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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21 Oct 2016

The Autonomous Consumer and the Dutiful State: A Real Problem or Simply Food for Thought?

David Travers QC will be speaking at a conference entitled The Future of Food Law & Policy in Canada, in Halifax, Nova Scotia next month. David will present a paper called "The Autonomous Consumer and the Dutiful State: A Real Problem or Simply Food for Thought” in the session entitled...

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18 Oct 2016

National Food and Drink Manufacturing Health and Safety Conference 2016

On Tuesday 4th October, David Travers QC participated in the IOSH National Food and Drink Manufacturing Health and Safety Conference 2016. The aim of the Conference was to explore fresh ways to address the most pressing health and safety issues that affect the industry, providing sector and...

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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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05 Oct 2016

Enabler Provisions of the Finance Act

Six Pump Court Chambers and STEP (IOM) Limited will be hosting a seminar for practitioners entitled "Enabler Provisions of the Finance Act" today. This seminar will provide an overview of the Finance Act 2016 and the Enabler Provisions relating to tax avoidance schemes and the civil liability to...

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28 Sep 2016

Alcohol Licensing - 2016 Conference

Stuart Jessop spoke at MBL's Alcohol Licensing Conference on 27th September 2016 to delegates from solicitors firms and local authorities. His presentation was on Cumulative Impact Zones and policies. Issues such as 'the scope and effect of such policies' and 'how to approach applications in...

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23 Sep 2016

Emmaline Lambert represents the Health and Safety Executive in prosecution of Crest Nicholson leading to fines of £800,000

Emmaline Lambert represented the HSE in the prosecution of a construction company following a serious accident on the site of a large housing development which left the site foreman with life-threatening injuries. The foreman had been hit by a large mortar carrier and was subsequently pulled under...

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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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16 Sep 2016

Telling the truth about food - 5 Oct 2016

Unfortunately this event has been cancelled. Kindly sponsored by Mick Antoniw AM, Counsel General for Wales and the University of South Wales – BARC. Part of the “Taking Responsibility” series of lectures organised by the Business Accountability and Responsibility Centre (“BARC”)...

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14 Sep 2016

Six Pump Court ranked Tier 1 in Environmental Law in Legal 500 (2016)

Six Pump Court is pleased to be ranked a Tier 1 set in Environmental Law and to be ranked as a set in five areas of law in the Legal 500 (2016) which was published today. Overall, Six Pump Court’s barristers are now recommended in twelve areas of law in the Legal 500 (2016) overall with 60...

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05 Sep 2016

David Travers QC to speak at IBA Annual Conference in Washington

The annual International Bar Association Conference will be held in Washington this month. It is the premier event of the international legal circuit and attracts many representatives of the international legal and commercial sectors. David Travers QC will be speaking on product recalls in a...

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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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30 Aug 2016

Company fined over £100,000 for food safety and hygiene offences

Birmingham Crown Court imposed a total fine of £105,000 on a major corporation with an annual turnover of £1.6 billion on 19 August 2016 for three breaches of the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013. Richard Barraclough QC prosecuted the case for Birmingham City Council and David...

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29 Jul 2016

Removal of premises licence for business employing illegal worker

Ian Whitehurst, acting on behalf of a multi-agency investigation unit, has secured the removal of the premises licence for a business involved in employing an illegal worker. The retailer, based in Liverpool, had been targeted by Merseyside Police, Liverpool council and immigration services as...

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