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Civitas Law
CF11 9LL
United Kingdom

Civitas Law is an award-winning, leading specialist civil and public law barristers’ chambers serving clients across Wales and England. It believes clients are best served by a set of highly specialist lawyers offering excellence and innovation in advisory work, drafting, mediation and advocacy. With the support of its dedicated, experienced and highly responsive clerks and client support teams, barristers are able to provide a full range of counsel services in personal injuries and clinical negligence; employment; public, planning and regulatory; chancery, business, consumer; and ADR matters. The wide range of experience within each group allows the set to work successfully with clients from small-track cases to a complex appeal. The set continues to develop its reputation by attracting the best of the Bar and aims to provide a cutting-edge service while maintaining traditions of independence and integrity. Civitas Law is a Law Society-accredited course provider and regularly hosts CPD training, seminars and conferences, either in-house, at clients’ offices or in collaboration with sector organisations.

The set: Civitas Law puts itself at the heart of the evolution and development of legal services, the civil and public law process and the communities in which it and its clients operate in. Working closely with clients and understanding their legal and business needs has allowed chambers to create valuable client benefits that add to its pure counsel capacity.

Its professional standards and advice are supported by a first-class client care team and service-oriented approach to help deliver and support clients beyond all expectations. The provision of providing clear legal advice which is easily understood by the set’s lay clients is a founding principle of Civitas Law, established in 2008 as Wales’ first focused civil and public law set. The set works closely with its professional clients to ensure that chambers’ services are tailored to their unique requirements and business objectives.

Among its members are barristers who write or contribute to leading practitioner texts and publications, act as mediators and arbitrators and are appointed as Treasury Counsel, to the Attorney General’s Panel and as counsel to the Welsh Government.

Civitas Law has set for itself the highest standards in the delivery of services to its clients; that of excellence. The set aims to be professional and approachable and to provide legal advice which is clear and easily understood by lay clients.

Types of work undertaken: The personal injury and clinical negligence division consists of more than 12 practitioners at all levels of experience acting for claimants and defendants, including major trade union and insurance clients, central, local and the Welsh Government and NHS trusts. The group has specialists in occupational deafness and disease work and in injuries of maximum severity.

Chancery practitioners specialise in all aspects of probate, inheritance and property disputes, including extensive advisory work.

Practitioners in the employment division specialise in all aspects of employment law, ranging from basic unfair dismissal claims to the more complex discrimination and equal pay and breach of contract claims.

The public law and regulatory division brings together practitioners from public and administrative law, civil aspects of public authority work and criminal enforcement, reflecting patterns of change in local government. It serves the requirements of public bodies of all descriptions and provides appropriate specialist knowledge tailored to the individual issues. From advisory work, inquiries and court appearances at all levels to judicial review, regular instructions cover the breadth of public law and include health and safety, trades descriptions, care standards, food hygiene and licensing.

In addition individual members practise extensively in town and country planning and environmental work.

The dispute resolution division provides expert and experienced mediation, arbitration and adjudication services in civil and commercial disputes.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Clerk Sandra Harvey
Office Manager Marie Durbin
Clerk Matthew Goodwill
Clerk Danielle Smith
Members of Chambers WIILLIAMS KC, Sir Wyn (1974)*
Members of Chamnbers WALTERS, Jonathan (1984)
Members of Chambers JONES, Nicholas D (1987)
Members of Chambers COOMBES DAVIES, Mair (1988)*
Members of Chambers KING, Lucy (1992)
Members of Chambers VINES, Anthony (1993)
Members of Chambers MARSHALL, Elizabeth (1995)*
Members of Chambers HOWELLS, Christopher (1999)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMS, Joanne (1999)
Members of Chambers COLE, Richard (2000)
Members of Chambers PAUL, Matthew (2000)
Members of Chambers HILLIER, Victoria (2005)
Members of Chambers MANSELL, Rebecca (2005)
Members of Chambers DYSON, Dan (2007)
Members of Chambers GRUBB, Cathrine (2007)*
Members of Chambers PARKER, Kate (2010)
Members of Chambers JAMES, Owain Rhys (2011)
Member of Chambers WILLIAMS, Alys (2016)
Members of Chambers EVANS, Dominic (2016)
Members of Chambers KNIGHT, Isabelle (2019)
*Door tenant
Members of Chambers WIGLEY, Crash (2021)
Photo Name Position Profile
Richard Cole photo Richard Cole Richard is instructed by the Force Solicitors of the police forces across…
Mair Coombes Davies photo Mair Coombes Davies Mair specialises in dispute resolution. She has conducted many hundreds of separate…
Dan Dyson photo Dan Dyson Dan specialises in commercial and property litigation.  His practice features business disputes…
Cathrine Grubb photo Cathrine Grubb Barrister specialising in chancery, commercial and public law. Cathrine also accepts instrucion…
Victoria Hillier photo Victoria Hillier Victoria is ranked in the Legal 500 2011 and 2012 directory for…
Christopher Howells photo Christopher Howells Chris is ranked as a Chambers UK Guide ‘Leader in their field’…
Owain James photo Owain James Owain has a busy advocacy and advisory practice across all of chambers’…
Nicholas Jones photo Nicholas Jones Nick acts on behalf of claimants and defendants (including central government and…
Kate Parker photo Kate Parker Kate has a specialist chancery and commercial practice with a particular focus…
Matthew Paul photo Matthew Paul Matthew Graham Paul practices within Civitas Law’s public, planning and regulatory group.…
Anthony Vines photo Anthony Vines Anthony has an extensive practice and is a member of the Public,…
Graham Walters photo Graham Walters Practice is essentially concerned with property, planning and public and administrative law.…
Joanne Williams photo Joanne Williams Joanne is recommended as leading counsel for personal injury and employment law…
English (fluent)