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St John’s Chambers is delighted to announce that Harry Spurr has joined our planning and environmental, real estate and mediation teams

7th December 2021

St John’s Chambers is pleased to announce that Harry Spurr has joined our planning and environmental, real estate and mediation teams. Harry was called to the Bar in 2001, and specialises in environmental, planning and other aspects of local government and regulatory law concerning the use of land, such as highways, town and village greens…

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Lucy Reed appointed to Family Court Transparency Implementation Group

7th December 2021

On the 6th December 2021, the President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane announced the membership of The Transparency Implementation Group (or ‘TIG’). TIG has been created in order to implement the recommendations of the President’s Transparency Review, which was published in October. Those recommendations were for wide ranging cultural and practical reform to…

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Matthew O’Regan joins the editorial team for Chitty on Contracts

30th November 2021

We are very pleased to announce that specialist competition law barrister Matthew O’Regan has joined the editorial team of Chitty on Contracts, published by Sweet and Maxwell. Chitty is the leading reference work on contract law in the Common law world. Now in its 34th edition, its two volumes contain full coverage of the law…

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New guidance on electronic court bundles

30th November 2021

On 29th November 2021, the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary published new guidance in relation to electronic court bundles (e-bundles) for court hearings. The November 2021 guidance replaces the previous guidance published in May 2020, and is subject to any specific guidance or directions provided from courts for individual cases. It will therefore be necessary to…

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Applications for compensation from the Official Receiver – Walker v The Official Receiver [2021] EWHC 2868 (Ch)

29th November 2021

Natasha Dzameh, a commercial and chancery barrister and Deputy Head of the Commercial team, has produced a case analysis of Walker v The Official Receiver [2021] EWHC 2868 (Ch) for LexisPSL. This case contains helpful guidance on: the operation of the compensation provisions in section 304 of the Insolvency Act (“IA”) 1986; the powers of…

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Dominik Morton publishes a podcast on the Supreme Court judgment in Re T (A Child) [2021] UKSC 35

23rd November 2021

Family law barrister, Dominik Morton has recently published his podcast for Family Law Week on the analysis of a recent judgment in the case of Re T (A Child) [2021] UKSC 35. This case involved the Supreme Court dismissing the appeal of T, a 15-year old, and holding that the use of the inherent jurisdiction to authorise…

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James Marwick secured a finding of fundamental dishonesty on appeal in the case of Cornish v Darnley

17th November 2021

Personal Injury barrister, James Marwick was recently successful in securing a finding of fundamental dishonesty on appeal in the reported case of Cornish v Darnley. This case was notable because the appeal arose out of one of the first remote trials conducted in the weeks after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.  James was instructed…

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South West Administrative Lawyers Association update on the ramifications of leaving the EU

9th November 2021

Specialist competition law and subsidy control barrister, Matthew O’Regan will be speaking on the implications of Brexit for UK competition law at a seminar organised by the South West Administrative Law Association on 24th November 2021. This event will be hosted as a face-to-face event at Burges Salmon in Bristol. You can register for this…

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St John’s Chambers is recognised in 20 areas of law with 66 barristers ranked in the Chambers UK 2022 guide

21st October 2021

We are delighted to announce that we have been hugely successful in this year’s Chambers UK Bar 2022 Guide. We have been recognised in a total of 20 areas of law, with 29 of our barristers ranked in Band 1, 23 in Band 2, 12 in Band 3, and 2 star individuals – making a…

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Court of Appeal decision in Griffiths v TUI UK Ltd [2021] EWCA Civ 1442: judicial evaluation of ‘uncontroverted’ expert evidence

18th October 2021

Jimmy Barber of our Personal Injury team summarises the Court of Appeal’s decision in the case of Griffiths v TUI UK Ltd [2021] EWCA Civ 1442, which was handed down on 7th October 2021. This case specifically concerns the correct judicial approach to ‘uncontroverted’ expert evidence in the context of a holiday sickness claim, but dicta both from the majority…

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Charlie Newington-Bridges and Natasha Dzameh appointed deputy heads of St John’s Commercial team

18th October 2021

We are pleased to announce that Charlie Newington-Bridges and Natasha Dzameh will be deputy heads of our Commercial team. Charlie is a well regarded barrister for his commercial and financial services expertise, which is supported by 15 years’ prior experience as an investment banker. He is also regularly instructed in cases concerning partnership law and…

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We are delighted to welcome three more new pupils to Chambers

14th October 2021

St John’s Chambers is proud to announce that on 1st October 2021, three new pupils commenced their pupillage in our successful Family & Divorce, Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury and Commercial & Chancery teams. Vivien Croly who joins our Family & Divorce team will be under the supervision of Zoë Saunders. Prior to starting pupillage, Vivien worked as a County Court Advocate for LPC…

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Supreme Court decision in Ho v Adelekun [2021] UKSC 43: QOCS and set off of costs

11th October 2021

James Marwick of our Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence teams summarises the Supreme Court’s decision in Ho v Adelekun. The case concerns whether a Defendant in a QOCS case may be entitled to set off costs orders in its favour against any costs order in favour of the Claimant. The Supreme Court held that, on…

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St John’s Chambers welcomes Brittany Pearce to our Chancery team

30th September 2021

St John’s Chambers is pleased to announce that Brittany Pearce, formerly of Guildhall Chambers, Bristol, has joined our Real Estate and Wills & Trusts teams. Brittany was called to the Bar in 2015, and is ranked as a ‘rising star’ in tier 1 for The Legal 500 guide in her specialist areas. She is described…

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St John’s Chambers recommended as a top-tier set in 13 areas of law in the 2022 edition of The Legal 500

30th September 2021

St John’s Chambers is thrilled to announce that we have been recommended as a top-tier set in 13 main areas of law in the 2022 edition of The Legal 500. Two of our QCs are listed in the ‘Leading silks’ list, and 40 of our barristers are listed in the ‘Leading juniors’ list. Congratulations to…

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Legal Cheek score St John’s Chambers with an A* for colleague support and work life balance

28th September 2021

Legal Cheek have scored St John’s Chambers in the top 10 for work life balance and colleague support in ‘The Chambers Most List‘ scoring an A*. Following these results, we have been shortlisted for the corresponding awards at the Legal Cheek Awards 2022 in March next year. Legal Cheek have published ‘The Chambers Most List‘…

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Marcus Coates-Walker represents the family in an inquest into the death of Sam Pounsberry

28th September 2021

Marcus Coates-Walker was instructed by Royds Withy King to represent the family in an inquest into the death of a woman who ended her life while detained as an inpatient on a mental health ward in Devon. The Coroner heard from over 30 witnesses across 7 days of evidence, and it was concluded that there…

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Caroline Elford and Zoë Saunders appointed Deputy District Judges

28th September 2021

St John’s Chambers has seen two of its members appointed to the role of Deputy District Judge on the Western Circuit by the Lord Chancellor. Caroline Elford and Zoë Saunders have been appointed with immediate effect, and will continue to practice whilst fulfilling their part-time judicial responsibilities. Zoë is head of our of Divorce &…

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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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