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Unlawful killing and justice after acquittal – what can the law do?

19th April 2021

The public is normally concerned about wrongful convictions. In the light of the recent contentious acquittal of Donald McPherson following the death of his wife Paula Leeson, Leslie Blohm QC considers the position where an acquittal leaves the family of a person who has died believing that justice has not been done by the verdict of…

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Charlie Newington-Bridges successful in the High Court acting for the Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation in a s117 Companies Act claim

6th April 2021

Charlie Newington-Bridges was instructed by Willans LLP to act for the Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation (‘the Foundation’) in an application brought by the Foundation against one of its members who had made a request for a list of the names and addresses of the members of the Foundation under s116 of the Companies Act…

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We are delighted to welcome three new pupils to St John’s Chambers

1st April 2021

St John’s Chambers is proud to announce that on 1st April 2021, three new pupils commenced their pupillage in our successful Family & Divorce, Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury and Commercial & Chancery teams. Diana Pannizzon-Pineda who joins our Family & Divorce team will be under the supervision of Julia Belyavin. Whilst Diana was studying at the University of…

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Brexit and what it means for the conflict of laws

29th March 2021

Nick Pointon and Natasha Dzameh, members of the Commercial team at St John’s, consider the implications of Brexit for the rules governing jurisdiction, choice of law and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in English courts. “The ‘B’ word and the ‘C’ word in one article… Brexit and the Conflict of laws. Those familiar with private international law will…

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Matthew White presents a talk on calculation of pension loss and offers a free surgery day for solicitors

23rd March 2021

Last year we told you about the publication of the Personal Injury Bar Association Guide to Pension Loss Calculation, co-authored by Matthew White at St John’s. Now for the movie tie-in! Matthew has put together a 1.5-hour webinar to cover many of the practical issues arising to enable you to calculate pension loss and avoid the common mistakes. The video…

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Oliver Wooding produces practice note on undue influence probate claims for Lexis PSL

22nd March 2021

Oliver Wooding, a member of our Wills & Trusts team, has produced a practice note on undue influence probate claims for the Lexis PSL service and has joined as one of their private client experts.  The practice note explains the legal and procedural basis for undue influence claims and is illustrated with up to date…

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Ben Handy: What is ‘Life at the Bar’ really like?

22nd February 2021

Personal Injury barrister and head of pupillage, Ben Handy contributes to aspiring family barrister, Monica Young’s blog on ‘Life at the Bar’. To do the job well you don’t need to be the cleverest person in the room, and you don’t need to be the one who’s best at arguing. You need to be the…

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Charles Auld in the New Law Journal “Use a picture – it’s worth a thousand words”

16th February 2021

Charles Auld and Kate Harrington of Magadalen Chambers have collaborated again, this time in an article published on 12th February by New Law Journal, which questions why the coronavirus regulations have become so incredibly convoluted.  The article outlines briefly the Byzantine complexities of the current regulations and asks: as everybody is supposed to be following…

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The latest edition of the Denton Resource 2021

4th February 2021

Dr Rachel Segal of St John’s Chambers has produced the latest edition of the Denton Resource – an invaluable time-saving aid for practitioners finding themselves on either side of relief from sanctions applications. The Resource (covering relevant higher court authorities reported up to 31 December 2020) now summarises 250 judgments on relief from sanctions since…

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Pre-Order | Dictionary of Private Children Law (2021) by Zoe Saunders

4th February 2021

We are delighted to announce the upcoming release of the Dictionary of Private Children Law (2021) co-written by family barrister and Head of Divorce and Financial Remedy, Zoe Saunders. Authors HHJ Edward Hess, Circuit Judge, Designated Family Judge & Deputy High Court Judge Zoe Saunders, Barrister, St John’s Chambers Piers Pressdee QC, Barrister, 4PB Dr…

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Morrell v Morrell, 2021 EWHC 117 (Ch)

2nd February 2021

John Dickinson was successful in obtaining for his clients an order in a Part 8 claim to rectify a deed of variation that varied Gillian Morrell’s will, so as to provide that £450,000 from the half share she left to her son Philip was to be settled in a discretionary trust for Philip, his wife…

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FCA V Arch Insurance

21st January 2021

St. John’s Chambers expert barristers will discuss the Supreme Court’s decision in the FCA business interruption insurance test case, looking in particular at its treatment of (1) disease clauses, (2) prevention of access and hybrid clauses, and (3) trends clauses, as well as the all-important treatment of causation underlying these. Nick Pointon, Georgina Thompson and Daniel…

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St John’s Chambers welcomes Louise Asprey

12th January 2021

St John’s Chambers is pleased to announce that Louise Asprey has joined the St John’s Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Inquests Practice Groups. Louise has many years of experience representing both claimants and defendants in personal injury and clinical negligence matters. She regularly deals with claims arising out of road traffic accidents and is experienced…

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Important information for clients

5th January 2021

To all clients of St John’s Chambers, Further to the Prime Ministers announcement of a national lockdown, our clerking teams and barristers will continue to work remotely. The clerking team are contactable between 8am and 6pm by phone, MS Teams or email.  We continue to see an increase in email traffic and we appreciate that…

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Pupillage Applications Now Open

4th January 2021

Our Pupillage applications for 2022 are now open! Find the form and all information here. The closing date for applications is Monday 8th February 2021 at 11am. We look forward to reviewing all of these applications after the deadline. Good luck!

Jacqueline Humphreys appointed as Diocesan Chancellor

1st January 2021

Jacqueline Humphreys, has been appointed as the new Chancellor for the Diocese of Worcester. The appointment was made by Bishop John following the approval of the Lord Chancellor. Jacqueline has been the Deputy Chancellor for the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham since 2012 and takes over in our diocese from Charles Mynors who is stepping…

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The NHS maternity care scandal: What to expect from the Ockenden Inquiry and beyond?

3rd December 2020

Marcus Coates-Walker, a member of our Clinical Negligence team has recently contributed an article for AvMA Lawyers Service November newsletter. Over recent years we have seen several scandals related to maternity care. However, Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, looks set to be the largest maternity care scandal in NHS history. The Ockenden report has…

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O’Neill v Holland 2020 Judgment

30th November 2020

The Court of Appeal has considered claims to an interest in the family home when in the name of one member of the family under the constructive trust doctrine, the need for detrimental reliance and what amounts to detrimental reliance in fact in O’Neill v Holland [2020] EWCA Civ 1583. Leslie Blohm QC led Michael…

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Sarah Phillimore Wins Family Commentator of the Year at the Family Law Award 2020

26th November 2020

We are delighted to announce that Family barrister, Sarah Phillimore has won Family Commentator of the year 2020 at the Family Law Awards Sarah was called to the Bar in 1994 and since 1999 has worked as a specialist family lawyer in Chambers in London and Bristol. She has interest and experience in public law…

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Congratulations to James & Matthew

12th November 2020

If you have taken delivery of your copy of Facts & Figures 2020/21, you might have noticed that the chapter on pension losses has been completely re-written from previous years. The new chapter has been written by James Rowley QC and our very own Matthew White. It is a heavily slimmed down version of the…

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