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The Queen has appointed Kathryn Skellorn QC to be a Circuit Judge

17th September 2021

We are delighted to announce that the Queen has appointed Kathryn Skellorn QC to be a Circuit Judge. Her Honour Judge Skellorn QC will be based at Birmingham Civil and Family Justice Centre with effect from 27 September 2021.

The Pension Advisory Group launches informative video on how to reach a fair financial settlement

14th September 2021

Today, celebrates Pension Awareness day, and the Pension Advisory Group (PAG) have been working for a number of months with the University of Manchester, Law for Life/Advicenow, and animation company Cognitive Media, to create a 3 minute animation promoting the idea of taking pensions into account and where appropriate, sharing them, on divorce.  The project…

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Family Law team shortlisted for ‘Regional Family Law Chambers of the Year’ at Family Law Awards 2021

7th September 2021

The Family Law Awards 2021 has announced the nominees for this year’s ‘Regional Family Law Chambers of the Year Award’ and we are delighted that St John’s Family & Divorce team has been shortlisted. The shortlists were chosen by a judging panel made up of representatives of the Family Law Bar Association, Resolution, the Association…

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‘My transparency journey’ Lucy Reed writes in this month’s Counsel

6th September 2021

‘We have a lot of learn about those who have lived their lives under the scrutiny of the family court. One of the first family law bloggers looks back on the past 14 years.’ Family barrister, Lucy Reed writes in this month’s Counsel, ‘My Transparency Journey’ “I am a member of the Family Bar. I…

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St John’s Chambers is currently recruiting for personal injury & clinical negligence practitioners

12th August 2021

St John’s Chambers is currently recruiting. We are particularly interested in applications from established personal injury and clinical negligence practitioners who wish to join our Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Inquests teams. Our barristers are recognised for their expertise, excellent advocacy, quality of service and client interaction. We provide a friendly workplace, and the opportunity…

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St John’s Chambers is currently recruiting for commercial and chancery practitioners

4th August 2021

St John’s Chambers is currently recruiting. We are particularly interested in applications from established commercial and chancery practitioners who wish to join our Commercial, Real Estate and Wills & Trusts teams. Our barristers are recognised for their expertise, excellent advocacy, quality of service and client interaction. We provide a friendly workplace, and the opportunity to…

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Members of our Wills & Trusts team are featured in the High Net Worth Guide 2021 as leaders in private wealth

4th August 2021

Leslie Blohm QC, Alex Troup and John Dickinson of our Wills & Trusts team have been identified by Chambers UK as the leading professional advisers to the Private Wealth market (outside London). They have all been featured in the High Net Worth Guide 2021. This recognition clearly demonstrates the team are leaders in their field…

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Marcus Coates-Walker and Robert Mills appointed deputy heads of St John’s Clinical Negligence team

3rd August 2021

We are pleased to announce that Marcus Coates-Walker and Robert Mills will be deputy heads of our Clinical Negligence team. Robert is a clinical negligence specialist with experience of litigation across a wide range of areas of medicine, with a particular interest in obstetrics, brain injuries, oncology, orthopaedics and cardiology. He is experienced in handling…

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Andrew McLaughlin succeeds in High Court appeal: Walkden v Drayton Manor Park

26th July 2021

Andrew McLaughlin has succeeded in a 2-day High Court appeal against Satinder Hunjan QC before Mrs Justice Tipples DBE, who upheld a finding below by HHJ Murdoch that a claim for in excess of £1.5m should be dismissed on the grounds of fundamental dishonesty. Richard Walkden, a former company director, was injured in an accident on…

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Matthew Phillips QC appointed Head of Clinical Negligence at St John’s Chambers

21st July 2021

We are pleased to announce that Matthew Phillips QC will be head of our Clinical Negligence team. Matthew was called to the Bar in 1993, and was appointed Silk in 2017. He represents both claimants and defendants nationally in a wide variety of claims of significant value. He has particular experience in the fields of…

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Darren Lewis and Louise Asprey appointed deputy heads of St John’s Personal Injury team

13th July 2021

We are pleased to announce that Darren Lewis and Louise Asprey will be deputy heads of our Personal Injury team. Darren has over 17 years’ experience in personal injury law, and has developed a specialist defendant practice focusing on fundamental dishonesty, S57 & fraud in employers, public liability and industrial disease litigation. He represents local…

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Rachel Russell appointed Head of Personal Injury at St John’s Chambers 

1st July 2021

We are pleased to announce that Rachel Russell will be head of our Personal Injury team from 1st July 2021. Rachel has had a successful career since joining St John’s Chambers in 2005, and is highly respected both in Chambers and on circuit. She was recently appointed Recorder on the Western Circuit sitting in the…

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Matthew O’Regan presents a talk at Advanced International Competition Law 2021 conference

30th June 2021

Specialist competition barrister, Matthew O’Regan spoke recently at a major competition law conference, Advanced International Competition Law 2021, organised by Informa Connect. Held virtually, the conference was attended by speakers and delegates from around the world. Matthew spoke on the topic of major events and policy issues in competition law in the past 12-months, providing a…

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Kabill v Walsall Council – Fundamental dishonesty and contempt of court

29th June 2021

A fraudulent claimant, Mr Mohammed Yaqub Kabil was jailed for six months in contempt proceedings that flowed from a public liability multi-track trial in which Darren Lewis of our Personal Injury team secured a finding of fundamental dishonesty. 53-year-old Kabil had brought his personal injury claim against the Walsall Council back in 2015, after alleging…

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A practical guide to the law of statutory wills – written by Alex Troup

23rd June 2021

Head of Wills & Trusts team, Alex Troup has just had his book published ‘A practical guide to the law of statutory wills’ by Law Brief Publishing. A practical guide to the law of statutory wills applies a practical and user-friendly approach to the subject of statutory wills. It takes the reader through the relevant legal…

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E-Scooters: The legal road ahead 2021 update

18th June 2021

A year on from the start of the trial scheme Patrick West looks again at the potential impact of the introduction of e-scooters on UK roads. The rolling out of the e-scooter trial has now reached London with fears rising of a wave of personal injury actions arising from use of the new vehicle. The…

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Alex Troup successful in High Court case concerning the validity of a farmer’s will

15th June 2021

The High Court has recently handed down judgment in the case of Hughes v Pritchard and others [2021] EWHC 1580 (Ch) following a hybrid trial conducted in person and remotely, with some of the evidence being given in Welsh. Head of Wills & Trusts team, Alex Troup, instructed by Hugh James, acted for the successful…

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Important information for clients

14th June 2021

To all clients of St John’s Chambers, Further to the Prime Ministers announcement today of the continuation of restrictions nationally, our clerking teams and barristers continue to work remotely, as well as a small team based at 101 Victoria Street. All members of the clerking team are contactable between 8am and 6pm by phone, MS…

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St John’s Chambers welcome family law barrister Dominik Morton

10th June 2021

St John’s Chambers is pleased to announce that Dominik Morton, formerly of Queen Square Chambers, Bristol, has joined the St John’s Family & Divorce team. Dominik specialises in children public and private law, assisting clients in highly emotional and complicated care proceedings in courts across the Western Circuit. Dominik has also been instructed on many occasions…

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St John’s Chambers raise £2,866 for Penny Brohn cancer support

9th June 2021

Throughout the month of May, barristers and staff at St John’s Chambers have been taking part in a fitness challenge to raise funds for Penny Brohn UK.  We are pleased to announce that we have raised £2,866 so far, and If you would like to support us, it is never too late. Donate here. As a chambers,…

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