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Regional Bar: Wales and Chester Circuit

Clinical negligence

Civitas Law is home to clinical negligence specialists Bryan Thomas and Nicholas Jones, who act primarily for claimants in high-value clinical negligence matters, often including contested liability or complex quantum issues.

Leading Juniors

Bryan Thomas - Civitas LawA claimant specialist.

Ranked: tier 1

Nicholas David Jones - Civitas LawVery approachable, extremely thorough, and excellent with clients.

Ranked: tier 1

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Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

Civitas Law is a key set for commercial work in South Wales, and members are instructed on a wide range of matters including insolvency, Chancery and public procurement.

Leading Juniors

Anthony Vines - Civitas LawAn experienced commercial litigator.

Ranked: tier 1

Rachel Anthony - Civitas LawShe has a quick turnaround and is great with difficult and vulnerable clients.

Ranked: tier 1

Cathrine Grubb - Civitas LawExperienced across a wide range of Chancery and commercial matters.

Ranked: tier 2

Dan Dyson - Civitas LawA reliable and highly competent advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

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Construction, planning and environment

Members of Civitas Law are instructed in a range of planning and construction matters, including pollution cases, planning enforcement, and listed building work. A particularly notable recent highlight saw Matthew Paul defending a client who constructed a shed without permission, and sought to circumvent the planning enforcement notice by placing it on wheels.

Leading Juniors

Anthony Vines - Civitas LawRecommended for a wide range of construction and planning cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Matthew Paul - Civitas LawHe combines courage with good judgement and an excellent knowledge of the law.

Ranked: tier 1

Owain James - Civitas LawHe prides himself on achieving the best possible results for clients.

Ranked: tier 1

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Employment

Home to one of the region's most prominent collections of employment barristers, Civitas Law's members act in a wide range of cases for both employers and employees, and in particular is well-represented on public sector panels. Discrimination is a key area of focus, and Christopher Howells recently acted for the employer in Employment Appeal Tribunal case Remploy v Lowen-Bulger, successfully appealing the tribunal's decision to refuse a witness order.

Leading Juniors

Anthony Vines - Civitas LawGoes the extra mile for clients

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Howells - Civitas LawActs for all parties in a wide range of employment matters.

Ranked: tier 1

Joanne Williams - Civitas LawSpecialises in respondent work.

Ranked: tier 2

Mona Bayoumi - Civitas LawOrganised and client-focused.

Ranked: tier 2

Owain James - Civitas LawHas an excellent eye for detail

Ranked: tier 2

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Immigration

Civitas Law's members, including Owain James and Cathrine Grubb, act for all parties in immigration cases, with a particular focus on asylum claims.

Leading Juniors

Cathrine Grubb - Civitas LawRecommended for deportation and asylum claims.

Ranked: tier 1

Owain Rhys James - Civitas LawActs for both the government and individuals in immigration cases.

Ranked: tier 1

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Inquests and inquiries

Members of Civitas Law are primarily instructed on behalf of public bodies in relation to inquests touching upon deaths of individuals in custody or under care of a public body.

Leading Juniors

Mona Bayoumi - Civitas LawShe represents government departments following detention-related deaths.

Ranked: tier 1

Victoria Hillier - Civitas LawSpecialises in death in custody cases.

Ranked: tier 1

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Leading Sets
Leading Sets - ranked: tier 2

Civitas Law

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Personal injury

Civitas Law is home to one of the largest personal injury teams on circuit, and as such is a notable presence across this area of law. Key areas for the set include mesothelioma claims, where Kate Parker is the name to note, and complex brain or spinal injury cases, where Bryan Thomas and Nicholas Jones are highly recommended.

Leading Juniors

Bryan Thomas - Civitas LawRecommended for high-value catastrophic injury claims.

Ranked: tier 1

Nicholas David Jones - Civitas LawA brain and spinal injury specialist.

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Hughes - Civitas LawHis advice is reliable, clear, and concise.

Ranked: tier 1

Kate Parker - Civitas LawParticularly recommended in industrial disease cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Victoria Hillier - Civitas LawParticularly adept at defending in public liability claims.

Ranked: tier 2

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Property

Members of Civitas Law are instructed on a wide range of property litigation  matters including landlord and tenant disputes (including possession claims) and boundary disputes.

Leading Juniors

Dan Dyson - Civitas LawHe has a good court presence and quickly inspires confidence in clients.

Ranked: tier 1

Owain Rhys James - Civitas LawHe has an excellent eye for detail.

Ranked: tier 1

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Public law

Members of Civitas Law are instructed on a wide range of administrative law matters, acting for both government bodies and members of the public.

Leading Juniors

Richard Cole - Civitas LawPredominantly acts for government departments in public law cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Owain Rhys James - Civitas LawProvides clear advice and develops a rapport with clients

Ranked: tier 2

Victoria Hillier - Civitas LawExperienced in a wide range of public law matters.

Ranked: tier 2

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Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

Civitas Law is particularly notable for members' experience in the licensing, health and safety, and regulatory prosecution fields, including appeals work. Anthony Vines defended Bridgend County Borough Council in a Health and Safety Executive prosecution.

Leading Juniors

Anthony Vines - Civitas LawHis practice includes regulatory prosecutions and licensing appeals.

Ranked: tier 1

Matthew Paul - Civitas LawSpecialises in acting for companies and individuals charged with regulatory offences.

Ranked: tier 1

Victoria Hillier - Civitas LawNotable for representing respondents in licensing revocation appeals.

Ranked: tier 1

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Legal Developments in the UK

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‘centre of life test’ in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of  ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan   [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the “Regulations”). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess  Surinder Singh  cases that appear before them.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.  
  • Can Sole Representatives Be Shareholders?

    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a  sole representative visa  is not “a  majority shareholder in the overseas business”.
  • Immigration Skills Charge - A Guide for Employers

    As a Sponsor, you may be required to pay the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) each time you sponsor a migrant in the  Tier 2 General  or  Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Long-term Staff  subcategory.
  • 5 FAQS about paragraph 320(11)

    In applications for entry clearance where the applicant has a negative immigration history in the UK, the application may be refused under the general grounds for refusal, which are found in part 9 of the Immigration Rules. Where an applicant has  ‘previously contrived in a significant way to frustrate the intentions of the Immigration Rules’,  the application could be refused under paragraph 320(11). In this post we look at five frequently asked questions about paragraph 320(11). 
  • Multiple nationality and multiple citizenship (including dual nationality and dual citizenship)

    British nationality law permits multiple nationality and multiple citizenship, including dual nationality and dual citizenship.
  • Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the Exceptional Talent or Promise Category

    The  Exceptional Talent  and Exceptional Promise categories are for individuals who are recognised leaders or emerging leaders in their field of expertise. There are a number of endorsing bodies for lots of different fields of work, including  artists and musicians ,  architects ,  digital experts ,  scientists  and  academics . While there isn’t an endorsing body for every expert, the growing list means that many individuals could enjoy the flexibility that this category has to offer. 
  • PARALLEL PROCEEDINGS – CIVIL AND CRIMINAL

    Syedur Rahmanconsiders the factors that determine when civil proceedings can go ahead before,or at the same time as, criminal proceedings relating to the same circumstances.
  • Rights of appeal after the Immigration Act 2014

    The Immigration Act 2014 (“the 2014 Act”) reduced the circumstances in which the refusal of an immigration application will give rise to a right of appeal. The  explanatory notes  to the 2014 Act state that the Act was intended to restructure rights of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal. Previously, a right of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal existed against any of the 14 different immigration decisions listed in s.82 of the  Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002  (“the 2002 Act”). As explained below, whether or not the refusal of an immigration application currently generates a right of appeal depends on the subject matter of the application rather than its categorisation.