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Upcoming Events & Seminars

Charity Game Show Night

Event Date: Friday 29th March 2019- from 7.30pm

Email charityevents@college-chambers.co.uk to reserve your place. 

Latest News

Recognition in 2018 edition of The Legal 500

We are delighted to receive recommendations in this year’s Legal 500.


Congratulations to Derek Marshall, Carol Davies, Anthony Hand and Tahina Akther on their individual recommendations.


Here is what the Legal 500 had to say:


Commercial, Banking, Insolvency & Chancery Law

Recent work for College Chambers “very knowledgeable” commercial group includes professional negligence claims, partnership disputes and trusts and wills matters. Derek heads up the team.

Tahina Akther – “A confident barrister who fights her client’s corner”

Carol Davies – “Very experienced in handling wills and administration of estates”

Derek Marshall – “Very experienced in commercial disputes”


Family and Children Law

Anthony Hand is a key name at College Chambers for family law, where the group handles a broad spectrum of public and private children law and matrimonial finance cases

Anthony Hand – “He is quick to grasp the key issues in a case”

Congratulations to Derek Marshall

Congratulations to our Head of Chambers Derek Marshall on being appointed a part time Chair of the Police Conduct Panel.

College Chambers welcomes new tenant - Elizabeth Bowden

We are pleased to welcome Elizabeth Bowden (formerly of Bell Yard Chambers) to College Chambers. If you would like any further details on Elizabeth's practice please feel free to call the clerks - 02380 230 338

Annual Child Law Lecture

Following the success of previous years, College Chambers Family Children team announces that it will be holding its annual child law lecture day on 11th October 2018. Please see events / or contact the clerks (023 8023 0338) for further details.

Congratulations to Carol Davies

We would like to congratulate Carol Davies, for successfully completing her Arbitration training. Carol is now trained as a Domestic Arbitrator with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and is now a Fellow of the Institute.

Tahina Akther case reported on Westlaw

Tahina Akther was recently successful in the High Court in an application under s50 Administration of Justice Act 1985, for the removal of all the Executors in a Will to be replaced by an Independent Administrator. Further information on the Court’s findings and guidance in such cases can be found in the case report here.

Tahina Akther

College Chambers welcomes new Tenant - Edward Hurley

College Chambers is delighted to announce; Edward Hurley (formerly of No18 Chambers) has accepted an invitation to join Chambers, Edward specialises in all aspects of Civil and we will be joining Chambers Civil teams. If you have any queries about Edwards practice please do not hesitate to contact the clerks via phone (023 8023 0338) or e-mail ( clerks@college-chambers.co.uk )

Edward Hurley

New Member - Amy Oke

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

Amy Oke

Recognition in 2017 edition of The Legal 500

College Chambers are delighted to have received recommendations in this years Legal 500 both for our teams and individual members of Chambers.


College Chambers’ commercial team has experience in directors’ liability matters, partnership disputes, insolvency cases, and trusts and wills matters. Derek Marshall and Carol Davies are key contacts.


Carol Davies - College Chambers ‘Recommended for cases involving wills and administration of estates.’

Derek Marshall - College Chambers ‘His tenacity and advocacy skills never fail to impress.’


Family law is a key practice area at College Chambers, where the members have expertise across a range of matters. Douglas Taylor was appointed a District Judge in 2016.


Anthony Hand - College Chambers ‘Recommended for a broad range of family law matters.’

Simon Lillington - College Chambers ‘Well known for acting in family finance matters.’


Antonietta Grasso is head of the property team at College Chambers and her practice includes landlord and tenant matters, restrictive covenants, boundary disputes and adverse possession matters.


Antonietta Grasso - College Chambers ‘An excellent and stalwart advocate.’


An excellent year for Chambers and a massive congratulations to all who have been recommended in this years edition. 

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. 

Past Events & Seminars

College Chambers Breakfast Club

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

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.

Charity Fun Day - Saturday 22nd July at YMCA Fairthorne Manor

Event Date: Saturday 22nd July 2017- from 10am

College Chambers Charity Fun Day looks set to be a brillaint day out for all the family. There will be various activities throughout the day starting at 10am and will conclude at 5.30pm. We will be providing a hearty lunch and will also be conducting a raffle/auction with lots of amazing prizes. This day is suitable for children of all ages. We will be raising money for the YMCA.

For more information and to book tickets contact Ben McLachlan on 02380 230338 or email bmclachlan@college-chambers.co.uk

College Chambers Seminar Series

Seminar Date: Monday 24th July 2017


College Chambers are hosting a Series of Seminars in May through to July. These are hour long seminars with refreshments. These are free to attend. Please see below the Seminars that are on offer.


Wednesday 24th May 5.30pm arrival for 6pm start.

Carol Davies

“Ilott v The Charities - The Supreme Court chews the 1975 Act inheritance bone. But does its judgment help?”.

Carol will consider the Supreme Court’s decision and discuss the key points and whether or not they assist in the ever increasing number of claims against parents’ estates by adult children.



Wednesday 7th June 5.30pm arrival for 6pm start

Tahina Akther

"Spousal Maintenance where are we now?

Is it still fair to share income?”

This talk will look at the way in which the Courts now assess spousal maintenance, whether the sharing principle still applies to income, to what is matrimonial property and the terms of orders, such as when is it appropriate to have joint lives orders and nominal periodical maintenance. Has recent High Court cases made this area clearer or created more battleground on this thorny topic?



Wednesday 21st June 5.30pm arrival for 6pm start

Daniel Piddington

TUPE 2006 - A refresher

This session will provide a digestible overview of the application of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006, having regard to recent tribunal decisions such as Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust v Harland & Others. A perfect introduction to the area for new practitioners and a helpful refresher for more experienced solicitors.



Tuesday 4th July 5.30pm arrival for 6pm start

Anthony Hand

"Does Shaken Baby Syndrome Exist? - An Examination Of The Courts Changing Attitude To Non-Accidental Head Injury Cases In Care Proceedings."

In this one hour seminar, Anthony Hand will attempt to explain the mystifying world of non-accidental head injury (NAHI) cases in care proceedings. In particular has the attitude of the courts changed? Has what was once a sure fire case of NAHI, now become a more questionable outcome? And even if this was NAHI, is that game over?"



Wednesday 19th July 5.30pm arrival for 6pm start

Derek Marshall

Statutory and non-statutory duties of company directors.

“Do company directors have to maximise profits regardless of the cost to the workforce and the community?”

This and other important questions about the duties and responsibilities of company directors will be considered in my talk.



Please contact Ben McLachlan (bmclachlan@college-chambers.co.uk) to reserve your place. Spaces are limited so we suggest you book promptly to avoid disappointment.

£1,000,000 or Zero?

Seminar Date: Thursday 16th November 2017- from 5.30pm

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Family Finance Seminar

Seminar Date: Friday 27th April 2018- from 9.30 am

We are delighted to once again be hosting our Family Finance Day at Chilworth Manor. Our Speakers

will be covering an array of topics and will are also pleased to be joined by Caroline Bayliss, a Director at Excalibur Actuaries.

Child Law Lecture Day

Seminar Date: Thursday 11th October 2018- from 9.25

The College Chambers Family Children team will be having its annual lecture day on 11th October 2018.

  • This is a day's course for child care lawyers, and also for lawyers undertaking private law children cases,
  • Following on from the success of previous years College Chambers is again holding a day's lecture course (5-6 hours of continuing education) dealing solely with aspects of Child Law,
  • The venue is once again Chilworth Manor, Southampton.
  • Registration will be at 9.25 with the lectures starting at 9.55am (this should give a chance for practitioners from across Dorset and Hampshire to get to the venue).
  • The cost will be £42 (inc VAT) per delegate, to include lunch and refreshments throughout the day

If you would like further details please contact the clerks either by calling 023 8023 0338 or e-mail, marketing@college-chambers.co.uk

Wave 105 Cash4Kids Cake Morning

Event Date: Thursday 18th October 2018- from 9am

Please do come and join us at our coffee (and cake!) morning. We are part of the Wave 105 1000 Faces Campaign and are hoping to raise as much money as possible. Hope to see as many of you as possible there.

Civil Litigation Day

Seminar Date: Tuesday 4th December 2018- from 9.30am

We are holding our Civil Litigation Day on 4 December 2018 which is being held for the first time at
the prestigious Winchester Royal Hotel. The day will offer a relaxed environment with
speakers addressing an array of interesting topics, drawing on their own practice and experience. The day will
be the perfect opportunity to meet members of our expanding civil litigation team. More importantly, a buffet
lunch, tea and coffee are all included!

Please click here for full details and a copy of the booking form.

College Chambers Christmas Cocktails

Event Date: Thursday 13th December 2018- from 6.30pm


Family Arbitration Seminar - Thursday 14th March 2019

Event Date: Thursday 14th March 2019- from 5pm


We would like to invite you a seminar hosted by Derek Marshall (Head of Chambers), on Family Arbitration on Thursday 14th March 2019 at 5pm.

College Chambers has 3 Family Law Arbitrators:

Derek Marshall qualified as a Family Finance Arbitrator in 2012 under the IFLA scheme and since then he has conducted numerous private FDR Meetings and Family Arbitrations both in chambers with oral evidence and “on paper”.

Louise Harvey and Daniel Nother qualified as Children Arbitrators under the same scheme in 2016 and 2017 respectively and are able to conduct a range of Private Children Arbitrations.

All have been admitted as Members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

This seminar will discuss how Family Arbitration is still in its infancy but has the potential to release a lot of clients from the rigidity and cost of the Court process. It will also look at the reasons for encouraging the use of Family Arbitration.

Key Details:

Date: Thursday 14th March 2019

Time: 5pm

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

Cost: Free to attend

Refreshments and nibbles will be provided.

If you would like to join us, please RSVP to marketing@college-chambers.co.uk to reserve your place.