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September 2013

New Legal 500 confirms Chambers' profile and expertise

The 2013 edition of the Legal 500 which was published this morning has maintained Chambers' strong position as a Top Tier Set with 16 of its barristers being featured.

Amidst recognition of individual expertise in the full range of civil and public law, the national reputation of the chambers in industrial disease claims is confirmed.

Michael Brace, barrister and member of the Management Board of Civitas Law said,

Chambers and counsel nominated again for further award

The shortlist has been announced for the Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Awards 2013 which will be judged on 26 November 2013 at the Park Plaza Riverbank, London.

Chambers has "done the double".  Not only has Civitas Law been nominated as Chambers of the Year, but Theo Huckle QC has also been shortlisted as Barrister of the Year.  Both were also shortlisted last year when Chambers went on to win the award.

Chalets at Oxwich Park - The Court of Appeal strictly interprets service charge clause

Owain Rhys James pines for an autumn break by reviewing the latest case about service charges in chalets on the Gower.....

Earlier this year, we featured Arnold v Britton [2012] EWHC 3451 (Ch), heard before Morgan J at the Cardiff District Registry, on the Civitas Law Blog. The Court of Appeal upheld that judgment over the summer: a decision which may have far reaching consequences for lessees obliged to pay service charges.

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New tenant

Chambers is delighted to announce that, following a successful pupillage supported by excellent feedback, Owain Rhys James has accepted an offer to join Civitas Law.

Owain accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers' practice.

Owain attended Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg in Cardiff after which he read Law at St Catharine's College, Cambridge where he received a Gooderson Award.  Owain returned to Cardiff where he took his Bar Practical Training Course at Cardiff University.  The Inner Temple awarded him an Exhibition Award.

Chambers welcomes new pupil

We are delighted to announce that our new pupil, William Rees, has started in Chambers.

William read Law at Jesus College, Cambridge and then went on to Bar School in London.  He has a commercial background having also previously worked in the City.

His first pupil supervisor is Nick Thomas-Symonds.

Chambers support for Legal Wales

Those going to Cymru'r Gyfraith - Legal Wales on Friday 11 October 2013 at City Hall, Cardiff have a rare treat in store.  Not only will they have the chance to hear from Sir John Thomas as he takes up his new role as Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, but they will also be able to hear from 5 members of Civitas Law.

The Conference Director, Keith Bush, a member of Civitas Law, will deliver a welcome at the start of the day.