News & Events

Tom Worthen Memorial Student Award 2022

The winner of the Tom Worthen Memorial award is Katya Pereira who produced a first class essay which was judged by Amy Sedgwick, Callum McLean and wonderfully members of Tom’s family. Well done Katya for an excellent essay.

By way of background we launched an annual essay competition in memory of Tom Worthen who was a much loved and well respected Chancery barrister at Pallant Chambers.

The competition which we will repeat this year is for all undergraduate and postgraduate law students, GDL students and BPTC students.

The entrant who writes the most effective and persuasive argument shall receive £500, and a 3 day mini-pupillage with Pallant Chambers.

The deadline for submissions and further detail of how to enter will be announced in the Autumn.

More details about Tom can be found on this separate link.

Charles Taylor

Our founder and former Head of Chambers, Charles Taylor, tragically died last week. We have many fond memories of Charles  and much to be thankful for. He will be hugely missed.

If you would like to share your memories of Charles please do by following this link.

Charles Taylor was an exceptional man and an outstanding advocate.  Bow tied and waist coated and with his red bag swinging from his shoulder he always cut quite a dash through the courts of Sussex and Hampshire. He was the quintessential barrister and fought his cases with passion and verve but always within the letter of the law. He believed in the cab rank principle and accepted instructions that other barristers had declined because the client or the case was unpalatable. Charles thrived acting for and promoting those least favoured or disadvantaged in society.

Educated at what is now the Regis School in Bognor, Charles set up Pallant Chambers in 1979 in the teeth of opposition from the local circuit and with just three other barristers.  He then held the set together through its early years by dint of his own practice and following. He was a force of nature and without him many of our present day barristers, silks and judges would never have got started at the Bar.

Initially practising in crime, Charles converted to civil work in the early 1990’s as the constraints on Legal Aid began to bite. He appeared in pretty much all courts from the House of Lords (now the Supreme Court) to the magistrates.  Many of his reported cases still remain the leading authorities in their respective fields such as R v Kingston (Barry) (1994) Q.B 81 HL (intoxication and consent) and Gafford v Graham (1999) 77 P & CR 73 CA (damages in lieu of an injunction).  Few barristers can claim to have changed the law as much as Charles and he did it all from chambers in Chichester.  He made his mark and in doing so never compromised the things and the people he believed in.

The modern Bar does not admit mavericks like Charles and it is a poorer place as a consequence.

Clifford Darton QC


Bernard Weatherill QC

We are extremely sad to announce that Bernard Weatherill QC passed away on 15th July 2021. He will be greatly missed by the many who worked alongside him here at Pallant and at Enterprise Chambers.

Our thoughts and deep sympathy are with his family.

February 2021 – Webinar on applications in the Probate Registry

Amy Sedgwick, Callum McLean and Robert Herrod delivered a Webinar on applications in the Probate Registry, specifically looking at Limited and Discretionary Grants, Caveats, Warnings and Appearances and Citations, Subpoena and Inventory and Account.

A link to the recording will be available here shortly.

Please email or telephone the clerks team if you would like a copy of the webinar notes or if you would like more information about the work we undertake in this practice area.

January 2021 – REGISTRATION OF TOWN OR VILLAGE GREENS – Trevor Ward Webinar


Training webinar for County Council Officers delivered via MS Teams on the 20th January 2021

15 virtual attendees from registration authorities in the south east of England

Introduction, Aims and Objectives

The aim of the seminar was to provide a general overview and legal update with regard to the process of applying for the registration of land as a Town or Village Green under the Commons Act 2006, (the 2006 Act), and the determination of such applications.  The overview was intended for those new to the subject who may be less familiar with the issues and complexity of the legal principles in this area, although the legal update may also have been useful for more experienced professionals.

For more details please follow this link.

Trevor Ward – Pallant Chambers, Chichester      

January 2021 – Cristina Alfred to join our Family Team

We are delighted to announce that in March 2021 we will be joined by Cristina Alfred. She joins the family team and is relocating from the Midlands. We are looking forward to introducing Cristina to our client base in the next couple of months.

December 2020 – Hazel Hobbs successful freezing injunction – High Court

Lander v Shaw [2020] EWHC (unreported) – Hazel Hobbs successfully obtained a freezing injunction in the High Court to the value of £195,000 before Mr Justice Marcus Smith. Less than a day from receiving instructions, Hazel drafted a comprehensive application with supporting evidence in this urgent matter which involved a fraudulent investment manager making off with client funds. Hazel was able to expand upon her knowledge and experience of freezing injunctions from previously working on high profile cases in Dubai. Hazel is pleased to accept instructions on freezing injunction matters. – December 2020