St John’s Chambers sponsor the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award at Bristol Venus Awards

St John’s Chambers is proud to announce its sponsorship of the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award at the first ever Bristol Venus Awards, to be held on 21st March 2014. This prestigious award ceremony recognises the efforts and accomplishments of local high achieving business women.

The Bristol Venus Awards Launch

Venus Awards LaunchThe Bristol Venus Awards was launched for the first time on the 1st October at the Marriott Royal Hotel. In attendance were the award category sponsors Natwest, along with other sponsors including Heart Global, Spire Hospital, ‘Women outside the box’ and Stone & Co Chartered Accountants. Bristol Mayor George Ferguson spoke about how important it was to recognise the achievements of local entrepreneurial business women within Bristol and Somerset. St John’s Chambers Chief Executive Derek Jenkins gave a short presentation expressing the Chambers’ pride in supporting these high profile awards.

How can you get involved?

We are encouraging people to nominate forward-thinking women who have excelled in their area of business. The glittering awards ceremony to announce the winners will be held on the 21st March at the Marriott Royal Hotel.

For more information on the award categories and how to nominate, visit Venus Awards website.


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 as ‘Chambers of the Year’ for the fourth consecutive year for Bristol Law Society’s Annual Awards.

Chambers has previously won this award for the past 3 years, this recognises our achievements and commitment to the Bristol legal profession and wider community.

Chambers is also delighted to announce that our construction expert Andrew Kearney has been shortlisted as ‘Barrister of the Year’.

The Awards Ceremony will be held at Marriott City Centre Hotel on Thursday, 10th October 2013.

Legal 500 identify St John’s Chambers as a top tier set

Top_tier_firms“St John’s Chambers keeps producing quality juniors, and is also very well supported by a friendly and professional clerking team.” Legal 500 (2013)

St John’s is delighted to announce that we are recommended as a top-tier set, and listed in the six main areas of law in the 2013 edition of Legal 500.

This year we have seen a significant increase in the number of our barristers listed in the directory, from 26  in 2012 – 39 in 2013. This clearly illustrates the reputation of St John’s to provide high quality legal advice and expertise.

We would like to congratulate those members who have been ranked for the first time:

These rankings clearly illustrate that St John’s has earned its reputation as a leading multi disciplinary set.

To view the latest recommendations, please click here.

Sale of property in financial proceedings lambasted by wealthy spouse: latest article from Jody Atkinson

Jody AtkinsonJody Atkinson, member of our family finance, ToLATA and inheritance team, has recently written an article for Lexis Nexis.

Can the courts specify who a property is to be transferred to and when they will take into account a new partner’s wealth? Jody considers the matter in the context of high net worth divorce cases.

Download article: Sale of property in financial proceedings lambasted by wealthy spouse

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Bristol Chambers are shortlisted in Chambers UK 100 Bar

St John’s Chambers would like to congratulate four of our members for being featured in the Chambers UK 100 Bar Shortlist (The Juniors):

We would also like to congratulate Leslie Blohm QC for being included in the Chambers 100 UK Bar Silks Shortlist.

The nomination list consists of 200 shortlisted junior barristers, nine of whom are outside of London. Chambers is proud to announce that four of these are St John’s members, alongside 2 nominees from Guildhall Chambers.

The QC nomination list consisted of 200 shortlisted QCs, nine of whom are outside of London. We are proud to announce that two of these are Bristol based.

This clearly indicates that Bristol’s reputation in providing high quality legal advice and expertise has been recognised as a genuine alternative to London.

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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.

View nominations: Chambers Bar Awards 2013

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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