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Farewell to Venice James on her retirement


No.8 Chambers waved a fond farewell to Venice James on her retirement this year. Colleagues and friends from No.8 Chambers joined together for a special dinner held at Edgbaston Golf Club celebrating Venice’s thirty six years at the bar.

Venice is a much loved and greatly admired member of Chambers who will be sadly missed. We all wish her the very best for the future and a long and happy retirement.

Naomi Hobbs successful appeal in decision of DJ Mian in judicial conduct case.

Birmingham judge Najma Mian slammed over 'crossing the line' with behaviour at hearing.

A decision by a Birmingham-based family court judge asked to consider the future of a little girl has been overturned after a lawyer complained about her "intemperate" behaviour at a private hearing.

Barrister Naomi Hobbs, who was instructed by a guardian appointed to represent the interests of the child, mounted an appeal on the grounds that District Judge Najma Mian's conduct had been "improper".

Ms Hobbs complained about District Judge Mian using "blasphemous words", "shouting", "storming out of court", being sarcastic and "shaking with rage".

A more senior judge has upheld the appeal.

Read reports here:

Birmingham Live

The Times

The Law Society Gazette

Catering company fined £200,000 after guests suffer food poisoning at Packington Moor. Mark Jackson prosecuting.

Catering company Galloping Gourmet has been fined £200,000 after over 50 guests suffer food poisoning at Packington Moor, Staffordshire.

Mr Mark Jackson, prosecuting on behalf of Lichfield District Council, said the environmental health department was contacted by Mrs Kemp two days after her wedding saying guests had been complaining of suffering from gastric illness symptoms including nausea, diarrhoea and abdominal pains. One man had been hospitalised.

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