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Owain Rhys James granted permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal

Owain Rhys James has been granted permission to appeal the dismissal of an application for a stay of proceedings pursuant to Section 9 of the Arbitration Act 1996. He acted for the Appellant at first instance (then as the Applicant) and at the first appeal before HHJ Vosper QC. Permission has now been granted for a second appeal to proceed to the Court of Appeal.

Richard Cole successfully represents the Official Receiver at a rare contested Bankruptcy Restriction Order application.

The Official Receiver applied for a BRO in circumstances where the Respondent, who was subject to a bankruptcy petition at the material time, disposed of a sizeable asset and spent the proceeds to the detriment of his creditors. 

A Welcome Win for Welsh Ministers

 

 

The Court of Appeal in Sumner v Colbourne & Others [2018]EWCA Civ 1006, provides an important ruling on the obligations in respect of land adjoining the highway. Chambers’ own Nicholas David Jones, acted in that case as junior counsel to the Welsh Ministers, whose victory will have important implications not only for public bodies, but all those who own land adjoining a highway. 

 

Civitas Law - Main Sponsor Cardiff University Law School Mooting competition 2018

Civitas Law is pleased to continue to be the main sponsor for Cardiff University Law Schools annual mooting competition. Maintaining strong links with local Universities is important to the Chambers. Our members recently judged at the competition and were very pleased to award five mini pupillages to students.

 

Appointment to Government Legal Department Panel

Chambers would like to congratulate the following members on their appointment and re-appointment to the Government Legal Department Panel:

A panel: Mona Bayoumi
              Richard Cole
             Victoria Hillier

B Panel: Joanne Williams

C Panel: Owain Rhys James
               

Nick David Jones of the Management Board said: ‘Civitas continues to maintain its long  standing relationship  with the Government Legal Department in Wales which  Is reflected in these well deserved appointments’

Sports Law Team: New Six Nations Appointments

Civitas Law is pleased to announce the appointment of members Richard Cole and Owain Rhys James as under 18’s Six Nations Judicial Officers. 

 

Richard Cole already sits as a Legal Chair in disciplinary and administrative hearings for the Welsh Rugby Union, Pro 14 league, European Rugby and Six Nations.

 

Owain Rhys James adds this prestigious under 18’s Six Nations role to his recent appointment as a judicial officer for European Rugby

 

Witness Orders in the Employment Tribunal

Christopher Howells examines the test to be satisfied in order to secure a witness order before an Employment tribunal.

 
The power to make a witness order in an Employment tribunal can be found at schedule 1, r.32 of the Employment Tribunal (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) Regulations 2013 (SI 2013/1237) (“the 2013 Regs”):
 
“32. The Tribunal may order any person in Great Britain to attend a hearing to give evidence, produce documents, or produce information.”
 

Chris Howells discusses Data Protection and Employment law

Data Protection and Employment law

Christopher Howells looks at the changes on the horizon with Data Protection law and considers how this will impact the workplace.

General Data Protection Regulations

For those of you that struggled to come to terms with the vagaries of the Data Protection Act 1998 there is good news: it will soon be defunct.

Alas that’s where the joy ends since it will only be replaced by new legislation, the General Data Protection Regulations (which goes by the not-so-catchy acronym ‘GDPR’).

Richard Cole appears before licensing sub-committee for South Wales Police

Richard Cole recently acted (January 2018) for the Chief Constable of South Wales Police in a number of licensing applications concerning premises in the Churchill Way/Queen Street area of Cardiff before a licensing sub-committee sitting at City Hall. The case received local and national publicity (The Times, The Daily Mail, The Metro, the Sun,  the BBC, Walesonline, The South Wales Echo) because of the nature of one of the applications.  He was instructed by Mrs Louise Emmitt, senior solicitor at the Legal Department of the Force.

Phillip Kolvin QC acted for the Applicant

Civitas Law shares best practice alongside Prime Minister Theresa May in The Parliamentary Review

Civitas Law appears alongside Prime Minister Theresa May in The Parliamentary Review – a series of documents published by Westminster Publications Ltd with the aim of sharing knowledge and raising standards.

Sir Wyn Williams appointed to Welsh Government Commission on Justice in Wales

Chambers is delighted to hear of Sir Wyn Williams' appointment as a member of the Commission on Justice in Wales, headed by former Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd.

The Commission's terms of reference have also been announced by the First Minister

It is expected the Commission will begin its work in December and will publish a report of its findings and recommendations during the course of 2019.

The full statement can be read here:

Graham Walters publishes Welsh Planning Law and Practice

Graham Walters, a non-practising member of Chambers, has published Welsh Planning Law and Practice. It is published by the University of Wales Press (UWP)

Welsh Planning Law and Practice provides a comprehensive guide to the sources and structure of Welsh planning law and a route through its complexity.

Civitas Law ranked as a Band 1 Set by Chambers and Partners

Chambers is delighted with the feedback received in the most recent edition of Chambers and Partners.

  • 8 of Chambers’ 19 pracitsing members
  • Total of 14 rankings
  • Andrea Mclean is the senior clerk at the chambers. Sources enthuse that her team's service is "second to none. The telephone is answered quickly and the clerks are readily available and will always assist you in checking availability of the relevant barristers. They do everything in their power to ensure that there is a continuity of counsel in any given case."

 

Civitas Law welcomes new members

Civitas Law is delighted to announce that Elizabeth Marshall and Rachel Anthony have joined chambers.

 

They both join having previously practised at Iscoed Chambers, Swansea. They bring a wealth of experience and knowledge of the circuit.

 

Liz was called to the bar in 1995. She has a national PI practice and is looking to use her experience to develop other her practice into Chambers’ other areas of work.

 

Rachel was called to the bar in 2000. She specializes in  chancery, commercial and housing work.

 

More rankings from Legal 500 for Civitas’ barristers

Today’s new edition of The Legal 500, which reviews Civitas Law here, complete with the remarks said about individual members of chambers, provides an excellent and welcome snapshot on progress.  We are grateful to our solicitors and clients for their positive feedback.