News

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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28 Sep 2012

Criminal Team's established presence in Kent further strengthened with the addition of five experienced practitioners

Chambers is pleased to announce that Tom Stern, John Fitzgerald, Simon Wickens, Tom Dunn and Kieran Brand have joined the Criminal Team. The recruitment of these exceptional practitioners reinforces 6 Pump Court's commitment to providing a specialist, amenable and local service for Kent's

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24 Sep 2012

Eleanor Laws QC and Lucy Luttman secure acquittal of former Head Teacher in sex abuse case

Eleanor Laws QC and Lucy Luttman successfully defended a former Head Teacher of a Boys School in Brighouse, West Yorkshire. The Head Teacher was charged with nineteen charges of serious sexual abuse upon 4 former pupils. A jury found Peter Merrick, 67, not guilty of the offences alleged

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05 Sep 2012

Deborah Charles appointed Recorder and returns to practice after maternity leave

This week Deborah Charles returns to her practice after maternity leave. She will pick up where she left off with a busy practice in all aspects of criminal law both prosecution and defence based in Kent. She returns having been appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court

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03 Sep 2012

Adaku Oragwu appointed to Attorney General's Regulatory List

Adaku Oragwu has been appointed to the Attorney General's List (C) for Specialist Regulatory Advocates (HSE, ORR and the Environment Agency).

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29 Mar 2012

New Appointment to the Committee of the Criminal Bar Association

Eleanor Laws QC has been voted onto the Committee of the Criminal Bar Association, and appointed as an External Advocacy Assessor for Grade 4 Prosecutors.

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05 Mar 2012

Ford Open Prison riot acquittal

Oliver Saxby and Adaku Oragwu, instructed by BKRW, Folkestone have represented the only defendant to be acquitted by the jury on all counts at Hove Crown Court in the 'Ford Open Prison riot' trial.

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28 Feb 2012

'Sikh honeytrap plot' acquittal

Richard Barraclough QC and Oliver Saxby, instructed by Lahiff and Co, have secured the acquittal of Darren Peters on the murder charge he faced at the Old Bailey in the 'Sikh medical student honeytrap plot' trial which began in December 2011.

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12 Sep 2011

Rape & Sexual Offences Act Seminar - 17 September 2011

6 Pump Court Chambers barrister, Eleanor Laws QC is to speak at the forthcoming seminar, 'Rape and Sexual Offences Act' in September, hosted by the Wales and Chester Circuit. She will be presenting a paper on 'The Preparation and Presentation of Sexual Offences Cases at Trial'. To find out more

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24 Aug 2011

Victoria Tube Station murder trial ends following a 5 month trial

The first part of the Victoria Tube Station murder ended in May 2011 following a five month trial. It was the largest joint enterprise murder trial in the UK. The case involved an attack during the rush hour, by a number of youths on a 15 year old which ended in the Victoria Tube Station where he

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22 Aug 2011

Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls: Improving Responses to Rape and Sexual Assault. A Public Policy Exchange Symposium

6 Pump Court Chambers barrister, Eleanor Laws QC is to speak at the forthcoming Public Policy Exchange Symposium 'Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls: Improving Responses to Rape and Sexual Assault' on Wednesday 28th September in central London. The aim of this conference is to provide a

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27 Jun 2011

6 Pump Court welcomes changes to the DPP's proposed Advocates Panel Scheme

In April the DPP published a proposed Advocates Panel Scheme. Whilst 6 Pump Court never opposed the introduction of such a scheme in principle,  there were significant problems with the scheme proposed which could have led to members of Chambers losing elements of prosecution practices which they

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