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05 Jul 2019

Frances Lawson to speak at International Chamber of Commerce Conference on arbitration and climate change

Frances Lawson has been invited to speak to arbitration practitioners under 40 years of age on the emerging nexus between arbitration and climate change. The ICC Young Arbitrators Forum Conference will be held at ICC headquarters in Paris on Wednesday 10th July and is entitled "Regionalism and

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06 Mar 2018

Frances Lawson appointed to join ICC Taskforce

Frances Lawson has been invited to join the International Chamber of Commerce’s Task Force on the Arbitration of Climate Change Related Disputes. This Task Force aims to explore how ICC arbitration and other dispute resolution services can be used to resolve climate change and associated energy

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12 Feb 2018

Listed building enforcement notice in historic Windsor Conservation Area upheld

A listed building enforcement notice in respect of the Sir Christopher Wren Hotel in the Windsor Conservation Area has just been upheld after a public inquiry. The owners of the hotel, named after the famous architect who once lived there, had argued that the Notice was no longer required because

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26 Sep 2017

Frances Lawson secures negligible fine in asbestos health & safety prosecution

Frances Lawson managed to obtain an extraordinarily low fine for a building company who were guilty of several omissions under health and safety law in a case concerning the discovery of asbestos during conservatory demolition work. The company, had been subcontracted by Anglian Windows to

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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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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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07 Sep 2016

Frances Lawson awarded Paris Bar Exchange Scholarship 2016

Six Pump Court is delighted to announce that Frances Lawson has been awarded a Paris Bar Exchange Scholarship 2016. The scholarship, administered by Inner Temple on behalf of the Pegasus Scholarship Trust, will see Frances spend the month of September on placement in Paris, gaining insight into the

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29 Jun 2016

Pension Fund Managers Legal Duties and Climate Risk

Frances Lawson will speak at a seminar next week organised jointly between ClientEarth and ShareAction entitled Clarifying Legal Duties – the implications for pensions and climate risk. The event is being held to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the Law Commission’s 2014 review,

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05 Jan 2016

COP and post COP: Climate change law in and after Paris

On Thursday 21st January, Six Pump Court will host an event entitled ‘COP and post COP: Climate change law in and after Paris’. The meeting will offer a reflection on the outcomes of the recent international climate change summit that took place in Paris and will feature a distinguished group

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16 Jun 2015

New International Climate Change Blog

Six Pump Court is delighted to announce the launch of its new international climate change blog. Written by Frances Lawson as part of her Pegasus Scholarship in Paris to work on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in December 2015 (UNFCCC) negotiations, it tracks and provides

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11 May 2015

Update on the 2015 UN Climate Change Negotiations

In this briefing paper, Fran Aldson writes on the latest developments in the 2015 UN Climate Change Negotiations and the commitments being drafted by the individual parties. These commitments, known as the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (or INDCs) are currently being prepared by all

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28 Apr 2015

Six Pump Court Team in Legal Walk 2015

Six Pump Court will be joining the thousands of other walkers on Monday May 18th as part of the London Legal Walk. Our Team of walkers includes Grant Armstrong, Megan Thomas, Emmaline Lambert, Craig Evans, Nicholas Ostrowski, John Dowlman, Micky Singh, Richard Constable, Ryan Barrow and Bridget

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25 Mar 2015

Six Pump Court Vulnerable Witness Seminar

Members of the criminal team today gave a seminar to Kent CPS lawyers and caseworkers on the subject of Vulnerable Witnesses. Introduced by Eleanor Laws QC and Oliver Saxby QC, the speakers included Richard Barraclough QC, Catherine Donnelly, Simon Taylor and Fran Aldson. To read more about

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16 Mar 2015

Narrowboat owner prosecuted by the Environment Agency

Fran Aldson has prosecuted, on behalf of the Environment Agency, the owner of a narrowboat based on the River Nene in Cambridgeshire. The boat owner was found guilty of failing to register his vessel with the Environment Agency. The owner would have been liable for annual charges set by the

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24 Feb 2015

Transboundary environmental impact assessment and risk

In a new article shortly to be published in the journal, Environmental Law and Management, Fran Aldson analyses the Court of Appeal's recent judgment in R (on the application of An Taisce) (The National Trust for Ireland) v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change [2014] EWCA Civ

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04 Feb 2015

Fran Aldson awarded Pegasus scholarship for advisory work on UN Climate Change Convention

We are delighted to announce that Fran Aldson has been awarded an international scholarship by the Pegasus Scholarships Trust. Fran will spend 3 months in Paris assisting a leading climate change lawyer, Matthieu Wemaere, who has an office in Paris with FoleyHoag LLP. Fran's work will involve

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21 Jan 2015

The EU Recommendation on hydraulic fracturing and its implementation in the UK

In a recent issue of the journal, Environmental Liability - Law, Policy and Practice, Fran Aldson analyses the legal and environmental issues surrounding the European Commission's recent Recommendation regarding hydraulic fracturing ('fracking'). She also assesses the implications for its

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23 Dec 2014

Guilty verdicts in the Berkshire auction house case

Fran Aldson has acted as junior counsel in a successful 6-week Trading Standards prosecution of three people involved in the fraudulent running of a Berkshire auction house. The jury at Reading Crown Court took 12 hours to return guilty verdicts on Jonathan King, Glenn Norcliffe and Beverley King

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07 Nov 2014

Gordon Menzies and Frances Aldson prosecute in a trading standards case involving auctioneers accused of fraudulently taking thousands of pounds of customers' money

Gordon Menzies and Frances Aldson have commenced a trial at Reading Crown Court prosecuting three family members who ran an auction house and allegedly siphoned off customer's money for their own gain. While customers who had entrusted items to the business went without payment, the jury were told

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20 Oct 2014

Six Pump Court welcomes new tenant Fran Aldson

Six Pump Court is delighted to welcome Fran Aldson as a new member of Chambers following the successful completion of her pupillage. In addition to her achievements in pupillage, Fran brings with her a wealth of experience acquired in her previous careers, particularly in the NGO sector and at

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