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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.

Sports Law team members attend European Rugby disciplinary conference in Bilbao

Owain Rhys James and Richard Cole have been re-appointed as Judicial Officers for European Rugby.  Both attended the EPCR Disciplinary Conference held in Bilbao on 7 October 2017. Speakers included Alain Rolland, Joel Jutge, Roddy Dunlop QC, and Mike Hamlin, the new chair of EPCR discipline.  More details can be found at EPCR's website at:

Owain Rhys James appointed to Welsh Government panel

Owain Rhys James has been appointed to the Welsh Government's panel of approved Counsel. He will represent the Welsh Government and its associated bodies.

Candidates had to satisfy a number of criteria, including experience of advocacy in the higher courts, experience in constitutional and administrative law, knowledge of the devolution settlement in Wales and of divergences between the law in England and in Wales, experience of working for or against the government or other public bodies and an appreciation of the particular characteristics of government litigation.

Chris Howells discusses Employment Tribunal fees decision

The long awaited decision of the Supreme Court in R (on the application of Unison) v Lord Chancellor) has been issued. The Supreme Court held that the introduction of fees was unlawful: both under domestic and European legislation. Significantly, the Supreme Court upheld Unison’s submission that for those on lower and middle income the introduction of fees meant that it was unaffordable to pursue claims in the Employment Tribunal.


Ian Meikle joins Civitas Law

Civitas law is delighted to announce that Ian Meikle has joined chambers.

Ian joins chambers having been practicing for three years in London at 42 Bedford Row. He accepts instructions in all of chambers' practice areas except for employment. He has a thriving personal injury practice and, having spent a period of time on secondment at Hackney Council, has extensive experience of housing law.

He is the author of the Westlaw Insight articles on Duty of Care, Causation in Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence, and on RTAs.

Owain Rhys James successful in jurisdiction argument before the Residential Property Tribunal

Owain Rhys James recently appeared before the Residential Property Tribunal in a Mobile Homes Act appeal. Instructed on behalf of the Respondent Local Authority he was successful in arguing that the Tribunal’s power to apply new conditions to mobile home site licences under the Mobile Homes (Wales) Act 2013 was limited to conditions which were related to those which were successful in the appeal.


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.