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26 Sep 2017

Frances Lawson secures negligible fine in asbestos health & safety prosecution

Frances Lawson acted 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.

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02 Aug 2017

Six Pump Court welcomes two new members to Chambers

Six Pump Court is pleased to welcome Robert Griffiths QC and Nicola Strachan to Chambers.

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11 Jul 2017

The use of cost benefit analysis in environmental regulation

In a recent article for the Journal of Water Law, Charles Morgan addresses the challenges of cost-benefit analysis in the context of environmental regulation and private nuisance claims.

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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.

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04 Jul 2017

David Travers QC lectures in Brazil on food fraud and integrity issues

David Travers QC has returned from a trip to Brazil organised by the Bar Council in collaboration with the Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil and Lex Anglo Brasil.

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26 Jun 2017

CTSI Conference 2017 – Sentencing in Food Cases

Members of the Six Pump Court Chambers Food Law Team will host a session at the CTSI Conference taking place this week in Harrogate.

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12 Jun 2017

Ian Whitehurst instructed to prosecute £1m corporate fraud

Ian Whitehurst has been instructed to prosecute as Leading Counsel a £1 million fraud linked to ongoing High Court civil proceedings concerning allegations of breach of fiduciary duties by a former managing director and theft by former employees.

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12 Jun 2017

‘Piercing the Veil’ - Incorporation and Liability for Environmental Damage: Widening the Net

Six Pump Court presents the third in our series of Environmental and Public Law Seminars to be held this year on Wednesday 12th July.

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26 May 2017

Court of Appeal hears food safety appeal

Stephen Hockman QC, and David Hercock appeared in the Court of Appeal last week in judicial review proceedings on behalf of a trade association and slaughterhouse operator.

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16 May 2017

Successful advice to company leads to withdrawal of ICO criminal investigation

Ian Whitehurst instructed by Knocker Foskett, successfully advised a company in relation to a criminal investigation by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) in relation to possible data protection offences. The advice and strategical guidance provided by Ian and his team, led to the ICO...

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16 May 2017

Flood Defence and Pollution Control: Statutory Powers and Compensation

Six Pump Court presents the second in our series of environmental and public law seminars to be held this year: Flood Defence and Pollution Control: Statutory Powers and Compensation Flood damage is an increasing threat. A variety of statutory powers are entrusted to the Environment Agency,...

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16 May 2017

Water company fined £1.6m for health and safety offences

David Travers QC represented South West Water which has been fined £1.6m for health and safety offences relating to the death of an employee who drowned at work. Robert Geach, 54, fell into a filtration tank at the Falmouth Water Treatment Works in December 2013. Truro Crown Court heard that...

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09 May 2017

Stuart Jessop presents food safety session at BALPPA Food and Beverage Seminar

Stuart Jessop, along with Luke Johnson, Pizza Express founder and former chairman of Channel 4, Nigel Rosenthal, managing director of SaferFood Company, and others, presented sessions to British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions (BALPPA) members on 9th May at their first Food and...

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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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31 Mar 2017

Critical Law and Corporate Crime

David Travers QC will be a guest speaker at the Critical Law and Corporate Social Responsibility Network Conference at Canterbury Christ Church University. The focus at this event will be on critical law and corporate crimes - on the corporation as a legal person and it's capability and tendency to...

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29 Mar 2017

Six Pump Court barristers recognised in this year’s Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers was established in the USA in 1983 and describes itself as “the oldest and most highly-respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide”. Stephen Hockman QC, David Travers QC and William Upton are ranked as Leading Individuals in the new edition of the ‘Best...

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24 Feb 2017

Water company fined over £200,000 for sewage pollution in Cornwall

In a case brought by the Environment Agency, South West Water has been ordered to pay £205,000 in fines and costs for discharging sewage into the Fal Estuary in Cornwall, near shellfish beds within a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC). The case was...

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13 Feb 2017

Data Privacy and Brexit

In an interview with Lexis PSL, Ian Whitehurst assesses the impact that the forthcoming Brexit negotiations will have on data protection issues in the UK. He outlines the options available to the UK and asks whether Brexit could prove an opportunity to loosen data protection standards and introduce...

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20 Jan 2017

Ian Whitehurst appointed Disclosure Counsel by the SFO

Ian Whitehurst has been appointed as Disclosure Counsel by the Serious Fraud Office in a high profile and complex major case. Ian was appointed in December and the case is ongoing.  

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16 Jan 2017

David Travers QC acts for major retailer Wilko following serious injury to employee

The major high street retailer Wilko Retail Ltd has been fined over £2m in the latest prosecution under the Sentencing Guidelines. David Travers QC acted for Wilko which is a “very large organization” within the meaning of the guideline. The retailer pleaded guilty at the first opportunity...

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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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21 Dec 2016

Water company receives record £2m fine for polluting Kent beaches

Southern Water received a record fine of £2 million on 19th December, following a plea of guilty to a single count of causing or knowingly permitting an unauthorised water discharge activity in 2012. Richard Banwell prosecuted the company on behalf of the Environment Agency at Maidstone Crown...

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02 Nov 2016

Six Pump Court ranked Band 1 in Environment and barristers ranked in eleven areas in 2017 Chambers UK Bar Guide

Six Pump Court Chambers is delighted to be ranked as a Band 1 Set in Environment Law along with further Set rankings in Crime, Health & Safety and Planning in the new 2017 Chambers UK Bar Guide . Furthermore barristers at Six Pump Court received 42 individual rankings across eleven practice...

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01 Nov 2016

Six Pump Court welcomes new Environmental Law specialist Charles Morgan

Chambers is pleased to welcome Charles Morgan to the Planning & Environmental Law team at Six Pump Court. Charles’ principal areas of practice are environmental law and commercial property law. He has a particular interest in all areas of water and water industry law which has led to...

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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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