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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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Proprietary estoppel and proportionality following the case of Habberfield: back to the heart of the doctrine

15th June 2020

Anyone with an interest in proprietary estoppel should read Adam Boyle’s new article. Adam is noted as a specialist in proprietary estoppel by Chambers & Partners and in this thought-provoking article he discusses the state of the doctrine following the case of Habberfield Read full here

Use of video and other remote means in the Coroner’s Court

15th June 2020

Emma Zeb On 11 June 2020 the Chief Coroner, HHJ Mark Lucraft QC, issued the guidance below regarding the use of video and other remote means in the Coroner’s Court as we continue to navigate through this current pandemic.   Remember however, that unlike other courts, the Coroner must be physically present in a court room…

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Patrick West: COVID-19 and PPE: date for “guilty knowledge”

11th June 2020

Patrick West As the end of lockdown (at least in its present form) now looms large on the horizon, the process of unpicking what went wrong with the UK’s experience of the virus has begun. At the same time as millions prepare to return to shops and businesses their staff will look to their employers…

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Appeal allowed against Strike out of Secondary Victim claims arising out of Clinical Negligence

4th June 2020

James Marwick Case Note on Paul & Anr v Royal Wolverhampton NHS trust [2020] EWHC 1415 (QB) In November 2019 Master Cook had struck out the secondary victim claims brought by the Claimants as a result of witnessing the heart attack and subsequent death of their father some 14 ½ months after the alleged negligent…

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Black Lives Matter

4th June 2020

St John’s Chambers understands the importance of uniting against racism, social injustice and inequality. We will be reviewing our engagement with community initiatives in order to ensure that we are actively supporting those affected. We stand in solidarity with the black community across the globe. We refuse to be silent and complicit. #BlackLivesMatter #HumanRights

Gulliksen dead and McGeown fatally wounded? An important case for highway lawyers

2nd June 2020

More higher court success for Matthew White in a case of significance for claims involving accidents on the highway. Matthew White, of St John’s Chambers’ personal injury team, successfully represented the claimant in Barlow v. Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council [2020] EWCA Civ 696. He has written a piece commenting on the decision here. The judgment…

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Special account rate reduced to 0.1%

2nd June 2020

Matthew White On 1/6/20 the Ministry of Justice reduced the special account rate to 0.1% (from 0.5%, which it has been since 1/7/09). The full text of the announcement is as follows:- Reduction of interest rates for Court Funds Office special and basic accounts from today (1 June 2020). Due to the impact of Covid-19,…

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Western Circuit listing information for fast and multi track trials

28th May 2020

As you may be aware, the Designated Circuit Judges on the Western Circuit have drawn up a Protocol to apply to fast and multi track trials listed between 1 June and 1 October 2020. A copy is attached in case you have not as yet seen it. The idea is to try to get trials…

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Court grants Relief from Forfeiture in Manslaughter Case – Challen v Challen [2020] EWHC 1330 (Ch)

28th May 2020

The High Court in Bristol (HHJ Matthews) has granted Sally Challen relief from the forfeiture arising from her killing of her husband Richard in 2010. The case had become a cause celebre arising from Sally Challen’s conviction for murder in 2010, and its subsequent quashing by the Court of Appeal in 2019 and later substitution…

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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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