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News 23rd March 2020

Review of court arrangements due to COVID-19, message from the Lord Chief Justice

Below is a statement from the Lord Chief Justice in respect of the current court arrangements due to the COVID-19 epademic Events have continued to move at great speed. I indicated during the course of last week that we would keep them under review. As the Prime Minister has been telling the country, the spread […]

News 19th March 2020
Tony Atkins

COVID19: Important Notice

First and foremost, we hope that you, your families and your businesses are well and coping so far with COVID 19. In light of the changing circumstances we wish to reassure our friends and colleagues that: Chambers remains open during our normal hours of 8:00am to 6:00pm. Members of Chambers will generally work from home […]

News 19th March 2020

COVID 19: National Guidance for the Family Court

This Guidance, which is issued with the approval of the Lord Chief Justice and the Senior Presiding Judge, is intended to be followed with immediate effect by all levels of the Family Court and in the High Court Family Division. Please click here to view in full.  

News 19th March 2020

COVID19: Court of Protection guidance

Mr Justice Hayden, Vice President of the Court of Protection,  has issued guidance on visits to Court. The guidance states that visits should only be made where that is assessed as absolutely necessary. Alternative arrangements should always be considered first, such as telephone FaceTime and Skype conferencing. Visits to care homes are strongly discouraged. Mr […]

News 18th March 2020

COVID19: Employment Tribunal Presidents issue guidance

The Presidents of Employment Tribunals for England and Wales and Scotland have issued joint Presidential Guidance in connection with the conduct of employment tribunal proceedings during the unprecedented circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. In Summary: From Monday 23 March 2020 all in-person hearings  (where the parties are expected to be in attendance at a tribunal […]

News 17th March 2020
Tim Akers successfully secures a reduction of sentence in the Court of Appeal

Tim Akers secures conviction following fatal crash

After a week long-trial at Winchester Crown Court involving the presentation of a variety of technical and scientific evidence, Tim Akers (Prosecuting), successfully secured the conviction of a Defendant for two offences of causing death by dangerous driving on the A34 at Bullington Cross. At the conclusion of the trial, the Defendant was sentenced to […]

News 13th March 2020

Coronavirus (CoVID-19) Statement

As a chambers we are continually monitoring the coronavirus outbreak, receiving daily advice from Public Health England (PHE), the Bar Council and considering what contingency measures we may need to put in place should the situation escalate. We obviously hope that such measures will not prove necessary. However we are determined to do all we […]

News 9th March 2020

Dealing with digital fraud in family cases

Helen Brander speaks on dealing with digital fraud in family cases for SG Legal Conferences & Online Learning alongside Bryon James; Expatriate Law and Ben Fearley; 29 Bedford Row.

News 8th March 2020
Tim Akers successfully secures a reduction of sentence in the Court of Appeal

Tim Akers successfully secures a reduction of sentence in the Court of Appeal

Tim Akers recently won an appeal at the Court of Appeal against the sentence imposed on a vulnerable client with a co-morbid diagnosis of Schizoid Personality Disorder and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Notwithstanding that permission to appeal had been refused by the Single Judge on the basis that the appeal was “not arguable”, the application was […]

News 6th March 2020

Does life on Circuit, within easy reach of London, appeal to you?

Join us We are a busy, successful Criminal and Disciplinary & Regulatory Team in a large common law set of chambers. We have a clear surplus of good work. We need committed and enthusiastic practitioners across the board to take it up. Based in the beautiful Cathedral City of Winchester we practise predominantly in Southampton, […]

News 2nd March 2020
Mark Ashley

Mark Ashley successfully represents client accused of Conspiracy to carry out Armed Robbery

Mark Ashley has successfully defended a woman who was one of nine co-defendants charged with Conspiracy to commit Armed Robbery. The target premises was Franses Jewelers of Bournemouth and over £650,000 worth of watches and jewellery was taken during the raid in March of 2019.   The gang that carried out the robbery travelled down […]

News 28th February 2020

Members appear for Prosecution and the Defence in complex child cruelty trial

Sarah Jones QC / Frank Abbott and James Newton-Price QC / Andy Houston appear for the Prosecution and the Defence respectively in a long and complex child cruelty trial at Southampton Crown Court.   Sarah Jones QC and Frank Abbott prosecuted a female defendant who was charged with multiple offences of causing grievous bodily harm […]

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