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“The quality, range and professionalism of both solicitors and barristers in Bristol now rivals anything that other centres – including London – can offer.” Leslie Blohm QC on the new Business and Property Courts in Bristol

Leslie Blohm QCLeslie Blohm QC, Deputy Head of Chambers and Member of our Commercial & Chancery Team recently published an article within Lexis Nexis on ‘The Business and Property Courts in Bristol, as seen from the Bar.’ He explains to readers that the new Business and Property Courts can be viewed as a way in which to move forward and leave behind divisional differences created by litigation straddling the boundaries of being managed and tried in the same Courts.

Lord Justice Briggs notes that there are no cases too big for regional centres within the Civil Courts Structure Review further backed by Leslie who states “The regions are a pressure valve for increasing work in the system, directing more and better work out of London.” It is apparent that with the new Business and Property Courts in Bristol cases “can be dealt with more quickly, and with efficiency, with commensurate saving in time and cost.”

He maintains the view that “The quality, range and professionalism of both solicitors and barristers in Bristol now rivals anything that other centres – including London – can offer.”

Read the full article published by Lexis Nexis, January 2018 sponsored by The University of Law: The Business and Property Courts in Bristol, as seen from the Bar

If you wish to instruct Leslie on a Commercial & Chancery matter please contact his clerks on | 0117 923 4740

Natasha Dzameh Winner of Barrister of the Year 2017

It is with great pleasure that we announce the achievement of Natasha Dzameh, one of our Commercial & Chancery barristers, in winning the Bristol Law Society’s “Barrister of the Year 2017” award last night. She was lauded as an excellent lawyer and was also commended on her client service skills. Her accomplishment is demonstrative of the diligence she applies to every case and the priority with which she treats client satisfaction.

Natasha comments on last night’s success “I am delighted to have won the Bristol Law Society’s “Barrister of the Year 2017” Award. This is a surprising and welcome result at such an early stage in my career at the Bar. The support of my colleagues in Chambers, the guidance of my clerks and the level of trust placed in me by my instructing solicitors has been essential to the quick development of my practice. I am very proud to have made a significant impact on the legal community in Bristol.

To instruct Natasha on a Commercial & Chancery matter please contact her clerks on  | 0117 923 4740

St John’s Chambers providing ‘London-quality advice locally’ with ‘a good breadth and depth of expertise’

We are delighted to announce that St John’s Chambers has been recommended as a Top Tier Set in the Western Circuit’s Leading Set by The Legal 500 United http://pharmacy-no-rx.net/levitra_generic.html Kingdom 2017.

For one solicitor, St John’s Chambers is ‘one of the leading sets in the South West’, providing ‘London-quality advice locally’ with ‘a good breadth and depth of expertise’. We specialise in civil matters and have been noted for our strength in commercial, construction, family, personal injury, clinical negligence, regulatory and public law matters. Inquests and inquiries is another key area for our Chambers’.

Three of our QCs are listed in the Western Circuits “Leading silks” list, The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017’s guide to outstanding silks nationwide.

Christopher Sharp QC, Family and children law & personal injury and clinical negligence, “He has a brilliant mind that understands the intricacies of any case.”

Leslie Blohm QC, Commercial, banking, insolvency, Chancery law and Property, “He is very grounded but has an air of absolute authority.”

Kathryn Skellorn QC, Family and children law, “Clients are in awe of her.”

In addition to the success of our QC’s, 38 of our barristers are listed in the “Leading juniors” list, The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017’s guide to outstanding juniors nationwide.

To view further details on our Chambers’ listings please click here

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at St John’s Chambers

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Over the festive period, Chambers will be closed from 4.00pm on Friday, 23rd December and will re-open from 10.00am until 4.00pm on Thursday 29th December through to Friday 30th December.

We will open again for normal business hours on Tuesday, 3th January 2017.

For any emergency enquiries, please see our out of hours numbers.

St John’s Chambers welcomes commercial and chancery barrister Natasha Dzameh

Natasha DzamehSt John’s Chambers is pleased to welcome Natasha Dzameh as a new member of our commercial and chancery practice group following successful completion of her pupillage.

Before undertaking pupillage Natasha obtained a wealth of advocacy experience having represented clients at more than 600 hearings as a County Court Advocate in the fields of commercial, chancery and general civil law. She obtained an LLM (Distinction) in International Commercial Law and is now a specialist commercial and chancery barrister. Natasha has successfully appeared in trials and interim applications in a broad range of commercial and chancery matters. She regularly receives instructions requesting opinions and pleadings.

During pupillage Natasha received instructions relating to construction, commercial disputes, court of protection, insolvency, landlord and tenant (residential and mixed use), property and trespass matters. This consisted of representing clients at hearings, writing opinions and drafting pleadings. She marshalled http://www.buyambienguide.com with HHJ McCahill QC in the Chancery Division of Bristol District Registry and attended the Court of Appeal on the appeal from Davy v Pickering and others [2015] EWHC 380 (Ch). She also attended court and conferences with Leslie Blohm QC.

Natasha recently co-authored an article with John Dickinson in the September edition of the Trusts and Estates Law and Tax Journal analysing the case of Amiee Shannon Steed (a Child by her litigation friend, Marilyn Joy Winn) v Christopher John Steed (2016).

Download article: Wills: At Your Disposal?

Leslie Blohm QC, Head of Commercial and Chancery Practice Group said: “We have all been impressed by Natasha’s ability, enthusiasm and personality demonstrated during pupillage, and look forward to working with her as a valued member of the department.”

If you would like to discuss instructing Natasha, please contact her clerks on 0117 923 4740 or e-mail .

View profile: Natasha Dzameh

Public law barristers host 6th annual Local Government Law Conference

Peter WadsleyBarristers from our public and administrative law team hosted their 6th annual Local Government Law Conference on Wednesday, 12th October 2016 in Bristol. The conference addressed a number of topical issues affecting those working and practising in the field of local government.

The conference was chaired by Peter Wadsley, who has been described by Chambers UK as the number one junior on the Western Circuit for planning and environmental work. It began with Professor Roy Light considering the Policing and Crime Bill, which is currently going through Parliament which contains a number of important licensing provisions.  After the break, Richard Stead addressed the potential liabilities of local authorities in nuisance claims arising from falling trees, tree root encroachment and flooding. Competition law expert Matthew O’Regan then went on to explore how authorities can ensure compliance with the EU State aid rules when funding projects or investing in commercial activities.

The afternoon session kicked off with up-and-coming planning barrister Philip Robson stepping in for Leslie Blohm QC. He discussed the position relating to deception and concealment in the planning system in light of the Court of Appeal judgment in Bonsall and Jackson [2015] EWCA Civ 1246. Philip then went on to run a workshop with Peter Wadsley about a frequent topic of debate at planning inquiries, the issue of 5 year housing land supply and its impact on decision making. David Fletcher was next to take the stand and discussed recent developments in Judicial Review. The conference ended with our experts leading a panel discussion about the topics discussed at the conference, inviting everyone to ask questions and share views and insights.

The conference attracted planning consultants, solicitors, and over 10 local authorities from the South West, South Wales and the Midlands. Delegates described the conference as; “interesting’ and speakers with ‘excellent delivery and knowledge’.  

You can download copies of some of the talks:

To find out more about our public and administrative law team, click here.

St John’s Chambers and Lucy Reed winners at Bristol Law Society Legal Awards

bls-annual-awards-email-stamps18We are delighted to announce that St John’s Chambers have been awarded ‘Chambers of the Year’ at the Bristol Law Society’s Annual Awards on Thursday, 13th October.  It was a very successful evening for St John’s with family barrister Lucy Reed also winning ‘Barrister of the Year’.

Attending from St John’s were Susan Hunter, Head of Chambers, Derek Jenkins, CEO, Elaine Jewell-Moore, Family Clerk, Paul Bennett, Commercial and Chancery Clerk , Alex Troup, Barrister, and their guests.

Having also won Chambers of the Year in 2015, these awards clearly identify Chambers continued commitment to the legal and wider community. Bristol Law Society’s annual awards recognise the important work in the Bristol legal community, celebrating their many successes and outstanding achievements.

Derek Jenkins, Chief Executive said: “Winning ‘Chambers of the Year’ award for two consecutive years demonstrates the excellent quality of legal services and range of expertise offered by St John’s Chambers. In the last 12 months Chambers has been involved in many landmark decisions, as well as leading initiatives designed to ensure that those who need justice are able to access it.” 

Lucy Reed said “I’m proud to be part of such a vibrant legal community here in Bristol, and I recognise that the support and contribution of colleagues both in and outside of chambers has been an important part of the background to my winning this award.”

Susan Hunter Head of Chambers said “We are very proud to have won this years Chambers of the Year Award and extremely pleased that Lucy’s outstanding contribution to her profession and the wider legal community has been recognised. Well done to everyone who was shortlisted, and the other winners – what a fabulous night!”

Bristol Law Society shortlist St John’s for ‘Chambers of the Year’ award

St John’s Chambers is delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for ‘Chambers of the Year’ at the Bristol Law Society’s Annual Awards 2016, being one of three sets to be nominated. This clearly identifies Chambers continued commitment to the legal profession and wider community having won this award in 2015. For men

St John’s Chambers identified by Legal 500 as an innovative set with high-quality barristers who have a collegiate approach

“St John’s Chambers is an innovative set with high-quality barristers who have a collegiate approach. The group only takes on civil matters, and, in addition to being hailed as a ‘very strong commercial set’, handles family law, personal injury and clinical negligence.” Legal 500 (2016)

To view our rankings please click here.

Top_tier_firmsWe are thrilled to announce that we have been recommended as a top-tier set, and listed in the eight main areas of law in the 2016 edition of The Legal 500. Three of our QCs are listed in the “Leading silks” list – a guide to outstanding silks nationwide. 12 of our barristers are recommended in the editorial, and 35 of our barristers are listed in the “Leading juniors” list – a guide to outstanding juniors nationwide.

Leading Silks

  • Leslie Blohm QC“His calmness and gravitas puts clients at ease.” Commercial, banking, insolvency and chancery law
  • Christopher Sharp QC“An advocate of precision and strength, who gets to the heart of case.” Family and children law
  • Kathryn Skellorn QC“A master of her brief; her preparation is unmatched and she has an almost intimidating grasp of the law.” Family and children law
  • Christopher Sharp QC“An advocate of precision and strength, who gets to the heart of case.” Personal injury and clinical negligence
  • Leslie Blohm QC“His calmness and gravitas puts clients at ease.” Property

What does Legal 500 say about St John’s Chambers…

  • Commercial, banking, insolvency and chancery law
    An impressive range of barristers and is one of the leading sets in the region. The group is primarily known for Chancery and commercial matters, and a number of members are active in banking and insolvency cases. To view rankings click here.
  • Construction, planning and environment
    Chambers has a wide-ranging construction and planning practice, which also extends to related professional negligence matters. To view rankings click here.
  • Employment
    Chambers’ employment practice is recommended for all forms of discrimination claims, where members represent employers and employees. To view rankings click here.
  • Family and children law
    Chambers has a strong family law team with many able barristers in financial and children cases. The group is well versed in the full range of matters and deals with complex and sensitive care cases as well as high-value financial remedy matters. Members have significant experience in the Court of Appeal. To view rankings click here.
  • Personal injury and clinical negligence
    With very strong counsel across all levels, St John’s handles both personal injury and clinical negligence cases. The set has seen a particular increase in industrial disease work of late, on both the claimant and defendant side. To view rankings click here
  • Property
    One of the leading sets in the West for property and Chancery work. To view rankings click here.
  • Public law
    Chambers public and administrative group has dealt with significant judicial reviews recently. To view rankings click here.
  • Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing
    Chambers regulatory team is home to experts in health and safety and licensing disputes. To view rankings click here.

“The administrative arm is excellent, always accessible and accommodating, and led by chief executive Derek Jenkins. Robert Bocock, Annette Bushell and Luke Hodgson are the practice managers.” Legal 500 (2016)

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our clients for their continued support and feedback provided to Legal 500.

Why are we walking?

St John’s barristers and clerks will be walking in this year’s South West Legal Support Trust’s Bristol Legal Walk on Monday, 26th September.

The Bristol Legal Walk is a 10km sponsored walk around Bristol and the city sights to raise money for local advice services. The need for free legal advice centres has grown in the past few years. The recession has increased poverty and reduced support services. Meanwhile funding for the advice centres themselves has reduced. The South West Legal Support Trust supports organisations that prevent families being made homeless, prevent destitution, help older people gain the support to which they are entitled, and help women and children who have been trafficked for domestic servitude or prostitution.

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Our barristers and clerks are walking to ensure that many of the people most in need get help who would otherwise have been denied due to the huge reduction in government and local authority funding over the past few years.

There are currently 15 teams taking part in the walk including; Avon & Bristol Law Centre, Bristol Citizens Advice, Burges Salmon LLP, Cooke Painter Ltd, Co-Operative Legal Services, DAC Beachcroft LLP, Deighton Pierce Glynn, North Bristol Advice Centre, Queen Square Chambers, Somerset Community Care Matters, St Pauls Advice Centre, Talking Money, The Personal Support Unit and TLT LLP.

To sponsor our walkers and support access to justice for vulnerable people please visit our sponsorship page by clicking here