News

08 Jul 2013

Stephen Hockman QC and William Upton instructed in significant environmental noise nuisance case

Stephen Hockman QC and William Upton will be representing the claimants in a highly significant environmental (noise) nuisance case - Lawrence v Fen Tigers, to be heard by the Supreme Court later this year. The late Peter Harrison QC had previously acted on behalf of the claimant in these

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03 Jul 2013

Checklist prepared for those considering judicial review

Following recent changes to the rules on judicial review in planning decisions, William Upton and Nicholas Ostrowski have prepared a checklist for residents/groups who are considering challenging the grant of planning permission by judicial review. The checklist can be found here

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19 Jun 2013

"Legislating for Responsible Capitalism". A paper by Stephen Hockman QC

Stephen Hockman QC has written a paper published by the Policy Network, entitled 'Legislating for Responsible Capitalism: what it means in practice". In the paper, he explores the legal amendments available to improve the monitoring, transparency and accountability of corporate practice. To read

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07 Jun 2013

Oliver Saxby QC secures Jerome Parkinson's acquittal of murder

The jury in the case of Parkinson and others returned their verdicts on Thursday. The Crown alleged that Parkinson and two of his co-accused had travelled down to Boscombe armed with a sawn-off shotgun in order to kill a young man called Reece Menzies, this at the instigation of the fourth

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06 Jun 2013

Crime Team Seminar - Pre-Trial Advocacy

The first of the Crime Team's Seminars takes place this evening, 6th June, at the Maidstone annexe. The seminar is entitled 'Pre-Trial Advocacy'. The seminar will be held from 5.30-7pm and will be followed by drinks and light refreshments Other topics to be covered in the seminar series include

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05 Jun 2013

Oliver Saxby QC becomes Chairman of the Kent Bar Mess

Oliver Saxby QC has become Chairman of the Kent Bar Mess. 6 Pump Court Chambers featured heavily the Kent Bar Mess elections which took place last week. Andrew Espley became Senior and Catherine Donnelly, Danny Moore, John O'Higgins and Thomas Stern became members of the Committee. 

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03 Jun 2013

Oliver Saxby QC and Danny Moore (instructed by Vymans, Gravesend) begin their defence of Lee Webster at Maidstone Crown Court

The trial of Lee Webster began on 30th May at Maidstone Crown Court. Webster is charged with the unlawful killing of a man called Jason Wood. He is alleged to have placed a quantity of anti-depressant pills into Wood's beer, causing his death. The central issue will be the question of

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31 May 2013

Successful appeal by Ministry of Defence against plans for wind farm

William Upton has represented the Ministry of Defence in a successful appeal against plans for two separate wind farms which, it was argued, would interfere with operations at a nearby seismic monitoring facility. It was argued that the two separate schemes proposed for sites near Carlisle would

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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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09 May 2013

Eleanor Laws QC to contribute to Advocate's Gateway training for treatment of vulnerable witnesses

Eleanor Laws QC has been invited to assist in compiling a training programme for the treatment of vulnerable witnesses as part of the launch of the Advocate's Gateway. The Advocate’s Gateway is hosted by the Advocacy Training Council and is managed by the ATC’s Vulnerable Witness Management

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01 May 2013

Nicholas Baldock secures finding of 60% contributory negligence in employer's liability case

Nicholas Baldock secures finding of 60% contributory negligence against employer in a case involving a fall from scaffold. In Jason Sharp (by his brother & litigation friend John Sharp) v Top Flight Scaffolding[2013] EWHC 479 the Claimant had fallen from the top of a scaffold that he had

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17 Apr 2013

Nina Ellin and Peter Alcock successfully defend mother in child neglect case

Nina Ellin and Peter Alcock successfully defend a mother charged with neglecting her baby boy, who suffered severe head injuries and brain damage at the hands of his father. The case concluded at Guildford Crown Court on 9th April. The solicitors representing the defendant were BKRW

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04 Apr 2013

Stephen Hockman QC and Lee Bennett successfully represent Ofgem in proposed record £10.5m fine case against energy supplier SSE

Ofgem has announced its intention to fine SSE £10.5 million for mis-selling energy contracts to domestic customers. Stephen Hockman QC, Monica Carss-Frisk QC andLee Bennett advised Ofgem throughout this complex and very substantial investigation. Further support was provided by Nicholas

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27 Mar 2013

Mark Harris and Mark Watson have successfully represented the Environment Agency in a test case brought by Thames Water Utilities regarding escapes of sewage onto land

In Thames Water Utilities Ltd v Environment Agency [2013] EWHC 472 (Admin) Mark Harris and Mark Watson have successfully represented the Environment Agency in a test case brought by Thames Water Utilities regarding escapes of sewage onto land. To view the judgement click here

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20 Mar 2013

The murder trial of Sarah Ripley (Oliver Saxby prosecuting and Richard Barraclough QC and John O'Higgins defending) commences

The trial of Sarah Ripley - a 21 year old girl charged with murdering her partner, James Heddington, began on Monday at Canterbury Crown Court. It is expected to last 3-4 weeks. Oliver Saxby is prosecuting and Richard Barraclough QC and John O'Higgins are defending. To read more about the

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15 Mar 2013

Thomas Stern defends one of five indicted for murder

Thomas Stern is representing one of five defendants indicted for murder before the Crown Court at Norwich. The complex trial in which the defendants are accused of the murder of a man outside a pub in Great Yarmouth has now completed it's second week.See below for news coverage on the case:-BBC

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15 Mar 2013

Eleanor Laws QC secures reversal of a ruling regarding a vulnerable witness

Eleanor Laws QC yesterday successfully argued in the Court of Appeal that a terminating ruling declaring a vulnerable witness as incompetent, be reversed. The witness had learning difficulties and required an intermediary and interpreter. The Court of Appeal reversed the ruling and sent the case

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14 Mar 2013

Six Pump Court Chambers shortlisted in the Halsbury's Legal Awards 2013

Six Pump Court Chambers has been shortlisted in the 'Chambers of the Year' category by the Halsbury's Laws Legal Awards 2013. The Halsbury's Legal Awards recognise excellence in the law and great contribution to the legal sector. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 8th May in

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12 Mar 2013

Six Pump Court is pleased to announce Oliver Saxby's appointment as Queen's Counsel

Called to the Bar in 1992, Oliver Saxby has built up a strong criminal practice and has been involved in some of the most sensitive, high profile and demanding cases of recent years. His particular areas of expertise include the fields of homicide and serious sexual abuse. Oliver's appointment

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14 Jan 2013

Roy Martin QC appointed as Court of Appeal Judge in Jersey and Guernsey

Chambers is pleased to announce that Roy Martin QC has been appointed by Her Majesty the Queen to serve as a Judge in the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey on the recommendation of the Lord President of the Court of Session and the Lord Chancellor.  The post is part-time and the Courts sit

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22 Dec 2012

Eleanor Laws QC appointed to sit as Chair in Bar Disciplinary Tribunals

Eleanor Laws QC has been appointed by the Council of the Inns of Court to sit as Chair in Bar Disciplinary Tribunals. To view Eleanor Laws' profile click here

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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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03 Dec 2012

Mark Watson successfully represents Maritime & Coastguard Agency

At Southampton Crown Court on 27 November 2012 Mark Watson successfully represented the Maritime & Coastguard Agency in the first successful prosecution of a UK-based management agent in relation to the safety of an Anglo-Spanish trawler. “The Shark”, based at La Coruna in Galicia but

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30 Nov 2012

David Travers QC and Mark Watson awarded honorary fellowships of the Society of Food and Hygiene and Technology

On 22 November 2012 David Travers QC and Mark Watson were awarded honorary fellowships of the Society of Food Hygiene and Technology (SOFHT) at the Society's annual lunch at the Savoy.  In presenting the fellowships the chairman of SOFHT expressed thanks to David and Mark for their work over

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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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