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Webinar – Committal Procedure and Practice: The New CPR Pt 81

Tuesday 18th May, 6 pm to 7 pm – online Webinar via Zoom.

Part 81 of the Civil Procedure Rules was comprehensively overhauled in October 2020, simplifying and streamlining the procedure for committal for contempt. In this MCCBA online seminar Simon Bradshaw (Cornwall Street Barristers) will describe the new rules and review the key elements of committal applications, and His Honour Judge Rawlings will give a judicial perspective of committal hearings.

Please join by following this link and entering your details on the booking page together with any advance questions for the panellists.  This event is open to non-members so do please forward the link to any colleagues who you think may be interested.

Annual Dinner Cancellation

In light of the current risk posed by COVID-19, it has been decided, with regret, to cancel the annual dinner on 20 March 2020 (this Friday).

At present, the plan is to re-arrange the dinner for a date in the late Summer/early Autumn.  The committee will be in touch with further details when they are decided.

MCCBA Annual Dinner, Friday 20th March 2020 – NOW CANCELLED

The MCCBA is delighted to announce that we are honoured to be hosting Lord Justice Newey as the guest speaker for our 2020 Annual Dinner, which will take place on Friday 20th March at Hotel du Vin, Birmingham.

Lord Justice Newey will be familiar to members through his role as our previous presider in the Business and Property Courts in Birmingham.

Please RSVP to the Secretary to confirm attendance and provide details of any dietary requirements.

UPDATE 16th MARCH: Regrettably, owing to the COVID-19 situation, this event has been cancelled. The MCCBA Committee plans to re-arrange the dinner for later in the year. 

Ed Pepperall QC appointed to the High Court

The Committee and members of the MCCBA are delighted to be able to congratulate our Chairman, Ed Pepperall QC, on his appointment as a High Court Judge.

Judicial Appointments Commission: Appointment as High Court Judge

Courts and Tribunals Judiciary: High Court Judge Appointments 

Ed will be very much missed both by the Association and the Midlands Bar, but we all wish him the very best in his new appointment.


Business and Property Courts in Birmingham – Launch Reception

Following the official opening today of the Business and Property Courts in Birmingham by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, this evening saw Birmingham Civil Justice Centre host senior members of the judiciary, local dignitaries and judges, and members of the legal profession to a reception to mark this new era for the Birmingham courts. Guests heard from Mr Justice Haddon-Cave, Sir Geoffrey Vos, Mr Justice Coulson, Mr Justice Newey and Sir Brian Leveson, all of whom have been deeply involved in setting up the new Business and Property Courts and establishing them in Birmingham. A small selection of the many who attended are pictured below.

(Pictures © S Bradshaw,  S Carr and MCCBA, taken with the kind permission of HMCTS.)

MCCBA welcomes Judge McCahill QC back home

The MCCBA tonight threw a drinks reception to welcome His Honour Judge Patrick McCahill QC back to Birmingham upon his appointment as the city’s fourth Chancery judge. Judge McCahill practised for many years as a Chancery and commercial barrister from St Philips Chambers and its predecessor set, Priory Chambers (previously 2 Fountain Court). He was also a founder member of the Association. Called in 1975, McCahill took silk in 1996. He was appointed a circuit judge in 2001 and appointed as the Bristol Chancery judge in 2007.

MCCBA Chairman, Ed Pepperall QC, said “The Association is delighted to welcome Judge Patrick McCahill QC back to Birmingham. He was a very successful Chancery & Commercial barrister in the city before his appointment as Chancery judge in Bristol. He returns to us after 10 years’ exile with an excellent reputation as a popular and respected judge. Birmingham can now boast an exceptionally strong Chancery bench as Patrick joins Judges Charles Purle QC, Simon Barker QC and David Cooke.”