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Ian Meikle starts injury appeals blog

Ian Meikle has created The Injury Appeals Blog https://www.injuryappeals.blog, a collection of summaries of the latest Supreme Court and Court of Appeal decisions on cases involving personal injury or clinical negligence. Ian aims to post about the cases within the week that the decisions are published.

World Rugby Judicial appointments for Richard Cole and Owain Rhys James

Richard Cole and Owain Rhys James have been appointed as Judicial Officers for World Rugby following assessment over a number of days at Twickenham Stadium during the London leg of the World Sevens series.

Rachel Anthony appointed to Equality & Human Rights Commission Panel Couple

Civitas Law are delighted to announce that Rachel Anthony has been appointed to the Panel of Counsel for The Equality & Human Rights Commission. Rachel is one of only two Welsh based counsel to be appointed to the panel.

 

The Equality & Human Rights Commission panel of counsel lists preferred providers of external legal services, including representation and advice.

Rachel Anthony successful in first appeal under Housing (Wales) Act 2014

Rachel Anthony recently successfully represented the tenant in a key appeal concerning the requirement for Landlords to be licensed pursuant to  Housing (Wales) Act 2014 in order to serve a section 21 notice.

Civitas Law is the main sponsor at 2019 Cardiff University Mooting Competition

Civitas Law continues to support the development of young lawyers in Wales through its contribution to the annual Cardiff University Mooting Competition. This is a key event with the academic programme and involves undergraduates together with those studying towards a Graduate Diploma in Law.

 

Members of Chambers Elizabeth Marshall and Christopher Howells were the judges for this year’s competitions. There were some excellent performances from the competitors and the winners receive mini pupillages at Civitas Law.

 

Owain Rhys James and Richard Cole sit on Pro14 Rugby Disciplinary Panel

Nico Lee of Toyota Cheetahs faced a Disciplinary Hearing t in Cardiff, and has been banned for 13 weeks.

Richard Cole represents Care Inspectorate Wales

Richard Cole recently appeared on behalf of the Welsh Ministers (Care Inspectorate Wales), at a hearing before the Health Tribunal, to decide whether emergency conditions imposed against a care home by the inspectorate should be lifted.  The hearing took place at the Warrington Combined Court (once part of the Wales and Chester Circuit), before Judge Siobhan Goodrich and two specialist members.  Ultimately, new conditions were imposed on the home following a day of negotiations and approval by the court of the

Pupillage in 2020

We are seeking an exceptional candidate for a pupillage with us commencing in September 2020.

Details of the application process are on the pupillage page of our website.

The application process closes at 4pm on 14th February 2019.

Owain Rhys James represents Welsh Ministers before the Information Rights Tribunal

Owain Rhys James recently represented the Welsh Ministers, as Respondents to an appeal, before the First Tier Tirbunal (General Regulatory Chamber) Information Rights.

The judgment may be found here.

Lucy King joins Chambers

Chambers welcomes Lucy King as a new member.  Lucy has returned to the Bar after a career break. She brings experience of a range of civil law work along with a background in education and training. Read more about Lucy via this link: http://civitaslaw.com/barristers/lucy-king.

If you would like to instruct Lucy, please contact us on clerks@civitaslaw.com

 

 

 

 

Simon Hughes successful in strike out appeal

Kevin Cowley v LW Carlisle Company Limited – Appeal before HHJ Rawlings on 14th November 2018.

 

DWF successfully applied for this occupational deafness claim to be struck out and then resisted the Claimant's appeal of the District Judge's strike out order. The case was handled by Patrick McBrien, Director in our Catastrophic Injury & Occupational Health team. Simon Hughes, Counsel from Civitas Law, successfully represented the Defendant at the Appeal.

 

Background & Decision at First Instance

Anthony Vines represents Bridgend County Borough Council in important school health and safety case

On 2 November 2018, Anthony Vines appeared at the sentencing hearing of the Council in Cardiff Crown Court before the Recorder of Cardiff.  The Council was committed for sentence from Cwmbran Magistrates Court where it had pleaded guilty to the single charge brought by the HSE of breaching s.3(1) of the HSWA 1974 over a period from 1 September 2008 to 10 December 2014.  

Civitas Law - Leading Set in Legal 500

We are pleased to continue to receive accolades in The Legal 500. Our profile for 2018-19 and rankings for many of our members are now online at https://www.legal500.com/firms/9558-civitas-law/9558-cardiff-wales.

As the  leading sets on the Wales and Chester Circuit our members continue to be called upon in many areas of law.

Sixteen members of our chambers have received Tier 1 rankings.

North Wales Seminar - 27th November

Civitas Law is an award winning, leading specialist civil and public law barristers’ chambers serving clients across Wales and England. We believe clients are best served by a set of highly specialist lawyers offering excellence and innovation in advisory work, drafting, mediation and advocacy. Our North Wales Seminar will involve briefings on current issues impacting on North Wales.

Headline presentations will be:

Loss of Earnings in PI Claims

Simon Hughes will be discussing loss of earnings in personal injury claims

Richard Cole undertakes in depth reviews for the Independent Office for Police Conduct

Richard Cole has completed two in depth independent reviews into closed investigations undertaken by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (previously the IPCC). The work was commissioned by the Quality Control Unit of the IPCC and involved reviewing a large number of investigations carried out by all of the IPCC’s offices across the UK. Richard’s work took place between September 2017 and September 2018 and will be used to identify and maintain areas of good practice, as well as improve standards within investigations.