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    Jamie Johnston races to 3PB

    Civil law barrister Jamie Johnston (call: 2016), pictured here, has joined national chambers 3PB (3 Paper Buildings) from chambers in Newcastle and will be based at the now-large Birmingham office. He specialises in property and chancery, commercial disputes and sports law and has a busy practice in the High Court, County Court, tribunals and hearings. Before coming to the Bar, Jamie spent ten years' building up and then selling a national franchising company so brings...

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    The perishing of post-pandemic protections: insolvency and commercial property update

    3PB specialist Commercial and Property barristers Charles Irvine and Rebecca Farrell (pictured here) reflect on the expiry of remaining temporary measures introduced by the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (“CIGA”), which provided important protection to businesses during the Covid pandemic. Rebecca and Charles also examine the impact for Landlords and Tenants of the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Act 2022 (“the Act”) which received Royal Assent on 24 March 2022, including useful guidance that practitioners may...

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    William Hansen authorised to sit as a High Court Judge in the Chancery Division

    3PB congratulates William Hansen, pictured here, on his recent authorisation to sit as a High Court Judge in the Chancery Division. His appointment will be effective from 7th March 2022 for six years. William Hansen specialises in both public and regulatory law, and property and commercial law. He has recently appeared in a series of important cases in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court and is a member of the Attorney General’s A Panel. ...

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    Four 3PB barristers appointed as Recorders

    3PB is delighted to announce that four of its barristers – Lydia Pemberton, Emma Southern, Nicola Talbot-Hadley and Steven Howard have been appointed as Recorders in today’s announcement (26 January 2022) from the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary. Emma, who was called to the Bar in 2006, and Steven, called in 2009, are members of 3PB’s 75-strong team of family barristers at the national chambers. Lydia is a chancery and contentious probate barrister called in 2006 whilst...

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    Oliver Ingham in Hirachand landmark Inheritance Act appeal

    Judgment was handed down today in Hirachand, which is arguably the most important decision to arise in the context of the 1975 Act since the Supreme Court dealt with Ilott v Mitson [2017] UKSC. The case sees the Court of Appeal clarifying several controversial issues arising from the 46-year old, Inheritance Act 1975. 3PB’s probate and chancery barrister Oliver Ingham (pictured here) and Brie Stephens-Hoare QC (Gatehouse Chambers) acted for the appellants, taking instructions from...

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    3PB announces Thomas Talbot-Ponsonby as fourth employment judge appointment in October 2021

    3PB is delighted to announce that a fourth member of chambers, Thomas Talbot-Ponsonby, has been appointed as a fee-paid, part-time Employment Tribunal Judges in England and Wales. Thomas has been assigned to the South East region. He has also been appointed a Deputy District Judge as well and will sit on the South East circuit. Thomas will continue to maintain his busy property, commercial and chancery practice. Before coming to the Bar in 2011, Thomas practised...

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    Ashley Blood-Halvorsen wins for grandchildren in contested estate case dating back to 2008

    3PB’s Ashley Blood-Halvorsen, instructed by Christian Nicholls of Nicholls Brimble Bhol Solicitors, had a successful summary judgment application heard in the High Court in Birmingham yesterday. Ashley (pictured here) was instructed to advise and settle particulars of claim in the case of S and S v B, a historic breach of trust and devastavit claim arising out of the administration of an estate in 2008. This arose out of the defendant grandfather’s capacity as executor...

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  • William Hansen re-appointed to Attorney General’s London A Panel

    Congratulations to barrister William Hansen, one of 3PB’s senior specialist counsel in public law, property law and commercial litigation, who has been re-appointed for another five years to the Attorney General’s (AG's) A Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown. William, pictured here, regularly acts for a variety of government departments and agencies including the Secretary of State for the Home Department, HMRC, MoJ, the NCA and the Secretary of State for Business. He routinely...

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    Dr Zhen Ye prepares case review of Court of Appeal decision in Valbonne v Cityvalue

    3PB commercial and property barrister Dr Zhen Ye (pictured here) has analysed the impact of this property dispute between two property developers, owned by members of the same ultra-orthodox Jewish community, over a failed purchase of the Beckton Arms in East London. The case had initially gone to arbitration before the Beth Din of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, during which Valbonne Estates learnt that Cityvalue Estates entered into an option agreement with a...

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    Alexander Whatley shares guidance on instructing counsel to members of Bournemouth and District JLD

    3PB’s specialist civil law barrister, Alexander Whatley (pictured here) recently teamed up with Conor Maher, Treasurer for Bournemouth and District Junior Lawyers Division and Litigation Solicitor at Ellis Jones Solicitors LLP, to present a webinar to junior lawyers on ‘’tips for instructing counsel’’. Alex Whatley answered a series of questions about the instructions to counsel which included the correct steps for sending a brief to counsel; the content of the brief; and some common mistakes...

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    Probate law webinar recording - out now!

    Specialist probate law barristers Martin Strutt and Lydia Pemberton hosted our Zoom webinar - chaired by Cheryl Jones - on Thursday 17 June. Martin Strutt presented "Knowledge and approval and rectification: an overview of knowledge and approval and discussion as to whether rectification can in some circumstances cure a lack of knowledge and approval.". Martin's notes can be found here. Lydia Pemberton examined “Put up or shut up. How to progress estate administration: an overview into the options...

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  • Oliver Ingham in key Inheritance Act case

    In 2020, Cohen J issued his decision in Re H [2020] EWHC (Fam) 1134 which found for the first time that a Court could order an Estate to pay for a CFA Uplift as part of an award under the Inheritance Act 1975. Further, an award was made by video link in circumstances where the Defendant (who was unrepresented) a profoundly deaf and disabled 87 year old woman who could not hear or see what...

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