Fatal accidents: latest article from David Regan

David ReganDavid Regan, member of the Personal Injury Practice Group, has recently written an article for the Personal Injury Law Journal.

David Regan considers the basis of awards and common pitfalls.

Download article: Fatal Accidents
View: David Regan’s profile

Headway Brain Injury Rehabilitation Conference – Bristol

Wednesday October 31, 2012 – Wednesday October 31, 2012

College Green

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St John’s Chambers Personal Injury Practice Group will be hosting its 2nd annual full day conference in Bristol, focusing on brain injury rehabilitation. All funds raised from this event will be donated to national brain injury charity, Headway. Returning to speak at the conference will be leading Consultant Neuropsychiatrist Dr Holloway.

Topics include:

  • “Once the emergency is over”- rehabilitation pathways after traumatic brain injury
    Dr John Holloway, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist
  • Brain injury and challenging behaviour: principles of rehabilitation
    Dr Bruce D M Scheepers, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist
  • Post traumatic epilepsy: risks and management
    Dr Jonathan Bird, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist
  • Case management: law and practice
    Christopher Sharp QC, St John’s Chambers
  • Family breakdown and personal injury –  a review of the treatment of personal injury damages on divorce and acting for vulnerable clients
    Alison Hawes, Partner, Irwin Mitchell
  • An insurer’s perspective of rehabilitation
    David Fisher, Catastrophic and Injury Claims Technical Manager, AXA Insurance
  • How Headway can make a difference
    Sue Best, Headway Acute Trauma Support Nurse
  • Legal issues arising during rehabilitation
    Richard Stead, Barrister, St John’s Chambers

CPD: 6 hours
Cost: £100 + VAT (this includes attendance at the drinks reception, full course pack and refreshments)

Download: Brain Injury Rehabilitation Conference Programme

Drinks Reception – sponsored by  Frenkel Topping

Tuesday, 30th October 2012, 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm Marriott Royal Hotel, Bristol

St John’s Chambers, Headway and Frenkel Topping invite you to attend the Drinks Reception where you will meet members of the Headway team. This will be an opportunity to learn more about the charity’s recent activities and the people driving them. Fine wines and canapés will be served.

If you are unable to attend the conference but would like to come along to the drinks reception, there will be a charge of £10.



Motorcycle law update: latest article from Stephanie Cope

Stephanie Cope, member of the Personal Injury Practice Group has recently published an article in the Solicitors Journal.

Stephanie looks at the attitude to speeding changes and recent cases on apportionment of liability in motorcycle accidents.

Download: Motorcycle update SJ July 2012

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Village Green Refusal Upheld

The Administrative Court sitting in Birmingham has, after a fully contested hearing, refused to grant judicial review of a decision not to register Pen Mill Field in Yeovil as a Town or Village Green. Leslie Blohm QC, Town and village green expert, appeared on behalf of Somerset County Council.

The impact of the decision will bring into question the scope and effect of implied licenses that prevent recreational usage from being ‘as of right’.

For a full note and commentary on the decision, please click here.

View Leslie Blohm QC’s profile.

Licensing Expert Jeremy Phillips joins Chambers

St John’s Chambers Public & Administrative Practice Group are pleased to welcome leading licensing barrister Jeremy Phillips as an Associate Member.

Before transferring to the Bar in 2004 Jeremy practised as a solicitor in Bristol, becoming equity partner leading national teams in Eversheds and subsequently Osborne Clarke. For the past two decades he has been recognised as one of the UK’s leading specialists in Alcohol, Entertainment and Gaming Licensing law. Since being called to the Bar in 2004, Jeremy has also developed a strong reputation in the fields of Planning, Environment, Health and Safety, Judicial Review and Regulatory law. He and his family continue to live in the South West.

Chambers UK 2012 Directory describes him as being “very good technically”, with “an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law”.

Jeremy said “St John’s Chambers have been attracting quality work and barristers for a number of years and the move to join them as an Associate Tenant is an exciting new opportunity for me”.

Richard Stead said “We are delighted that Jeremy has joined us at St John’s Chambers. He brings considerable capability and experience to our already strong ranks”.

View Jeremy Phillip’s profile.

If you would like any further information please contact his clerks.

Court of Appeal considers principles relating to interim injunctions

John Sharples, member of our Commercial and Chancery Practice Group has successfully represented the Respondent in an interim injunction case of Winstone v Great Gate Management Company Ltd. (COA 24/5/12) (lawtel document LTL 24/5/12 EXTEMPORE).

John acted for the successful respondent in an appeal from a 1st instance decision, which refused an interim injunction.  The Court of Appeal considered whether the principles in Shelfer v City of London Electric Lighting Co. Ltd. [1895] 1 Ch 287 regarding permanent injunctions had any application in relation to interim injunctions.

A summary of the decision is available on Lawtel.

View John Sharples’ profile.

If you would like any further information please contact his clerks.

Lucy Reed is shortlisted for Awards at the Family Law Awards 2012

Congratulations to Lucy Reed, member of St John’s Family Practice Group, who has been shortlisted for two awards at the Family Law Awards 2012 .

Lucy will find out at the awards ceremony which will be held on 10 October 2012 at the London Hilton hotel whether she has won the following:

  • Most Innovative Family Lawyer of the Year
  • Family Law Readers’ Commentary Award

To access the Family Law Awards 2012 shortlist, please click here.

For further details about Lucy Reed and her practice, please visit this page.

High Court reviews the law relating to implied easements and damages in lieu of an injunction

John Sharples,  member of our Commercial and Chancery Practice Group successfully represented the Defendant in a right of way case of Loveluck-Edwards v Ideal Developments Ltd. & Dyke [2012] EWHC 716 (Ch).

John acted for the defendant over whose land the claimant had asserted a right of way, by implication and/or prescription. Morgan J undertook a wide-ranging review of the authorities concerning implied easements and damages in lieu of an injunction.

The judgment is available and can be found here.

View John Sharples’ profile.

If you would like any further information please contact his clerks.

Horse-related injuries: latest article from David Regan

David Regan member of the Personal Injury Practice Group, has just written an article for the New Law Journal.

In this article David Regan takes the reins of the debate surrounding liability for horse-related injuries.

Download article: Horsing around

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Partnership and Insolvency expert Martha Maher speaks at R3’s Partnership and Insolvency Conference in London

Martha Maher will speak at R3’s Partnership and Insolvency Conference in London this Thursday (14th June).

Martha will talk about liabilities of partners and llP members on failure which will give an insight into the recent involvement in distressed law firms over the last 12 months and will discuss the recent case of Tiffin vs. Lester Aldridge LLP reported on 1 February 2012.

Martha acted for the administrators in the Halliwells case and her involvement in this case highlights her expertise and experience in insolvency and partnership law.

For a full programme and information on how to book your place, please click here.