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Civitas Law is the first specialist civil and public law set in Wales. There are 27 members of chambers with an equal balance between male and female and an even spread with regards to age, social background, state or private education and higher education. We are proud to be able to offer advisory, drafting and advocacy services in both English and Welsh. Former members of 33 Park Place, from which Civitas Law was formed, have included Lord Justice Watkins, Lord Justice Pill, Mr Justice Griffith Williams and Mr Justice Wyn Williams.

Owain Rhys James represents Secretary of State in the Court of Appeal

Owain Rhys James is instructed on behalf of the Respondent in MJ (Sri Lanka) v SSHD.

Having appeared before Butcher J at the inteirm relief and permission hearing (heard at Manchester Civil Justice Centre), Owain subsequently represented the Respondent Secretary of State at an urgent interim relief hearing before the Court of Appeal. The case concerns the assessment of accomodation needs and the application of the Secretary of State's allocation policy for those receving accomodation support pursuant to section 4 of the Nationality and Asylum Act 1999.

Bryan Thomas provides an insight into the importance of experts in clinical negligence trials - Interviewed by Lexis Nexis

The importance of experts in clinical negligence trials (Arksey v Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Smith v Royal Liverpool Hospitals NHS Trust) 

Rachel Anthony success in case where Court decides Section 8 Notices do Fall Within Section 7 Housing Wales Act 2014.

Darryl Evans and Karen Evans –v- Darren Steve Jarvis: Before HHJ Garland Thomas, at Swansea County Court E1PP056A, on appeal from Haverfordwest County Court .

Rachel Anthony represented Mr and Mrs Evans as Direct Access Counsel.

Ian Meikle starts injury appeals blog

Ian Meikle has created The Injury Appeals Blog https://www.injuryappeals.blog, a collection of summaries of the latest Supreme Court and Court of Appeal decisions on cases involving personal injury or clinical negligence. Ian aims to post about the cases within the week that the decisions are published.

World Rugby Judicial appointments for Richard Cole and Owain Rhys James

Richard Cole and Owain Rhys James have been appointed as Judicial Officers for World Rugby following assessment over a number of days at Twickenham Stadium during the London leg of the World Sevens series.

Rachel Anthony appointed to Equality & Human Rights Commission Panel Couple

Civitas Law are delighted to announce that Rachel Anthony has been appointed to the Panel of Counsel for The Equality & Human Rights Commission. Rachel is one of only two Welsh based counsel to be appointed to the panel.


The Equality & Human Rights Commission panel of counsel lists preferred providers of external legal services, including representation and advice.

Rachel Anthony successful in first appeal under Housing (Wales) Act 2014

Rachel Anthony recently successfully represented the tenant in a key appeal concerning the requirement for Landlords to be licensed pursuant to  Housing (Wales) Act 2014 in order to serve a section 21 notice.

Civitas Law is the main sponsor at 2019 Cardiff University Mooting Competition

Civitas Law continues to support the development of young lawyers in Wales through its contribution to the annual Cardiff University Mooting Competition. This is a key event with the academic programme and involves undergraduates together with those studying towards a Graduate Diploma in Law.


Members of Chambers Elizabeth Marshall and Christopher Howells were the judges for this year’s competitions. There were some excellent performances from the competitors and the winners receive mini pupillages at Civitas Law.


Owain Rhys James and Richard Cole sit on Pro14 Rugby Disciplinary Panel

Nico Lee of Toyota Cheetahs faced a Disciplinary Hearing t in Cardiff, and has been banned for 13 weeks.