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Oliver Wooding produces practice note on undue influence probate claims for Lexis PSL

22nd March 2021

Oliver Wooding, a member of our Wills & Trusts team, has produced a practice note on undue influence probate claims for the Lexis PSL service and has joined as one of their private client experts.  The practice note explains the legal and procedural basis for undue influence claims and is illustrated with up to date…

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Ben Handy: What is ‘Life at the Bar’ really like?

22nd February 2021

Personal Injury barrister and head of pupillage, Ben Handy contributes to aspiring family barrister, Monica Young’s blog on ‘Life at the Bar’. To do the job well you don’t need to be the cleverest person in the room, and you don’t need to be the one who’s best at arguing. You need to be the…

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Charles Auld in the New Law Journal “Use a picture – it’s worth a thousand words”

16th February 2021

Charles Auld and Kate Harrington of Magadalen Chambers have collaborated again, this time in an article published on 12th February by New Law Journal, which questions why the coronavirus regulations have become so incredibly convoluted.  The article outlines briefly the Byzantine complexities of the current regulations and asks: as everybody is supposed to be following…

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The latest edition of the Denton Resource 2021

4th February 2021

Dr Rachel Segal of St John’s Chambers has produced the latest edition of the Denton Resource – an invaluable time-saving aid for practitioners finding themselves on either side of relief from sanctions applications. The Resource (covering relevant higher court authorities reported up to 31 December 2020) now summarises 250 judgments on relief from sanctions since…

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Pre-Order | Dictionary of Private Children Law (2021) by Zoe Saunders

4th February 2021

We are delighted to announce the upcoming release of the Dictionary of Private Children Law (2021) co-written by family barrister and Head of Divorce and Financial Remedy, Zoe Saunders. Authors HHJ Edward Hess, Circuit Judge, Designated Family Judge & Deputy High Court Judge Zoe Saunders, Barrister, St John’s Chambers Piers Pressdee QC, Barrister, 4PB Dr…

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Morrell v Morrell, 2021 EWHC 117 (Ch)

2nd February 2021

John Dickinson was successful in obtaining for his clients an order in a Part 8 claim to rectify a deed of variation that varied Gillian Morrell’s will, so as to provide that £450,000 from the half share she left to her son Philip was to be settled in a discretionary trust for Philip, his wife…

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FCA V Arch Insurance

21st January 2021

St. John’s Chambers expert barristers will discuss the Supreme Court’s decision in the FCA business interruption insurance test case, looking in particular at its treatment of (1) disease clauses, (2) prevention of access and hybrid clauses, and (3) trends clauses, as well as the all-important treatment of causation underlying these. Nick Pointon, Georgina Thompson and Daniel…

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St John’s Chambers welcomes Louise Asprey

12th January 2021

St John’s Chambers is pleased to announce that Louise Asprey has joined the St John’s Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Inquests Practice Groups. Louise has many years of experience representing both claimants and defendants in personal injury and clinical negligence matters. She regularly deals with claims arising out of road traffic accidents and is experienced…

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Important information for clients

5th January 2021

To all clients of St John’s Chambers, Further to the Prime Ministers announcement of a national lockdown, our clerking teams and barristers will continue to work remotely. The clerking team are contactable between 8am and 6pm by phone, MS Teams or email.  We continue to see an increase in email traffic and we appreciate that…

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Pupillage Applications Now Open

4th January 2021

Our Pupillage applications for 2022 are now open! Find the form and all information here. The closing date for applications is Monday 8th February 2021 at 11am. We look forward to reviewing all of these applications after the deadline. Good luck!

Jacqueline Humphreys appointed as Diocesan Chancellor

1st January 2021

Jacqueline Humphreys, has been appointed as the new Chancellor for the Diocese of Worcester. The appointment was made by Bishop John following the approval of the Lord Chancellor. Jacqueline has been the Deputy Chancellor for the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham since 2012 and takes over in our diocese from Charles Mynors who is stepping…

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The NHS maternity care scandal: What to expect from the Ockenden Inquiry and beyond?

3rd December 2020

Marcus Coates-Walker, a member of our Clinical Negligence team has recently contributed an article for AvMA Lawyers Service November newsletter. Over recent years we have seen several scandals related to maternity care. However, Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, looks set to be the largest maternity care scandal in NHS history. The Ockenden report has…

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O’Neill v Holland 2020 Judgment

30th November 2020

The Court of Appeal has considered claims to an interest in the family home when in the name of one member of the family under the constructive trust doctrine, the need for detrimental reliance and what amounts to detrimental reliance in fact in O’Neill v Holland [2020] EWCA Civ 1583. Leslie Blohm QC led Michael…

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Sarah Phillimore Wins Family Commentator of the Year at the Family Law Award 2020

26th November 2020

We are delighted to announce that Family barrister, Sarah Phillimore has won Family Commentator of the year 2020 at the Family Law Awards Sarah was called to the Bar in 1994 and since 1999 has worked as a specialist family lawyer in Chambers in London and Bristol. She has interest and experience in public law…

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Congratulations to James & Matthew

12th November 2020

If you have taken delivery of your copy of Facts & Figures 2020/21, you might have noticed that the chapter on pension losses has been completely re-written from previous years. The new chapter has been written by James Rowley QC and our very own Matthew White. It is a heavily slimmed down version of the…

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Kate Pearson – New Tenant

2nd November 2020

St John’s is pleased to announce Kate Pearson as their newest tenant. Kate is accepting instructions in the following areas: Children Private Law Children Public Law Schedule 1 Children Act 1989 Divorce and Financial Remedies Part IV Family Law Act 1996 (Domestic Violence) ToLATA 1996 Barrister, Lucy Reed says “Kate is going to be a…

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White Paper Critique

2nd November 2020

The Public and Administrative Law Group has responded recently to two important Government consultations.   One is on the recent White Paper on planning which has excited much controversy in the shires and elsewhere.   The other is just as controversial, if not more so, and is the call for evidence on Judicial Review.   One aspect of…

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Christopher Sharp QC publishes financial remedy update for the FLBA’s ‘Family Affairs’ for Autumn 2020

29th October 2020

Christopher Sharp QC, member of our Family & Divorce team, publishes the Autumn edition of his 2020 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…

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St John’s Chambers recognised in 22 major areas of law in the Chambers UK 2021 Guide

23rd October 2020

We are delighted to announce that we have been hugely successful in this year’s Chambers UK Bar 2021 Guide. We have been recognised in a total of 22 major areas of law, with 1 of our barristers ranked as a star individual, 3 up and coming, 17 of our barristers ranked in Band 1 and…

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Graeme Harrison successful in the Court of Appeal

9th October 2020

Graeme (instructed by Jay Oberoi of Avon & Somerset Family Law) represented the maternal grandmother on her application for leave to apply for the revocation of a placement order made in February 2020 at the end of care and placement proceedings. The application was first heard by HHJ Bromilow in July 2020. His Honour found…

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