Civitas Law has followed the positive reviews from The Legal 500 with an impressive array of 12 rankings from the new edition of the UK Bar Guide 2016 published by Chambers and Partners. Significantly, 9 of the rankings are at Band 1 level. Chambers has particularly strong showings in Personal injury and Clinical negligence, Employment, Commercial dispute resolution and Administrative and public law.
Chambers is also delighted to see that our clerking team received a good review.
The following are all quotations from the new edition.
Civitas Law is one of the market leaders for personal injury cases in Wales. Its members cover the complete range of claims, from catastrophic injuries to industrial diseases. The set elicits praise for its client-friendly and efficient approach.
Client service: "The clerks are easy to deal with and always call you back." "They give you everything you could look for in a set of barristers." The clerking team is led by Andrea McLean.
Nicholas David Jones (Band 1) - Instructed by claimants and defendants in a wide range of catastrophic injuries, including acquired brain injury, spinal chord injury and upper and lower limb amputations.
Strengths: "He is knowledgeable and has an eye for detail. He will go the extra mile and puts in the hours to make sure he is thoroughly prepared."
Bryan Thomas (Band 1) - Handles high-value personal injury cases. Instructing solicitors have especially praised his negotiation skills and the ease with which he relates to lay clients.
Strengths: "He is vastly experienced and knowledgeable."
Commercial Dispute Resolution
Anthony Vines (Band 1) - A well-regarded commercial practitioner whose caseload covers contract and lending disputes, consumer law and licensing.
Graham Walters (Band 1) - A highly experienced practitioner who is noted for his expertise in commercial and chancery disputes.
Expertise: "He is very easy to work with. He has a firm grasp of the mandate, even at short notice." "He has a stellar reputation. A highly intelligent, cerebral lawyer."
Nick Thomas-Symonds (Band 2) - Offers expertise in both commercial and chancery matters. He is frequently called upon to assist with complex contractual claims and has a well developed practice in construction disputes.
Expertise: "He is totally professional at all times and gives very full and informative advice."
Recent work: Appeared in the widely reported commercial property case of Sirhowy Investments v Henderson & Knight, a case concerning the conditions which need to be satisfied in order for a break clause to become operational.
Chris Howells (Band 1) - He regularly represents public sector clients, including council authorities, the police and schools, and also acts for claimants and respondents in the private sector, covering a range of employment issues such as discrimination and unfair dismissal. He has handled complex cases before the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
Expertise: "He's a very good, shrewd advocate who gets to grips with the case very quickly." "He is highly personable and gives clear and thorough advice."
Recent work: He defended South Wales Police against a claim of disability discrimination and harassment.
Mona Bayoumi (Band 3) - She is particularly sought after to represent respondents in complex employment discrimination cases involving sexual orientation, harassment and unfair dismissal. She also has experience acting for claimants.
Expertise: "Mona gets on top of the hugely complicated factual backgrounds extremely well. She is brilliant."
Recent work: She acted for the respondent, HMRC, in a disability discrimination and victimisation claim relating to its sickness absence management policy.
Anthony Vines (Band 3) - He has commendable experience working with public bodies and provides employment advice to claimants, respondents and trade unions on matters such as discrimination claims, TUPE and pensions.
Recent work: He delivered training on disability discrimination and public sector equality duty to the principal employment lawyers of the Welsh Assembly.
Administrative & Public Law
Graham Walters (Band 1) - Noted for his expertise in public law challenges to local government and planning decisions. He is a member of the Welsh Government Panel of Counsel and the Attorney General's Regional Panel for public law, and regularly acts for local authorities in Wales.
Strengths: "He is very approachable and very sensible; he knows how far to push cases."
Recent work: Instructed by the Welsh Ministers on a public inquiry into the dualling of the Heads of the Valleys Road through a conservation area.
Victoria Hillier (Band 2) - Represents local authorities, public bodies and housing associations across Wales in public law cases. Her practice extends to claims against the police and discrimination cases under the Equality Act 2010.
Strengths: "She works hard, prepares thoroughly and is very approachable so witnesses give her more information." "She is very considered, bright, clear thinking, good on her feet and approachable."
Recent work: Defended a claim against the Chief Constable of South Wales Police for harassment, personal injury, defamation and misfeasance.
Nicholas David Jones (Band 1) - He has specialist knowledge of complex catastrophic injury cases, principally acting for claimants.
Strengths: "He has a good local following in claimant work; he handles cases sensibly."
Bryan Thomas (Band 1) - He has a broad practice encompassing both personal injury and clinical negligence work. He is regularly instructed on brain and spinal injury claims
Graham Walters (Band 1) - He is held in high regard amongst his peers and solicitors, in particular for his expertise in land and co-ownership disputes and contested wills.
Strengths: "He stands out, I instruct him regularly." "He is an exemplary practitioner."
Recent work: Representation in the Court of Appeal in a case arguing illegality of the first instance judgment for the finding of a constructive trust in a property with a sole legal owner.
Nick Thomas Symonds (Band 2) - He receives instructions on a wide variety of chancery matters, but has a particular expertise in proprietary estoppel disputes and Inheritance Act claims.
Strengths: "He is absolutely brilliant, I could not recommend him highly enough. The speed at which he turns over work is incredible."
Recent work: Represented the applicant in a County Court claim for equity in a property purchased at auction.
29 October 2015