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Owain Rhys James appears before the Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal has handed down its judgment in Cyngor Gwynedd Council v Barratt and Hughes ([2021] EWCA Civ 1322).

Owain Rhys James was instructed by the Appellant Council in its appeal to the EAT and before the Court of Appeal.



The judgment can be found here: https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2021/1322.html

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.

Kate Parker and Raj Sahonte discuss contentious probate with Sarah Bolt of Hugh James



The first STEP Wales event will be held on 14 January 2021 between midday and 2pm 


Contentious Probate update - “War is the continuation of politics by other means, So too Probate litigation”


Raj Sahonte and Kate Parker of Civitas and Sarah Bolt of Hugh James


This event is free to both members and non-members. 


Booking is essential and is via the following link: 



New Year’s Resolution: Now’s the time for Mediation

New Year’s Resolution: Now’s the time for Mediation

Anthony Vines gives you some reasons why anyone in a dispute (including advisers) should be trying mediation now.


Applicability – Most disputes can benefit from a voluntary mediated settlement whether fixing a business dispute, sorting a current workplace issue or resolving a longer term family matter.

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).

Owain Rhys James appears before the Court of Appeal through the medium of Welsh

Owain Rhys James appears before the Court of Appeal through the medium of Welsh

In the Court of Appeal, on appeal from R (Driver) v Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council [2020] EWHC 2071 (Admin) (http://www2.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2020/2071.html)


A40 virtual inquiry thought to be a Wales First

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.