News

28 Nov 2013

Six Pump Court Criminal Team launch their first Newsletter

The Criminal Team at Six Pump Court are pleased to announce their inaugural Newsletter. Issue 1 contains updates covering recent legal developments, court news and recent cases as well as an update on our own Criminal Team at Six Pump Court. To view Issue 1 click here

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07 Nov 2013

Criminal Team recognised in Chambers and Partners UK Bar Directory 2014

Recommendations were made in both the London Bar and South East Circuit sections of the Directory and some of the coverage is outlined below:- Eleanor Laws QC ranked Silk, Band 5 London Bar Oliver Saxby QC, ranked New Silk, London Bar Richard Barraclough QC: “…very distinctive, deep voice,

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03 Nov 2013

Eleanor Laws QC in Radio 5 live debate on the use of cameras in court

Eleanor Laws QC took part in a Radio 5 discussion on the use of cameras in court last week. New rules now allow cameras into the court of appeal. It's the first time filming has been allowed in any courtroom in England and Wales. To listen to the debate click here

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01 Nov 2013

Response to 'Transforming Legal Aid: Next Steps' Consultation

6 Pump Court Criminal Team Response to Next Steps Consultation Introduction 1. 6 Pump Court is a long established common law set of some 54 self-employed barristers who practice in criminal, family, employment and civil law. It has 6 QCs, 1 Deputy High Court Judge, 2 Crown Court Recorders

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16 Oct 2013

"Vulnerable Witnesses" - Six Pump Court Chambers Crime Seminar

Six Pump Court is to hold a seminar on 'Vulnerable Witnesses' on Thursday 28th November with speakers Eleanor Laws QC and Nina Ellin. The session will be held at our Maidstone office at 5.30pm and is accredited with 1.5 CPD points. The seminar will be followed by some Christmas drinks. To

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14 Oct 2013

Eleanor Laws QC successfully defends US investment banker charged with attempted rape and sexual assault

Eleanor Laws QC has successfully defended US investment banker, Edward Sappin on charges of attempted rape and sexual assault. The case was heard at Blackfriars Crown Court. Click here for article in the Daily Mail

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02 Oct 2013

Eleanor Laws QC speaks at South East Circuit seminar on the cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses

Eleanor Laws QC  spoke at the South East Circuit seminar entitled "Fragile Witnesses: Handle With Care" yesterday. She spoke on the subject of sex trafficking and HHJ Cutts QC also spoke on vulnerable witnesses. The event was attended by 200 delegates. The seminar was also filmed and will be

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18 Sep 2013

Nina Ellin speaks at the 'Child and Adolescent Health and Wellbeing: Safeguarding Children from Sexual Exploitation' symposium

Nina Ellin has lectured at a symposium entitled "Child and Adolescent Health and Wellbeing: Safeguarding Children from Sexual Exploitation" run by the Public Policy Exchange this month. The event took place on Thursday 19th September at Broadway House, Westminster. Further details can be

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18 Sep 2013

Trial of Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell concludes

The trial of Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell concluded last week with the actor being acquitted of allegations of the rape and sexual abuse of an underage girl. The acquittal followed five days of evidence at Manchester Crown Court and was covered heavily by the media. Eleanor Laws QC of

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04 Sep 2013

Eleanor Laws QC prosecutes actor Michael le Vell for serious sexual offences at Manchester Crown Court

Eleanor Laws QC prosecutes actor Michael le Vell for serious sexual offences this week at Manchester Crown Court. The trial is expected to last 2 to 3 weeks. To read news coverage use the links below:- The Daily Telegraph BBC News Sky News Updates on each day's proceedings can also be

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04 Sep 2013

Oliver Saxby QC and Simon Taylor begin defence of alleged fraudster Scott Baker

The trial of Scott Baker, accused of a widescale investment/mortgage fraud, began last week. Oliver Saxby QC and Simon Taylor, instructed by Bond Joseph solicitors are defending. The trial is expected to last some 3 weeks.

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12 Aug 2013

Oliver Saxby QC interviewed live on BBC Radio about Legal Aid cuts

Oliver Saxby QC appeared live this morning on the BBC Radio Kent breakfast programme to talk about the Legal Aid reforms. To follow his interview on the BBC Radio Kent website (John Warnett, 7.25am) click here.

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07 Aug 2013

Ian Whitehurst instructed in confiscation proceedings in Vantis Tax Avoidance Case

Ian Whitehurst has been instructed to deal with the confiscation proceedings arising from the Vantis Tax Avoidance Scheme case. In this complex, multi-jurisdictional case, tax advisers of Vantis faced charges of tax evasion in a multi-million pound tax scam involving celebrities, sportsmen and

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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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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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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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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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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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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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22 Oct 2012

Nina Ellin speaks at the Level 3 Child Safeguarding Conference 2012

Nina Ellin spoke at the Level 3 Child Safeguarding Conference 2012 held by the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine Conference in London last week. The 2-day course involved speakers from a variety of agencies covering all of the knowledge domains of Level 3* Child Safeguarding training. To

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