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Simon Hughes successful in strike out appeal

Kevin Cowley v LW Carlisle Company Limited – Appeal before HHJ Rawlings on 14th November 2018.

 

DWF successfully applied for this occupational deafness claim to be struck out and then resisted the Claimant's appeal of the District Judge's strike out order. The case was handled by Patrick McBrien, Director in our Catastrophic Injury & Occupational Health team. Simon Hughes, Counsel from Civitas Law, successfully represented the Defendant at the Appeal.

 

Background & Decision at First Instance

Anthony Vines represents Bridgend County Borough Council in important school health and safety case

On 2 November 2018, Anthony Vines appeared at the sentencing hearing of the Council in Cardiff Crown Court before the Recorder of Cardiff.  The Council was committed for sentence from Cwmbran Magistrates Court where it had pleaded guilty to the single charge brought by the HSE of breaching s.3(1) of the HSWA 1974 over a period from 1 September 2008 to 10 December 2014.  

Civitas Law - Leading Set in Legal 500

We are pleased to continue to receive accolades in The Legal 500. Our profile for 2018-19 and rankings for many of our members are now online at https://www.legal500.com/firms/9558-civitas-law/9558-cardiff-wales.

As the  leading sets on the Wales and Chester Circuit our members continue to be called upon in many areas of law.

Sixteen members of our chambers have received Tier 1 rankings.

North Wales Seminar - 27th November

Civitas Law is an award winning, leading specialist civil and public law barristers’ chambers serving clients across Wales and England. We believe clients are best served by a set of highly specialist lawyers offering excellence and innovation in advisory work, drafting, mediation and advocacy. Our North Wales Seminar will involve briefings on current issues impacting on North Wales.

Headline presentations will be:

Loss of Earnings in PI Claims

Simon Hughes will be discussing loss of earnings in personal injury claims

Richard Cole undertakes in depth reviews for the Independent Office for Police Conduct

Richard Cole has completed two in depth independent reviews into closed investigations undertaken by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (previously the IPCC). The work was commissioned by the Quality Control Unit of the IPCC and involved reviewing a large number of investigations carried out by all of the IPCC’s offices across the UK. Richard’s work took place between September 2017 and September 2018 and will be used to identify and maintain areas of good practice, as well as improve standards within investigations.

Dominic Evans begins pupillage at Civitas Law

Chambers is delighted to welcome Dominic Evans as a pupil.

After growing up in Neath, Dominic went on to study Law at Cardiff University and graduated with First Class Honours. He thereafter completed the Bar Professional Training Course at the University of Law in London, attaining a Very Competent.

Nicholas David Jones, chair of the Management Board, said “In Dominic we have continued our policy of recruiting candidates of the highest calibre and who are committed to working in Wales.”

Owain Rhys James granted permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal

Owain Rhys James has been granted permission to appeal the dismissal of an application for a stay of proceedings pursuant to Section 9 of the Arbitration Act 1996. He acted for the Appellant at first instance (then as the Applicant) and at the first appeal before HHJ Vosper QC. Permission has now been granted for a second appeal to proceed to the Court of Appeal.

Richard Cole successfully represents the Official Receiver at a rare contested Bankruptcy Restriction Order application.

The Official Receiver applied for a BRO in circumstances where the Respondent, who was subject to a bankruptcy petition at the material time, disposed of a sizeable asset and spent the proceeds to the detriment of his creditors. 

A Welcome Win for Welsh Ministers

 

 

The Court of Appeal in Sumner v Colbourne & Others [2018]EWCA Civ 1006, provides an important ruling on the obligations in respect of land adjoining the highway. Chambers’ own Nicholas David Jones, acted in that case as junior counsel to the Welsh Ministers, whose victory will have important implications not only for public bodies, but all those who own land adjoining a highway. 

 

Civitas Law - Main Sponsor Cardiff University Law School Mooting competition 2018

Civitas Law is pleased to continue to be the main sponsor for Cardiff University Law Schools annual mooting competition. Maintaining strong links with local Universities is important to the Chambers. Our members recently judged at the competition and were very pleased to award five mini pupillages to students.

 

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