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Gareth Jones acts in dispute concerning £2million estate

Gareth Jones was recently instructed in Edkins v Hopkins & Ors heard before HHJ Jarman QC sitting as a Judge of the High Court. The case concerned an estate valued at £2million and allegations of undue influence, issues of capacity, and knowledge and approval.

 

The judgment has been reported at Edkins v Hopkins and Ors [2017] WTLR 39 and can be found at http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Ch/2016/2542.html.

9 Members appointed to the All Wales Legal Services panel

Civitas Law is delighted to announce that 9 of its members have been appointed to the All Wales National Procurement Service for Wales (NPS) Legal Services panel across 19 practice areas. Members will offer their advisory and advocacy services to Local Authorities across Wales, with some members doing so bilingually.

Former Presiding Judge for Wales, Sir Wyn Williams FLSW, joins Civitas Law

Civitas Law is delighted to announce that former High Court Judge Sir Wyn Williams  has joined chambers as a Mediator and Arbitrator.

Owain Rhys James appointed to CIArb Wales Committee

Owain Rhys James FCIArb has been appointed to the committee of CIArb Wales.

Owain became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2015 following completion of an MSc in Arbitration, Dispute Resolution and Construction Law.

Owain accepts nominations to act as an Arbitrator, Adjudicator and is also a CEDR-trained mediator. He sits as a judicial officer for the WRU, Guinness Pro12 and Six Nations rugby. He is also an Independent Chair Person for the FAW’s Appeal Committee.

 

Pupillage Application Deadline - 4pm on 7/2/2017

We are looking for pupils to join Civitas Law in September 2018.

Civitas Law is an award winning, specialist civil & public law barristers’ chambers and is consistently recognised by the legal directories as a leading set. We serve clients across Wales & England and offer our services to solicitors and directly to businesses and members of the public.

DAN DYSON LED BY NEIL HEXT QC SUCCEEDS IN COURT OF APPEAL

DAN DYSON LED BY NEIL HEXT QC SUCCEEDS IN COURT OF APPEAL

CHANNON V WARD [2017] EWCA Civ 13

 

Christopher Howells secures £347,000 award in Employment Tribunal claim

Christopher Howells successfully represented a former teacher in her claim for disability discrimination and unfair dismissal before the Cardiff Employment tribunal. The Claimant, who suffered with Bi-Polar disorder, was found to have been dismissed for a reason arising from her disability. Separate findings were also made that the duty to make reasonable adjustments had been breached in a number of material respects.

Civitas Law's members appointed as Judicial Officers for 6Nations

Civitas Law were once again in attendance at this year’s 6Nations Disciplinary Conference, held at the Lensbury Hotel over the weekend, ahead of a busy period in the rugby calendar.

Nicholas David Jones, Richard Cole and Owain Rhys James are all appointed to sit as Judicial Officers for the 6Nations tournament (including Womens and age grade competitions). They regularly sit as Judicial Officers for the EPRC, Guinness Pro12 and the WRU.

Dan Dyson appears before the Court of Appeal

Dan Dyson led by Neil Hext QC of 4 New Square Chambers appeared before the Court of Appeal (Lady Justice Gloster and Lord Justice Tomlinson) on 22 and 23 November 2016 in the case of Rodney Channon (t/a Channon & Co) v John Ward (t/a Channon & Co).  Judgment will be handed down in due course.

Owain Rhys James appointed Independent Appeals Panel Chairperson for the FAW

Owain Rhys James has been appointed as an Independent Appeals Panel Chairperson for the Football Association of Wales.

 

In his role, Owain will chair the FAW's disciplinary appeals panel on an ad hoc basis. He is one of six appointed Chairpersons and has been appointed for a term of three years.

 

Civitas Law consolidates its position in the new rankings from Chambers and Partners

The new edition of Chambers and Partners' UK Bar is out.  Civitas Law has 14 rankings for 8 of its members. 

 

We are the only set to have juniors ranked for Public and Administrative Law on the Wales and Chester Circuit; and all of those ranked for Clinical Negligence on circuit are members of Civitas Law. We are delighted to be described as being at the "forefront of personal injury law in Wales".

Chris Howells acts in first Employment Tribunal Litigant in Person Support Scheme case

Last Friday, Chris Howells appeared before the Employment Tribunal in Cardiff as the first volunteer representative for the ELIP scheme.

 

The Employment Tribunal Litigant in Person Support Scheme is a new initiative backed by the Regional Employment Judge, the Bar Council and the Free Representation Unit together with local solicitors. Chris, assisted by local solicitors, provided assistance and advice to the Claimant before the ET.

 

For more information, do not hesitate to contact our clerks.

Chris Howells acts in first Employment Tribunal Litigant in Person Support Scheme case

Last Friday, Chris Howells appeared before the Employment Tribunal in Cardiff as the first volunteer representative for the ELIP scheme.

 

The Employment Tribunal Litigant in Person Support Scheme is a new initiative backed by the Regional Employment Judge, the Bar Council and the Free Representation Unit together with local solicitors. Chris, assisted by local solicitors, provided assistance and advice to the Claimant before the ET.

 

For more information, do not hesitate to contact our clerks.

Richard Cole appointed as a Judicial Officer for rugby's European Cup

Richard Cole has been appointed a Judicial Officer for the EPRC Champions and Challenge Cup which starts this week. He attended an enjoyable seminar in Edinburgh (location of the finals in May 2017) on Saturday 8 October 2016, which consisted of a number of interesting talks and lectures from referees, lawyers and senior Judicial Officers. Richard was one of four Judicial Officers recommended for appointment by the Welsh Rugby Union.

Richard also sits as a judicial officer for the Welsh Rugby Union, the PRO 12 League, and the Six Nations Championship.

Anthony Vines in fatal Newport health and safety prosecution

 

Cardiff Crown Court last Friday saw the sentencing of the defendant in a case relating to a yard gate the main hinge of which had failed crushing a delivery driver, Mr Ronald Hayward.  A sentence of £500,000 was imposed following a very early guilty plea; costs of £108,625.85 were also awarded.