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.
Chambers would like to congratulate the following members on their appointment and re-appointment to the Government Legal Department Panel:
A panel: Mona Bayoumi
B Panel: Joanne Williams
C Panel: Owain Rhys James
Nick David Jones of the Management Board said: ‘Civitas continues to maintain its long standing relationship with the Government Legal Department in Wales which Is reflected in these well deserved appointments’
Christopher Howells examines the test to be satisfied in order to secure a witness order before an Employment tribunal.
The power to make a witness order in an Employment tribunal can be found at schedule 1, r.32 of the Employment Tribunal (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) Regulations 2013 (SI 2013/1237) (“the 2013 Regs”):
“32. The Tribunal may order any person in Great Britain to attend a hearing to give evidence, produce documents, or produce information.”
Richard Cole appears before licensing sub-committee for South Wales Police
Richard Cole recently acted (January 2018) for the Chief Constable of South Wales Police in a number of licensing applications concerning premises in the Churchill Way/Queen Street area of Cardiff before a licensing sub-committee sitting at City Hall. The case received local and national publicity (The Times, The Daily Mail, The Metro, the Sun, the BBC, Walesonline, The South Wales Echo) because of the nature of one of the applications. He was instructed by Mrs Louise Emmitt, senior solicitor at the Legal Department of the Force.
Civitas Law shares best practice alongside Prime Minister Theresa May in The Parliamentary Review
Civitas Law appears alongside Prime Minister Theresa May in The Parliamentary Review – a series of documents published by Westminster Publications Ltd with the aim of sharing knowledge and raising standards.
Civitas Law ranked as a Band 1 Set by Chambers and Partners
Chambers is delighted with the feedback received in the most recent edition of Chambers and Partners.
8 of Chambers’ 19 pracitsing members
Total of 14 rankings
Andrea Mclean is the senior clerk at the chambers. Sources enthuse that her team's service is "second to none. The telephone is answered quickly and the clerks are readily available and will always assist you in checking availability of the relevant barristers. They do everything in their power to ensure that there is a continuity of counsel in any given case."
More rankings from Legal 500 for Civitas’ barristers
Today’s new edition of The Legal 500, which reviews Civitas Law here, complete with the remarks said about individual members of chambers, provides an excellent and welcome snapshot on progress. We are grateful to our solicitors and clients for their positive feedback.
Sports Law team members attend European Rugby disciplinary conference in Bilbao
Owain Rhys James and Richard Cole have been re-appointed as Judicial Officers for European Rugby. Both attended the EPCR Disciplinary Conference held in Bilbao on 7 October 2017. Speakers included Alain Rolland, Joel Jutge, Roddy Dunlop QC, and Mike Hamlin, the new chair of EPCR discipline. More details can be found at EPCR's website at:
Owain Rhys James appointed to Welsh Government panel
Owain Rhys James has been appointed to the Welsh Government's panel of approved Counsel. He will represent the Welsh Government and its associated bodies.
Candidates had to satisfy a number of criteria, including experience of advocacy in the higher courts, experience in constitutional and administrative law, knowledge of the devolution settlement in Wales and of divergences between the law in England and in Wales, experience of working for or against the government or other public bodies and an appreciation of the particular characteristics of government litigation.
Chris Howells discusses Employment Tribunal fees decision
The long awaited decision of the Supreme Court in R (on the application of Unison) v Lord Chancellor) has been issued. The Supreme Court held that the introduction of fees was unlawful: both under domestic and European legislation. Significantly, the Supreme Court upheld Unison’s submission that for those on lower and middle income the introduction of fees meant that it was unaffordable to pursue claims in the Employment Tribunal.