St John’s Chambers welcomes three new tenants 

5th April 2022

St John’s Chambers would like to congratulate Diana M. Panizzon-Pineda, Lauren Karmel and Jack Pankhurst in successfully completing their specialist pupillages, and welcome them as full tenants.

Diana M. Panizzon-Pineda (Call 2021) joins our well respected Family & Divorce team, after completing her pupillage under the supervision of Julia Belyavin and Zoë Saunders. Diana is developing a busy practice in children proceedings in both private and public law matters. She also accepts instructions on injunction applications under the Family Law Act 1996.

Outside her practice, Diana is committed to raising awareness about the rights of those who are suffering from domestic abuse. She has recently given a talk on women’s rights for the Consulate of the Mexican Embassy. Find out more about Diana here.

Diana is hard-working and rigorous in her case preparation.  Her application for tenancy had the universal support of the Family team and Chambers.  She has received excellent feedback from solicitors and lay clients, and is a welcome addition to our team.”

julia belyavin, pupil supervisor

Lauren Karmel (Call 2017) joins our strong Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence teams. She accepts instructions in all aspects of clinical negligence, inquests and personal injury, and acts in small claims hearings, fast-track trials, stage 3 hearings and interlocutory applications. Lauren is also developing her paper-based practice, drafting pleadings and providing written advices on procedural issues and quantum. She is happy to consider instructions on a CFA. Lauren has a particular interest in clinical negligence and inquest work.

Prior to commencing pupillage, Lauren spent two years working at the NHS Resolution. This provided valuable insight into clinical negligence claims in both primary and secondary care. Find out more about Lauren here.

Lauren provides a valuable addition to our Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence teams.  Having previously worked for the NHS Resolution her experience and skill in clinical negligence work is particularly impressive and she has the added qualities of being exceptionally personable and hard-working.”


Jack Pankhurst (Call 2021) joins our Commercial & Chancery team and is accepting instructions in all related areas of practice. During pupillage, Jack gained experience across the full spectrum of commercial and chancery law and is developing a busy Court and paper practice. He recently appeared in the High Court on a pre-action disclosure application.

During the year between his LLB and Masters studies, Jack worked in the international buying department of a large UK business and later as a German-speaking Analyst at JPMorgan. Find out more about Jack here.

Jack impressed colleagues and clients alike during pupillage with his strong analytical skills, tactical nous, commercial awareness, maturity and confidence, taking all challenges in his stride whilst remaining calm and approachable.  He is already building a loyal following of instructing solicitors, impressed by the quality of his advice and advocacy, and is a welcome addition to our highly rated Chancery & Commercial teams.”

James pearce-smith, pupil supervisor