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Sports Law Team: New Six Nations Appointments

Civitas Law is pleased to announce the appointment of members Richard Cole and Owain Rhys James as under 18’s Six Nations Judicial Officers. 


Richard Cole already sits as a Legal Chair in disciplinary and administrative hearings for the Welsh Rugby Union, Pro 14 league, European Rugby and Six Nations.


Owain Rhys James adds this prestigious under 18’s Six Nations role to his recent appointment as a judicial officer for European Rugby


Witness Orders in the Employment Tribunal

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.”

Chris Howells discusses Data Protection and Employment law

Data Protection and Employment law

Christopher Howells looks at the changes on the horizon with Data Protection law and considers how this will impact the workplace.

General Data Protection Regulations

For those of you that struggled to come to terms with the vagaries of the Data Protection Act 1998 there is good news: it will soon be defunct.

Alas that’s where the joy ends since it will only be replaced by new legislation, the General Data Protection Regulations (which goes by the not-so-catchy acronym ‘GDPR’).

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.

Phillip Kolvin QC acted for the Applicant

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.

Sir Wyn Williams appointed to Welsh Government Commission on Justice in Wales

Chambers is delighted to hear of Sir Wyn Williams' appointment as a member of the Commission on Justice in Wales, headed by former Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd.

The Commission's terms of reference have also been announced by the First Minister

It is expected the Commission will begin its work in December and will publish a report of its findings and recommendations during the course of 2019.

The full statement can be read here:

Graham Walters publishes Welsh Planning Law and Practice

Graham Walters, a non-practising member of Chambers, has published Welsh Planning Law and Practice. It is published by the University of Wales Press (UWP)

Welsh Planning Law and Practice provides a comprehensive guide to the sources and structure of Welsh planning law and a route through its complexity.

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."


Civitas Law welcomes new members

Civitas Law is delighted to announce that Elizabeth Marshall and Rachel Anthony have joined chambers.


They both join having previously practised at Iscoed Chambers, Swansea. They bring a wealth of experience and knowledge of the circuit.


Liz was called to the bar in 1995. She has a national PI practice and is looking to use her experience to develop other her practice into Chambers’ other areas of work.


Rachel was called to the bar in 2000. She specializes in  chancery, commercial and housing work.


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.


Ian Meikle joins Civitas Law

Civitas law is delighted to announce that Ian Meikle has joined chambers.

Ian joins chambers having been practicing for three years in London at 42 Bedford Row. He accepts instructions in all of chambers' practice areas except for employment. He has a thriving personal injury practice and, having spent a period of time on secondment at Hackney Council, has extensive experience of housing law.

He is the author of the Westlaw Insight articles on Duty of Care, Causation in Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence, and on RTAs.

Owain Rhys James successful in jurisdiction argument before the Residential Property Tribunal

Owain Rhys James recently appeared before the Residential Property Tribunal in a Mobile Homes Act appeal. Instructed on behalf of the Respondent Local Authority he was successful in arguing that the Tribunal’s power to apply new conditions to mobile home site licences under the Mobile Homes (Wales) Act 2013 was limited to conditions which were related to those which were successful in the appeal.