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Vince -v- Wyatt: The Implications – by Leisha Bond

Leisha Bond

The Supreme Court has delivered its judgment in Vince v Wyatt and appears to have sent the public into a frenzy (those that are on Twitter anyway)!  There appear to be 2 camps : A) The ‘it’s a result for hitherto undervalued mothers’ brigade, as per the headline in the Guardian today: “Finally, divorced women who bring up the children...

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Stephen Eyre QC Appointed to the Circuit Bench

Stephen Eyre

St Philips Chambers is delighted to announce Stephen Eyre QC’s appointment to the Circuit Bench. Commercial & Chancery specialist Stephen has enjoyed a distinguished career at the Birmingham Bar and will be missed by Chambers and clients alike. He will be formally sworn-in before the Lord Chief Justice at The Royal Courts of Justice on Monday 16th March 2015, after...

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Ben Close Involved in the Successful Convictions of the UKs Largest Ever Cannabis Case

Ben Close

Following a four week trial, both defendants were convicted with a third having pleaded guilty. Operation Mulberry was described by the Judge as the “largest ever cannabis case in the U.K.”. She also referred to profits of at least £20million per annum. Another notable feature is that cannabis was also being traded on the ‘dark web’ and thousands of pounds...

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Andrew Burrow Participates in ICL Training Programme in Tunisia

Andrew Burrow

From 8-11 December 2014, Andrew participated in a training session for senior Tunisian prosecutors and judges on the principles of international criminal law (ICL) and Tunisia’s obligations under various international treaties, including the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, which Tunisia became the first North African state to ratify in 2011. The programme is run by the International Bar...

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Public Bodies Beware – Caste Discrimination

Mirza Ahmad

A recent EAT ruling in a case where an employee sought to claim in part for caste discrimination has important implications for public bodies, writes Mirza Ahmad. Before Christmas the President of the Employment Appeal Tribunal, Mr Justice Langstaff, handed down an important judgment – Chandhok & Anor v Tirkey (Race Discrimination) [2014] UKEAT 0190_14_1912 – which helps to clarify certain aspects...

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Andrew Bainham Appears in the Supreme Court

Andrew Bainham

Photograph – The Respondent Father’s Legal Team: Sarah Benfield (Instructing solicitor, Clifton Ingram LLP, Reading); Andrew Bainham (St Philips); Amy Stout (3Dr Johnson Buildings); Stephen Gilmore (School of Law, King’s College London, who assisted with the appeal) Andrew Bainham yesterday appeared in the Supreme Court (Lady Hale, Lord Hughes, Lord Kerr, Lord Wilson and Lord Toulson) leading Amy Stout (3Dr Johnson...

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Stephen Eyre appointed to the rank of Queen’s Counsel

Stephen Eyre

St Philips is delighted to announce Stephen Eyre’s appointment to the rank of Queen’s Counsel in the 2015 list published today. Commercial & Chancery specialist Stephen has long been acknowledged as a leading advocate in his field, as well as being a favourite with clients and the legal directories.   “He is very precise and thorough and has a very good...

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Iqbal Mohammed Contributes to Major Academic Work on Social Media

Iqbal Mohammed

Iqbal Mohammed has helped publish one of the first major textbooks looking at the rise and influence of social media in the 21st century. Revolutionizing the Interaction between State and Citizens through Digital Communications is published by IG Global and features a dozen contributors from across the world as is the first book taking carrying out a holistic review of social media...

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Kevin Hegarty QC Prosecutes to Conviction Former Teacher and Charity Worker Simon Harris

Kevin Hegarty

On the 16th Dec 2014 Kevin Hegarty QC prosecuted Simon Harris to conviction of child sex abuse in Devon and Kenya. After a trial lasting more than 2 months a jury convicted Simon Harris guilty of eight charges of indecent and sexual assault on boys in Gilgil, Kenya and four of possessing indecent images of children. Harris admitted six Devon offences...

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It’s No Holiday For Specialist Employment Barristers

  It’s not every day that the government responds to a decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal with a taskforce, but then it’s not every day that the EAT makes a ruling with the potential to affect so many employers.   European and domestic decisions mean that some commission and overtime payments must be taken into account when calculating holiday pay....

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