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Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

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Contact

Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

London

Twenty Essex Street
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

Singapore

28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

20/12/2016

Victory for pro bono client in Court of Appeal

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Josephine Davies has secured a victory for Gillian Simpson in an appeal of a 2014 judgment which awarded her only nominal damages for conversion of goods.

The dispute concerned a family business of which Ms Simpson was the sole proprietor but in which her brother and parents were also involved. The business operated out of the parents’ house. Following a breakdown in family relations the parents retained stock of the business and HHJ Butler found that their actions were a wrongful interference with the goods (a conversion). Largely because no expert evidence of value had been produced, the judge awarded Ms Simpson only £500 as nominal damages.

Ms Simpson appeared as a litigant in person in the trial before HHJ Butler and did not challenge an earlier case management decision (of a different judge) that there should be no expert evidence. In the Court of Appeal, Josephine Davies was instructed as sole counsel by the Bar Pro Bono Unit.  

Having described Miss Davies’ submissions as “helpful and well-argued”, Lady Justice Black found that, “There is no sense that the judge considered that £500 represented the extent of that loss. Rather it was the figure to which he felt he was limited because of the absence of evidence as to the actual amount of the loss”. She continued, “based on the fuller appreciation that we now have of the situation, the right course in all the circumstances would have been to adjourn the issue of damages for a further hearing”.    

Accordingly, Black LJ (with whom Jackson LJ and Patten LJ agreed) set aside the damages award and remitted the case to HHJ Butler for assessment of damages following directions for evidence. 


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