guide, the following Six Pump Court barristers are included:- Stephen Hockman QC...

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20 Jan 2015

Six Pump Court Regulatory Team barristers act in human cannonball inquest

Mark Watson, Emmaline Lambert and Tanya Robinson are appearing at an inquest into the death of Matthew Cranch, who died whilst acting as a "human cannonball" stuntman at a Kent County Showground. He suffered a fatal accident when a safety net intended to break his fall, collapsed. He was taking

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09 Jan 2015

Current Trends in Penalties for Environmental Crime

Mark Watson is to speak at a forthcoming UKELA meeting entitled 'Current Trends in Penalties for Environmental Crime' to be held on 14th January. The session will cover the new environmental sentencing guideline, and provide analysis of how it is working in the courts and assess the results so

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11 Dec 2014

Mark Watson prosecutes in fatal maritime accident

Mark Watson is prosecuting in a case involving the death of a woman caused by the collision at sea of a yacht with a 5,000 tonne dredger. The woman had been sunbathing on her yacht several miles off the coast of Felixstowe in Suffolk when the fatal collision occurred. Mark Watson is prosecuting

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09 Oct 2013

Six Pump Court barristers nominated in Chambers 100 UK Bar

Mark Harris and Mark Watson have been nominated for inclusion into the Chambers 100 UK Bar. The Chambers UK Bar ranks the top barristers in the UK and publication is planned for the Autumn. To view the full list of nominations click here

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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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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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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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