Child support: here comes the new gross income scheme – latest article from Jody Atkinson

Jody AtkinsonJody Atkinson, member of our Family Practice Group, has recently written an article for Family Law Week.

Jody considers the new child support gross income scheme.

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Family Members debate ‘should spousal maintenance cease on permanent cohabitation’?

Christopher SharpLeading family silk, Christopher Sharp QC and Andrew Commins were involved in the recent debate sponsored by Irwin Mitchell last week, which examined whether spousal maintenance should cease on permanent cohabitation?

The debate was chaired by the Honourable Mr Justice Coleridge before an audience of family lawyers in Bristol.  A vote was taken at the start of the evening with a broadly equal division between the audience. Christopher was the Andrew ComminsProposer of the motion and covered changes in social attitudes, how the law currently operates and how it should deal with cohabitation. Andrew Commins then talked through issues of principle, and the way in which other jurisdictions around the world cover the issue.

After a spirited discussion the motion was narrowly lost, before informal debate took place over refreshments.

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Simon Morgan prosecutes in R v Liverpool & Bradshaw

Simon MorganSimon Morgan, member of our Regulatory and Disciplinary team prosecuted the two men for conspiracy to rob and murder singer Joss Stone at her home in Devon.

It received national and international attention. To read more about this case visit:

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How can lawyers learn to love litigants in person? – latest article from Zoe Saunders

Zoe SaundersFamily barrister and The Lawyer’s legal blogger, Zoe Saunders has recently written an article for The Lawyer on litigants in person.

With Legal Aid being cut beyond recognition, Zoe Saunders takes a look at what potentially lies ahead with the rise of litigants in person.

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Charles Coventry runs the London Marathon for children’s charity

Charles CoventryCharles Coventry, member of our Personal Injury team is running the London Marathon on 21st April 2013, to raise money for disabled children’s charity, Flexicare.

This is Charlie’s second marathon, and he is hoping to raise a fantastic amount of money for a very worthwhile charity that has supported his family.

Flexicare provide care for children with learning or physical disabilities. This is of immeasurable value to their parents and siblings, who are then able to take part in activities that most families take for granted.

To view Charlie’s fundraising page click here.

Court of Protection members speak at COP and Mental Capacity Update

Members of St John’s Court of Protection Team spoke at the COP and Mental Capacity Update last week. This half day event was jointly hosted with Quality Solicitors Burroughs Day and took place at the Marriott Royal Hotel, with over 80 legal professionals.

In attendance were solicitors from Withy King, Thrings, Michelmores, Lyons Davidson, Irwin Mitchell LLP, Burges Salmon, along with many more.

The event commenced with Christopher Sharp QC speaking about the role of Deputies in personal injury cases. Probate expert Alex Troup spoke on the Court’s power to authorise gifts and Christopher Jones covered statutory will applications in light of Re JC; D v JC [2012] WTLR 1211. Also speaking were Helen Woolley and Paul Cruickshanks of bSquared costs law examining who pays the costs and how. Charlie Newington-Bridges ended the conference on the subject of  best interests’ applications to the Court of Protection

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Property & Real Estate Team speak at Property Litigation conference in Exeter

Members of St John’s Property and Real Estate team spoke at Devon & Somerset Law Society’s Annual Property Litigation Update on Wednesday, 13th March at Exeter Racecourse. In attendance were solicitors from Michelmores, Stephens Scown, Kitsons, Clarke Willmott along with many more.

The event was kicked off with John Dickinson speaking on parking as an easement or as a basis of adverse possession. Leslie Blohm QC our town and village green expert spoke on easements and village greens – ‘as of right’, Guy Adams covered proprietary estoppel and contracts for the sale of land, and Christopher Jones ended the conference in break clauses in commercial leases.

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Adrian Maxwell appointed a Reviewer for the Bar Pro Bono Unit

Adrian MaxwellAdrian Maxwell, member of our Regulatory and Disciplinary Team has recently been appointed to join the Bar Pro Bono Unit’s panel of reviewers.

Reviewers play a significant role for the Bar Pro Bono Unit.

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Family barrister Lucy Reed to speak at Bristol Resolution seminar

Lucy ReedLucy Reed, member of our Family Practice Group will be speaking at the Bristol Resolution’s Spring lecture on 20th March on SRP’s/LIP’s.

Alongside Deborah Dinan-Hayward of Albion Chambers Lucy will talk about dealing with difficult non represented clients, arbitration and coping with changes facing family lawyers and the Courts.

If you would buy propecia like to attend please contact Sharon Giles at Thrings LLP, Paragon, Counterslip, Bristol, BS1 6BX; DX 7895 Bristol or email, .

Fees for individual lectures are £40 for members and £45 for non members.

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Chambers raises over £1,700 for the Spinal Injuries Association

Last week Chambers hosted a successful spinal cord injuries seminar and drinks reception, raising over £1, 700 for leading national charity Spinal Injuries Association (SIA).

Spinal Injuries Association seminar and drinks receptionThe event, sponsored by Clarke Willmott was held at the Marriott Royal Hotel on 20th February, attended by over 60 delegates including solicitors from Clarke Willmott, Metcalfes, DAC Beachcroft, Thrings and Foot Anstey. Guests had the opportunity to meet members of the SIA team, as well as learning more about the charity’s recent activities and the people driving them.

Martin Pettingell of Clarke Willmott chaired the seminar, and Head of St John’s Chambers’ Personal Injury Practice Group Glyn Edwards, and P.I expert Emma Zeb spoke on two areas of interest to those involved in the management of catastrophic injury cases. Peter Hutchings, Outreach Service Manager for the SIA presented a presentation on community peer support – brigding the gap, which was extremely well received.

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St John’s Chambers would like to say a big thank you to all those who supported us in raising much needed funds for our chosen charity.