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 due to many clients working remotely. Our clerking teams will respond promptly, but please bear with us, and if your enquiry is urgent, direct dial or mobile numbers can be found here: contact page
We have continued to support and provide professional legal services from our office with a small number of critical support staff in attendance from 9am until 5pm. All staff are trained in social distancing measures on their return to the office, and we have installed protective screens for their own safety. Due to Health & Safety procedures under Covid-19, Chambers is no longer accepting hard copies of files, and we ask that all papers and documents are sent electronically to the designated clerking team. Papers for Counsel’s attention must also be emailed to the relevant clerking team for logging and acknowledgement of receipt.
Meetings in Person and hybrid hearings must be pre-booked to ensure that we have sufficient space and compliance with social distancing measures. For personal safety, all attendees should bring their own refreshments.
Meetings / Hearings most conferences are now held by telephone, MS Teams, Zoom or Skype, and if you require assistance please contact the relevant clerk to organise: contact page
We are vigilant about the safety and cleanliness of Chambers, and with this in mind, we opened a second reception area, to ensure a safe environment from the front door through to the conference rooms. This service will ensure we safely achieve social distancing between Solicitors and Clients at all times.
We have installed ‘anti-bac’ units, social distancing signs and have masks and gloves available at reception. Each conference room has its own anti-bac gel and cleaning materials supplies, as well as a TV / screen with wifi and hardwired secure internet capability to support both Windows and Mac devices.
In conjunction with the marketing team, our barristers have been working hard to keep you informed with up-to-date changes in legislation and news articles (See below). To ensure that you receive the latest news, why not follow us on Twitter (@stjohnschambers) and LinkedIn (St. John’s Chambers). In addition, you can also subscribe to our email service by contacting [email protected].
If you have any difficulties reaching anyone in chambers, or have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me directly.
Derek Jenkins, CEO
DD 0117 923 4711
email: [email protected]
Recent news articles regarding COVID-19:
28th July 2020: Hybrid Hearings & Keeping Chambers Safe – The Guide
20th July 2020: Webinar: 8th Edition of the Ogden Tables – Matthew White
10th July 2020: E-Scooters: The Legal Road Ahead – Patrick West
8th July 2020: A tempering of Chief Coroner’s Guidance No.37? – Emma Zeb
22nd June 2020: Financial remedy update Summer 2020 – Christopher Sharp QC
15th June 2020: Coroners, Coronavirus and controversy – David Regan
12th June 2020: COVID-19 and PPE: date for “guilty knowledge” – Patrick West
4th June 2020: Black Live Matter
2nd June 2020: Special account rate reduced to 0.1% – Matthew White
20th May 2020: General guidance on PDF bundles – Lucy Reed
12th May 2020: 3rd Family Forum – Children Law Team
23rd April 2020: Barder Events and Financial Remedy Proceedings – Jack Harris
22nd April 2020: Virtual Hearings and Virtual Trials – Charlie Newington-Bridges
21st April 2020: St. John’s Family Forum – 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
6th April 2020: Changes to the CPR come into effect today – Ben Handy
2nd April 2020: COVID-19: An Epidemic of Claims? – Patrick West
31st March 2020: Parks and Recreation (and Covid-19) – Property Team
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