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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.


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.





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.