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Robert Dickason, Masih v The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Masih v The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust – Clinical negligence appeal dismissed on all grounds

Robert Dickason appeared for the defendant trust in Masih v The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust [2023] EWHC 1280 (KB) in a clinical negligence High Court appeal which was dismissed on all grounds. Robert appeared for the defendant NHS Trust in this clinical negligence appeal in the High Court arising from the death of a 33 year old man who was being treated for severe acute pancreatitis when, in the course of his hospital admission, he suffered an unexpected and fatal cardiac arrhythmia. Breach of duty was admitted but the claim was successfully defended after an 8-day trial on causation involving expert intensive care and cardiology evidence. The claimants appealed, challenging the trial judge’s application of Bolitho and his assessment of the expert evidence and literature. On 26 May 2023, Mr Justice…

Clinical Negligence, News 31 May, 2023

Alex Line acts in Robert Sharp, R (on the application of) v The Office of the Schools Adjudicator.

Alex Line in the High Court. What is the OSA’s function when determining complaints about school admissions arrangements?

The High Court has recently handed down judgment in an important case relating to school admissions arrangements, and the Office of the School Adjudicator’s (‘OSA’) functions when considering complaints about them.  Alex Line acted for London Borough of Bromley. Alex Line acted for the second Interested Party, London Borough of Bromley, in a judicial review that was brought against the OSA by Mr Sharpe. Another interested party, the Impact Multi Academy Trust (which was the admissions authority in relation to the schools considered in the case) was also involved. The Secretary of State for Education intervened. The decision can be viewed here: Robert Sharp, R (on the application of) v The Office of the Schools Adjudicator. The case, had it…

News, Education 26 May, 2023

Credit Suisse, AT1 bonds and taking the BIT between the teeth

Credit Suisse, AT1 bonds and taking the BIT between the teeth

Justina Stewart, Lucian Ilie and Anson Cheung, with Hanif Virji of Vivadum, consider potential investment treaty claims in an article in May’s edition of Butterworths’ Journal of International Banking & Financial Law. Given the huge losses suffered by Additional Tier 1 bondholders, it is unsurprising that lawyers are exploring various potential avenues for investors to obtain redress. Justina, Lucian and Anson have co-written an article with Hanif Virji from Vivadum, looking at potential investment treaty claims. Key Points On 19 March, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) announced the approval of the takeover of Credit Suisse (CS) by UBS and the complete write-down of all CS’s Additional Tier 1 bonds (AT1s) in the sum of CHF16bn. The financial markets,…

Banking, News, Financial Services 22 May, 2023

Save the Date: London Legal Walk 2023

Save the Date: London Legal Walk 2023

Outer Temple Chambers are delighted to be involved once again in the London Legal Walk 2023 on Tuesday 13th June, raising funds for vital free legal advice charities. Members of Outer Temple Chambers will be walking alongside thousands of other legal professionals in support of access to justice at the London Legal Walk. Over 100 free legal advice charities are supported by this event every year, which is now in its 19th year. Donate to the Cause The London Legal Walk raises vital funds to ensure that legal help reaches our community’s most vulnerable people. It supports over 100 legal advice agencies in London and the South East. Please support our team of walkers by either donating on our fundraising…

Events, News 19 May, 2023

Event: Pensions Law Conference, Manchester. Thursday 8th June 2023

Event: Pensions Law Conference, Manchester. Thursday 8th June 2023

Join Outer Temple Chambers at the Edwardian Radisson Hotel, Manchester for an afternoon of pensions law talks at the next stop of this conference series around the country. You are invited to join Outer Temple Chambers in Manchester for the next stop of our Pensions Law Conference 2023 series. Topics will include: an actuary’s role in Section 67 certification, age discrimination and the EU Withdrawal Act 2018, the presumption of regularity, and notable non-pensions cases for pensions lawyers. The event will be rounded off with a panel discussion comprised of Outer Temple’s silks. Agenda 1.30pm – Registration (tea and coffee on arrival)2pm – Consultation with the scheme actuary and Section 67 Certification. Where has Mitchells & Butler left Us?2.30pm –…

Events, News, Pensions 18 May, 2023

Expansion of Outer Temple Chambers’ Middle East Team

Expansion of Outer Temple Chambers’ Middle East Team

Outer Temple Chambers is delighted to announce the expansion of the Middle East team. Three impressive international lawyers join us in Dubai, broadening our client specialist services in commercial law, private wealth and Islamic law. Oliver Agha brings extensive experience in Islamic Law and Walid Chiniara in ultra-high net worth (UNHW) Middle Eastern families governance. Shabana Saleem specialises in private wealth. They will work alongside our existing Dubai based members David Russell KC, Philip Punwar and Sean Yates in the International Team, covering international arbitration and commercial matters. Oliver, Walid and Shabana enhance the strong team of Outer Temple barristers already successfully working in the DIFC and Middle East markets and the wider team of international commercial specialists working from London…

News, International, Private Client 16 May, 2023

Robert Rhodes and Anthony Lo Surdo reappointed as a CAS member

We are thrilled to announce that Outer Temple’s Robert Rhodes KC and Anthony Lo Surdo SC FCIArb have been reappointed as mediators of the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Anthony has also been reappointed as a CAS arbitrator. Robert and Anthony have been reappointed by the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS) to this position in Lausanne, Switzerland for a period of four years and have been chosen for their specialist knowledge of arbitration and sports law. Robert Rhodes KC acts as counsel, arbitrator and mediator, specialising in commercial and civil law. He is a member of many well-known panels in the legal sector including the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ Pandemic Business Dispute Resolution Service, as well as its Business Arbitration…

News, Sports 11 May, 2023

London International Disputes Week 2023: Adapting To a Changing world

London International Disputes Week 2023: Adapting To a Changing World

Outer Temple Chambers is pleased to be part of London International Disputes Week (LIDW23) for a week long event from 15-19 May 2023 which will explore how the disputes community is, and should be, adapting to a changing world. Members of chambers will be presenting at four talks. With its theme: Adapting to a Changing World, LIDW23 will follow up on last year’s theme “Global, Sustainable, Ethical” and will feature a combination of a varied technical programme combined with the usual variety of social and networking events to enable participants to share ideas, to make new contacts and connections and to renew old acquaintances. Outer Temple Chambers’ barristers will collaborate with other experts and speakers for four talks during the event…

FinTech & Digital Assets, Events, News, International 11 May, 2023

Andrew Short KC shortlisted for ‘Barrister of the Year’ at The Lawyer Awards 2023

We are delighted to announce that Andrew Short KC has been shortlisted for ‘Barrister of the Year’ at The Lawyer Awards 2023. The Lawyer Awards have been the ultimate stage for legal mastery in the UK, honouring top-notch lawyers and powerhouse firms across diverse areas.​ Andrew Short KC’s practice centres on pensions, employment, and general commercial work. He has acted in many of the leading employment cases relating to discrimination in pay and pensions, including Abdulla v Birmingham City Council, Brierley v Asda, McCloud v Lord Chancellor, and Sargeant v LFEPA. His recent notable pensions cases have included the landmark case of Lloyds Banking Group Pension Trustees Ltd v Lloyds Bank [2030] EWHC 3135 (Ch), Britvic PLC v Britvic Pensions Ltd & Mohun [2021] EWCA Civ 867  and…

News, Employment, Pensions 5 May, 2023

Elaine Palser acts for successful claimants in joint venture dispute

Elaine Palser acts for successful claimants in joint venture dispute

Elaine Palser, instructed by Harold Benjamin, acted for the successful claimants in Connoisseur Developments Ltd and others v Koumis [2023] EWHC 855 (Ch). The claim was for breach of a joint venture agreement. Facts The claimants (a property development company and its directors) brought a claim against the executor of the estate of one of their fellow joint venturers for breach of a joint venture agreement to build flats.  The executor counterclaimed for the return of the freehold property upon which the flats had been built. The dispute dated back many years and was complicated by the death of two of the joint venturers.  A professional administrator had to be appointed to complete the joint venture pending resolution of various…

Commercial, News 4 May, 2023

Louis Weston prosecutes Russia Gymnastics Coach

Louis Weston acts for Gymnastics Ethics Foundation in prosecution of Russian Rhythmic Head Coach

Head Coach of the Russian Rhythmic Team, Irina Viner, faces a langthy ban after a decision in disciplinary proceedings by Gymnastics Ethics Foundation (GEF). Louis Weston acted on behalf of GEF. The GEF Disciplinary Commission Panel sanctioned the head coach of Russian rhythmic gymnastics, Ms Viner with a two year suspension and issued her Russian Member Federation, Artistic Gymnastics Federation of Russia, with a warning. The case Louis Weston, who heads up the Outer Temple Sports Law team acted for the Gymnastics Ethics Foundation in the prosecution of the Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Head Coach and Member Federation. The proceedings related to the alleged retaliatory withdrawal of Ms Nataliya Kuzmina’s candidacy for the 2021 elections to the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique…

News, Sports 24 Apr, 2023

Do bitcoin developers owe fiduciary duties to the true owners of a defrauded cryptoasset owner?

Outer Temple’s Anson Cheung comments on the case of Tulip Trading which was first heard in the High Court. This case generated much interest in being the first case to argue that bitcoin developers owed fiduciary duties to the true owners of a defrauded cryptoasset owner. That argument was quickly shot down in the High Court for having no prospects of success, but has now been resuscitated by the Court of Appeal. Background Following an alleged hacking and subsequent theft of keys controlling approximately £3b in cryptoassets, Tulip Trading Limited (Tulip) issued proceedings against certain crypto developers who it claimed controlled and ran 4 different bitcoin networks. Tulip claimed that the developers owed it a fiduciary duty and/or tortious duty…

FinTech & Digital Assets, Legal Blog & Publications, Commercial, News 23 Apr, 2023

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