Head of Chambers Richard Stead speaks at Arboricultural Association’s Annual Amenity Arboriculture Conference

Richard SteadHead of Chambers, Richard Stead spoke at the Arboricultural Association’s 47th Amenity Arboriculture Conference this week at Exeter University.

The event focused on ‘managing the urban forest’ and  featured 29 speakers from the UK, Europe, US and Australia. The conference ran for three days and attracted over 300 attendees.

Richard Stead provided legal clarification at the tree risk management session, chaired by Sir Harry Studholme, the Interim Chair of the Forestry Commission.

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Chambers UK shortlist St John’s Chambers for ‘regional set of the year’ award

Chambers Bar Awards 2013St John’s Chambers are delighted to announce that we  have been shortlisted as ‘Regional Set of the Year’ for the third consecutive year for Chambers Bar Awards UK 2013.

The 2013 Chambers Bar Awards will be held at The London Hilton on Park Lane on Thursday, 3rd October 2013.

Being nominated for this award is an indication of how St John’s has earned its reputation as a leading multi disciplinary set.

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Bringing non-contentious probate into the twenty-first century: latest article from Jody Atkinson

Jody AtkinsonJody Atkinson, member of our wills, trusts and probate team, has recently written an article for Lexis Nexis.

Will the government’s attempt to modernise non-contentious probate be a blessing or a curse? Jody believes the proposed new rules will assist lawyers, particularly those coming to probate practice for the first time, but could have some less-desirable effects.

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Inquests: The new regime 2013

Emma ZebEmma Zeb, member of our personal injury and clinical negligence teams summarises the new Inquest Rules 2013 and the key changes.

On 25 July 2013 a number of changes that had originally been envisaged by the Coroner’s and Justice Act 2009 (CJA 2009) finally came into force and most notably for practitioners is the new Coroners (Inquest) Rules 2013.

These rules will apply to any inquest which has not been completed by 25 July buy zocor 2013.  It is worth noting that any direction, time limit, adjournment or other decision made by the coroner in relation to an inquest made before 25 July 2013 will stand.  The Coroners Rules 1984 have been totally replaced.

Download: Key changes in the new Inquest Rules 2013

If you have any questions, please Emma as she would be more than happy to discuss them with you.

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Julia Belyavin overturns care and placement orders in Court of Appeal

Julia BelyavinJudgment was handed down on 30th July 2013 in the case of P (A Child) [2013] EWCA Civ 963 in which Julia Belyavin from the Family Practice Group represented the appellant father.

Julia was instructed for the appeal after permission had been granted but had not appeared at first instance. The care and placement orders made by the circuit judge were set aside and the matter has been remitted for a rehearing and Julia will continue to represent the father.

Download judgment: P (A Child) [2013] EWCA Civ 963

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Licensing update: latest article from Roy Light

Roy LightRoy Light, member of our licensing team has published the latest in his series of licensing updates in the Solicitors Journal.

Roy discusses the requirement to advertise licensing applications, sexual entertainment venues, test purchases, and taxi licensing.

Download article: Licensing update July 2013

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Opoku v Tintas: end of the road for impecuniosity?

Patrick WestPatrick West, member of our personal injury team examines the important Court of Appeal credit hire ruling in the case of Opoku v Tintas [2013].

In this case the Court of Appeal has given an important ruling in relation to the question of period of hire.  The full text of Opoku will not be available for a few weeks and it is not yet clear if the claimant will seek to appeal. It does not spell the end of the road for credit hire by a long way, but it should give claimants and defendants pause for thought.

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Chambers Family Practice Group launch Family Mediation Service

St John’s Chambers are proud to introduce our new family mediation service, consisting of seven family barristers.

Our family mediation team are qualified mediators specialising in mediation regarding children and finance matters. We are here to help people who want to resolve disputes via mediation in order to avoid the stress and expense of costly court proceedings.

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If you would like some hard copies of our brochure, please contact Sarah Tune on 0117 923 4710.

For further questions on our family mediation service, please contact Elaine Jewell-Moore on 0117 923 4708 or email:

Patrick West is interviewed by ITV West on inquest into death of Kathleen Haines

Patrick WestPatrick West, one of our personal injury barristers was featured in an interview yesterday with ITV West News presenter, Richard Payne on the recent inquest into the death of Kathleen Haines.

Patrick was Counsel for the Haines family, which he clearly stated but ITV news have identified Patrick as a solicitor causing some confusion.

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Emma ZebEmma Zeb and Patrick West both attended the 2 day inquest at Flax Bourton Coroner’s Court into the death of Kathleen Haines.  Mrs Haines sustained burns to her legs when an oxygen cylinder which was being prepared for use during her transfer from the RUH in Bath to the BRI exploded as the nurse caring for her at the time tested the oxygen cylinder for flow before attaching it to her nasal canula.  Mrs Haines died some weeks later from her underlying medical condition but the Coroner determined that the burns had contributed in part to her death.  Emma Zeb represented the nurse who was handling the cylinder at the time of the explosion.

Provisions of part 1 of the Coroner’s and Justice Act 2009

Emma ZebOn 2 July 2013 Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice, Helen Grant, indicated that the Government intends to bring the remaining provisions of part 1 of the CJA 2009 into force sometime this month.

Those interested in inquests will know that Part 1 of the CJA 2009 proposed a number of new provisions seeking to codify in many respects the role and responsibilities of a Coroner as well as some aspects of procedure in the Coroner’s court. Since then the only significant changes following the provisions was the appointment of a Chief Coroner who took up his post in September 2012. The new rules also brought about changes to those who may be considered interested parties with some significant developments in relation to rule 43. Assuming the government does indeed keep its promise we can expect that some time this month the remaining provisions will come into force. Watch this space!

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