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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.

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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.

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31 Oct 2016

Court of Appeal hears first two appeals under new sentencing guideline

On 25th October, Pascal Bates appeared for the respondent (HSE) in the first two appeals heard against sentences for health and safety offending passed under the new Sentencing Council guideline. Kenneth Thelwall, a company director, had been sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment after an...

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12 Oct 2016

Court of Appeal Upholds £3 Million Fine

Pascal Bates appeared before the Court of Appeal on 11 October 2016 successfully to resist (on behalf of HSE) ConocoPhillips (U.K.) Limited’s attempts to appeal fines totalling £3 million for breaches of offshore regulations on its Lincolnshire Offshore Gas Gathering System. The Court of...

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20 Sep 2016

Nominations for the 2016 Chambers UK Bar Awards

We are pleased to announce that barristers at Six Pump Court Chambers have been shortlisted in the following categories for the Chambers Bar Awards 2016:- Environment/Planning:         Junior of the Year      Mark Harris Health &...

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30 Aug 2016

Corner cutting landlord jailed for fire safety breaches when prosecuted by Pascal Bates

A Grimsby and Cleethorpes landlord, Keith Newsum, with a portfolio of about 20 properties, has been jailed for five months for fire safety breaches after a fire swept through two terraced houses which he had joined together and laid out as ten or more bedsits for occupation by housing benefits...

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08 Feb 2016

Pascal Bates in prosecutions of two very large energy companies

ConocoPhillips (U.K.) Limited and UK Power Networks (Operations) Limited have been fined £3 million and £1 million respectively for (quite separate) safety breaches in two cases prosecuted by Pascal Bates. The pair of sentences illustrate the continuing trend firmly to mark offending by very...

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03 Aug 2015

Pascal Bates prosecutes David Lloyd Leisure for exposing swimming pool users to noxious gas and hospitalising five

David Lloyd Leisure Limited, the well known national chain of over 90 health and leisure clubs was prosecuted by Ipswich Borough Council for an offence contrary to section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 following a release of noxious gas into the pool hall at its Ipswich branch...

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26 Jan 2015

Six Pump Court strengthens ties with The Bartlett, UCL

A team of barristers from Six Pump Court, including Anne Williams, recently appointed as a Visiting Professor, Mark Beard, Pascal Bates, Ian Rees Phillips and Laura Phillips, commenced teaching undergraduate students enrolled at The Bartlett School of Planning, UCL. The Property and Planning Law...

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27 Aug 2014

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

Six Pump Court is delighted to have been nominated for awards in four separate categories by the Chambers UK Bar Awards this year including Set of the Year in Health & Safety (winners of this Award previously in 2013). Our nominations for the 2014 Awards are as follows:- Health & Safety...

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05 Jun 2014

Pascal Bates prosecutes Company Director who is imprisoned for 12 months after roofer fell through fragile asbestos roofing sheets

Robert Wynn Marsh, the 64 year old sole director and shareholder of RM Developments (2005) Limited, was prosecuted for two offences after he caused the company to supply severely weathered roofing sheets described by the sentencing Judge as “wholly and obviously unsuitable”. Having already...

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01 May 2014

Pascal Bates prosecutes Pirbright Institute for foot and mouth disease controls failures in first ever case under the Specified Animal Pathogens Order 2008

Pascal Bates yesterday prosecuted the Pirbright Institute, a government-funded research facility recognised by the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation as the world reference centre for foot and mouth disease, for failures in relation to its disease containment controls during repeated...

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19 Feb 2014

Partnership sentenced for lake safety failures

Pascal Bates has prosecuted a farming partnership which was fined £60,000 plus £31,252.12 in costs for water safety failures that led to the death of a 17 year old worker at a lake on a wetland wildlife reserve. The reserve near Wicken, Cambridgeshire, said to be essential to wildfowl in East...

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05 Sep 2013

Pascal Bates Prosecutes Essex Hospital for Double Safety Failures

Pascal Bates has prosecuted Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for two quite separate sets of safety failings. Between 2004 and 2010 the Trust failed to get to grips with the management of legionella in its complex water systems, despite having previously been...

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18 Jul 2013

Swimming Pool Tragedy Sentenced

Pascal Bates has today prosecuted Leisure Connection Limited, a company running some 70 leisure centres across the country, in a case arising from the death of a 7 year old girl in the pool at Blackwater Leisure Centre at Maldon in Essex. The Prosecution established that Leisure Connection's...

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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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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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03 May 2012

More Strength in Regulatory Crime

We are delighted to welcome Pascal Bates to Chambers. Joint Head of Chambers Peter Harrison QC said “Pascal is already well known to us as one of the leading prosecutors in Health and Safety cases and is a very strong addition to our Regulatory team. As with most advocacy there is no substitute...

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