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Devon Chambers is recommended again by Legal 500 (3)

 

Devon Chambers has again been recommended for its expertise in the 2013 edition of Legal 500. Individuals from Chambers that receive recognition by the 2013 version of the directory are Rupert Taylor in Crime, Stuart Frampton in Personal Injury and Russell James in Housing.

Successful Article 8 Defence to Claim for Possession

On 25th April 2013 Southampton County Court dismissed a claim by the Local Housing Authority for possession of a property where the tenant held a demoted tenancy. The Claimant landlord had complied with the correct procedure for bringing possession but a Defence based on Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights was successful. The tenant was represented by Russell James from Chambers and Leonard & Co Solicitors.

 

Chambers UK 2013 recommends Jason Beal and Robert Linford

Jason Beal and Robert Linford have been recommended by Chambers UK 2013. Jason is described as being "excellent on all case types, and particularly on proceeds of crime matters." Robert is described as a "forceful advocate". Click here for further information.

 

 

New Standard Conditions for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers

As you may be aware changes have been made to the standard conditions of contract for the supply of legal services by barristers. These changes will take effect as of 31 January 2013.

Please note that as of 31 January Devon Chambers will be adopting these new terms.

For full details of the changes please visit the Bar Standards Board website. To do so click here.

 

 

Court of Appeal Reduces Sentence for Racially Aggravated Assaults on Grounds That it Was Manifestly Excessive

On 3rd October 2012 the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) heard an appeal against sentence by a Defendant who had been convicted of two offences of racially aggravated common assault and one of failing to attend his trial. Kelly Scrivener from Devon Chambers successfully persuaded the Court that the sentence of 19 months was manifestly excessive and it was therefore reduced by the Court of Appeal to one of 13 months. In allowing the appeal Moses LJ commented that although the sentencing guidelines for assault provided comprehensive guidance on aggravating and mitigating factors they were unhelpful in assisting sentencing judges to know the extent by which they ought to adjust the starting point in cases of repeat offenders or racially aggravated crimes.