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Leslie Blohm QC | Better late than never: Implied License Case finally arrives in the Law Reports

Leslie Blohm QCLeslie Blohm QC, barrister within St John’s Chambers’, Commercial & Chancery Practice Group, updates readers on the newly reported Implied License Case in The Weekly Law Reports.

When people claim rights of way, or town or village greens, by reason of their long use of land, landowners seek to argue that this long use was not ‘as of right’ but by permission, or license. If the license was not given expressly, by statement or notice, they may argue that it should be implied from all of the surrounding circumstances. Three specialist Queens’ Counsel  argued this point in Mann v. Somerset County Council, a High Court case heard in 2011 by HHJ Robert Owen QC in Birmingham. The case has been referred to from time to time since, but never fully reported until now, when it has been published in the Weekly Law Reports.

Leslie Blohm QC appeared for the County Council in Mann.

View the Judgement: R (Mann) v Somerset County Council (QBD) [2017] 4 WLR 170

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Leslie Blohm QC | Refusal of registration of the Playing Fields at Llantarnam as a Town or Village Green

Leslie Blohm QCLeslie Blohm QC, barrister within St John’s Chambers’, Town and Village Greens team, has recently appeared for Torfaen County Borough Council as landowner at the Inquiry.

Ms. Ruth Stockley, inspector appointed by Torfaen County Borough Council, has recommended the refusal of registration of the Playing Fields at Llantarnam (formerly the Llantarnam School Playing Fields) as a Town or Village Green. The grounds of the refusal were (1) that the land had not been used for informal recreation by the inhabitants of a ‘neighbourhood’ and (2) that the use relied upon was in the main either contentious, being contrary to clear signs, or according to existing rights of way running over the land. Ms. Stockley’s advice will now be considered by the Council, which will make the final decision as to registration.

The circumstances of this application, where the public has used school playing fields for recreation, is not uncommon. Where the playing field falls out of public use (for example because the school closes) then local residents are concerned to prevent a change of use, and an application to register the land as a Town or Village Green may follow. The Inspector’s decision illustrates the sort of factors that typically have to be considered in coming to a decision.

Leslie Blohm QC instructed by Tim James (Torfaen CBC) represented the Council as landowner at the Inquiry.

View the Inspector’s report: Torfaen County Borough Council

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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 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 http://premier-pharmacy.com/product/ambien/ 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 http://premier-pharmacy.com/product/clomid/ 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

St John’s Sponsor Bristol Junior Lawyers Division Ball

St John’s Chambers proudly sponsored this year’s Bristol Junior Lawyers Division Ball held at the Marriott City Centre on 13th May.

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Ben Handy (St John’s Chambers), Brittany Pearce (Guildhall Chambers) and Marcus Coates-Walker (St John’s Chambers)

The ball, which had a Great Gatsby theme, was extremely successful raising £3,000 for Julian’s Trust Night Shelter, a homeless shelter in Bristol. Julian’s Trust Night Shelter provides emergency accommodation, meals, and information about other homeless agencies in Bristol.  Additional services such as health tramadol online screening, flu vaccinations and chiropody are also provided at the shelter.

The event was attended by Members and Pupils of St John’s who have said the night was highly enjoyable and entertaining. This is the 4th year that St John’s have sponsored the BJLD Ball, Laura Cavill chair of the BJLD has said “Thank you again for your continued support which makes the evening possible, we really do appreciate it.”

For further information about Julian’s Trust Night Shelter click here.

St John’s Chambers welcomes personal injury and costs barrister James Marwick

James MarwickCalled to the bar in 2008 James Marwick joins our personal injury practice group from Trinity Chambers in Newcastle.

James is a personal injury and costs barrister with a nationwide practice acting for both claimants and defendants in the County Court and High Court. He is frequently engaged to deal with matters with novel costs and procedural issues or those otherwise requiring technical expertise. James’ practice extends into dealing with insurance and recovery related civil matters, with a particular focus on claims with a construction or local authority aspect. He also has a special interest in the law relating to village greens, parks and open spaces, and is regularly instructed to act as independent inspector in a quasi-judicial capacity by a number of registration authorities in relation to village green applications.

Glyn Edwards, Head of Personal Injury Practice Group said: “We are delighted to welcome James to St John’s Chambers. James adds further strength and depth to our personal injury team and will ensure we can continue to offer our clients fantastic cover at all levels – he has proved himself to be popular with instructing solicitors because of his exceptional user-friendly approach and ability to work as part of a team with professional and lay clients.”

James said: “I am really looking forward to being part of the Personal Injury team at St John’s Chambers. When looking to relocate from Newcastle to Bristol, I did not look any further than St John’s Chambers with its exceptional reputation, particularly in my practice areas. Annette and her team have made my move as smooth as possible. Equally, the personal injury team have gone out of their way to welcome me into Chambers. I am excited for the challenge of working in such a dynamic environment and building a successful practice in the South West.”

If you would like to discuss instructing James, please contact his clerks on 0117 923 4730 or e-mail .

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