We are delighted to announce that St John’s Chambers were voted ‘Chambers of the Year 2018’ at last night’s Bristol Law Society Annual Awards Dinner. The event was held at the Marriott Hotel, Bristol and raised funds for The Freewheelers blood bikes, a registered charity supporting the NHS in South West England by providing a free emergency motorcycle courier service. The award is given to a Chambers that is able to demonstrate excellence and innovation in the provision of legal services above and beyond their colleagues in the field including CSR activities. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our clients, old and new, who have supported us and made this achievement possible.
Photographed above from left to right is: Rachel Segal, Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence Barrister; Anita Young, Events Manager & Marketing Coordinator; Sophie Smith-Holland, Family & Divorce Barrister; Susan Hunter, Head of Chambers; Robert Bocock, Commercial & Chancery Practice Manager; Harriet Dudbridge, Family & Divorce Barrister and Annie Sampson, Commercial & Chancery Barrister.
Yesterday; Lucy Reed and Iain Large, Members of our Family Team, hosted the first event of the year in a new series of free CPD accredited training events. The sessions will run for one hour involving two talks in the afternoon and will cover current issues in family and children law. Our January session titled; ‘Teenagers: secure accommodation, deprivation of liberty and the inherent jurisdiction’ included two talks titled: Issues around secure accommodation and Identifying and managing deprivations of liberty in children cases. Delegates gave excellent feedback with comments such as “Very enjoyable and interesting, very good speakers.”
The next event in our series will be on Wednesday, 21 March 2018 from 5 pm – 6 pm, titled; Civil Remedies in Family Proceedings. The session is primarily aimed at care practitioners and will address the two avenues of applying for financial compensation: negligence (following the recent Court of Appeal decision in CN & Anor v Poole Borough Council  EWCA Civ 2185) and via the Human Rights Act 1998. There will be a detailed consideration of the law relating to Human Rights Act claims and a discussion regarding procedure and potential cost consequences following the controversial High Court decisions in 2017.
“This highly regarded set offers an impressive group of family barristers with a fine track record in an array of complex disputes. Members are frequently instructed in financial remedy cases involving international assets for married and unmarried couples. The set also remains a strong choice for private law children proceedings and jurisdictional disputes in relation to private law children.” Chambers UK, Family/Matrimonial (2018)