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Within Children law (including public and private law) Children law (including public and private law) - Leading juniors

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Within Education Education - Leading juniors

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Within Immigration (including business immigration), tier 4

1 Pump Court ‘sets very high standards in this area, and continues to grow and develop'. In fact, in 2013, the immigration team was bolstered by the arrival of Victoria Laughton from Lamb Building.

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Within Set overviews: England and Wales,

1 Pump Court is well known for its expertise in judicial review, particularly involving immigration, housing and human rights issues. With a focus on publicly funded work, members are also experienced in family and criminal law, the latter of which expanded through three arrivals from Goldsmith Chambers. Clients ‘cannot speak highly enough of this set; from reception through to the clerks and barristers, they provide the highest quality of service'. In the clerks’ room, senior clerk Ian Burrow is ‘very helpful' and the contact for civil and public law cases; Mycal Thomas is the senior clerk for criminal and prison law matters. Their team has ‘a real “can-do” attitude', is ‘very responsive and always ready to find a barrister to assist'. Offices in: London

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Within Social housing, 1 Pump Court is a third tier set,

1 Pump Court is ‘great at housing law', with a team that includes Martin Hodgson, who represented the tenants in Sharif v Camden LBC, and Kevin Gannon, who handles housing cases involving social security.

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Legal Developments in the UK

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  • Foreign Intercepts

  • Finding the 
right words

    In the recent case of Newbury v Sun Microsystems [2013], the defendant argued that an offer to settle proceedings was ‘in principle' only and that a binding contract could not be formed until further terms had been agreed and a formal contract had been signed. It supported this argument by referring to a statement, in the offer letter, that the settlement was to be ‘recorded in a suitably worded agreement'. 

  • Behind the corporate veil: is that all there is?

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  • Restoring environmental damage: putting a price on ecosystem services

    On 7 August 2009 a 40-inch pipeline ruptured, spilling 5,400 cubic metres of crude oil into the soil and groundwater of La Crau nature reserve in southern France, a habitat protected under French and European law. The operator had to excavate and replace 60,000 tons of soil, install 70 wells to pump and treat groundwater and 25 pumps to skim oil from surface water, at a cost in the region of €50m. However, this was just the primary remediation (that is, restoring the site to the state it would have been if the damage had not occurred). The operator was also required to compensate for the damage to the habitats and the loss of the ecosystem services that would otherwise have been provided by La Crau nature reserve. Measures included purchasing land outside of the nature reserve and contributing to its management for a period of 30 years (over €1m), monitoring the water table for 20 years (over €500,000), monitoring fauna over three years (€150,000) and rehabilitation in accordance with best available ecological techniques (nearly €2m). Overall, the compensatory restoration (to compensate for the amount of time that the ecosystem was impacted) and complimentary restoration (to compensate for elements of the ecosystem that had been permanently lost) came to more than €6.5m. 

  • The role of arbitrators in EU antitrust law

    In May 2014, it will be ten years since Regulation No 1/2003 entered into force. When the legislator of the European Union adopted this Regulation on 16 December 2002, its main objective was to decentralise the enforcement of the two main provisions of EU antitrust law, Articles 81 and 82 of the Treaty establishing the European Community (now Articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)). Where do the arbitrators fit in this picture?