Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

1 April 2020

Helpful Resources

In these unprecedented times, we are finding that policies and procedures relating to fixing and attending Court Hearings vary according to Court and case type, so we have put together a selection of links which we hope you will find useful.

These are live links so please feel free to check regularly for updates.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the relevant clerking team.

General

HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS)

HMCTS has a variety of helpful resources, however, as a large section of the gov.uk site it can take time to navigate.

We recommend a regular review of the following useful pages: –

List of Priority Courts (published 27th March 2020)

HMCTS website has published a list of Priority Courts which will remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic, this list is available to download for reference.

HMCTS Telephone and Video Hearings (published 18th March 2020)

This section contains comprehensive guidance in relation to how HMCTS will make use of telephone and video hearings.

Attending Court in Person – Safety Advice (published 29th March 2020)

Details of security, cleaning and social-distancing arrangements in Court buildings for anyone who is required to attend Court in person during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can also sign up for email alerts as these pages are likely to change on a daily basis.

Business & Property

Judiciary.uk has published protocols and practice directions including updates from the Lord Chief Justice and guidance for all Court types, in particular: –

High Court Contingency Plan

Civil Court Guidance on how to conduct remote hearings

In relation to Administrative Court matters, please see links for issue of urgent and non-urgent cases (courtesy of the Bar Council website).

Crime

The Criminal Bar Association website has a comprehensive set of links available including an analysis of the legislative changes effected by the Coronavirus Act 2020

Family

West Midlands Family Law Bar Association (FLBA)

The West Midlands FLBA have helpfully published an electronic library of national and local guidance and precedents relating specifically to the Family Court.

The above links provide a general guide only. For specific Court enquiries we recommend you contact the local Court directly where possible, however if you run into any difficulties the Clerks may be able to assist with local Court knowledge so please do not hesitate to contact Chambers. 

 

25th March 2020

Cheques

Due to the current circumstances we will no longer be accepting payment for Counsels’ fees by way of cheque for the foreseeable future. Instead we welcome BACS payments and details are provided on all of our fee notes, please contact the fees team if you require any further assistance at fees@stiveschambers.co.uk.

We apologise for this inconvenience, which is necessary in the circumstances.

We thank you for your cooperation.

 

24th March 2020

In these unprecedented times of uncertainty and challenge, St Ives Chambers remains committed to providing a first class service, following government advice and to protect the health and wellbeing of our clients, staff and members.

In order to minimise the risk of exposure and spread of Covid-19 we have therefore decided to close the building with immediate effect. There will be no physical access to Chambers until further notice.

In the meantime, Chambers remains fully operational, with all staff being facilitated to work from home during business hours, from 8:30am until 6:00pm. Email is our preferred method of communication in these difficult times as this will ensure your query is dealt with as swiftly as possible. A list of email addresses for each department is listed below. Alternatively, individual email addresses can be accessed via our website by clicking on the following link.

Should you wish to contact Chambers by phone, our usual number remains live: 0121 236 0863. On calling this number, you will be provided with a list of options to choose from in order to help us direct your call to the most appropriate person.

We will endeavour to keep you updated with any changes to the above and thank you in advance for your continued co-operation and patience.

St Ives Chambers

 

  Area   Member of Staff   Email Address
  Chambers Director   Jackie Maskew   jackie.maskew@stiveschambers.co.uk
  Public law children   Sarah Robinson
  Nick Burdon
  Asma Akhtar
  Scott Goodison
  familyclerks@stiveschambers.co.uk
  Private law children   David Walters   familyclerks@stiveschambers.co.uk
  Business and Property   Ross Hands
  Catherine Merry
  civilclerks@stiveschambers.co.uk
  Regulatory   Ross Hands   civilclerks@stiveschambers.co.uk
  Housing   Ross Hands
  Catherine Merry
  civilclerks@stiveschambers.co.uk
  Family Finance   Catherine Merry
  David Walters
  civilclerks@stiveschambers.co.uk
  Crime   Philip Hidson
  Andrew Rourke
 crimeclerks@stiveschambers.co.uk
  Fees Department   Jamie Brooks
  Sunita Boparai
  Gintare Broomfield
  Amrinah Maskin
  fees@stiveschambers.co.uk
  Business Administrator   Melanie Reilly   melanie.reilly@stiveschambers.co.uk
  Marketing Department   Hannah Yates
  Ayka Ali
  marketing@stiveschambers.co.uk

 

19th March 2020

St Ives Chambers response to Covid-19:

In light of the current situation with Coronavirus (Covid-19), we would like to re-assure you that St Ives Chambers is still open for business as usual. We are closely monitoring the situation and will be following all relevant government advice.

The health and wellbeing of our staff and clients is very important therefore our staff members will be working on a rotational system, either working from home or in Chambers. We remain very much committed to providing first-class service to our clients.

For the best interest of or staff and clients we encourage that any contact or query you may require with Chambers to be carried out by telephone or email.

If we can assist you in any way further please contact Chambers on 0121 236 0863 and our team will be happy to help.

 

12th March 2020

We take the health and wellbeing of our staff and clients very seriously and are closely monitoring Government advice with regards to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

Our current position is that Chambers remains open to visitors, clients and suppliers. However, following the announcement from the Prime Minister that we have gone from a stage of ‘Containment’ to ‘Delay’, all seminars and event related conferences will be cancelled and rearranged at a later date. This will be reviewed at the end of April. Please note we will offer you a full refund for paid for events.

Before attending Chambers for any other reason, we would ask all parties to please consider and follow the advice in the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance

We fully accept that after reading this advice you may no longer wish to attend Chambers. In this instance we would ask that you contact Chambers as soon as possible on 0121 236 0863 to cancel your meeting.

Should our position in respect of any of the above change, we will update this notice.

Thank you in advance for your co-operation.

 

St Ives Chambers