Curriculum Vitae of Joseph Stanley Chiffers

Personal Details

  • Name – Joseph Stanley Chiffers
  • Driving Licence – Full UK Clean
  • Email – josephchiffers@outlook.com
  • Address – PO Box 161 Frodsham WA6 1DD

Education and Qualifications

Huish Episcopi Secondary School  – 1993-1998

GSCSES: 3 Grade A, 1 Grade B, 5 Grade C,

Strode College – 1998-2000

A-levels: 2 Grade A, 1 Grade B

University of Leicester – 2000-2003

Law LLB: 2:1

Nottingham Trent University – 2003-2004

Bar Vocational Course – Grade Very Competent

Called to the Bar – 2004

Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test – 2008

Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors – 2011

Higher Rights of Audience for Solicitors – 2014

Exemption from pupillage – 2016

Exemption from public access and practising rules for barrister – 2017

Employment History

Self-Employed Advocate – 2005-2010

I accepted instructions from a wide range of clients for civil litigation matters.  This required me to prepare submissions under intense pressure of time, negotiate with solicitors, counsel and litigants in person, have intricate and suitable diary management and administrative systems in place and be an effective  advocate.  I was involved in most categories of hearings that can take place before a District Judge in Chambers and occasionally hearings in open Court.  The types of hearings that I attended included:

  1. Injunction Applications
  2. Small Claim Trials
  3. Summary Judgment Applications
  4. Possession Claims
  5. Consumer Credit Act Applications
  6. Appeal Hearings
  7. Enforcement Hearings
  8. Landlord and Tenant matters

Jolliffe & Co – 2010-2011

This was a temporary position where I carried out in house debt recovery work and civil litigation fee earning work.  Additionally I was provided with training in non-contentious corporate and commercial matters in order to cross qualify as a solicitor.

Kirwans Solicitors – 2011-2013

I was employed in small team as a civil and commercial dispute resolution solicitor with a high degree of autonomy and with supervisory responsibility.  The role required client care, case management, drafting of statement of cases, advocacy, marketing and client solicitation.

The work load was varied and included:

  1. Professional Negligence Claims
  2. Defamation & Malicious Falsehood Claims
  3. Commercial Litigation
  4. Property Litigation
  5. Judicial Review
  6. Insolvency
  7. Sales of Goods Act Claims
  8. Commercial Debt Recovery
  9. Landlord and Tenant Claims
  10. Claims for Misfeasance in Public Office
  11. Human Rights Act Claims
  12. Mediation and other forms of ADR
  13. Title Disputes
  14. Consumer Credit Claims
  15. Contentious Probate

MSB Solicitors

July 2013- September 2016

I was employed as a Solicitor Advocate in a small department providing civil and commercial dispute resolution services.  My role was similar to the one at Kirwans above but with less supervision.  Indeed I had supervisory responsibility.  I had responsibility for marketing, client solicitation and managing cases from start to finish.  As a Solicitor Advocate, where appropriate I carried out all of the duties of counsel such as drafting and advocacy, including trial advocacy and advocacy in the High Court.

The work type was similar to the work that I carried out at Kirwans above but with a greater range and with more emphasis on commercial litigation.  This included working as the principal fee earner on a multi-million pound commercial Arbitration Claim.  This case has involved numerous ancillary High Court Proceedings which were recorded in some Law Reports.

In addition to all of the above at Kirwans, my workload included:

  1. False Imprisonment Claims
  2. Malicious Prosecution Claims
  3. Litigation relating to Commercial Leases, including Applications for new tenancies, restorative injunctions for unlawful evictions and relief from forfeiture,
  4. Claims for Equitable Rectification in both property and contractual matters
  5. Defending personal injury claims
  6. Shareholder & Company Disputes
  7. Employment matters & Tribunal claims
  8. HMLR Tribunal Claims
  9. Commercial Breach of Confidence Claims
  10. Drafting terms and conditions (this is an exception to the contentious nature of my work)
  11. Commercial Arbitration
  12. Chancery
  13. Construction Claims
  14. Claims based on restitution and quasi contract
  15. Intellectual Property Disputes

Stripes Solicitors Ltd

October 2016 – September 2018

I was employed by Stripes Solicitors Ltd as a barrister/in house counsel.  My role and practice area were very similar to MSB above but with a greater emphasis on construction and insolvency litigation.

Independent Barrister

September 2018 – present

I am currently operating as a sole practising barrister. I accept instructions from both solicitors and lay clients on a direct access basis. The majority of my instructions come from lay clients.

My practice area is civil and commercial litigation as set out above.