16 Jun 2015

New International Climate Change Blog

Six Pump Court is delighted to announce the launch of its new international climate change blog. Written by Frances Lawson as part of her Pegasus Scholarship in Paris to work on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in December 2015 (UNFCCC) negotiations, it tracks and provides

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03 Jun 2015

Final costs and confiscation judgment given in Sanger

In the most recent judgment in London Borough of Newham v Sanger, the sanctions for failing to comply with a planning enforcement notice have been given, with fines of £8,000 on each of the defendants and a further POCA amount of £80,000 being imposed on one of the defendants. The costs awarded

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18 May 2015

Edward Grant speaks at the annual PEBA Conference

On Friday 15th May, Edward Grant spoke at the 2015 PEBA National Conference. At this annual event, which this year was entitled ‘Animal, Vegetable and Mineral – the very model of a modern planner’, Ed Grant was invited to sit on the panel in a debate headed "Protecting the Green Belt -

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18 May 2015

Application of Barnwell Manor principles test

Anne Williams has successfully represented the Nicholls Lane Field Action Group in an Inquiry into a refusal by Stafford Borough Council for a residential development in the Moddershall Valley. The Nicholls Lane Field Action Group opposed the development. The Planning Inspector dismissed the

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11 May 2015

Update on the 2015 UN Climate Change Negotiations

In this briefing paper, Fran Aldson writes on the latest developments in the 2015 UN Climate Change Negotiations and the commitments being drafted by the individual parties. These commitments, known as the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (or INDCs) are currently being prepared by all

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05 May 2015

Six Pump Court welcomes Gordon Wignall to Chambers

Six Pump Court is very pleased to welcome Gordon Wignall who has joined Chambers. Gordon brings to Chambers a wealth of experience and expertise in regulatory and environmental law with a special interest in areas which are within the scope of EU law. Gordon has a thorough knowledge in varied

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20 Apr 2015

Stephen Hockman QC to speak at UN Earth Day celebrations

Stephen Hockman QC will be speaking at the UN Earth Day celebrations on 24th April on the need for an International Court for the Environment. Stephen Hockman QC is currently the Honorary President of United Nations Association (London & South East region). He is also Chairman of the

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17 Apr 2015

David Travers QC to address Lawyers in Local Government Weekend School

David Travers QC will address the Annual Dinner of the Local Government Group and Lawyers in Local Government  in the Great Hall of Devonshire House, Exeter as part of the LGG Weekend School. The LGG Weekend School takes place each year and is a training and social event for local government

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13 Apr 2015

Members of Planning Team ranked in Planning Law Survey

Members of Six Pump Court's Planning Team have been ranked highly in the annual Planning Law Survey for 2015. William Upton, Mark Beard and Anne Williams featured in the Top Junior Barrister category. To access the 2015 Planning Law Survey please click here (registration required) To find

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19 Mar 2015

Council without an Objectively Assessed Need wins

A development of up to 210 houses has been refused on appeal in West Berkshire, even though the Council’s plan is not based on an objectively-assessed housing need. William Upton represented the Council at the appeal, following on from his earlier work on their Core Strategy in 2012. The

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16 Mar 2015

Narrowboat owner prosecuted by the Environment Agency

Fran Aldson has prosecuted, on behalf of the Environment Agency, the owner of a narrowboat based on the River Nene in Cambridgeshire. The boat owner was found guilty of failing to register his vessel with the Environment Agency. The owner would have been liable for annual charges set by the

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12 Mar 2015

Mock Inquiry - 20th March - last few places available

Six Pump Court in association with The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London will be presenting this Mock Inquiry on Friday 20th March 2015. The session will include training in Inquiry procedure, expert evidence and advocacy skills, to include preparation of

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04 Mar 2015

Mark Watson to present UKELA Environmental Offences seminar

Mark Watson of Six Pump Court is to provide an update on Environmental Offences, Sentencing Guidelines and the Proceeds of Crime at a forthcoming UKELA Seminar to be held on 10th March in Cambridge. For further details and to book click here

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03 Mar 2015

Six Pump Court barristers recognised in Who’s Who Legal 2015

Six Pump Court’s environmental law barristers have been recognised in the latest Who’s Who Legal which provides an analysis of the leading barristers and sets in the UK. In the Environment section of the guide, the following Six Pump Court barristers are included:- Stephen Hockman QC...

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03 Mar 2015

Planning for Conveyancers – a webinar

On 4th March, Anne Williams and Laura Phillips will present a webinar entitled ‘Planning for Conveyancers’ as part of the LexisNexis series of webinars online. The session which will be a practical introduction for conveyancers to the main concepts in planning law will cover planning

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24 Feb 2015

Transboundary environmental impact assessment and risk

In a new article shortly to be published in the journal, Environmental Law and Management, Fran Aldson analyses the Court of Appeal's recent judgment in R (on the application of An Taisce) (The National Trust for Ireland) v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change [2014] EWCA Civ

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23 Feb 2015

Professor Jane Holder joins Six Pump Court

Six Pump Court are pleased to announce that Professor Jane Holder, Professor of Environmental Law at University College London joins as an Associate member of Chambers. Jane’s involvement in the area of environmental law is extensive and she brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge in this

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09 Feb 2015

Costs and Human Rights

The third hearing in Coventry v Lawrence on the potential incompatibility of the costs regime with human rights is due to be heard on 9, 10 and 11 February 2015 in the Supreme Court , and will convene as a court of seven justices. Stephen Hockman QC and William Upton continue to act for Ms

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06 Feb 2015

Mock Public Inquiry - Friday 20th March

Six Pump Court in association with The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London will be presenting this Mock Inquiry on Friday 20th March 2015. The session will include training in Inquiry procedure, expert evidence and advocacy skills, to include preparation of

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04 Feb 2015

Fran Aldson awarded Pegasus scholarship for advisory work on UN Climate Change Convention

We are delighted to announce that Fran Aldson has been awarded an international scholarship by the Pegasus Scholarships Trust. Fran will spend 3 months in Paris assisting a leading climate change lawyer, Matthieu Wemaere, who has an office in Paris with FoleyHoag LLP. Fran's work will involve

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26 Jan 2015

Six Pump Court strengthens ties with The Bartlett, UCL

A team of barristers from Six Pump Court, including Anne Williams, recently appointed as a Visiting Professor, Mark Beard, Pascal Bates, Ian Rees Phillips and Laura Phillips, commenced teaching undergraduate students enrolled at The Bartlett School of Planning, UCL. The Property and Planning Law

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21 Jan 2015

The EU Recommendation on hydraulic fracturing and its implementation in the UK

In a recent issue of the journal, Environmental Liability - Law, Policy and Practice, Fran Aldson analyses the legal and environmental issues surrounding the European Commission's recent Recommendation regarding hydraulic fracturing ('fracking'). She also assesses the implications for its

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09 Jan 2015

Current Trends in Penalties for Environmental Crime

Mark Watson is to speak at a forthcoming UKELA meeting entitled 'Current Trends in Penalties for Environmental Crime' to be held on 14th January. The session will cover the new environmental sentencing guideline, and provide analysis of how it is working in the courts and assess the results so

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04 Dec 2014

Stephen Hockman QC and Emmaline Lambert successful in Court of Appeal planning case

Stephen Hockman QC and Emmaline Lambert have successfully defended the London Borough of Enfield's position in the Court of Appeal regarding whether a variation, or purported variation, under s.173A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) can render an already valid enforcement

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25 Nov 2014

Flooding and legal liability

William Upton has been named in the latest edition of UKELA's e-law as one of its Star Members in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Water Working Party’s Seminar on Flooding and his accompanying paper on the topic. The Seminar was held in association with the Chartered

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