Rachel Anthony writes on New Practice Direction on Witness Statements in the Business and Property Courts
In a bid to end witness statements which read like submissions, the Business and Property Court have decided to tackle “over lawyer’ed” witness statements head on in a new practice direction. The Practice Direction applies to new and existing proceedings, but only to witness statements signed on or after 6.4.21. It does not apply to affadavit evidence, or evidence in a witness statement other than a trial witness statement. Certain types of cases are excluded (See 1.3) including proceedings falling within CPR 57 and 64.
Mona Bayoumi & Richard Cole re-appointed to Attorney General's A Panel of Counsel
Civitas Law are very pleased to announce that Mona Bayoumi and Richard Cole have been re-appointed to the Attorney General’s Regional A Panel of Counsel for five years, commencing 1 March 2021.
The Attorney General’s panels of counsel consists of just over 400 junior counsel who undertake civil and EU work for all government departments. Instructions are provided by the Government Legal Department.
A Panel members deal with the most complex government cases in all kinds of courts and tribunals.
Mona and Richard have both been on the Panel for over 10 years.
Welsh Government Panel of Counsel- Joanne Williams, Mona Bayoumi, Richard Cole, Anthony Vines, Owain James
Civitas Law is delighted to announce that five of its members have been appointed to the Welsh Government’s Panel of Counsel. Joanne Williams has been newly appointed to the A panel whilst Mona Bayoumi has been promoted to the A panel. Richard Cole and Anthony Vines have both been re-appointed to the A panel and Owain James re-appointed to the B panel.
All appointments commence from the 1st March for a period of five years.
Richard Cole and Lucy King represent Welsh Government in Brithdir Nursing Home Inquest
Following the Operation Jasmine major police investigation into neglect in care homes in south east Wales, the first inquests into the deaths at Brithdir Care Home commenced this week. Richard Cole, led by Toby Riley-Smith QC, is instructed by Mike Lubienski and Sarah Tyler of Welsh Government Legal Services on behalf of the Care Inspectorate Wales; Lucy King has been on secondment to the Inspectorate as part of their legal team since May 2020.
Owain Rhys James yn ymddangos ger bron y Llys Apel drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg.
Ymddangosodd Owain Rhys James ar rhan Comisynydd y Gymraeg yn achos R (Driver) v Cyngor Sir Bwysdrefol Rhondda Cynon Taf. Credir taw dyma’r tro cyntaf i’r Gymraeg gael ei ddefnyddio ger bron y Llys Apel.
Cyfarwyddwyd Owain ar rhan y Comisynydd drwy’r achos gan ymddangos ger bron yr Uchel Lys yn ddwy-ieithog. Yn y Llys Apel bu’i ddadl ysgrifennedig yn ddwy-ieithog tra i’w argymhellion ar lafar I fod yn uniaith Gymraeg (a cymorth cyfieithu ar y pryd).
Anthony Vines last week appeared for the Welsh Government in a public local inquiry before Aidan McCooey an Inspector appointed by the Welsh Ministers. The inquiry concerned improvements to the A40 west of Penblewin including the Redstone Cross junction near Narberth.