Important information for clients

21st May 2020

To all clients of St John’s Chambers,

During a challenging time for both Chambers and our clients, we have taken the necessary steps to operate Chambers remotely wherever possible.

With this in mind, there will be some changes in the operation of Chambers over the coming weeks. We would ask you to please note the following:

  • Our office is now closed until further notice, but Chambers is open for business. Phone calls to group practice teams will be manned from 8am until 6pm.
  • From today, Chambers will no longer be accepting hard copy papers in Chambers. Please ensure all papers or documents you wish to send are communicated electronically. If you wish to send papers directly to counsel, please ensure the relevant clerk is copied in so that the papers can be logged and acknowledged in our usual manner. If you have already sent papers and not received an acknowledgement, can you please contact us to ensure we have received them?
  • Staff will remain contactable via our switchboard and direct dial numbers and also via email and we will have full access to our systems. We would ask where possible, to use the direct dial number to call staff or email them directly.
  • We have noticed an increase in email traffic and appreciate this is due to many of our clients and contacts working remotely. We will endeavour to respond promptly, but please bear with us and call if anything more urgent. We can be contacted at the details on our contact page as normal.

Many of our barristers, along with the marketing team, have been working hard to keep you up to date with all law changes and updates during this time. The Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence team have a new fast track mediation service, free legal helpline and frequent free webinars. A new weekly forum for the family team will be available in the next coming days and the Commercial team have a free to access webinar series. These updates are ever changing and updating so, to be in the know of live news from St John’s, we suggest following us on Twitter (@stjohnschambers) and LinkedIn (St. John’s Chambers). You can also subscribe to our email service by contacting

Please see below for all barrister news articles regarding COVID-19.

All conferences will be converted into telephone or video conferences where possible, if this has not already been arranged can you please contact the relevant clerk to organise. Please click here for a full staff list.

We would request any payments to Chambers please be made electronically. If you need to speak to a member of the fees team, please email

If you have any difficulties reaching anyone in chambers, or have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me directly on the details below.

Kind regards,

Derek Jenkins, CEO

DD 0117 923 4711

Recent news articles regarding COVID-19:

20th May 2020: General guidance on PDF bundles – Lucy Reed

12th May 2020: 3rd Family Forum – Children Law Team

27th April 2020: Nick Pointon successfully opposes permission to appeal to the Privy Council in Alwitry v SEB

23rd April 2020: Barder Events and Financial Remedy Proceedings – Jack Harris

22nd April 2020: Virtual Hearings and Virtual Trials – Charlie Newington-Bridges

22nd April 2020: St John’s Chambers – Remote Mediations in Wills & Trusts, Real Estate and Commercial disputes

21st April 2020: St. John’s Family Forum – Family Team

17th April 2020: Remote Private FDRs in Family Finance Cases: A Service and Guide for Solicitors – Family Team

9th April 2020: Making Remote Hearing Work – Christopher Sharp QC

7th April 2020: Financial Remedies in the Time of Covid-19 – Zoe Saunders

7th April 2020: St John’s Chambers Fast Track Mediation Service – Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Teams

6th April 2020: Changes to the CPR come into effect today – Ben Handy

3rd April 2020: St John’s Chambers announces the launch of its legal helpline for legal professionals working in the fields of Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence

2nd April 2020: The latest on Vicarious Liability: a retreat from the high water mark? – Matthew White

2nd April 2020: COVID-19: An Epidemic of Claims? – Patrick West

1st April 2020: Supreme Court upholds Court of Appeal Judgment on Recovery of Surrogacy Costs – James Marwick

31st March 2020: Parks and Recreation (and Covid-19) – Property Team

27th March 2020: Covid-19: Competition And State Aid Law During The Coronavirus Crisis – Matthew O’Regan

25th March 2020: Duty of Care and the Coronavirus – James Marwick

20th March 2020: Bereavement damages increased to £15,120 – Matthew White

20th March 2020: Covid-19, frustration and force majeure – Commercial & Chancery Team

17th March 2020: Coronavirus

18th February 2020: Electronic Communications, Audiovisual Services and the Internet – EU Competition Law & Regulation – Matthew O’Regan