Lady Hale Keynote Address 2019

Posted by · March 28, 2019 8:01 PM

Lady Hale delivered the keynote address to the 2019 PIBA Annual Conference, “Vicarious Liability and Non-Delegable Duties”.  The text of her lecture can be found here. You will need to be signed in to read this document.

Chair’s Update – 01.03.19

Posted by · March 01, 2019 2:11 PM


Block listing

1. Darryl Allen QC & Derek Sweeting QC have met members of the HMCTS London (Civil) management team to discuss listing practices in the London County Courts, in particular block listing, last minute cancellation of trials and adjournment of trials.  It was agreed that HMCTS would investigate listing practices in those Courts with a view to gathering data and information to improve listing.  They are due to meet again in March and we will report further when we know more. 

2. Derek Sweeting QC has secured Bar Council funding for an independent study of listing practices and their effects upon the administration of justice.


Flexible Operating Hours [“FOH”]

3. Sarah Crowther QC is representing PIBA on the HMCTS FOH Evaluation Advisory Committee, the next meeting of which is on 05.03.19.

4. Richard Whitehall is  representing PIBA on the Manchester FOH Pilot Stakeholder Committee, the first meeting of which was on 28.02.19.

5. Steps are being taken to secure representation for PIBA on the Brentford pilot.



6. Stephen Kenny QC and Charlotte Reynolds, members of the Bar Council Ethics Committee, spoke at the PIBA London Winter Conference on ethical issues for personal injury practitioners.  Their power point presentation has been placed on the PIBA website and can be accessed here (you will need to be logged into the website).  Charlotte and Derek Sweeting QC will be giving an ethics lecture at the Annual conference in Oxford when these issues can be discussed further. 


Swift v. Carpenter

7. PIBA is hoping to intervene in the Roberts v Johnstone appeal in Swift v Carpenter.  PIBA knows no more about the date of the appeal beyond what is stated on the Court of Appeal case tracker – namely that it has a hearing date of “by 31 July 2019”


As ever, if you have any information or questions you wish to bring to the attention of the EC, please contact your Circuit Rep or any office holder on the EC.


Darryl Allen QC

PIBA Chair






Message from the Chair regarding Flexible Operating Hours

Posted by · November 19, 2018 8:59 AM

HMCTS has announced its intention to proceed with two flexible operating hours pilots: one for civil work in Brentford and one for civil and family work in Manchester. It has decided not to proceed with any pilots in crime, either in the Crown Court or the Magistrates Court. The prospectus for the pilots can be found here.

We are very concerned about the potential impact of these proposals upon our members. One of the stated objectives of the pilots is “to evaluate the impact of FOH on professional and public court users, and public agencies working in the justice system”. We will be monitoring that issue, and all others relevant to the pilots, very carefully.

PIBA worked with the Bar Council on its response to the last FOH consultation; we will continue to work with the Bar Council on this issue. We are represented on the Manchester Local Implementation Team by myself and Richard Whitehall [Deans Court Chambers]. We will do all that we can to secure representation on the Brentford LIT.

The types of hearings involved are limited, including Small Claims and Part 8/Stage 3 RTA applications. “Infant approval hearings” have been listed under work within the family courts pilot; this may well be an error and we will seek clarification from HMCTS.

HMCTS’s intention is to implement the pilots in Spring 2019.

Please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the PIBA Committee Members about this or any other issues. Our contact details are on the Contact page of the Website.

Darryl Allen QC

PIBA Chair






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