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Devon Chambers recommended in Legal 500 2014

Devon Chambers has been recommended in Legal 500 UK 2014 as a Leading Set on the Western Circuit.
Five members have been listed in the "Leading Juniors" list, The Legal 500 UK 2014's guide to outstanding juniors nationwide.
On the Crime Team:
Jason Beal 'He regularly defends cases, and has notable expertise in fraud and financial crime'.
Piers Norsworthy 'A defence specialist'
Rupert Taylor 'A heavyweight defence practitioner whose extensive experience includes drugs cases and violent offences'
On the Family Team:
Victoria Hoyle 'She is experienced in public and private law children cases, and domestic violence disputes'
On the Civil Team:
Stuart Frampton 'Extremely knowledgeable in occupiers' liability, credit hire and Motor Insurers' Bureau matters'

Piers Norsworthy is also recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2014 editorial.



The Supreme Court Grants Permission to Appeal in Case Involving an Equality Act Defence to Possession Proceedings

On 30th July 2014 the Court of Appeal dismissed a disabled tenant's appeal against a possession order in a case where he had sought to raise a defence pursuant to the Equality Act 2010. On 31st July 2010 the Supreme Court granted an urgent application for permission to appeal and a stay of execution. The tenant is represented by Shelter Legal Services, Russell James of Devon Chambers, and Jan Luba QC. 

A copy of the Court of Appeal's judgment is available here.

Court of Appeal Allows Appeal Against Sentence

On 4th July 2014 the Court of Appeal allowed an appeal against sentence on grounds that it was manifestly excessive. Julia Cox of Devon Chambers represented the Defendant. 

Court of Appeal Amplify Guidance on Relief from Sanctions

The Court of Appeal has recently revisited its decision in Mitchell v News Group [2013] EWCA Civ 1537 providing clarification and amplification and establishing a 3 stage test to be applied when considering relief from sanctions applications. Devon Chambers' Civil Team have produced a newsletter on this important new decision, which is available here

Devon Chambers' Deputy Head of Chambers attends the International Symposium and Broadcast on Safeguarding Vulnerable Children and Adults

Rupert Taylor attended the annual International Professional Symposium and Broadcast on Safeguarding Vulnerable Children and Adults on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 May 2014.

The event, held at Bucks New University in High Wycombe, centred on elder abuse and the forthcoming Care Bill. A very informative presentation on Safeguarding was given by Kirklees Council. Also of particular interest was the postgraduate research by Sarah Finlay on the issue of (mental) capacity of older patients within the care system. 

Rupert came away from the event with a DVD produced by the Kirklees Safeguarding Adults Board containing several short stories. The stories are designed to raise the profile of preventing abuse and neglect and we would hope to show these at a relevant seminar in the near future.

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