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Court of Protection Court Users Meeting at Bournemouth Combined Court on 1st February 2017

This was the third regular meeting chaired by District Judge Avis and organised by Sue Turner and Kelly Evans of Dorset County Council. We had the pleasure of Mr Justice Baker joining us along with Hannah Taylor of Bevan Brittan LLP who is the Regional Court Liaison for Plymouth for the South West Court of Protection Practitioners Association.

The meeting was well attended by lawyers practising in the Court of Protection but also social workers from local authorities and relevant personal representatives and IMCAs from Dorset Advocacy.

Mr Justice Baker gave us extremely useful views as to 5 key areas in the Court of Protection.

As to regionalisation of the Court of Protection and its administration, he confirmed that this has brought about greater number of judges being nominated as Court of Protection Judges and staff allocated to undertake the administrative work at the Court of Protection hub in Bristol. This has led to greater number of judges on the Western Circuit who can now deal with cases under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. However, it is worth noting that the judges and staff are not new recruits to the court system but existing resources being utilised in different roles. The general view of the attendees at the meeting was that regionalisation is working well.

As to the transparency pilot, Baker J stated that the pilot has been extended to autumn 2017 but it is likely to remain. However, there appears to be very few if any journalists or general public attending Court of Protection cases in Bournemouth. There is greater attendance in cases heard in London. There is no central register of hearings informing non-parties what are the issues in listed cases, which may be a reason why journalists do not attend the Court of Protection hearings in Bournemouth. Baker J raised the question as to whether or not it is right for the public to have some knowledge of people’s private lives even if there is anonymisation.

As to case management, the Case Management Pilot for health and welfare cases and property and affair cases came into effect on 1 September 2016 and will continue until August 2017. The aim of the Pilot is to reduce the number of hearings and the length of proceedings, which were continuing for far too long and sometimes to the detriment of the patient. Again, the soundings were that the Pilot is helpful to contain hearings in a more structured and focused way.

Baker J reminded us of the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision in P & Ors v Cheshire West and Chester Council [2014] UKSC 19 upon deprivation of liberty safeguards provided by Schedule A1 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. As Baker J stated, it resulted in a panic with professionals considering that there were far more people who were being deprived of their liberty without authorisation than previously thought. The Law Commission is in the process of looking at the deprivation of liberty safeguards and the process under Schedule A1 and it is also looking at revising the provisions as to RPRs and IMCAs. However, any changes to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 is not likely to come about in the near future due to other pressing issues facing the Government!

Lastly, Baker J touched upon the issues around serious medical treatment cases and the recent case of Briggs v Briggs [2016] EWCOP 48 in which Charles J held that in an application under section 21A of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 dealing with a challenge in respect of standard authorisation of deprivation of liberty, the Court of Protection could consider the issues of serious medical treatment. This was a terribly tragic case where by Mr Briggs was a victim of a road traffic accident when he was travelling to work on his motorcycle. He suffered serious brain and other multiple injuries resulting in him being in a minimally conscious state. His survival depended on care and treatment that he was receiving in hospital including clinically assisted nutrition and hydration (“CANH”). If that treatment were not given, Mr Briggs he would die. His wife brought a claim at the Court of Protection under section 21A challenging the deprivation of liberty standard authorisation granted to the hospital where he, but in reality she was seeking a determination of the Court as to whether it was in Mr Brigg’s best interests to continue to be given CANH or to be moved to a hospice where he would receive palliative care only as result of which he would die. Charles J granted the wife’s application and said this: “I have concluded that as I am sure that if Mr Briggs had been sitting in my chair and heard all the evidence and argument he would, in exercise of his right of self-determination, not have consented to further CANH treatment that his best interests are best promoted by the court not giving that consent on his behalf”. Mr Briggs died in January 2017 aged 43 years.

Carol Davies

Barrister & Mediator

College Chambers welcomes new Tenant - Roberta Holland

College Chambers is delighted to announce that Roberta Holland (formerly of 12 College Place) has accepted an invitation to join Chambers . Roberta is a family specialist and will be joining our Family Children team.

Douglas Taylor appointed District Judge

College Chambers would like to congratulate Douglas Taylor on his appointment as a District Judge. Douglas will be sitting on the Midland Circuit. The College Chambers team wishes Douglas all the best in his new role. 

College Chambers are taking part in the Southampton Legal Walk

The Southampton Legal Walk on the 9th May 2016 is a 10km sponsored walk around Southampton to raise money for local advice services. We know from our own experience how valuable the work of legal advice charities are for disadvantaged people. Advice agencies do a fantastic job in preventing homelessness, resolving debt problems, gaining care for the elderly and disabled and fighting exploitation.

We also know how short they are of the funds to continue that work.

The money we raise will help keep the agencies operating and try to ensure their services are as effective as possible.

Please support our walkers as generously as you are able - https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/collegechambers

Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!

New Member

College Chambers is delighted to announce; Nicola Bowker has accepted an invitation to join Chambers following successful completion of her pupillage.

P (A Child) [2015] EWFC B5

Anthony's latest reported case can be found on BAILII under case name P (A Child) [2015] EWFC B5 - a non-accidental injury case in which Anthony acted for the Local Authority and the child suffered a fractured arm and a fractured leg. The case is interesting for the number of intervenors, and the complex process of identification of the perpetrator of the injuries where there were so many family members in the pool. The conclusion of the case was that the judge accepted entirely Anthony's submissions and made finding sought accordingly.

Anthony Hand

College Chambers increases recognition in Legal 500

College Chambers have once again gained recognition in the annual Legal 500 rankings receiving the accolation of a leading regional set, Legal 500 assess law firms throughout the country and this year College Chambers have been named not only as one of the recommended sets but among the ‘crème de la crème' of those on the Western Circuit . Further, six barristers individually acknowledged for their work in Family law & Children, Employment, Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence,


Legal 500 Overview:

College Chambers is among the ‘crème de la crème' of the Western Circuit sets and is a good alternative to London sets as ‘the fees are lower and more realistic'. Family law is a key strength in chambers, particularly care cases, financial remedy and matrimonial matters. The set is also well known for civil and criminal law, and the Chancery team focuses heavily on Court of Protection work, in addition to dealing with contentious trusts, probates and inheritance matters. ‘Nothing is too much trouble' for Wayne Effeny’s clerking team, where ‘briefs are acknowledged immediately' and clerks are ‘always fair and reasonable on fees'. 

 
Commercial, banking and insolvency : "practitioners handle a range of traditional and commercial Chancery cases involving trusts, administration of estates and company law."

Carol Davies (1995) ‘An extremely helpful, strong and robust advocate’

Carol has a thriving wills and probate practice and in particular deals with probate claims and cases involving issues as to the construction or interpretation of wills and the administration of estates. She deals extensively with cases under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975. Carol regularly appears before the Masters at the Rolls Building in London.

Carol also represents parties at Court of Protection including local authorities and families. Carol has significant experience in dealing with best interests cases and deprivation of liberty cases involving claims arising under Articles 5 and 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998. She can advise on matters involving the Mental Capacity Act 2005, lasting powers of attorney and deputy applications and orders. She deals with cases involving care and residential home costs particularly for local authorities. Carol appears in the local court in respect of such cases as well as the Court of Protection in London.

 
Employment : "the employment group is long established and well regarded locally. Practitioners have expertise in areas such as unfair dismissal, whistle blowing and discrimination"

Matthew Curtis (2006) ‘A very competent barrister, with excellent commercial and communication skills’

Matthew has dealt with a number of complex multi-day cases, successfully representing a Claimant in an 8-day disability discrimination claim and more recently representing the Respondent in a 5-day whistle-blowing claim involving technical areas of aviation law. Matthew has experience appearing on behalf of both employer and employee in the Employment Tribunal in a wide range of employment litigation matters.

 
Family and children law : 'the family team is strong on all aspects of children law and family finance, including care proceedings, private law cases and international disputes.'

Anthony Hand (1989) ‘Skilled in cases involving non-accidental injuries’

Anthony has a vast experience of all aspects of care proceedings acting in numerous High court matters both as a leading junior and alone against QC’s in the court of appeal. He has a particular interest in non-accidental injury cases whether acting for the local authority, parents, guardians or hospital trusts.

Simon Lillington (1980) ‘A qualified arbitrator and mediator who specialises in financial remedy’

Simon has been involved in high value money cases for over 20 years, his academic background and experience of company and commercial work make him the ideal candidate for matters involving business, farms, trusts, forces pensions, foreign interest/ assets and insolvency .

 
Personal injury and clinical negligence : 'the team undertakes work in all types of personal injury matters including road traffic accidents, industrial disease and holiday claims. Clinical negligence is also another area of expertise in chambers.'

Derek Marshall (1980) ‘Noted for his attention to detail and clear mind’

Derek has a substantial personal injury practice including clinical negligence claims and major cases arising out of accidents at work. He also has a particular interest in contract and tort based claims and dealing with large commercial matters. as well as being a very experienced Civil Dispute Mediator. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and the Professional Negligence Bar Association

 
Property : ‘practitioners have appeared in numerous courts and tribunals. Chambers is also noted for its arbitration experience.’

Antonietta Grasso (2004) ‘A feisty advocate who will fight for every client’

Antonietta's busy practice includes all aspects of housing representing claimants and defendants. The areas range from possession claims, succession, homelessness, disrepair, nuisance and anti-social behaviour and unlawful eviction. Antonietta has seen her cases through to judicial review hearings in the Administrative Court. Antonietta also deals with dilapidations and business lease renewal disputes and service charge disputes in the leasehold valuation tribunal.

Derek Marshall, Anthony Hand, Carol Davies, Antonietta Grasso, Matthew Curtis

College Chambers welcomes New Tenant - Tahina Akther

College Chambers is delighted to announce that Tahina Akther (2003) (formerly of Cobden House Chambers, Manchester) has accepted an invitation to join Chambers . Tahina is a family & Chancery specialist and will be joining both our Family Finance & Chancery & Commercial Teams. For more information on her practice please see her individual profile below .

Tahina practises in both Family law and Civil law with an emphasis on financial disputes between married couples, cohabitees and other family members.

With over 10 years experience, she is known for her attention to detail and robust courtroom manner. She has represented clients across the country as well as foreign nationals.

Family Finance

Tahina regularly receives instructions in cases involving complex issues such as valuation of private companies, final salary pensions, allegations of "sham" trusts, accessing assets abroad and those held in complex financial structures.

Tahina is especially adept at dealing with complicated Matrimonial, Civil partnership or Co-habitee (Unmarried couples) financial arrangements including those involving:

  • Final Salary Pensions
  • Large Property portfolios
  • Legal Services Costs Orders to fund litigation
  • Wills and Inheritance issues
  • Onshore and offshore trust
  • Partnerships
  • Family businesses
  • Closed and limited companies
  • Blue Chip Companies
  • Spousal and child maintenance
  • Prenuptial agreements

Tahina’s knowledge of business law and chancery practice means she is well versed in matters that cross over both practice areas. Tahina also runs seminars and lectures on all aspects of Matrimonial Finances, in particular she is often asked to lecture on the treatment of pensions in divorce to other legal professionals. She also experienced in representing and advising people in the public eye including professional sportspeople.

Chancery & Commercial

She undertakes a wide range of contentious and non-contentious work including:

  • Co-ownership of property disputes, including applications under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 based on constructive and/or resulting trust and proprietary estoppel
  • Probate, Wills and Trusts including the construction of Wills. Probate, Inheritance tax matters and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
  • Landlord and Tenant/Housing-, including business tenancies and possession claims involving ASBIs
  • Professional negligence with particular emphasis on claims arising from financial remedy (ancillary relief)
  • Commercial disputes.
  • Bankruptcy: experience in setting aside statutory demands, defending petitions and annulling bankruptcy.

Mediation:

Tahina is a trained mediator in all areas of law.

Reported cases:

S (A Child) [2013] EWCA Civ 1835

Qualification & University

LLB (Hons) (Lond)
Postgraduate Diploma in Law
LLM

Professional Certificates in:

Business Law and Practice, Administration of Trusts- The University of Cambridge

Qualified Mediator, from 2006 (accredited by the Civil Mediation Council)

Recipient of the Mary Freeman award from the Association of Women Graduates (2008) for her Master’s dissertation

'The Treatment of Pensions in Ancillary relief'.

What they say:

"I cannot thank you for all your help both prior to and on the day. You explained everything with such clarity. We could not have coped had you not been there as our support and counsel"

"Her technical ability, knowledge of the law and impeccable drafting skills have achieved some fantastic outcomes for my clients over the years."

"Her advocacy skills in preliminary and final hearings has been exceptional. She has always been understanding of the clients needs yet direct and succinct with her advice."

"Miss Akther is always helpful and available for any advice I have used her on and is a tenacious and fearless advocate. Her work is always well researched and I can rely on her give detailed advice on the law where this is needed"

College Chambers welcomes New Tenant

College Chambers is delighted to announce that Neil Maton (2001) (formerly of Pallant Chambers, Chichester) has accepted an invitation to join Chambers . Neil is a family specialist and will be joining both our Family Finance & Family Children Teams.

Neil’s practice encompasses all aspects of family law, with a particular specialism in financial remedies upon divorce and separation. He acts for a wide range of clients, from those involving modest assets to significant wealth. His work in family finance also extends to applications under TLATA, and advising and acting for third party Interveners.

Neil has a very approachable and friendly manner with clients. He has built up a strong reputation as an effective and robust advocate having received specific recommendations in the Legal 500 since 2007. He has been recommended as providing ‘an excellent standard of service’ and ‘extremely reliable.’ His practice extends throughout Hampshire, Sussex, Surrey and London.

Neil is qualified as a mediator

Qualification & University

  • LLB (Hons) (1st Class Honours)
  • BCL (Oxon)
  • Called: 2001
  • Qualified Mediator

Membership & Professional Associations

  • Member of the South Eastern Circuit
  • Member of the Western Circuit
  • Member of the Family Law Bar Association
  • Assisted Zuckerman in the leading academic text 'Civil Procedure' and assisted in the editing the 2007 and 2009 editions of the 'Oxford Dictionary of Law'

Derek Marshall has been quoted in the Huffington Post

Chambers are please to say that Derek Marshall has been quoted in the Huffington Post talking about ‘Family Arbitration - The White Knight of a Tricky Divorce?’ For the full article please click here.

Derek Marshall

Daniel Nother Published in the Family Law Magazine

Chambers is proud to announce that Daniel has been published in the June addition of International Family Law [2014] IFL 103. Daniel writes on the placement for adoption of children from the channel islands to England and Wales. For the full article please click here.

Daniel Nother

College Chamber proud co sponsors of Solent business ball

College Chambers are delighted to announce that that we are the proud joint sponsor’s of the Solent Business Ball being held at the Mayflower suite, Grand Harbour hotel on the 25th July 2014 . For further details please see the flyer and booking form.

College Chambers reported in BDLS July Newsletter

College Chambers were proud to sponsor the 2014 BDLS annual dinner. a full report of the nights events can be found at pages 3-5 of the July Newsletter. For the full article please clicked the attached link. College Chambers are looking forward to continued involvement with the BDLS in the coming year.

Anthony Hand in latest landmark decision Re:S (a child)

Anthony Hand represented the Local Authority in the Presidents latest landmark decision Re S (a child). The judgment concerns when extensions to the 26 week rule are permitted, and seemingly represents a more liberal view to extensions beyond 26 weeks than had previously been the case. The judgment also deals with the interpretation of the new statutory wording for residential assessment applications. The judgment can be found at www.judiciary.gov.uk

Anthony Hand

College Chambers welcomes New Tenant

College Chambers is delighted to announce that Amy Beddis (2009) has accepted an invitation to join Chambers following the successful completion of her pupillage. Amy will be developing her practice in line with Chambers' specialist areas. In addition to Chambers’ core areas of law, Amy regularly undertakes prosecution and defence work in the Crown and Magistrates courts on a range of criminal trials and preparatory hearings. Amy has been instructed on a number of cases involving fraud, assault, theft and sensitive cases involving domestic violence.

Prior to commencing her career at the Bar, Amy worked in the civil service as a Senior Adviser for the Commission for Rural Communities where she completed her BVC part time over a two year period. More recently Amy worked as a Policy Officer for the National Housing Federation, the trade body for housing associations, working with issues including development, planning, the health sector and welfare reform. Throughout her career Amy has worked with Government departments, local authorities, housing associations, charities and social enterprises alongside business from the private sector. Amy supports Southampton Citizens Advice Bureau on a pro bono basis.

Amy completed the ADR group Civil and Commercial Mediation Course upon completion of the BVC. Amy prides herself on being approachable, practical and client focused.

For more information on her practice please see her individual profile. If you have any queries or questions in relation to Amy practice or the work chambers undertake, please do not hesitate to contact us on 023 8023 0338 or clerks@college-chambers.co.uk

Early Conciliation Explained

On 6 April 2014 ACAS opened the Early Conciliation scheme. The scheme is currently optional however from 6 May 2014 it will be a compulsory prerequisite to commencing a claim for eligible claimants.

LEGISLATION:

The new regime is enacted by the following legislative provisions:

  • Sections 7-9 Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 which insert the new sections 18A and 18B into the Employment Tribunals Act 1996
  • Schedule 2 Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 which amends the time limits for commencing claims where the Early Conciliation Process applies (see below)
  • The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (Commencement No. 5, Transitional Provisions and Savings) Order 2014
  • The Employment Tribunals (Early Conciliation: Exemptions and Rules of Procedure) Regulations 2014 as amended.

APPLICATION

The Scheme applies where the parties intend or are likely to commence ‘relevant proceedings’ as outlined in s.18(1) Employment Tribunals Act 1996. They include claims for:

  • Unfair dismissal
  • Workplace discrimination
  • Redundancy payments or disputes regarding selection procedures
  • Deductions from wages or unpaid notice/holiday pay
  • Rights to time off or flexible working
  • Equal pay

s.3 The Employment Tribunals (Early Conciliation: Exemptions and Rules of Procedure) Regulations 2014 provides exemptions from the regime where:

  • Another person within the same claim has an ACAS early conciliation certificate number.
  • ACAS doesn't have the power to conciliate on some or all of the claim.
  • The employer has already been in touch with ACAS.
  • The Claimant claims unfair dismissal and intends to apply for interim relief.
  • The claim is against the Security Service, Secret Intelligence Service or GCHQ.
  • The Claim is issued before 6 May 2014 and the Claimant has not contacted ACAS.

THE PROCESS:

The Early Conciliation Rules of Procedure are outlined in Schedule 1 of The Employment Tribunals (Early Conciliation: Exemptions and Rules of Procedure) Regulations 2014.

  1. The prospective claimant sends a completed Early Conciliation (“EC”) form to ACAS, or alternatively telephones ACAS on the designated telephone number.
    • The employee is to provide their name, address, contact number and email address together with the employer’s name, address and telephone number.
    • If the employee intends to include more than one respondent to any potential claim, a separate EC Form is to be completed in relation to each prospective respondent.
    • An employer can commence conciliation by contacting ACAS. Unlike where a prospective claimant commences the EC process, the extension to time limits does not commence when the employer initiates contact with ACAS.
    • No information is required on the EC form regarding the nature of the claim.
    • The Form is now available online or a hard copy can be posted
  2. An Early Conciliation Support Officer (ECSO) will contact the prospective Claimant.
    • With the Claimant’s consent the ECSO will try to contact the employer.
    • If contact cannot be made ACAS may conclude that settlement is not possible.
    • It is proposed that this step will take place by close of business on the day following receipt by ACAS of the EC form.
    • The employee may elect not to proceed with conciliation and a certificate will be provided to confirm compliance with the obligation to contact ACAS.
  3. A Conciliation Officer will attempt to promote settlement.
    • A Conciliation Officer will contact the employee or their representative and formally establish whether they wish to settle the dispute.
    • It is proposed that this will take place within 2 days of receipt of the EC form.
    • The Conciliator will make reasonable attempts to contact the employer. If they cannot be contacted or decline conciliation a certificate of compliance will be issued to the Claimant.
    • Where both parties agree to conciliate, the Conciliator will have 1 month from the date of receipt of the EC form to promote settlement.
    • The period for settlement may be extended by up to 2 weeks where the conciliator considers there is a reasonable prospect of achieving settlement and both parties agree.
  4. Dealing with the outcome:
    • If the conciliation officer concludes that settlement is not possible, ACAS will issue an EC certificate.
    • If the EC period, including any extension period, expires without settlement, ACAS will issue an EC certificate.
    • Where parties agree to settle, ACAS will draw up an agreement recording the settlement and will issue and EC certificate.
    • The EC certificate will be issued so that any claims not settled can be brought and if the settlement fails the employee can proceed with the Claim.

TIME LIMITS:

To avoid the Early Conciliation process eating into the limited time periods for commencing an Employment Tribunal claim the new regime suspends time from running once the EC Form has been received. The suspension operates until ACAS issue the certificate number. However, if limitation for commencing a claim would expire within one month after the EC certificate number is issued, the limitation period is extended until one month after the date of issue of the certificate. Take for example an unfair dismissal scenario. If an employee were dismissed on 10 May 2014, limitation would ordinarily expire on 9 August 2014. However, if the employee submitted their EC Form on 7 August 2014, time for commencing a claim would stop running on that date. Assuming both parties agree to proceed with Early Conciliation the latest date on which the EC Certificate would be issued would be 21 September 2014 (having regard to the additional two weeks which the Conciliator may elect to extend the EC process with the agreement of the parties). Limitation would not expire on 23 September but would be extended until 21 October 2014!

DISCUSSION:

It is clear that the free service offered by ACAS has the potential to save time in resolving employment disputes, reduce costs and minimise the potential anxiety posed by commencing tribunal proceedings. It is also anticipated that the process will see a further reduction in the number of claims reaching the tribunal system.

However it is important to note that whilst the process is mandatory, either party may refuse to conciliate at any time. Large employers may therefore continue to ‘sit-tight’ and see if Claimants pay the issue fee for commencing a claim. It is also clear that Conciliators cannot make judgments upon the merits of proceedings and are limited to communicating information provided by the each party, limiting the effectiveness where information is unclear or incomplete.

The implementation of the suspension on time limits is also anticipated to increase satellite litigation, particularly where the process has been commenced by a referral to ACAS from the employer.

Further information about the scheme can be found in the ACAS guide to Early Conciliation.

For further assistance with any Employment Law issue, or to arrange an Employment Law seminar with your firm please contact one of our Employment Law Team.

Daniel Piddington

Daniel has built a strong employment practice, representing both claimants and respondents across the country. Daniel has a wide level of experience ranging from unfair dismissal to complex multi-claimant discrimination and whistleblowing claims. Daniel is known for combining practical and pragmatic advice with an analytical and persuasive approach to both court and tribunal advocacy.

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards [DOLS], Supreme Court says they have a universal application to all - Douglas Taylor 1980

Those of you, who attended Douglas Taylor’s lecture on the Mental Capacity Act 2005 will recall his concern about the forthcoming decision of the Supreme Court that might compromise the treatment and care of those living in care homes. On the 19th of March, the Supreme Court handed down its judgement in the case of P v Cheshire West and Chester Council [2014] UKSC 19. Lady Hale delivered a beautifully crafted judgement overturning the decision of Munby P in the Court of Appeal and upholding the decision of Baker J sitting in the Court of Protection at first instance. This is the first authoritative interpretation of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) provisions, and it is likely to cause many a costly headache for Local Authorities.

The decision is summed up neatly in the words of Lady Hale:-

"Human rights have a universal character and physical liberty is the same for everyone, regardless of their disabilities. What would be a deprivation of liberty for a non-disabled person is also a deprivation for a disabled person. The key feature is whether the person concerned is under continuous supervision and control and is not free to leave. The person’s compliance or lack of objection, the relative normality of the placement and the purpose behind it are all irrelevant to this objective question.

A gilded cage is still a cage.

The purpose of article 5 is to ensure that people are not deprived of their liberty without proper safeguards, safeguards which will secure that the legal justifications for the constraints which they are under are made out: in these cases, the law requires that they do indeed lack the capacity to decide for themselves where they should live and that the arrangements made for them are in their best interests.

It was to "set the cart before the horse" to decide that because they did lack capacity and the best possible arrangements had been made, they were not in need of the safeguards."

Local Government spokesmen have already said that the judgement is likely to lead to a significant change in the way that they make provision for those entrusted to their care and that there will be a significant drain on manpower and financial resources.

The question is, how many local authorities will now react to this judgement and put the necessary provisions in place? If they do not, they may find themselves in very deep water indeed.

Douglas Taylor. 

Douglas sits as both a Deputy District Judge and a Tribunal Judge for the Mental Health Tribunal and regularly gives lectures involving Elderly & Vulnerable clients . If you have any questions or queries surrounding the Supreme Court’s decision or Douglas’s practice, please do not hesitate to contact Douglas direct dtaylor@college-chambers.co.uk , where he will be pleased to answer any of your queries.

CJEU rules that intended mothers under a surrogacy arrangement are not covered by EU Directives on maternity leave

Those who attended Matthew Curtis’ talk to the Employment Lawyers Association on 26 February 2014 will recall that he spoke about the rights (or lack thereof) of intended mothers under surrogacy arrangements (i.e. the person who will care for the child after birth). As anticipated, the CJEU published its judgment in two cases on 18 March 2014: CD v ST (C-167/12) and Z v A Government Department (C-363/12).

In these two cases the opinions of the Advocates General were both published on 26 September 2013 and came to different conclusions. The CJEU decisions of 18th March 2014 give a clear and consistent message: EU Directives on maternity leave do not extend to intended mothers under surrogacy arrangements. Failure to provide maternity or adoption leave to intended mothers does not constitute direct or indirect sex discrimination. 

Opinions of the Advocates General

In CD v ST, AG Kokott concluded that the intended mother takes the place of the mother immediately after birth and must be given appropriate rights to maternity leave. AG Kokott envisaged a system whereby both the birth mother and the intended mother would take the 2 weeks compulsory leave and would thereafter share maternity leave, taking into account the surrogate mother and the child’s best interests.

In Z v A, AG Wahl concluded that the purpose of the relevant Directives was to help women recover from the physical and mental constraints of enduring pregnancy and the aftermath of childbirth. As a result, the Directives cannot be read as applying to intended mothers, even if they are the genetic mother.

Judgment of the CJEU

CD v ST (link to judgment)

In CD the Court ruled that:

  1. The provisions relating to maternity leave only apply to workers who have been pregnant and given birth (para 43 and ruling 1)

  2. Refusal to grant maternity leave to intended mothers under surrogacy arrangements does not constitute direct or indirect discrimination on the grounds of sex, nor less favourable treatment as a result of pregnancy (para 55 and ruling 2)

Reasons

This was based on the court’s judgment that the objective of Directive 92/85 was to encourage improvements in the safety and health at work of pregnant workers and workers who have recently given birth or are breastfeeding, as those workers are in an especially vulnerable situation. The court stated that maternity leave is intended to:

  1. Protect a woman’s biological condition after pregnancy

  2. Protect the special relationship between a woman and her child over the period which follows pregnancy and childbirth (para 34).

The court judged that objective 2 above only concerns the period after ‘pregnancy and childbirth’. Therefore, the grant of maternity leave presupposes that the person concerned has been pregnant and given birth (para 37).

As a result, members states are not required to provide maternity leave to a female worker who is an intended mother under a surrogacy arrangement, even in circumstances where she breastfeeds the baby following birth (para 43).

Discrimination

The court found that there was no direct discrimination as the lack of paid leave for intended parents in a surrogacy arrangement applies equally to men and women (para 47)

The court found that there was “nothing in the file” to establish that the refusal of leave put femal workers at a particular disadvantage compared to male workers, therefore there was insufficient evidence to found a claim of indirect discrimination (para 49)

The court found that this was not a case of less favourable treatment on the grounds of pregnancy as the intended mother had not been pregnant (para 52)

Z v A (link to judgment)

The CJEU ruled that:

  1. Refusal to provide maternity or adoption leave to intended mothers in a surrogacy arrangement is not discrimination on the grounds of sex, in light of the judgment in CD (paras 58, 60 and 67 and ruling 1).

  2. Mrs Z’s condition did not amount to a disability, as such she is not protected by relevant disability Directives (paras 82 and 91 and ruling 2)

Comments

The cases leave alive the possibility of an indirect discrimination claim, if sufficient evidence can be brought forward to show that the absence of leave for persons in a surrogacy arrangement puts female workers at a particular disadvantage compared to male workers.

Some prudent employers (particularly in the public sector) have been providing intended parents under surrogacy arrangements similar leave to parents adopting a child, or even to parents giving birth. This practice can now end in light of the CJEU decision.

The landscape is likely to change again in 2015, when the Government intends to introduce parental leave rights for intended parents in surrogacy arrangements (the Children and Families Bill, currently before Parliament)

Relevant facts of the two cases:

CD v ST

UK case. CD is employed by ST at a hospital managed by ST.

C entered into a surrogacy arrangement to have a baby. The sperm was provided by C’s partner; the egg was donated. The child born on 26 August 2011; CD began to breastfeed within 1 hour and continued to breastfeed for 3 months thereafter. CD and her partner were granted full and permanent parental responsibility on 19 December 2011.

CD applied for leave under ST’s adoption policy, which was refused as CD did not have a ‘matching certificate’ issued by an adoption agency (intended mothers in surrogacy arrangements would not have such a document). ST stated that CD was not entitled to paid time off for surrogacy.

CD brought claim in Employment Tribunal for:

  • Discrimination on the grounds of sex and/or pregnancy and maternity

  • Detriment by reason of pregnancy and maternity

  • Infringement of Articles 8 and 14 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

ET referred questions to the CJEU in relation to whether the Directives relating to pregnant workers and workers who are breastfeeding applied to intended parents in surrogacy arrangements, and whether the case was one of discrimination on the grounds of sex and/or pregnancy.

Z v A

Irish case. Mrs Z is employed by a government department. Mrs Z has a condition which has the effect that she has no uterus and cannot support a pregnancy.

In August 2009 IVF took place in Ireland and the fertilised egg was transferred to the surrogate mother in California. The egg and sperm were from Mr and Mrs Z.

The child was born on 28 April 2010 in California. Mr and Mrs Z returned to Ireland on 18 May 2010.

Mrs Z applied for leave equivalent to adoptive leave. That was refused by A.

Mrs Z brought claims before the Equality Tribunal for:

  • Discrimination on the grounds of gender, family status and disability

  • Failure to reasonably accommodate her as a person with a disability

  • Refusal to provide her with paid leave equivalent to adoption or maternity leave.

The Equality Tribunal referred questions to the CJEU in relation to whether refusal to provide leave is sex discrimination and/or disability discrimination.

College Chambers - Employment Law Breakfast Review

A successful year for the Employment Law team was drawn to c lose with our employment breakfast hosted on the 14th November 2013 Over 30 people attended from both the private and public sectors. Matthew Curtis (2006) and Daniel Piddington (2008), provided an overview of the key components of disability discrimination with an update on current case law providing top tips and catching up on the latest developments in their field.

Matthew Curtis (2006) is recognised as “a rising star who punches well above his weight.” – Legal 500 (2012)

Matthew has dealt with a number of complex multi-day cases, successfully representing a Claimant in an 8-day disability discrimination claim and more recently representing the Respondent in a 5-day whistle-blowing claim involving technical areas of aviation law. Matthew has experience in the Employment Tribunal in a wide range of employment litigation matters.

Daniel Piddington (2008)

Since joining chambers Daniel has built a strong employment practice, representing both claimants and respondents across the country. Daniel has a wide level of experience ranging from age, race and disability discrimination to TUPE claims.

The handout attached summaries and enables those who did not attend Daniel’s overview of the disability discrimination legislation to review Matthew’s helpful update from cases throughout the year.

We had excellent feedback from the conference…

“very helpful and informative”

“well presented, engaging and enjoyable”

“ very good, clear presentation.. excellent course ”

For more information about the presentation, the featured practitioners or our upcoming conferences please contact slanzoni@college-chambers.co.uk

STOP PRESS – College Chambers to launch new mediation suite

College Chambers are about to embark on extensive renovations in order to bring our Grade II listed Georgian building into the 21st Century. Our new conferencing and mediation suite will provide a spacious, comfortable and professional environment to help ease the litigation process. You can guarantee we’ll be inviting you to a drink in order to celebrate!

Matthew Curtis to jointly speak at Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) Training Day – Wednesday 26th February 2014

Matthew Curtis (2006) is to jointly speak at the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) Training Day – Wednesday 26th February 2014 at ST Mary’s Stadium Southampton. Matthews talk will focus on Changes in Family Friendly rights . If you would like further information about Matthews’s talk either contact Clare Merritt of Paris Smith on claire.merritt@parissmith.co.uk, alternatively please do not hesitate to contact us in chambers, either on 023 8023 0338 or clerks@college-chambers.co.uk 

Matthew Curtis

Anthony Hand jointly speaks at Dorset Family Justice Board Training Seminar

Anthony Hand (1989) will be jointly speaking at the Dorset Family Justice Board Training Seminar on 25 July 2013 at Talbot Campus of Bournemouth University. The Seminar will focus on f the Pilot Public Law Outline which is being introduced on 1 July 2013 and which very significantly effects the way in which Public Law cases will be dealt with in the future particularly the "26 week limit" and requirements regarding experts. If you would like further information then you should contact Ruth Dodson of Dorset Operational Support Team at Bournemouth County Court as all RSPV's should be received by 16 July 2013.

Anthony Hand

Civil Conference review

On the 1st November 2013, Chambers hosted our civil conference 2013. Over 80 people attended from the private and public sectors. Attendees were exposed to a number of areas of civil law, picking up top tips and catching up on the latest developments in their field.

Derek Marshall (1980) – CPR Overview and Update

Deputy Head of Chambers, Derek Marshall, opened the day with an update on the Civil Procedural Rules, providing his view on the new changes and how they will play out in practical terms. The audience shared their views on the issues pertaining to the new CPR 3.9 (relief from sanctions), discussing how the rule would be applied in practice, emphasising the likelihood that different Judges would utilise their powers in different ways. Mr Marshall also highlighted the new cost regimes and how parties may incur significant costs in preparing the new costs budgets! This was the view held around the room, with concerns that these budgets may add to the costs total rather than reduce it.

Carol Davies (1995) – Probate & Grieving Survivors

Carol Davies who specialises, amongst other areas, in wills and probate hosted a workshop focusing on key areas of contention in this area. Spotting incapacity was first on the agenda, with Ms Davies highlighting that in a recent study nearly 98% of solicitors who participated missed a mental disorder diagnosis when presented with video interview evidence of people with mental health problems. The study recognised that too often solicitors can confuse social graces with mental incapacity. It should be noted that not everyone who has a mental health problem or even a diagnosis of dementia will lack capacity. Ms Davies highlighted that use of statutory wills can be a useful tool when someone lacks capacity. Ms Davies also focused on key provisions from the Inheritance (Provisions for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, including trying not to delay a claim past the 6 month time limit due to the difficulties in extending time and how to advise an elderly widow who has been left in difficulties when her spouse has died.

Derek Marshall (1980) – Arbitration, Mediation and other forms of ADR

Those who wanted to show off their acting talents were well placed in Derek Marshall’s ADR workshop. After hearing top tips for successful mediation, participants were asked to both join in and attempt mediation on behalf of their client and act as the client themselves! This gave attendees an opportunity to see how mediation can be an emotive time for clients and learn new skills for those who had not participated in mediation before.

Sian Gough (2003) – Cohabitation and Co-Ownership : an Update

Sian Gough outlined the developments in law for cohabitees, an area of law which has not quite caught up with the practical realities of modern life. Ms Gough outlined the circumstances in which a trust can be established and the various types of trusts. As well as covering the more common family situations, Ms Gough also discussed business partnerships formed between cohabitees, pointing out the potential areas of dispute and how to resolve matters.

David Pugh (2008) & Stephen Downham of Hughes Ellard – Landlord & Tenant Update

David Pugh was joined by Stephen Downham, Director at Hughes Ellard Ltd in presenting a Landlord and Tenant update. Mr Pugh gave an in depth and informed workshop on developments in residential landlord and tenant claims, kicking off with a discussion around possession proceedings and the recent case of Superstrike Ltd v Rodrigues [2013] EWCA Civ 669. Stephen provided an update on leases, their terms and the effect on value.

Daniel Piddington (2008) & Gavin Savage of Begbies Traynor – Insolvency Update

Daniel Piddington joined forces with Gavin Savage, a licensed insolvency practitioner of Begbies Taylor in presenting an Insolvency update. Mr Piddington focused on piercing the corporate veil having particular regard to the decision in Prest v Petrodel Resources Ltd [2013] UKSC 34. Mr Piddington broke down the detailed judgment of the Supreme Court to emphasise the remaining categories of cases where the Courts may still consider it appropriate to pierce the corporate veil. Mr Savage focused upon partnership insolvencies, looking at the “perfect storm” situation where there is a downturn in turnover, reduction in profits and the impact on available cash for drawings.

We had excellent feedback from the conference…
“very good, a lot of practical examples and generated a lot of discussion”
“very enjoyable and well thought out”

For more information about our conferences in 2014, or any of the presentations above, or to find out more about the featured practitioners please contact slanzoni@college-chambers.co.uk

Anthony Hand appears in Court of Appeal

The recent decision in Re W (a child) EWCA Civ 1177 is another judgment from the President, Sir James Munby, in the Court of Appeal following on from the decision in Re B-S Children (2013) EWCA Civ 1146. Anthony Hand represented the local authority in the Re W case, a decision concerning when should parents be given the right to oppose the making of adoption orders? Re W expands the thinking provided in Re B-S, and invites judges in particular to consider whether a parents' case has "solidity" as part of the overall discretionary exercise in this area.

Anthony Hand

Derek Marshall interviewed on Radio Solent

On Thursday 31st October Derek Marshall appeared on Radio Solent speaking about the controversial decision to let cameras into the Court of appeal. To hear the interview, please click on the attached link.

Derek Marshall

Chambers recognised in Legal 500

Chambers are delighted to announce that we have been recognised in The Legal 500 UK Awards 2013. The award recognises excellence and acknowledges expertise in the national and regional markets. College Chambers have been named not only as one of the recommended sets on the Western Circuit but have had four barristers individually acknowledged for their work in employment and family law. Barristers Matthew Curtis, already recognised by Legal 500 as a rising star in his field, and Gary Self were both recommended in the field of Employment law. Meanwhile Simon Lillington and Anthony Hand were singled out for their expertise as leading practitioners of Family law.

David Lang accepts an invitation to join Chambers

Chambers is delighted to announce that David Lang has accepted an invitation to join Chambers following successful completion of his pupillage. David will be joining the Employment, Property Personal Injury & Family teams, for further details please click on following link to review his profile.

David Lang

College Chambers Jointly Sponsor The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives Bournemouth and District Branch 82nd Annual Dinner

College Chambers are delighted announce we are supporting The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives Bournemouth and District Branch 82nd Annual Dinner on the 13th December 2013. For more details please see www.badcilex.org.uk.

College Chambers speaking at Young Resolution (West Sussex) Lecture at the Arundel Town Hall

Daniel Nother (1994) & Sian Gough (2003) together with Nicola Whitley of Swain & Co will be lecturing at the Arundel Town Hall on the cohabitation disputes & the Children and Families Bill 2013, for further details please do not hesitate to contact us in chambers or contact Peter Alison at Stevens Drake on 01293 596 935 or e-mail peter.alison@stevensdrake.com

Simon Lilington published on new online legal encyclopaedia, Westlaw UK Insight

College Chambers are pleased to announce that Simon Lillington (1980) joins the three other of chambers Barristers (Carol Davies (1996 ) Baljinder Bath (1995), & Matthew Curtis (2006)) in being published in the new Westlaw UK Insight online legal encyclopaedia, if you would like to view these articles please view each of the barristers profile and look under Publications.

Simon Lillington

College Chambers appear in the Southern Daily Echo 6th August for work with Charities

College Chambers have appeared in the Southern Daily Echo on Tuesday 6th August 2013. The article reported on the tremendous success of Chambers Charity Ball and the progress of meeting our fundraising target. For a copy of the full article please click here.

College Chambers Barristers published on new online legal encyclopaedia, Westlaw UK Insight

College Chambers are pleased to announce that three of its Barristers (Carol Davies (1996 ) Baljinder Bath (1995), & Matthew Curtis (2006)) have been published in the new Westlaw UK Insight online legal encyclopaedia, if you would like to view these articles please view each of the barristers profile and look under the Publications.

Carol Davies appears in the Legal Week

Carol Davies appeared in the Legal Week on Friday (5th July) commenting on the possible flood of credit crisis negligence claims .For the whole article please click here.

Another Successful Charity Ball

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Charity Masquerade Ball, which took place on 11 May 2013, was a huge success, despite the current economic climate.

Our glamorous guests embraced the spirit of the night by donning an array of beautiful masks. There were many contenders for the coveted best mask prize including many eye-catching Venetian masks, some of which were hand made, and one particularly artistic guest who spent several hours hand painting her face with to create an unusual bespoke mask. The winner however was Dave Watts, whose comedy elephant mask raised smiles all night long!

Our thanks go to all who attended and supported the event, helping us raise £12,000 for the benefit of The Stroke Association and the Lullaby Trust (formerly known as the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths). Photographs of the night can be found on the Venture Photography Southampton Facebook page.

The top auction lot of the night was one day’s sailing for 12 people aboard Northern Child, which raised £1,200, with the total raised for the live and silent auction combined being £6,440. Thanks to the wonderful support of local businesses, the chosen charities and all members of College Chambers close to one hundred prizes were won in the raffle raising an additional £1,880.

The fantastic total raised by the event means that College Chambers have now raised £97,000 for various different charities since 2005 via their charity balls, cricket matches and quiz evenings. It is very much hoped that the £100,000 threshold will be crossed at the College Chambers Charity Quiz Night on Saturday 19 October 2013. Tables for that event are available now, book early to avoid disappointment.

College Chambers speaking at Resolution Lecture at the Portsmouth Marriott tonight.

Daniel Nother (1994) together with other eminent speakers will be lecturing at the Portsmouth Marriott Hotel on the new family bill, for further details please do not hesitate to contact us in chambers.

Chambers warns of consequence’s over Legal Aid Proposals in regional paper

On Saturday 8th June, Derek Marshall was published in the Daily Echo warning of the consequences of the government plans to reform legal aid - to read the article please click here

College Chambers Jointly Sponsor The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives Bournemouth and District Branch 81st Annual Dinner

College Chambers are delighted announce they are supporting The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives Bournemouth and District Branch 81st Annual Dinner on the 7th December 2012 for more details see www.badcilex.org.uk.

The College Chambers Annual 20/20 Charity Cricket Match in aid of Diabetes UK has been a success.

Isle of Wight XI - 120, College Chambers XI - 108 (all out)
The annual match, now in its fifth year, welcomed the only sunny day so far this summer. With the weather offering sunshine and blue skies, the Isle of Wight Solicitors took to the crease first and scored a very competitive 120 runs. College Chambers XI made a valiant attempt to chase the score down , but unfortunately this year the Isle of Wight bowlers dealt several blows to those batting. College Chambers finished their innings on a respectable 108 runs. The silverware will spend the next 12 months on the island before being contested for again next June.

Qualified Arbitrators for Family Financial Arbitrtaion

College Chambers are very proud to announce that Derek Marshall (1980) & Simon Lillington (1980) have both qualified as arbitrators and now are able to offer family financial arbitration.

Derek Marshall, Simon Lillington

College Chambers recruits a new tenant

College Chambers are pleased to announce that Daniel Piddington has accepted an invitation to join Chambers following the successful completion of his pupillage. Daniel accepts instructions in Family Law (Public and Private), Employment, Personal Injury, Common Law and Crime, his full profile will be available soon.

Daniel Piddington

Chambers Awarded BAR MARK

College Chambers is delighted to announce that we have been accredited to BARMARK. BARMARK is the Bar Council's "kite mark" scheme and is managed by the British Standards Institute. Accreditation is based upon the Practice Management for the Bar Guidelines and Standard and the associated Quality Assurance Checklist.

Accreditation to BAR MARK is an assurance to solicitors and clients that chambers is run effectively and well. Accreditation is only awarded to chambers with the highest standards of practice and administration. We are one of only a few sets of chambers who hold this prestigious award.

Wayne Effeny, senior clerk, said "We strive to deliver an exceptional level of service living up to our motto "reputation through commitment". Being awarded BARMARK following an independent assessment confirms that we are achieving the highest possible standards. Every aspect of our structure has come under intense scrutiny as part of this assessment and we are particularly proud of this achievement".

Chambers now appear in the Legal 500

College Chambers is pleased to announce that three members of Chambers have been appear in the Legal 500. Gary Self is rated as a "top employment practitioner at the Southampton Bar ". Anthony Hand is mentioned for his 'busy child care practice' and Simon Lillington for his 'strong ancillary relief practice'. Chambers congratulates all three on their achievement.

College Chambers Annual Charity Twenty20 Cricket Match

As this newsletter goes to press, we are very excited about our annual Charity Twenty20 Cricket Match, to be held on 30 June 2011, between Chambers and solicitors from the Isle of Wight. We are looking forward to a barbecue, drinks, raffle, a cake sale and of course some highly unorthodox cricketing manoeuvres. Watch this space in the next newsletter for a ball-by-ball account and to find out who was Player of the Match.
 
The beneficiary is the Red & White Appeal, a £2.2 million campaign by Southampton NHS Trust to raise enough for a specialist day unit for patients with leukaemia and other forms of blood cancer. If you were not able to attend, don't panic - you can still support the Appeal by visiting our fundraising page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/ collegechambers.
 
We will also be hosting a charity quiz night on 15 October 2011 in aid of the Neonatal Unit at Princess Anne Hospital. The quiz will take place at P.O.S.H., Queensway, Southampton. We hope that you will join us for an evening of good food, games, dancing and serious intellectual challenge!
 
We remain committed to raising money for charity and hope that you will be able to join us for our forthcoming events.
 
For more information in relation to any of our events please contact Sophie Lanzoni on (023) 8023 0338 or by email at slanzoni@college-chambers.co.uk.
 
College Chambers Ball Committee & Marketing

College Chambers Charity Ball 2011

We are pleased to announce that our charity ball held on 14 May in aid of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust (charity no. 1096491) and the Prostate Cancer Charity (charity no. 1005541) was a huge success. We would like to thank all those who supported this event by attending or donating prizes helping us to raise over £16,000 for these very worthwhile causes. A good night was had by all.
 
If you were unable to attend it is not too late to show your support by visiting our fundraising page at:
uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CollegeChambersCharities
 
We remain committed to raising money for charity and hope that you will be able to join us for our Charity Cricket Match on 30th June 2011 at Trojans Rugby Club or our Charity Quiz Night on 15 October 2011 at P.O.S.H Southampton.

College Chambers has recruited a new tenant

College Chambers are pleased to announce that David Pugh has joined Chambers after successfully completing pupillage. Before becoming a barrister, David worked in child protection. David's main areas of practice are Family Law (public and private), Crime and Personal Injury.

Charity Blue Ball

...in aid of The Prostate Cancer Charity and the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust
Saturday, 14 May 2011
 
This year's Charity Ball will be held at the Friends Provident St Mary's Stadium (home of Southampton Football Club).
 
The proceeds from this event will be divided between the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and The Prostate Cancer Charity.
 
The Prostate Cancer Charity was founded in 1996 in response to the urgent need to invest more in prostate cancer research and to raise public and political awareness of a long-neglected disease. It was established with the broad remit of improving the care and welfare of those affected by prostate cancer. The Prostate Cancer Charity is now the UK's leading voluntary organisation working with people affected by prostate cancer.
 
The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust became a registered charity in late 2002, and was officially launched by Dame Ellen MacArthur on 2 January 2003. It takes young people aged between 8-24 sailing to help them regain their confidence, on their way to recovery from cancer, leukaemia and other serious illness. It now works with every young person's primary cancer care unit in the UK. These primary care units deal with around 95% of young people being treated for cancer in the UK.
 
Ticket price includes a drinks reception, a three course meal, live music and dancing until the early hours! Plus, live and silent auctions, a raffle, casino and table games.
 
The charities' blue logos have inspired our theme this year and we invite you to wear something blue to the event. There will also be an 'Ascot style' best dressed person award on the night.
 
Tickets are selling fast so snap up yours at £45 each (or £450 for a table of 10). This event is not only for lawyers, so please invite your family, friends, and colleagues and get a table (or two) together, to help these well-deserved causes.
 
As we are aiming to raise as much money as possible for our chosen charities, we would also very much appreciate any assistance that you are able to offer us in obtaining auction/raffle prizes, or with sponsorship!
 
If you would like to support our charities by sponsoring our drinks' reception we will in return provide you with a table for 10 guests and feature your company in the promotional literature.
 
Please contact us and ask to speak to Sophie Lanzoni for further information, on (023) 8023 0338, or by email at slanzoni@college-chambers.co.uk.
 
To book tickets: Please send a cheque to us made payable to 'College Chambers' including your contact details and upon receipt you will receive a booking confirmation letter.
 
We look forward to seeing you there!

Charity Cricket Match

The third annual Charity Cricket Match took place on 24th June 2010 between the College Chambers XI and the Isle of Wight Law Society XI. Having lost in previous years, the Isle of Wight team arrived at Eastleigh with a sense of purpose. College Chambers won the toss and chose to bat first. Forced to field an untested team due to traffic and late judicial sittings, Chambers attacked the Isle of Wight bowling leading to an impressive score of 164-5 after 20 overs. The Isle of Wight responded with a high run rate which was contained by Chambers' bowling midway through the batting. The match was very close and was won by the Isle of Wight on the penultimate ball.

The event raised over £800 for charity. We are grateful to all who attended and provided sponsorship and prizes for the event. We congratulate the Isle of Wight on winning the match and look forward to getting our trophy back next year.


Past Events & Seminars

Spooktacular Halloween Ball

Event Date: Saturday 31st October 2015- from 7pm- to 1am

(Fancy Dress encouraged) In aid of Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity and the Portsmouth Hospitals Charity to be held at Norton Park, Sutton Scotney, Nr Winchester, SO21 3NB £50 per ticket. Early bird discount rate of £45 per ticket available until 30 June 2015

Junior Lawyers Annual Wine Tasting

Event Date: Friday 11th March 2016- from 7.30pm- to

Junior Lawyers Annual Wine Tasting

Pension Landscape Changes: A Post Budget Bulletin For Family Finance Lawyers.

Seminar Date: Thursday 21st April 2016- from 5pm- to

Post budget bulletin To highlight the recent significant changes to pensions that family lawyers should be aware of. Things to look out for when advising a spouse in a financial remedy case and divorce. When there are children involved and inheritance is a key issue how the pension affects those decisions. Pension freedoms – how should we treat pensions now? The type of expert required- still an actuary or financial advisor? This seminar will the difficult and often dry topic of pensions in a family lawyer-friendly way. Tahina Akther is a family finance specialist with over 12 years experience. She also has a chancery practice which includes pensions. Tahina developed a keen interest in the treatment of pensions in divorce completing a specialist masters degree in 2006 and was a recipient of an award for her thesis. Tahina has practised all over the country and is particularly versed in final salary pensions and complex SASS/SIP arrangements. She also has strong ties with the financial services industry including reading the CII courses and good relationships with several advisers. Overall this seminar is intended to be in a bulletin format as Tahina knows that not everyone shares the same passion for the topic...    

If you would like to attend please could you let the Clerks know by email (clerks@college-chambers.co.uk) or telephone (02380 230338).  

Venue: College Chambers, 19 Carlton Crescent, Southampton, SO15 2ET

College Chambers Coffee Morning

Event Date: Thursday 22nd September 2016- from 09.00- to 12.00

College Chambers Coffee Morning to raise money for Wave 105's 1000 Faces. 

Court of Protection Seminar

Seminar Date: Friday 14th October 2016- from 9.15am- to 4.45pm

Court of Protection Seminar

Please click here for full programme for the day and details on how to book a place.

College Chambers Breakfast Club

Event Date: Thursday 6th April 2017- from 7am- to 9am

College Chambers are launching a Breakfast Networking Club on Thursday 6th April at 7am - 9am. This event is open to all businesses and solicitors. We will be offering a continental style breakfast in a relaxed environment. This is a FREE event and spaces are  running out. If you would like to attend please email bmclachlan@college-chambers.co.uk to reserve your place.