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.

Payments  All payments to Chambers should be made electronically where possible. If you need to speak to a member of the fees team email [email protected] or call contact page.

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.

Kind regards,


Derek Jenkins, CEO

DD 0117 923 4711
email: [email protected]

Recent news articles regarding COVID-19:

11th August 2020: Head of Divorce & Financial Remedy Zoë Saunders has qualified as a Mediator in civil and family cases – Zoë Saunders

28th July 2020: Hybrid Hearings & Keeping Chambers Safe – The Guide

27th July 2020: The PIBA Guide to Pension Loss Calculation written by James Rowley QC and our very own Matthew White

20th July 2020: Webinar: 8th Edition of the Ogden Tables – Matthew White

16th July 2020: University gets green light to serve alcohol at student hub – Bristol Live – Roy Light

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

7th July 2020: Andrew Mclaughlin Succeeds in Huge FD Case Against QC £1.6m Claim Dismissed on Grounds of Fundamental Dishonesty

26th June 2020: Cashflow and Covid  19: Interim payments on account of costs – James Marwick

22nd June 2020: Financial remedy update Summer 2020 – Christopher Sharp QC 

15th June 2020: Coroners, Coronavirus and controversy – David Regan

15th June 2020: Proprietary estoppel and proportionality following the case of Habberfield: back to the heart of the doctrine – Adam Boyle

15th June 2020: Use of video and other remote means in the Coroner’s Court – Emma Zeb

12th June 2020: COVID-19 and PPE: date for “guilty knowledge” – Patrick West

4th June 2020: Black Live Matter

2nd June 2020: Gulliksen dead and McGeown fatally wounded? An important case for highway lawyers – Matthew White

2nd June 2020: Special account rate reduced to 0.1% – Matthew White

28th May 2020: Western Circuit listing information for fast and multi track trials

28th May 2020: Court grants Relief from Forfeiture in Manslaughter Case – Challen v Challen [2020] EWHC 1330 (Ch)

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