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St John’s Chambers recognised in 22 major areas of law in the Chambers UK 2021 Guide

23rd October 2020

We are delighted to announce that we have been hugely successful in this year’s Chambers UK Bar 2021 Guide. We have been recognised in a total of 22 major areas of law, with 1 of our barristers ranked as a star individual, 3 up and coming, 17 of our barristers ranked in Band 1 and…

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Graeme Harrison successful in the Court of Appeal

9th October 2020

Graeme (instructed by Jay Oberoi of Avon & Somerset Family Law) represented the maternal grandmother on her application for leave to apply for the revocation of a placement order made in February 2020 at the end of care and placement proceedings. The application was first heard by HHJ Bromilow in July 2020. His Honour found…

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St John’s Chambers congratulates Rachel Russell & David Regan on their appointment as Recorders

7th October 2020

We are delighted to announce that our member Rachel Russell (Civil / Western Circuit) and David Regan (Family / Wales) been appointed to sit as a Recorder by the Judicial Office. The appointment will take effect from 12th October 2020. This year’s appointments sees a total of 118 Recorders appointed. A full list of the…

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Legal 500 Rankings 2021

5th October 2020

We are delighted to announce that we have been ranked as top tier in 10 different areas of law and with 47 of our barristers ranked in 14 areas of law in the 2021 Legal 500 rankings. This means that St. John’s barristers have been ranked a staggering 82 times in 2021. We are also…

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Chambers shortlisted ‘Regional Set of the Year’ by Chambers Bar Awards 2020

25th September 2020

Chambers and Partners has announced the nominees for this year’s Chambers UK Bar Awards 2020 and we are delighted that St John’s Chambers has been shortlisted for ‘Regional Set of the Year’. To be ranked by Chambers means that our set and its members are at the top of the profession. To be shortlisted at the Chambers Bar…

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Huge Congratulations from all at St. John’s Chambers to Her Honour Judge Stephanie Cope as the Queen appoints her Circuit Judge

22nd September 2020

The Queen has appointed Stephanie Louise Cope to be a Circuit Judge on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable Robert Buckland QC MP and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the Right Honourable The Lord Burnett of Maldon. The Lord Chief Justice has deployed her to the Western Circuit, based…

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Sarah Phillimore for Family Law Commentator 2020

15th September 2020

We are delighted to announce that Family barrister Sarah Phillimore has been shortlisted for Family Law Commentator of the Year Law Awards. To show your support and vote for Sarah, please click here Sarah has specialised in public law family proceedings from about 2000 in London, moving to St Johns Chambers in 2010. She began…

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Head of Divorce & Financial Remedy Zoë Saunders has qualified as a Mediator in civil and family cases

11th August 2020

We are delighted to announce that the Head of our Divorce and Finanical Remedy team, Zoë Saunders, will now be able to provide mediation in civil and family cases. Having practiced in family law Zoë is well aware of the toll that the stress and uncertainty of litigation can take on clients and how costs can…

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Derek & Claire’s Two Moors Way Challenge

7th August 2020

On 8th August 2020 Derek & Claire Jenkins will be walking 120 Miles from Wembury to Lynmouth to raise money for Headway Somerset. Headway Somerset is a small charity that relies on fundraising to be able to survive. Derek competes (and yes it is competing!) every year in the Dragon Boat Race in Taunton raising…

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Daniel Soar – Pupillage

7th August 2020

Daniel is now coming to the end of his pupillage with St John’s, during which time he has experienced the wide range of commercial and chancery work covered by the team, both in conjunction with experienced members of the team as well as being instructed in his own right. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, he has…

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Hybrid Hearings & Keeping Chambers Safe – The Guide

28th July 2020

St. John’s Chambers have the facilities to run hybrid hearings. This means that clients are able to come into Chambers for socially distanced, face to face conferences and hearings. To learn all about our facilities, and how we are keeping all barristers, staff and clients safe during this time, download the guide here.

Important information for clients

28th July 2020

To all clients of St John’s Chambers, We are pleased to report that since the lockdown, the clerking teams and barristers have been working remotely. The clerking team are contactable between 8am and 6pm by phone, MS Teams or email.  There has been a marked increase in email traffic and we appreciate that this is…

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The PIBA Guide to Pension Loss Calculation written by James Rowley QC and our very own Matthew White

27th July 2020

St John’s Chambers is pleased to announce the publication of the PIBA Guide to Pension Loss Calculation written by James Rowley QC and our very own Matthew White. This 152 page book covers all that you might want to know about how to calculate pension loss correctly including: the differences between money purchase and defined…

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Webinar: 8th Edition of the Ogden Tables

20th July 2020

Barrister Matthew White will give a 20 minute live internet presentation on how to use the additional tables The long-awaited 8th edition of the Ogden tables has just been released. They can be found here. They come with a whole series of fabulously useful additional tables, which are only available online: they won’t be in Facts & Figures….

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University gets green light to serve alcohol at student hub – Bristol Live

16th July 2020

Alcohol will be sold on the ground floor of a student hub at the heart of the University of Bristol’s campus, after permission for a licence was given.The plan comes as the Hawthorns building, where alcohol is served and live performances are held, is set to be turned into a flagship £80m library. Representing the university,…

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Financial remedy update Summer 2020

15th July 2020

Christopher Sharp QC who is acknowledged by Chambers UK as one of only five star Silks in family law in the country, reviews the more important recent financial remedy cases during the course of the year with termly articles, written for and published within FLBA’s ‘Family Affairs’. His article for FLBA’s ‘Family Affairs’ Summer 2020 edition is now available…

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E-Scooters: The Legal Road Ahead

10th July 2020

Patrick West looks at the potential impact of the introduction of e-scooters on UK roads. The last time a totally new type of electric vehicle appeared on our roads in January 1985 it was the Sinclair C5. Although it looked like a space-age solution to traffic congestion and pollution by Christmas it had bombed and retailers…

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A tempering of Chief Coroner’s Guidance No.37?

8th July 2020

To those of you that attended my inquest update webinar on 11 May 2020 (watch here), you will recall that I spoke at length about the controversy caused by Chief Coroner’s Guidance No. 37, which was believed by some, to place restrictions on the ability of a Coroner to investigate deaths resulting from possible failings…

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Andrew Mclaughlin Succeeds in Huge FD Case Against QC £1.6m Claim Dismissed on Grounds of Fundamental Dishonesty

7th July 2020

A claim for nearly £1.6m brought by a 60 year old former managing director, Richard Walkden, against Drayton Manor Park has been dismissed by HHJ Murdoch on the grounds it was dishonestly exaggerated. On 18 April 2014 Mr Walkden and his wife and son were in a gondola at the theme park when it swung…

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Coroners, Coronavirus and controversy

25th June 2020

An article by barrister, David Regan as been published in the New Law Journal. Thorny dilemmas for coroners Coroners are experiencing difficulties when assessing which COVID-19 deaths to investigate, barrister David Regan has warned. Coroners must determine whether to investigate a death, for example, if human error is involved, the death is violent or unnatural…

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