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News & Events

New Tenant welcomed to Chambers

Chambers is pleased to welcome Amy Edinborough as a new tenant. Amy successfully completed her pupillage with Devon Chambers followed by a third six at St Ives Chambers in Birmingham. Amy will join the criminal and family teams in Chambers. Her criminal work includes both prosecuting and defending; and she is happy to take instruction for all types of family law.  

Devon Chambers congratulates Plymouth High School for Girls

Devon Chambers would like to congratulate Plymouth High School for Girls on their success in the National Bar Mock Trials competition.  The winning team was mentored by member, Sally Daulton.

Chairman of the Bar Council Visit

On 20 February 2017 Devon Chambers hosted a visit from the Chairman of the Bar Council, Andrew Langdon QC, together with the Vice-Chairman, Andrew Walker QC and the Head of Governance Natalie Zara. Andrew was able to give local practitioners an up-to-date appraisal of the work that the Bar Council is doing on behalf of the profession in negotiations with the government on various matters, including the proposed amendment to the Advocates' Graduated Fee Scheme and changes to fixed costs in the civil jurisdiction. It was encouraging to see Andrew bringing to his new position those qualities which served us all so well when he was leader of the Western Circuit. 

International Women's Day Conference

Julie James, Chambers Manager, attended the International Women's Day conference held on 8th March in Plymouth. The conference was themed "Be Bold for Change" and speakers gave inspirational talks on promoting equality within the workplace, gender stereotyping and personal development using small but bold steps for change. Speakers included Ann James, CEO of Plymouth Hospital NHS Trust; Charles Hackett, Chief Executive of Mayflower 400 and Helen Roberts, The Bank of England's Head of Technology Delivery.

Emma Cross, who will be joining Chambers as a pupil in October, was part of the organising committee for this event designed to improve gender parity.

Devon Chambers' Criminal Seminar

Devon Chambers' Criminal Team held a highly informative seminar on Tuesday 6th December at Jury's Inn, Exeter Street, Plymouth. Our guest speaker Emma Wilson from Prometheus Forensic Services dispelled a few myths including those surrounding spontaneous combustion and fires destroying evidence. This was followed by delegates enjoying some festive fare and a glass of wine. Jo Martin then gave a talk on child cruelty and domestic violence cases from both the criminal and family courts perspective which proved of interest to both criminal and family practitioners in attendance. The evening was rounded up by Piers Norsworthy who gave a clear and concise talk on the new approach to vulnerable witnesses, citing that training will take place in the New Year for all criminal defence practitioners on the Western Circuit. Jason Beal, Jo Martin and Piers Norsworthy have been trained as Facilitators/Trainers and will be responsible for delivering training in this important new area.

A copy of the handout can be found on our Resources page under Recent Seminars.