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Civitas Law Offices
THE MEWS, 38 CATHEDRAL ROAD
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Chancery, probate, and tax Tier 1At Civitas Law, Cathrine Grubb specialises on debt and insolvency matters alongside other Chancery work, while Welsh speaker Owain Rhys James advises on Chancery and trusts matters within a public law context and increasingly focuses on disputes involving rural property and farms.
Commercial litigation Tier 1Junior members of 'prompt and professional' set Civitas Law are instructed in a wide range of matters, including civil fraud cases, disputed debts and insurance-related disputes touching on all areas of the Welsh economy, including the public sector.
Employment Tier 1Appearing for both claimants and some significant public sector respondents, Civitas Law remains one of the largest employment sets on the circuit. In one case, Christopher Howells successfully defended a school in a claim brought by a litigant in person, who used a Polish interpreter throughout the hearing, concerning allegations of sustained harassment by her line manager and another senior senior manager. Joanne Williams is instructed by HMRC to defend a race, disability and sex discrimination claim brought by a former employee. Jonathan Walters joined from River Chambers in November 2019.
Personal injury Tier 1Hosting the largest personal injury team on the circuit, Civitas Law has the full range of counsel available, including catastrophic injuries specialist Nicholas David Jones, who deals with acquired brain injuries, spinal cord injuries as well as upper and lower limb amputations, as well as fatal accidents expert Simon Hughes.
Planning and environment Tier 1Civitas Law's work in relation to planning and environmental matters is wide-ranging, spanning from planning applications involving significant infrastructure projects through to to planning enforcement prosecutions and environmental law advice. Anthony Vines is sole counsel for the Welsh government in the public inquiry concerning improvements to the A40.
‘Civitas are well clerked, very efficient and accommodating. Andrea McLean and Alyson Hartington-Clark are always very helpful and willing to find a solution to issues which arise.’
‘Competent and friendly.’
‘Prompt and professional.’
‘The clerking is always excellent from the moment that papers are received until the case concludes. The role of the two senior clerks, Andrea McLean and Alyson Hartington-Clark have been invaluable, particularly when short notice court hearing cover is required.’
‘The clerks are always friendly and accommodating ad prompt in dealing with queries.’
‘The Clerks are efficient and papers are passed on to Counsel quickly. Fee notes are delivered quickly which assists, in keeping a control of costs. This is vital as we work under the Legal Aid System.’
‘The clerks are friendly and helpful. Lee Fifield is notably prompt with enquiries.’
‘The clerks are professional and very competent.’
‘The clerks have always been helpful and prompt in all their dealings with us.’
The PI and CN clerks are excellent in this chambers.’
‘They are excellent – so helpful.’
‘Very professional and understand the issues re invoicing etc very well.’
‘Civitas Chambers has built up a wealth of very capable individual counsel in all areas of civil and public law. This means that they have the ability to cross reference cases where several discrete issues may arise, but which cross over the boundaries of several areas of legal practice.’
‘Civitas have a good set of employment barristers that provides choice, depth in abilities and expertise and competitive quotes.’
‘Civitas is a Cardiff-based set which has a strong provision in the areas of employment, education and public law, particularly in aspects of those areas that are devolved and have a Welsh dimension. It is the go-to set for Welsh public law matters.’
‘Civitas offer good value, and are supportive and helpful.’
‘I have used Civitas more or less exclusively for the last 10 years. We enjoy an excellent rapport with the clerks and Claimant PI Counsel. If chosen Counsel proves unavailable, I am safe in the knowledge that we will be provided with a more than competent replacement of similar experience and expertise.’
‘Without doubt, Wales’ leading set in the field of personal injury.’
Civitas Law > Set Profile
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 21 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 and National Assembly for Wales.
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 15 specialist practitioners at all levels of experience acting for claimants and defendants, including major trade union and insurance clients, central, local and the Welsh Assembly 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.
|Chambers director||Peter Keen|
|Senior clerk||Andrea McLean|
|Clerks||Alyson Hartington Clark|
|Fees Clerk||Deborah Tully|
|Members of Chambers||WIILLIAMS QC, Sir Wyn (1974)*|
|Members of Chambers||THOMAS, Bryan (1978)|
|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||ANTHONY, Rachel (2000)|
|Members of Chambers||COLE, Richard (2000)|
|Members of Chambers||PAUL, Matthew (2000)|
|Members of Chambers||HUGHES, Simon (2003)|
|Members of Chambers||THOMAS-SYMONDS MP, Nicklaus (2004)*|
|Members of Chambers||BAYOUMI, Mona (2004)|
|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)|
|Members of Chambers||REES, William (2012)*|
|Member of Chambers||MEIKLE, Ian (2013)|
|Member of Chambers||WILLIAMS, Alys (2016)|
|Members of Chambers||EVANS, Dominic (2016)|
|Mona Bayoumi||Mona’s practice is extensively based within the public, planning and regulatory and…||View Profile|
|Richard Cole||Richard is instructed by the Force Solicitors of the police forces across…||View Profile|
|Mair Coombes Davies||Mair specialises in dispute resolution. She has conducted many hundreds of separate…||View Profile|
|Dan Dyson||Dan specialises in commercial and property litigation. His practice features business disputes…||View Profile|
|Cathrine Grubb||Barrister specialising in chancery, commercial and public law. Cathrine also accepts instrucion…||View Profile|
|Victoria Hillier||Victoria is ranked in the Legal 500 2011 and 2012 directory for…||View Profile|
|Christopher Howells||Chris is ranked as a Chambers UK Guide ‘Leader in their field’…||View Profile|
|Simon Hughes||Simon practices in the field of personal injury law. He appears in…||View Profile|
|Owain James||Owain has a busy advocacy and advisory practice across all of chambers’…||View Profile|
|Nicholas Jones||Nick acts on behalf of claimants and defendants (including central government and…||View Profile|
|Kate Parker||Kate has a specialist chancery and commercial practice with a particular focus…||View Profile|
|Matthew Paul||Matthew Graham Paul practices within Civitas Law’s public, planning and regulatory group.…||View Profile|
|William Rees||Will practices in the areas of commercial, public law, construction law and…||View Profile|
|Bryan Thomas||Bryan is a Chambers UK Bar Guide and Legal 500 ‘Tier 1’…||View Profile|
|Anthony Vines||Anthony has an extensive practice and is a member of the Public,…||View Profile|
|Graham Walters||Practice is essentially concerned with property, planning and public and administrative law.…||View Profile|
|Joanne Williams||Joanne is recommended as leading counsel for personal injury and employment law…||View Profile|
LanguagesEnglish (fluent) Arabic Welsh
Top Tier Set Rankings
- Regional Bar Chancery, probate, and tax
- Regional Bar Commercial litigation
- Regional Bar Employment
- Regional Bar Personal injury
- Regional Bar Planning and environment
- Regional Bar Administrative and public law (including civil liberties and human rights)
- Regional Bar Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety)
- Regional Bar Clinical negligence
- Regional Bar Company and insolvency
- Regional Bar Immigration
- Regional Bar Inquests and inquiries
- Regional Bar Property and construction
- Regional Bar Set overviews: England and Wales
- London Bar Set overviews: England and Wales
- Regional Bar Social housing