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St Philips is delighted to announce that we have won the coveted title of 'Regional Set of the Year' at the 2014 Chambers Bar Awards. The award was collected by Head of Chambers, Avtar Khangure QC, in front of 600 distinguished guests at a ceremony in London on Thursday 2nd October 2014.

Chief Clerk Joe Wilson said: "This award is recognition for everyone in chambers for their hard work over the last 12 months which has seen our expansion into London and Leeds. It is particularly rewarding as it comes directly from feedback obtained from our clients. We always strive to provide the best possible levels of service and it is great to be recognised for that."

The Chambers UK Bar Awards are the only awards to exclusively highlight the excellence of members of the UK Bar and saw us fend off strong competition from Byrom Street Chambers, Deans Court Chambers, Guildhall Chambers and No5 Chambers to win the award.

Monday, 15 September 2014 00:00

St Philips Leeds is now recruiting

We are looking for established Chancery, Commercial, Construction, Insolvency and Employment Barristers to join our rapidly expanding team.

Based in a recently renovated prestigious Grade II Georgian building in the prime location of Park Square, St Philips (incorporating Chancery House Chambers) is a busy and successful chambers with ultra-modern offices, arbitration and mediation suites and first class specialist clerking and support services.

With offices also in Birmingham and London, St Philips gives clients easy access to its first class barristers nationally and internationally. So if you are tired of the long daily commute and want to enhance your working environment, the quality of your life and your practice, get in touch now.

The vacancy can be found here.

Avtar Khangure QC is the new head of St Philips Chambers. Avtar, a commercial and insolvency specialist, took over from Kevin Hegarty QC at the end of his tenure.

Avtar said: “I am delighted to have been elected to the post of Head of Chambers and wish to publicly thank Kevin Hegarty QC for his hard work over the past 3 years. He and the board never stood still and did a tremendous amount of work to secure the future of St Philips and its members; most notably the opening of our 2 new premises in London and Leeds giving members more access to work over a wider geographical spread. I am looking forward to overseeing the new look St Philips in what are undoubtedly exciting but challenging times for chambers and the Bar generally”.

We are delighted to announce that St Philips Chambers has been shortlisted for ‘Regional set of Year’ at the 2014 Chambers Bar Awards. The nomination comes as a direct result of market feedback compiled for the next edition of Chambers UK.

Chief Clerk Joe Wilson said: “We are very pleased to be shortlisted for this award. It is great recognition for chambers which has seen our recent expansion into London and Leeds. The nomination is particularly rewarding as it comes off the back of feedback direct from our clients. We always strive to provide the best possible levels of service and it is great to be recognised for that. Chambers is now in the running for two awards – our family group has been shortlisted for ‘Family Chambers of the Year’ at this year’s Family Law Awards.”

The 2014 Chambers Bar Awards are being held at the London Hilton Park Lane on Thursday, 2nd October 2014.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 00:00

Breakfast Briefings - Autumn Programme

Please find details of the St Philips Commercial Seminar Programme for this Autumn.

All of our talks will be held in chambers at either our Temple Row site in Birmingham, or at our new Leeds offices at 41 Park Square.

Registration will be at 8.00 am, with hot breakfast rolls and the opportunity for networking, with seminars then commencing at 8.30 am. All talks are CPD accredited for 1 hour.

For further details and to reserve your place, please visit the St Philips website.

We look forward to welcoming you.

09-Sep - Leeds - Insolvency
10-Sep - Birmingham - Property
16-Sep - Leeds - Property
18-Sep - Birmingham - Insolvency
23-Sep - Leeds - Wills Trusts & Probate
30-Sep - Leeds - Company
02-Oct - Birmingham - Wills Trusts & Probate
07-Oct - Leeds - Professional Liability
08-Oct - Birmingham - Company
14-Oct - Birmingham - Intellectual Property
14-Oct - Leeds - Restraint of Trade
21-Oct - Leeds - Intellectual Property
22-Oct - Birmingham - Restraint of Trade
28-Oct - Birmingham - Professional Liability

Monday, 04 August 2014 00:00

St Philips Chambers launches in Leeds

Head of Chambers Avtar Khangure QC with The Hon. Mr Justice Norris.

On Thursday 17th July St Philips Chambers Leeds office was officially opened by The Hon. Mr Justice Norris, Vice-Chancellor of the County Palatine.

Over 100 guests joined us at our prestigious new premises at 41 Park Square, which provides 7,500 sq ft of the finest barrister accommodation; furnished with state of the art conference, seminar and mediation facilities.

St Philips Leeds was born out of a successful merger with Chancery House Chambers, one of the most revered sets in the city.

Joe Wilson, Chief Clerk for St Philips, said : “Chancery House was always a natural fit for St Philips, with its reputation for high quality advice and client service standards. Our investment in Leeds and commitment to the North East’s Legal and business community, is in line with the ambitions outlined in our strategic plan, which is to give clients easy access to our first class team of barristers both nationally and internationally. Plans are now underway to increase our range of services and we are actively recruiting quality barristers to join us at all three of our sites”.

                                       

St Philips is delighted to announce that we will merge with Chancery House Chambers in Leeds from June, when St Philips opens for business in our new building at 41 Park Square, Leeds.  The union will consolidate what has been a hugely successful two-year alliance between our sets.


Refurbishment work has already started on our prestigious Georgian building on Park Square.  Behind its Grade II listed facade we are creating an ultra modern interior, providing 7,500 sq ft of the finest barrister accommodation; furnished with state-of-the-art conference, seminar and mediation facilities which we hope you will take full advantage of.


Joe Wilson, chief clerk for St Philips, said; "Chancery House was always a natural fit for St Philips with its reputation for high quality advice and client service standards. The alliance between our two sets was always the precursor to a full merger and that is now becoming a reality. Our investment in Leeds, and commitment to the North East's legal and business community, is in line with the ambitions outlined in our strategic plan, which is to give clients easy access to our first class team of barristers both nationally and internationally.  Plans are now underway to increase our range of services and we are actively recruiting quality barristers to join us at all three of our sites in Birmingham, Leeds and London".

For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">Joe Wilson.

Godiva Mortgages Ltd –v- Travelers Insurance Company Ltd  and Willmett Solicitors (third party) Royal and Sun Alliance plc (4th Party) The Law Society (5th Party)

The above case, in which John Brennan is instructed on behalf of the claimant, has been included in The Lawyer’s annual look at the largest and most important cases to come before the courts in the year ahead.

Due to commence in mid-November before the Commercial Court for four weeks, the case is the largest forthcoming aggregation dispute that concerns solicitors’ professional indemnity insurance and mortgage fraud.

The Lawyer comments:

“The dispute was sparked by the activities of Willmett conveyancing partner Jonathan Gilbert. The Berkshire-based lawyer was involved in a number of fraudulent property transactions that came to light during the 2008 financial crash.

The firm was landed with a series of claims from various lenders, including lender Godiva. Judgments and claims against the firm currently stand at around £45m. The firms’ insurers Travellers and RSA, however, have capped cover at £10m because the claims all arise as a result of Gilbert’s actions.

The result is that Willmett is now in liquidation and has no funds left to pay the claims. Willmetts’ partners who were not indicated in the fraud, or who had retired before the fraud was uncovered, have in most cases been made bankrupt or have entered into individual voluntary arrangements (IVAs); and the remainder are on the verge of bankruptcy.

The Law Society has been joined to the action as an intervenor in both its representative capacity for the profession and in its regulatory capacity as the SRA.

This is likely to become the case law precedent on various major, current and recurring aggregation issues and so is exceptionally high profile. The Law Society and SRA have intervened, with the potential for significant market impact for insurers, insureds, the Law Society and the SRA.”

To read the article in full online at The Lawyer, click here.

John Brennan’s profile can be viewed by clicking here.

St Philips Commercial is delighted to announce that John Randall QC has been included in the inaugural edition of "The Chambers 100 UK Bar".

The newly launched list of the top 100 QCs at the UK Bar looks at all of those silks ranked in Bands One or Two, or as 'Star Individuals' in a key area of law in The Chambers UK Bar Guide. From these a shortlist of 200 was produced and published. After further investigation by the researchers, this was narrowed down to produce a final list, ranking the top 100 QCs out of over 1500 silks practising at the Bar of England and Wales.

As one of only six QCs based outside London to be included in the list, his inclusion is recognition of the high regard in which John is held by both his clients and colleagues.

The Chambers 100 UK bar writes: ‘John Randall QC is recognised as a leading authority on chancery law, commercial dispute resolution, professional negligence, partnerships and real estate litigation. Commentators regard him as a practitioner who “consistently delivers at the highest level” and has the ability to “deliver highly relevant commercial legal advice in a way that the client understands”.’

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In December 2013 John was also named UK Barrister of the Year by Acquisition International, who said that whilst recognising “his work in the field of commercial law, property & professional negligence, this award reflects his work has a whole”.

The awards recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals and companies within the legal sector over the last 12 months, encompassing everything from barristers and boutique firms to global players, the awards are given solely on merit and, crucially, are nominated by their clients and peers. To learn more about the winners please visit the AI website where you can access the winners supplement.

To view John's General Profile, please click here.


 
 

Tuesday, 07 January 2014 00:00

Masters v Furber [2013] EWHC 3023 (Ch).

Decision of HHJ Purle QC that a supervisor of an IVA could, relying in part on a Power of Attorney in his favour, obtain a mandatory injunction requiring the debtor to comply with the terms of the arrangement in relation to the realisation of certain motor vehicles for the benefit of creditors as a whole.

Reported at http://www.bailii.org/cgi-bin/markup.cgi?doc=/ew/cases/EWHC/Ch/2013/3023.html

30th August 2013

James Morgan.