15 Jan 2014

Lawyers Protest over Cuts to Criminal Justice System

Last week Six Pump Court Chambers barristers joined others in a protest against cuts to the criminal legal justice system. On Monday lawyers staged a half-day walk-out and protested outside courts. In Maidstone, over 50 barristers congregated outside the Crown Court. To read more click here

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13 Jan 2014

Eleanor Laws QC to attend cross party inquiry into child sexual exploitation

Eleanor Laws QC will be taking part in a cross party inquiry at Westminster into child sexual exploitation which will investigate the effectiveness of legislation for tackling child sexual exploitation and trafficking within the UK. It will be chaired by Ann Coffey, Stockport MP and chair of the...

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10 Jan 2014

CBA Conference Serious Sexual Offences - course materials available (6 CPD points)

Materials from last year's Criminal Bar Association's Conference on Serious Sexual Offences are available from the CBA website. The materials cost £60 and qualify for 6 CPD points. Eleanor Laws QC was one of the speakers at the Conference and presented a lecture on Recovered Memory in...

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03 Jan 2014

A Taxing Time Ahead: The Reality Behind the Rhetoric

Ian Whitehurst, in an article published on the website today, discusses the current UK tax regime and recent efforts to crack down on tax evasion. In the article he discusses the legislation and argues that the recent measures have created a highly complex tax regime which has not lived up to the...

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12 Dec 2013

Eleanor Laws QC interviewed by the BBC on the new sentencing guidelines in sex cases

Eleanor Laws QC was interviewed live by the BBC this morning to discuss the new tougher sentencing guidelines in sex cases. To view more of the BBC coverage of the new guidelines click here

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10 Dec 2013

Eleanor Laws QC prosecutes aristocrat for domestic abuse

Eleanor Laws QC has prosecuted Lord Somerset for assaulting his wife repeatedly over a 22 year period. The sentencing hearing will take place on 6th February 2014. For news coverage of the cases please use the links below:- Daily Mail Daily Telegraph The Times BBC News

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02 Dec 2013

Adaku Parker to represent defendant accused of managing three brothels in central London

Adaku Parker has been instructed to represent one of four defendants charged with conspiracy to assist in the management of three brothels in the central London area. The case will be tried next year at Southwark Crown Court. To view more of Adaku's practice click here

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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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