Richard Cole recently appeared on behalf of the Welsh Ministers (Care Inspectorate Wales), at a hearing before the Health Tribunal, to decide whether emergency conditions imposed against a care home by the inspectorate should be lifted. The hearing took place at the Warrington Combined Court (once part of the Wales and Chester Circuit), before Judge Siobhan Goodrich and two specialist members. Ultimately, new conditions were imposed on the home following a day of negotiations and approval by the court of the
Chambers welcomes Lucy King as a new member. Lucy has returned to the Bar after a career break. She brings experience of a range of civil law work along with a background in education and training. Read more about Lucy via this link: http://civitaslaw.com/barristers/lucy-king.
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.
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 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.
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.
The Court of Appeal in Sumner v Colbourne & Others 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.
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’