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Alex Troup is successful in High Court case of Dunbabin & Ors v Dunbabin

10th February 2022

Head of Wills & Trusts team, Alex Troup, instructed by Hugh James, represented the successful claimants in the case of Dunbabin & Ors v Dunbabin [2022] EWHC 241 (Ch) (10 February 2022), a case concerning the law of severance. The main issue in the case was whether the beneficial joint tenancy of a property belonging…

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Second edition of the Dictionary of Private Children Law (2022) has been published

3rd February 2022

We are delighted to announce that the second edition of the Dictionary of Private Children Law (2022) co-written by Zoë Saunders has been published this month. This book is a unique reference guide to the key concepts, cases and practice of private children law. This 2022 edition is fully updated to include changes and developments…

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Leslie Blohm QC acts for the claimants in High Court case of Leeson v Mcpherson

1st February 2022

Leslie Blohm QC (leading Tom Gosling of 23 ES Chambers) has been instructed by Glaisyers in the high-profile case of Leeson v Mcpherson where he appeared for the claimants, the Leeson family. The High Court in Manchester has had to consider the sufficiency of pleadings where a civil claim is based on a serious criminal…

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St John’s Chambers congratulates Lucy Reed on her appointment as a Recorder

27th January 2022

We are delighted to announce that Lucy Reed has been appointed as a Recorder with effect from 26th January 2022. Lucy will sit to hear family law cases on the Western Circuit, where she has been deployed as a Deputy District Judge since 2013. See a full list of the 163 newly appointed Recorders here. Lucy is…

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Triple success for St John’s Personal Injury team in the Court of Appeal

18th January 2022

Three members of our Personal Injury team were all successful in the Court of Appeal in a judgment handed down on 17th January 2022 in the case of Brown v South West Lakes Trust and others [2022] EWCA Civ 18, arising from a fatal car accident in 2017. This case raised issues concerning the extent…

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Charlie Newington-Bridges publishes a guide on the principles relating to oral agreements

12th January 2022

Deputy Head of the Commercial team, Charlie Newington-Bridges alongside Iwan Doull from Berry Smith have published a guide on the principles relating to oral agreements. Having acted for claimants and defendants in a number of alleged oral agreement trials in the High Court over the last 3-4 years, it is apparent that there are a series of features to…

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Our pupillage application process for 2023 is now live!

11th January 2022

St John’s is one of the largest and most prestigious barristers’ chambers in the Southwest. We offer a first class specialised pupillage that will give you the best possible springboard for your career at the Bar. We’re proud to be regarded as having a ‘welcoming, supportive and down-to-earth culture’ here at Chambers. We are looking…

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Join one of the strongest sets on the Western circuit for clinical negligence work

5th January 2022

St John’s Chambers are seeking applications from practitioners of 10 years’ call and above, to join our busy and dynamic Clinical Negligence team. Working co-operatively, sharing ideas, knowledge and business opportunities is at the forefront of our team. We are committed to providing all of our barristers with first class business development, and our clerking…

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Join St John’s Chambers Family & Divorce team

5th January 2022

Our Family & Divorce team are seeking applications from care, finance and children specialists to join our busy and dynamic practice group. Our barristers are recognised for their expertise, excellent advocacy, quality of service and client interaction. We provide a friendly workplace, and the opportunity to couple ambition with a good work-life balance. We are…

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Exceptional case funding for inquests will no longer be means tested

22nd December 2021

The Government has announced that Exceptional Case Funding (ECF) for inquests will no longer be means tested from 12 January 2022. This means that families in Article 2 inquests will no longer have to undergo the often long, complicated and intrusive process of assessing their financial situation before being granted funding for legal representation. It…

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Lucy Reed secures permission to report the identity of former Minister found by the Family Court to have abused his wife

10th December 2021

The Court of Appeal today handed down judgment in Griffiths v Tickle [2021] EWCA Civ 1882 Lucy Reed acted for one of the applicant journalists who wished to report the contents of a fact finding judgment delivered in the course of Children Act 1989 proceedings, and to identify the parents, where the court had made…

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2021

9th December 2021

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2022. Our Christmas and New Year opening hours: Friday 24th December – closed Monday 27th December – closed Tuesday 28th December – closed Wednesday, 29th December – closed Thursday, 30th December – 10.00am – 4.00pm Friday, 31st December – 10.00am – 4.00pm Monday, 3rd January –…

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St John’s Chambers is delighted to announce that Harry Spurr has joined our planning and environmental, real estate and mediation teams

7th December 2021

St John’s Chambers is pleased to announce that Harry Spurr has joined our planning and environmental, real estate and mediation teams. Harry was called to the Bar in 2001, and specialises in environmental, planning and other aspects of local government and regulatory law concerning the use of land, such as highways, town and village greens…

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Lucy Reed appointed to Family Court Transparency Implementation Group

7th December 2021

On the 6th December 2021, the President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane announced the membership of The Transparency Implementation Group (or ‘TIG’). TIG has been created in order to implement the recommendations of the President’s Transparency Review, which was published in October. Those recommendations were for wide ranging cultural and practical reform to…

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Matthew O’Regan joins the editorial team for Chitty on Contracts

30th November 2021

We are very pleased to announce that specialist competition law barrister Matthew O’Regan has joined the editorial team of Chitty on Contracts, published by Sweet and Maxwell. Chitty is the leading reference work on contract law in the Common law world. Now in its 34th edition, its two volumes contain full coverage of the law…

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New guidance on electronic court bundles

30th November 2021

On 29th November 2021, the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary published new guidance in relation to electronic court bundles (e-bundles) for court hearings. The November 2021 guidance replaces the previous guidance published in May 2020, and is subject to any specific guidance or directions provided from courts for individual cases. It will therefore be necessary to…

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Applications for compensation from the Official Receiver – Walker v The Official Receiver [2021] EWHC 2868 (Ch)

29th November 2021

Natasha Dzameh, a commercial and chancery barrister and Deputy Head of the Commercial team, has produced a case analysis of Walker v The Official Receiver [2021] EWHC 2868 (Ch) for LexisPSL. This case contains helpful guidance on: the operation of the compensation provisions in section 304 of the Insolvency Act (“IA”) 1986; the powers of…

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Dominik Morton publishes a podcast on the Supreme Court judgment in Re T (A Child) [2021] UKSC 35

23rd November 2021

Family law barrister, Dominik Morton has recently published his podcast for Family Law Week on the analysis of a recent judgment in the case of Re T (A Child) [2021] UKSC 35. This case involved the Supreme Court dismissing the appeal of T, a 15-year old, and holding that the use of the inherent jurisdiction to authorise…

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James Marwick secured a finding of fundamental dishonesty on appeal in the case of Cornish v Darnley

17th November 2021

Personal Injury barrister, James Marwick was recently successful in securing a finding of fundamental dishonesty on appeal in the reported case of Cornish v Darnley. This case was notable because the appeal arose out of one of the first remote trials conducted in the weeks after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.  James was instructed…

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South West Administrative Lawyers Association update on the ramifications of leaving the EU

9th November 2021

Specialist competition law and subsidy control barrister, Matthew O’Regan will be speaking on the implications of Brexit for UK competition law at a seminar organised by the South West Administrative Law Association on 24th November 2021. This event will be hosted as a face-to-face event at Burges Salmon in Bristol. You can register for this…

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