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Civitas Law host mock trial training event for Community Housing Cymru

On 29th September Chambers was delighted to co-host a Mock Trial event in collaboration with Hugh James solicitors and Community Housing Cymru at the Future Inn, Cardiff.  

Nicholas David Jones, Richard Cole and Owain Rhys James played out a full trial as Judge and Counsel with our pupils, Tara Ahari and Alys Williams, playing the witnesses.  Senior Associate, Leon Lloyd also faced cross examination.  Over 50 delegates from Housing Associations from across Wales attended the event, which was aimed at familiarising them with the civil trial process.

Mona Bayoumi at Public Law Project conference on tribunals and welfare reform

There is an opportunity to hear Mona Bayoumi during the Public Law Project conference in Cardiff on 10 April 2014 at the Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University.  5.5 hrs CPD are available.

Mona has been invited to speak at two events during the conference.  

Effective Use of Mediation in Business

Civitas Law has joined with CEDR (Europe's largest mediation nominator and trainer) to hold a seminar "Effective Use of Mediation in Business" on 10 December 2013 at the National Assembly for Wales

If you would like to attend just let Karen Ling know on 08450 713007.

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Civitas in North Wales - Civil Litigation Seminar

Civitas Law are hosting a CPD Seminar at Bangor University on 26th November 2013.

Owain Rhys James, barrister at Civitas Law, and Chambers' pupil William Rees will host the event. The seminar will provide details of recent changes to the civil litigation regime, will highlight recent case law, and provide practical hints and tips.

This CPD seminar is free and available to all those practising in any area of civil litigation.

Date:              Tuesday, 26th November 2013

Time:             5-6pm

Bar Mock Trial Competition takes place this weekend

The Bar Mock Trial Competition regional heats will take place this weekend at the Cardiff Crown Court. The competition sees teams of 15 students from each school competing against each other in the active learning competition which is organised by the Citizenship Foundation. Students take the roles of lawyers, witnesses, court staff and jurors: local legal professional take control of proceedings by sitting as the Judge giving the students a real insight into the criminal justice system.

Representing your client at Mediation: Getting your client to the table

There is a greater push by Government for Mediation and other Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms to be used at all stages of the planning system - particularly in light of the forthcoming Wales Planning Bill.

However, despite time and cost implications - as well as more sustanable outcomes for all - it is not always clear for the public, planners, developers, local authorities and other stakeholders when ADR can be applied and how it would work in practice.

Civil Litigation Update

Kate Parker and Owain Rhys James, barristers at Civitas Law, host a civil litigation update. The seminar will provide details of recent changes to the civil litigation regime, will highlight recent case law, and provide practical hints and tips.

This CPD seminar is free and available to all those practising in any area of civil litigation.

 Date:              Tuesday, 29th October 2013

Time:             5-6pm

Venue:           Civitas Law

 This Seminar provides 1 CPD point.  

For further details and  to book your place please contact:

Chambers support for Legal Wales

Those going to Cymru'r Gyfraith - Legal Wales on Friday 11 October 2013 at City Hall, Cardiff have a rare treat in store.  Not only will they have the chance to hear from Sir John Thomas as he takes up his new role as Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, but they will also be able to hear from 5 members of Civitas Law.

The Conference Director, Keith Bush, a member of Civitas Law, will deliver a welcome at the start of the day.

RTPI Wales Planning Conference 2013

Building Sustainable Communities

Civitas Law is once again a headline supporter of the RTPI Wales Planning Conference, held at City Hall, Cardiff. The conference this year looks at all aspects building sustainable communities in Wales and is a critical event to offer debate, in light of the Draft Planning Reform Bill and white Paper expected from the Welsh Government this year. 

Workshop: Valuing & negotiating claims up to £25k – the essentials

In light of significant changes to civil litigation and the expansion of the claims portal, Civitas Law is hosting an exclusive, practical update for lawyers and case handlers looking to handle claims up to the value of £25,000.

Kate Parker and Owain Rhys James(*), barristers at Civitas Law, will host a free CPD seminar providing hints and tips on the valuation of claims up to £25,000 and effective negotiations.

The workshop-style seminar will cover:

Public Law Project Wales Conference 2013

Graham Walters and Mona Bayoumi, both barristers at Civitas Law, have been invited to host specialist seminars at the Public Law Project’s annual Wales conference 2013 in April.

Each year, the event attracts a range of stakeholders in the private, public and third sectors regarding public law issues and remedies. This year's conference will assess developments in public law and the ways citizens can use the law to hold the state to account. It’s a conference for lawyers, advisers, advocates and campaigners, policy advisers and legal services in public bodies.

Westminster Policy Forum for Wales: Reforming the planning system in Wales

Graham Walters, Head of the Public, Planning & Regulatory Group at Civitas Law has been invigted to join a panel of planning and sustainability experts at the Westminster Policy Forum for Wales' next event: Reforming the planning system for Wales. 

Graham and the panel will look at Structure and organisation in the planning system in Wales - what the role of the Welsh Government should be in coordinating planning and in taking 'nationally significant decisions'. He will be joined by:

Enterprising South Wales: Opportunities for Growth

Emma Waddingham, Business Development Manager for Civitas Law discusses the potential benefits a Cardiff City Region and Enterprise Zones could bring for lawyers. This article is posted on the Cardiff & District Law Society website.

Kate Parker assesses Professor Fenn's Review into the Low Value RTA Process

Kate Parker, barrister at Civitas Law evaluates Professors Fenn's Review 'Evaluating the Low Value RTA Process', assessing the affect of the RTA Portal on mean general damages and mean settlement through a comparison of pre and post-Portal data.

Kate outlines the significance of the report and its findings on the Low Value RTA Process, its significance for lawyers and the need for more investigation.

Kate Parker outlines 'unusual' Court of Appeal judgement in Simmons v Castle [2012] EWCA Civ 1039

Kate Parker, barrister at Civitas Law, highlights the 'unusual' Court of Appeal judgement in Simmons v Castle [2012] EWCA Civ 1039 on an application to approve a settlement of an appeal in a hearing rather than simply in writing.

 In the words of the Lord Chief Justice, the hearing provided 'an appropriate opportunity to announce an increase in general damages in most tort actions with effect from 1 April 2013'.