News & Events

September 2020 – Further recognition by in recent 2021 Legal 500

Amy Sedgwick (Wills and Probate), Zosia Keniston (Family public Law) and Katrina Hambleton (Family Public Law) have been recommended for the first time in the recent edition of the Legal 500.

They join Lucinda Davis, Sarah Earley, Colin Morgan, Rosein Magee, Eleanor Dewhurst (All public Law Family), Nadia Tawfik (both Public Law Family and Financial Remedies), Justin Perring (Property) and Peter Doughty (Employment) all who have been recommended in many previous editions.

 

HHJ Magee – August 2020

Having been a tenant here at Pallant for over 20 years we are delighted to congratulate Rosein Magee who has just been appointed to sit as a Circuit Judge in Portsmouth County Court.

July 2020 – Webinar delivered on Public Rights of Way

Trevor Ward delivered a webinar to property and land specialists covering Planning and Public Rights of Way, Implications, Strategies and Solutions. Click HERE for more detailed information and do be encouraged to contact the Clerks or Trevor Ward direct if this Webinar would be useful to you are you have any questions arising from the subject coverage.

Success in the Admin Court – May and June 2020

Felicity Thomas successfully defends decision that unfurnished temporary accommodation may be suitable where an Applicant needing to shield during the pandemic was given self contained unfurnished accommodation. In a case which took place in the early stages of the lockdown, Mr Escott, was identified to Chichester District Council as being an individual in need of shielding because he was unusually susceptible to the infection.  At that time he was housed in hostel accommodation which he had left because of his concerns about infection from others. Within a very short time, he was provided by Chichester DC with unfurnished self contained temporary accommodation. He was provided with a mattress, kettle and microwave. Mr Escott issued an application for JR and interim relief requiring Chichester to provide a cooker, washing machine, bed and table and chairs. The application was refused in the High Court and again on appeal by the Court of Appeal. The Court fully endorsed Chichester DC’s position that the steps that had been taken to assist Mr Escott were adequate and that the application was premature and misconceived.

The full report of the case can be found at

https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2020/1687.html with commentary at

https://nearlylegal.co.uk/2020/06/unfurnished-temporary-accommodation-is-it-suitable/ and

https://www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk/housing-law/315-housing-features/44052-coronavirus-and-the-duty-to-house.”

Covid 19 – Pallant message – Business open as unusual – March 2020

Business open as Unusual

The entire team at Pallant are all functioning remotely and attending conferences and court hearings via telephone or video call. We have access to the latest technology, including corporate accounts with Zoom which we have found to be the most user friendly and interactive service. We are able to set up court hearings, advocates’ meetings, mediations, arbitrations, conferences and multi-party hearings as required. There is no additional costs to our clients for using these services.

 

We are here to help

Our large administration team are all trained on how to make the most of the remote technology and how it can work to keep cases progressing as seamlessly as possible. Zoom offer excellent tutorials on their website, which are helpful, but please do call the team with any tech related queries, our aim is to enable us all to get the most out of the facilities we have and that are available.

 

Knowledge bank

As remote hearings and meetings are certain to be part of our immediate future we have created a knowledge bank resource. We have collated practical and technical feedback following remotely conducted meetings and hearings this week. This will be circulated amongst the Pallant Team to make sure that our clients experience the best possible service, assured that we are working alongside them. We are more that happy to share these experiences with our professional clients and would welcome feedback from your experiences to further enhance the quality of service we are able to offer.

 

Bundles

We have systems in place which enable us to hold bundles on our secure remote server and we also hold an account with Bundledocs.  Our clients are welcome to remotely use our systems to create and store the e-bundles that are now required for all court hearing. Alternatively our Admin team are here to work with you to get the job done. Please call the Clerks on either 023 8080 3008 or 01243 784538 or email clerks@pallantchambers.co.uk and the team would be pleased to assist.

 

Do feel free to call and keep in touch

Our team of 38 specialist barristers have always been user friendly. We realise that as most hearings are now going to be undertaken remotely you will not be bumping into the Pallant Team at court to catch up or talk about cases generally. We are therefore encouraging our clients to pick up the telephone and call the team to discuss any query they may have. We are here to help and make this tricky time as easy as it can be.

Tom Worthen

We are devastated to inform you that Tom Worthen passed away on 27th November 2019 after a very long and typically courageous battle with melanoma. Our thoughts are with his family, many friends and all those whose lives he touched.