News

Matthew White appointed new Head of Chambers

11th May 2022

St John’s Chambers is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew White as Head of Chambers. Matthew takes over from Susan Hunter who has stepped down after 7 years in the role but continues as an active member of Chambers with a full-time practice in family law. Matthew will be assisted by Leslie Blohm QC and newly elected Judi…

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St John’s Chambers welcomes Sophie Howard

9th May 2022

St John’s Chambers would like to congratulate Sophie Howard in successfully completing her specialist third six pupillage under the supervision of Jimmy Barber. Sophie (Call 2016) joins our market-leading Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Inquest teams. Having successfully completed a common law pupillage at 5 Pump Court, Sophie then made the move to St John’s…

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Victory for St John’s Chambers in touch rugby match

3rd May 2022

Barristers at St John’s Chambers took part in a local touch rugby tournament organised by Guildhall Chambers on Thursday 28th April at Clifton Downs. St John’s played against Queen Square Chambers for the first half with some brilliant passing and tries from across the team leading them to victory. In the second half, our team…

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St John’s Chambers welcomes Paul Nuttall to the Clerking team

27th April 2022

Paul Nuttall joined St John’s Chambers in April 2022, and is the Practice Team Leader for the Real Estate and Public & Administrative teams. Paul will work alongside Rob Bocock, Elizabeth Champion, Paul Bennett and Simon Lyons in continuing to provide a helpful and efficient service to clients and barristers. He will also be at…

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Roy Light wins permission to open an adventure golf centre for footballer Gareth Bale

25th April 2022

Professional footballer Gareth Bale plans to open an indoor adventure golf centre in Bristol city centre despite objections by more than 100 residents. Neighbours argued the proposed venue was a “bar” and should not be allowed because of its location in the city centre cumulative impact area (CIA) where alcohol-led late-night establishments are at “saturation point”, and…

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Successful claim of fraudulent calumny in the High Court

20th April 2022

Our Wills, Trusts & Probate team was instructed by Royds Withy King in the case of Whittle v Whittle & Anor (Re Estate of Gerald Arthur Whittle) [2022] EWHC 925 (Ch) (12 April 2022). Charles Auld successfully represented David Whittle in his action against his sister, Sonia Whittle. Their father made a will, just a…

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St John’s Chambers welcomes Sarah Fincham to our Family Law team

7th April 2022

St John’s Chambers is pleased to announce that Sarah Fincham, formerly a barrister at Four Brick Court, London, has joined our Family & Divorce team. Sarah completed her pupillage and established her practice In London before returning to the west country, where she grew up. She specialises in care proceedings and private law children matters….

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St John’s Chambers welcomes three new tenants 

5th April 2022

St John’s Chambers would like to congratulate Diana M. Panizzon-Pineda, Lauren Karmel and Jack Pankhurst in successfully completing their specialist pupillages, and welcome them as full tenants. Diana M. Panizzon-Pineda (Call 2021) joins our well respected Family & Divorce team, after completing her pupillage under the supervision of Julia Belyavin and Zoë Saunders. Diana is…

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St John’s Chambers barristers and staff raise over £6,000 for the Ukraine Appeal

5th April 2022

Over the last 3-weeks members and staff have been walking, running and cycling the equivalent distance of St John’s Chambers Bristol office to Mariinskyi Palace (the official residence of the Ukrainian President) in the centre of Kyiv. The team have beaten their target distance and covered 2973km / 1847 miles and arrived in Kyiv today – well done…

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Charlie Newington-Bridges acts in a just and equitable winding up petition in the High Court

24th March 2022

In Duneau v Klimt Invest SA & Ors [2022] EWHC 596 (Ch), Charlie Newington -Bridges acted for the Respondent in the High Court trial of a just and equitable winding up petition relating to a French stock market listed technology company worth €9m. Daniel Lightman QC acted for the Petitioner. The 8-day trial was heard…

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Diana M. Panizzon-Pineda to give a talk on women’s rights for the Consulate of the Mexican Embassy

22nd March 2022

Family law barrister, Diana M. Panizzon-Pineda will be presenting a talk for the Consulate of the Mexican Embassy in the UK. This will take place on Thursday, 24th March at 5.30pm. Diana’s talk will be in Spanish, and will provide information to the Mexican community in the UK about the law in England and Wales…

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Shortlisted for best chambers in work life balance and colleague supportiveness by Legal Cheek

15th March 2022

Legal Cheek have shortlisted St John’s for best Chambers in ‘work/life balance’, and ‘colleague supportiveness’. The winners will be announced at The Legal Cheek Awards on Thursday 24 March! Legal Cheek have published ‘The Chambers Most List‘ which provides everything you need to know about the leading chambers operating in the UK, including pupillage numbers, money,…

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St John’s Chambers welcome retired Judge, Nick Marston as a qualified Arbitrator

15th March 2022

We are delighted to welcome Nick Marston as an associate member to Chambers. Nick is a qualified Arbitrator with the CIArb and IFLA, and has recently retired as a Judge. Nick joins our new Arbitration team alongside Zoë Saunders who is also a CIArb and IFLA qualified Arbitrator, in financial matters. To celebrate his arrival…

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Natasha Dzameh publishes an article on Inheritance Act claims in the Family Law Journal

7th March 2022

Natasha Dzameh has recently published an article on Inheritance Act claims in the Family Law Journal [2022] Fam Law 384. Her article provides a summary of useful cases from 2021 regarding claims for reasonable financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants Act) 1975. This is particularly helpful for those dealing with claims…

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Sophie Howard to judge moot to raise funds for the National Community Law Project

7th March 2022

Third six pupil, Sophie Howard will be judging the student moot and taking part in the Lecturers vs. Barristers Moot at Cardiff University on Saturday 12th March to raise funds for The National Community Law Project CIC. Lecturers from Cardiff University / Prifysgol Caerdydd Law School will take on Cardiff University graduates in a ‘Lecturers vs Barristers Moot’ as part…

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Andrew McLaughlin is successful in defending High Court clinical negligence claim against Betsi Cadwaladr Local Health Board

7th March 2022

Andrew McLaughlin has successfully defended a High Court clinical negligence claim against Betsi Cadwaladr Local Health Board brought by the widow of a man who committed suicide in the case of Williams v Betsi Cadwaladr Local Health Board [2022] EWHC 455 (QB). The claimant alleged (1) that the Health Board had inadequate arrangements for out…

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The 2022 edition of the Denton Resource has been published

1st March 2022

Dr Rachel Segal of St John’s Chambers has published the 2022 edition of the Denton Resource – an invaluable time-saving research aid for practitioners dealing with applications for relief from sanctions. This latest edition (covering relevant higher authorities reported up to 31 January 2022) now includes summaries of upwards of 300 cases in which the…

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Matthew O’Regan publishes article on challenges to competition and market authority decisions in merger cases 

15th February 2022

Specialist competition law barrister, Matthew O’Regan has recently had an article published in the Competition Law Journal (issue 4/2021) on challenges to decisions of the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) in merger cases under the Enterprise Act 2002. Challenges to CMA decisions in merger cases are made to the Competition Appeal Tribunal and are made…

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Alex Troup is successful in High Court case of Dunbabin & Ors v Dunbabin

10th February 2022

Head of Wills & Trusts team, Alex Troup, instructed by Hugh James, represented the successful claimants in the case of Dunbabin & Ors v Dunbabin [2022] EWHC 241 (Ch) (10 February 2022), a case concerning the law of severance. The main issue in the case was whether the beneficial joint tenancy of a property belonging…

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Second edition of the Dictionary of Private Children Law (2022) has been published

3rd February 2022

We are delighted to announce that the second edition of the Dictionary of Private Children Law (2022) co-written by Zoë Saunders has been published this month. This book is a unique reference guide to the key concepts, cases and practice of private children law. This 2022 edition is fully updated to include changes and developments…

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