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Celia Reynolds

Year of call: 2022

Celia has recently completed her pupillage at 39 Essex Chambers and accepts instructions across all Chambers’ practice areas.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Celia completed an LL.M. at Harvard Law School, concentrated in public law and legal theory. While there, she engaged in work as a student attorney at the Harvard Crimmigration Clinic, assisting in a deportation appeal to the federal circuit.

In the time since, Celia has worked for a variety of non-governmental organisations, including the Migration Policy Institute, the International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”), and the AIRE Centre. At the AIRE Centre, she provided free legal advice to members of the public on human rights and retained EU law issues.

Celia completed her law degree at Trinity College Dublin, where she engaged in work for the Trinity Free Legal Advice Centre and was Editor-in-Chief of the Trinity College Law Review.

Areas of expertise

Planning and Environmental Law

Celia has a particular interest in planning and environmental work and has gained experience working with developers, local planning authorities, and others alike. Her experience during her planning and environmental law seat has included: 

  • Researching the scope and requirements of the Environmental Impacts Assessment (EIA) Directive. 
  • Assisting Ned Helme and Paul Stinchcombe KC in a statutory review appeal, brought by a local authority, challenging an inspector’s decision to grant planning permission. 
  • Assisting Daniel Stedman-Jones in a variety of Town and Village Green application matters. 
  • Assisting in a challenge to an enforcement notice and resisting a conviction in the context of planning enforcement proceedings.  
  • Advising a local authority as to the scope of a developer’s liability in the context of viability issues. 
  • Conducting research and providing advice as to the prospects of climate change litigation.

Civil Liability

During pupillage, Celia gained experience drafting statements of case, schedules, advices, and legal research on a variety of matters. Her previous work includes:

  • Advising in a potential inquest involving a care home
  • Advising and drafting pleadings in road traffic accident, employer’s liability and public liability cases.
  • Advising on settlement in clinical negligence and personal injury matters.
  • Advising on liability, pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA) and quantum in personal injury and clinical negligence matters.
  • Drafting schedules and counter-schedules for cases involving fatal accidents, severe injuries, and negligent pre-natal and neo-natal care
  • Assisting in research and drafting pleadings in clinical negligence cases involving delayed diagnosis, breach of clinical duty, and complex causation matters

Additionally, Celia regularly appears in court for small claims and fast track claims, in relation to civil liability and public liability matters. 

Public Law

During pupillage, Celia gained experience in a variety of public law matters including:

  • Assisting in a variety of education and disability matters for members of chambers, including Steve Broach.
  • Drafting a skeleton argument in respect of an application for permission appeal a court’s determination on costs in a matter involving the special educational needs and disability (SEND) tribunal.
  • Conducting research on a variety of European Court of Justice, European Court of Human Rights and international human rights case law, instruments and procedure
  • Drafting a skeleton argument for permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal
  • Providing an advice as to which local authority was responsible for the care of a vulnerable individual in an ordinary residence determination
  • Drafting a notice of objection in response to an application for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court in the context of an entry clearance case involving Article 8 issues.

Prior to pupillage, Celia provided free written and telephone legal advice to members of the public at the AIRE Centre, and provided legal assistance in public law matters at the International Refugee Assistance Project and Harvard Crimmigration Clinic.

Commercial, Construction and Property

During pupillage, Celia gained a wide variety of experience in commercial, construction, and property matters including:

  • Drafting pleadings, schedules, and counter-schedules in contract, fraud, and construction disputes.
  • Assisting David Sawtell in researching and drafting an advice on liability for a remediation contribution order under section 123 of Building Safety Act
  • Advising on disclaimer of property and application for vesting orders following bankruptcy proceedings
  • Assisting Paul Darling KC in researching and drafting an advice for an international construction arbitration
  • Advising on the prospects of a claim for defective works, involving cladding and fire safety.