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E-Scooters: The Legal Road Ahead 2021 Update

18th June 2021

A year on from the start of the trial scheme Patrick West looks again at the potential impact of the introduction of e-scooters on UK roads. The rolling out of the e-scooter trial has now reached London with fears rising of a wave of personal injury actions arising from use of the new vehicle. The…

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Alex Troup successful in High Court case concerning the validity of a farmer’s will

15th June 2021

The High Court has recently handed down judgment in the case of Hughes v Pritchard and others [2021] EWHC 1580 (Ch) following a hybrid trial conducted in person and remotely, with some of the evidence being given in Welsh. Head of Wills & Trusts team, Alex Troup, instructed by Hugh James, acted for the successful…

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St John’s Chambers welcome family law barrister Dominik Morton

10th June 2021

St John’s Chambers is pleased to announce that Dominik Morton, formerly of Queen Square Chambers, Bristol, has joined the St John’s Family & Divorce team. Dominik specialises in children public and private law, assisting clients in highly emotional and complicated care proceedings in courts across the Western Circuit. Dominik has also been instructed on many occasions…

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St John’s Chambers raise £2,866 for Penny Brohn cancer support

9th June 2021

Throughout the month of May, barristers and staff at St John’s Chambers have been taking part in a fitness challenge to raise funds for Penny Brohn UK.  We are pleased to announce that we have raised £2,866 so far, and If you would like to support us, it is never too late. Donate here. As a chambers,…

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Financial remedy update June 2021

8th June 2021

Christopher Sharp QC, member of our Family & Divorce team, publishes the June edition of his 2021 financial remedies update written for the FLBA’s ‘Family Affairs’ magazine. He regularly reviews the more important recent financial remedy cases during the course of the year with termly updates. All updates are available to download from Christopher’s online website profile here, and…

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Administrative Court issues new listing policy

27th May 2021

The Administrative Court have issued a new listing policy, which replaces the policy issued in June 2018, you can view a copy here.

St John’s Chambers take part in a fitness challenge to raise funds for Penny Brohn UK

20th May 2021

St John’s Chambers barristers, pupils and staff have decided to take part in a fitness challenge to raise funds for Penny Brohn UK. We wanted to support a local charity which we know some members and staff hold close to their hearts, and one that has helped them through some very challenging times. We have…

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Natasha Dzameh joins LexisPSL panel of restructuring & insolvency experts

19th May 2021

Commercial and chancery barrister, Natasha Dzameh, has recently produced seven insolvency practice notes concerning general partnerships and limited partnerships for LexisPSL. These are: Administration of joint and separate estates Insolvency of general partnerships – administration Insolvency of general partnerships – priority of expenses and debts Limited partnerships and insolvency – key principles Limited partnership insolvency…

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Emma Zeb in a 4-week inquest into the death of Dorothea Hale

18th May 2021

Head of our Inquests team, Emma Zeb has been instructed by DAC Beachcroft in a 4-week inquest into the death of Dorothea Hale, a resident in 2006 at Grosvenor Care Home in Abertillery. The inquest started on 17th May 2021 at Newport Coroners Court. Dorothea died at Nevil Hall Hospital in January 2007, and her…

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Peter Wadsley instructed in a case which sought judicial review to quash the grant of a planning permission in an AONB to the caravan site owner, Parkdean

11th May 2021

Head of Public & Administrative Practice Group, Peter Wadsley was instructed by the defendant, North Devon District Council, in the case of R (Croyde Area Residents Association) v North Devon District Council and Parkdean Holiday Parks Ltd [2021] EWHC 646 Admin. A neighbourhood group, Croyde Area Residents’ Association (CARA), sought judicial review to quash the…

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Robert Mills writes article ‘Pulling Teeth’ for PI Focus

10th May 2021

Robert Mills writes an article for PI Focus. ‘Pulling Teeth’ looks into dental negligence claims and discusses tactics for conducting successful litigation in this field. The article examines common liability scenarios and provides tips for negotiating effectively on quantum. The full article can be found here: PI Focus – Rob Mills Robert is a clinical negligence specialist, acting for…

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St John’s Administrative Law team respond to the Ministry of Justice on Judicial Review Reform

6th May 2021

Members of our Public and Administrative Law team make no apology for being critical of the Government’s approach to the Judicial Review Reform, particularly in the face of the IRAL (Independent Review of Administrative Law) recommendations, and the lack of justification for any major changes to the powers of the courts in this area. The…

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Christopher Sharp QC secures a judgment in a catastrophic injury case with award of £20 million

4th May 2021

Christopher Sharp QC, secures a judgment on 31st March 2021, in a catastrophic injury case in which the final award was for a lump sum of £6 million and periodical payments orders totalling £258,000 per annum with no set-off for local authority direct payments towards his care. The overall gross capitalised value of the award…

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Justin Valentine considers the participation of vulnerable parties or witnesses in litigation

4th May 2021

On 6th April 2021, CPR Part 1, the Overriding Objective, was amended by the addition of CPR 1.6 and Practice Direction 1A which makes provision for how the court is to give effect to the overriding objective in relation to vulnerable parties or witnesses. At a CCMC on 9th April 2021, in what must be…

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Sarah Phillimore to present a talk at the 8th family law & children’s rights conference: World congress 2021 through the eyes of a child

28th April 2021

Family law barrister, Sarah Phillimore is presenting a talk on ‘gender determination – the Tavistock decision and its implications’ at the 8th family Law & children’s rights conference: World congress 2021 through the eyes of a child, to be held virtually from 12-16 July 2021. For the first time, this event is jointly organised by the World…

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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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