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Important information for clients

21st May 2020

To all clients of St John’s Chambers, During a challenging time for both Chambers and our clients, we have taken the necessary steps to operate Chambers remotely wherever possible. With this in mind, there will be some changes in the operation of Chambers over the coming weeks. We would ask you to please note the…

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General guidance on PDF bundles

20th May 2020

Family barrister, Lucy Reed writes article: Mr Justice Mann, Judge in charge of Live Services, has issued guidance to judges today about PDF bundles. The guidance applies to all courts, but not to tribunals. The guidance is provided in order to achieve a level of useful consistency in the provision of PDF bundles for use…

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3rd Family Forum

12th May 2020

The Children Law Team will hold its 3rd Family Forum on Thursday 14th May at 5pm and we’d love it if you’d join us. Short presentations this week will be from Sarah Phillimore (on very recent case-law) and Abigail Bond (on the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations). A general Q & A session will…

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Nick Pointon successfully opposes permission to appeal to the Privy Council in Alwitry v SEB

27th April 2020

Nick Pointon, together with Jersey Advocate Steven Chiddicks, has been representing Consultant Ophthalmologist Mr Amar Alwitry in long running proceedings before the Jersey courts, arising out of his unlawful dismissal in 2012. The liability phase of these proceedings has now concluded, with the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council declining the States Employment Board’s renewed…

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Barder Events and Financial Remedy Proceedings

23rd April 2020

Jack Harris successfully opposes an application to set aside a consent order in financial remedy proceedings relying on the case of Barder v Barder [1987] 2 FLR 480 and Myerson v Myerson [2009] EWCA Civ 282, and secures costs order for his client. Jack is able to advise on bringing or defending a Barder set…

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Virtual Hearings and Virtual Trials

22nd April 2020

Charlie Newington-Bridges Introduction 1. The need for virtual hearings and virtual trials for civil proceedings has presented the judiciary, counsel and solicitors with a whole series of challenges, not least learning how the technology works. 2. What follows is not a definitive guide to virtual hearings, but more a series of observations and tips for…

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St John’s Chambers – Remote Mediations in Wills & Trusts, Real Estate and Commercial disputes

22nd April 2020

Members of St John’s Chambers’ Wills & Trusts, Real Estate and Commercial Teams continue to offer the full range of mediation services during the COVID-19 Lockdown through the use of the Zoom Pro video conferencing platform. This allows the mediation to take place remotely, with the mediator being able to move between virtual rooms where…

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The presumption of revocation, removal of personal representatives, claims for an account and a £625,000 freezing injunction – Natasha Dzameh successful in High Court probate and estate administration joined trials

22nd April 2020

Natasha Dzameh, a commercial and chancery barrister, recently successfully represented an administrator in 2 joined trials in the High Court, Business and Property Court in Wales, Property, Trusts and Probate List (Ch D) before HHJ Keyser QC (Scott v Allen [2019]; Smith, Binns & Clarke v Scott [2020]). The original listing was 3 days. The…

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St John’s Family Forum

21st April 2020

Over the past few weeks we have missed seeing you all at and around Court. To that end we would like to share our new initiative: ‘St John’s Family Forum’: a regular weekly 20-30 minute online presentation on a relevant topic, followed by a Q & A session and an opportunity for an exchange of…

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Remote Private FDRs in Family Finance Cases: A Service and Guide for Solicitors

17th April 2020

Members of the Family Finance Team offer solicitors a service to conduct remote private FDRs through St John’s Chambers: selecting the private FDR Leader of their choice who conducts the FDR remotely via a video-conferencing platform. Read full article:  Here Written by barrister, Andrew Commins For further information and to discuss instructing a Member of…

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Making Remote Hearings Work

9th April 2020

Christopher Sharp QC, writes an informative article on, making the best of remote hearings. Looking into media platforms such as Skype for business and WhatsApp, Christopher shares his opinions and breaks down the ways in which to use these easily and effectively. Read here: Making remote hearings work CSQC

St John’s Chambers Fast Track Mediation Service

7th April 2020

With many trials unable to be heard as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak St John’s Chambers have developed a new fast track mediation service to allow both Claimants and Defendants to keep things moving during this challenging time. Due to the costs involved mediations are usually reserved for higher value cases, but this does…

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Financial Remedies in the Time of Covid-19

7th April 2020

Zoë Saunders our head of family finance sets out what we can do to help you deal with financial remedy cases in the circumstances of the current pandemic. Click here for full article: Financial Remedies In The Time Of Covid-19

Changes to the CPR come into effect today

6th April 2020

Written by Ben Handy  On 17 February our Head of Personal Injury, Emma Zeb, wrote about the upcoming amendments to the form of statements of truth. Practitioners should also be aware of a couple of other important changes coming into effect from today (6th April 2020). The Practice Direction to Part 32 is being amended to…

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St John’s Chambers announces the launch of its legal helpline for legal professionals working in the fields of Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence

3rd April 2020

In a time of uncertainty and isolation we are working with you to keep the legal system going. We are here to assist with any quick queries or if you simply need a sounding board on any matters relating to Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence & Inquests. From procedural questions to expert recommendations don’t hesitate to contact us by email at piclerks@stjohnschambers.co.uk…

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COVID-19: AN EPIDEMIC OF CLAIMS?

2nd April 2020

Patrick West looks at the potential impact of the Coronavirus pandemic in employers’ cases. The COVID-19 pandemic has been described as the biggest challenge facing the world since World War II. With thousands dead and dying from the virus, there is no vaccine and no cure (yet). It is a frightening prospect for all those…

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The latest on Vicarious Liability: a retreat from the high water mark?

2nd April 2020

Personal Injury barrister, Matthew White, writes article on how The Supreme Court has overturned the decisions of the Court of Appeal in 2 significant cases concerning vicarious liability, dismissing claims that had previously succeeded. Read here

Supreme Court upholds Court of Appeal Judgment on Recovery of Surrogacy Costs

1st April 2020

In Whittingham Hospital NHS Trust v XX [2020] UKSC 14 the Supreme Court has decisively over-ruled the earlier Court of Appeal decision in Briody v St Helen’s and Knowsley Area Health Authority [2001] EWCA Civ 1010 and held that the costs of surrogacy using donor eggs and foreign commercial surrogacy costs were recoverable as a…

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Our pupils start their second 6 months of pupillage

1st April 2020

As of today, our Pupils; Kate Pearson & Daniel Soar, start their 2nd Six Months of Pupillage. This means they are now available for appropriate work, including advocacy. Given the current challenges surrounding attending court in person, they are both able to conduct hearings by phone and video conference, including MS Teams and Zoom. If…

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Parks and Recreation (and Covid-19)

31st March 2020

St John’s Chambers, Property team looks at the ‘right to roam’ and to exercise outside the home in the light of the Covid-19 Coronavirus restrictions and regulations. Click here to read the full article here