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Alex Line successfully represents the Secretary of State for Education in regulatory appeal under s.129 of the Education and Skills Act 2008

Alex Line successfully represents the Secretary of State for Education in regulatory appeal under s.129 of the Education and Skills Act 2008

Alex Line, instructed by the government legal department, recently represented the Secretary of State for Education in Averre-Beeson v Secretary of State for Education [2024] UKFTT 00385 (HESC). This was an appeal under s.129 of the Education and Skills Act 2008, which went to the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal (in its Care Standards jurisdiction). These were long running proceedings emanating from a high profile and widely reported collapse of a large multi-academy trust. The Appellant, a well-known figure in the schools industry, held various positions of responsibility within the trust. Following the trust’s demise, the Department for Education investigated concerns into his conduct including relating to the nature and propriety of the commercial relationships…

News 24 May, 2024

CA judgment handed down in complex Contempt of Court case, İşbilen v Turk

CA judgment handed down in complex Contempt of Court case, İşbilen v Turk

On 22 May 2024, the Court of Appeal handed down its judgment in İşbilen v Turk [2024] EWCA Civ 568 in which James Counsell KC and Helen Pugh were instructed. James Counsell KC and Helen Pugh acted successfully for their client, Selman Turk in his appeal against the immediate custodial sentence for Contempt of Court imposed by the High Court. In this long-running, complex civil fraud case, the defendant was found in contempt of court for breaching disclosure obligations ancillary to a proprietary injunction aimed at recovering funds allegedly misappropriated from the claimant. In a judgment dated 6 March 2024, the defendant was sentenced to 12 months’ immediate imprisonment. Following a successful application for bail made, unusually, to the Court of…

News 24 May, 2024

Robert Rhodes has been admitted to the BAC/BIAC Eighth Panel of Arbitrators

Robert Rhodes has been admitted to the BAC/BIAC Eighth Panel of Arbitrators

Robert Rhodes KC has been admitted to the Beijing Arbitration Commission/Beijing International Arbitration Center (BAC/BIAC) Eighth Panel of Arbitrators. He has served on previous Arbitration Panels for them for several years. The Beijing Arbitration Commission (the “BAC”) is an arbitration institution established by the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality in 1995 to resolve contractual disputes and other disputes over property rights and interests between equal natural persons, legal persons, and other organizations. The BAC has 170 foreign arbitrators from 31 countries and regions, who are committed to providing arbitration services to parties from various legal systems and diverse cultural backgrounds. Robert Rhodes KC is part of several Far Eastern arbitration and mediation panels, and that his interest in China stems…

News 20 May, 2024

Mental Health Awareness Week 2024

Mental Health Awareness Week 2024

At Outer Temple Chambers, we understand the importance of mental health and our wellbeing, and work hard to support colleagues in the workplace. Since 2001, the Mental Health Foundation has been leading ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’, with the theme this year being ‘movement: moving more for our mental health’. Every year we participate in this week and this year, in line with its theme, we have organised a variety of activities for both our barristers and support teams to encourage movement and exercise. Outer Temple’s Mental Health Awareness Week has included a wellness breakfast, guided yoga and meditation by Gillian Evans, a lunchtime walk and more. With the aim to encourage everyone to be more active in their daily routines,…

News 17 May, 2024

Alex Cisneros praised by Court of Protection in 'multiple litigant-in-person' care costs case

Alex Cisneros praised by Court of Protection in ‘multiple litigant-in-person’ care costs case

Outer Temple’s Alex Cisneros, has been praised by the Court of Protection for “exemplary professionalism” in “trailblazer” case involving the Public Guardian and 8 litigants in person. The case involved a 96-year-old woman with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Her six children and one of their spouses were all parties to the proceedings but were unrepresented. The case involved several applications from the person’s attorney for gratuitous care payments, retrospective approval of gifts and authorisation of future renovation work to the attorney’s property. In concluding the proceedings, the court thanked Alex Cisneros, the sole barrister in this case, for his “exemplary professionalism in what was … well, I’m not aware of any other case involving eight litigants in person” –…

News 17 May, 2024

London International Disputes Week 2024: Uniting for global challenge and opportunity

London International Disputes Week 2024: Uniting for global challenge and opportunity

Event Date: 5 Jun, 2024

Outer Temple Chambers is delighted to be part of London International Disputes Week (LIDW 2024) taking place between 3rd and 7th June 2024. Outer Temple Chambers will be hosting a talk on Wednesday, 5th June 2024. With its theme, “Uniting for global challenge and opportunity”, LIDW24 will follow up on last year’s theme “Adapting to a changing world” and look not only at what progress has been made in the dispute resolution world over the last year, but also at what we can expect over the next year and beyond. What does the next year hold for dispute resolution professionals around the world? Outer Temple Chambers will be hosting a talk with gunnercooke on Wednesday 5th June 2024 from 4:00pm…

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Nathan Tavares KC to speak at the APIL Catastrophic Injuries Conference 2024

Nathan Tavares KC to speak at the APIL Catastrophic Injuries Conference 2024

Nathan Tavares KC will be speaking at the APIL Catastrophic Injuries Conference 2024 taking place between 15th and 17th May 2024 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) is a not-for-profit campaign group which has been committed to injured people for more than 30 years. The APIL Catastrophic Injuries Conference 2024 is a three-day programme carefully curated by a committee of catastrophic injury experts where world class speakers and experts will be sharing practical knowledge and strategies. Nathan Tavares KC of Outer Temple Chambers, also a member of the JPIL Editorial Board will be speaking alongside Ronnie Conway (The Conway Accident Law Practice), Brett Dixon (APIL Secretary, Scott Moncrieff & Associates), and John McQuater (Switalskis Solicitors Ltd) on the ‘JPIL…

News 15 May, 2024

Naomi Cunningham named ‘Lawyer of the Week’ by The Times

Naomi Cunningham named ‘Lawyer of the Week’ by The Times

The Times has named Naomi Cunningham ‘Lawyer of the Week’ after she acted for social worker Rachel Meade in an employment tribunal claim against both her employer, Westminster City Council, and her Regulator, Social Work England.  Ms Meade had been sanctioned by Social Work England and then suspended on a charge of gross misconduct by the Council after a Facebook friend presented a dossier of her “gender-critical” posts to her regulator. The tribunal found that the regulator had “allowed its processes to be subverted to punish and supress the Claimant’s lawful political speech”. Both the regulator and the Council must now train their staff in freedom of belief and expression in the workplace. Read Naomi’s full interview, available to The…

News 9 May, 2024

Baldwin v Cleves School and ors - Courtney Step-Marsden successful in EAT appeal

Baldwin v Cleves School and ors – Courtney Step-Marsden successful in EAT appeal

Courtney Step-Marsden successful in EAT appeal regarding the liability of individually named respondents under Section 110 Equality Act 2010. Naming individual employees as respondents to employment tribunal proceedings is a common issue, particularly in circumstances where the employer is not seeking to run the defence as outlined in s,109(4) Equality Act 2010.  However, the recent judgment of Baldwin v Cleves School reminds us that, on a correct construction of s.109 and s.110, an employment tribunal does not have discretion to find that the named respondents are not liable for their own acts of discrimination.  The EAT has recently handed down judgment in Baldwin v Cleves School and ors [2024] EAT 66 in which Courtney Step-Marsden, instructed by Elizabeth McGlone and…

News 7 May, 2024

Salomé Lemasson joins Outer Temple Chambers

International white collar specialist Salomé Lemasson joins Outer Temple Chambers

We are delighted to welcome Salomé Lemasson to Outer Temple Chambers as a professional associate within the Business Crime, Regulation and Sanctions team. Salomé is qualified to practise in France and Germany, admitted to the Paris Bar (2014) and Berlin Bar (2020). Prior to setting up independent practice in 2023, she worked for law firms in Paris and Berlin (Gibson Dunn, Hogan Lovells, and AL & Associés). Her practice focuses on representing top tier companies and high net worth individuals in sensitive, high-stake matters involving international sanctions, fraud, corruption, and money laundering. Salomé is particularly active in the field of sanctions, and regularly assists and represents individuals, organizations, and major international conglomerates in this area of law. In addition, Salomé…

News 2 May, 2024

Outer Temple Chambers is delighted to announce that personal injury specialist, Sarah Crowther KC, has been appointed Vice Chair of the Personal Injury Bar Association.

Sarah Crowther KC appointed Vice Chair of the Personal Injury Bar Association

Outer Temple Chambers is delighted to announce that personal injury specialist, Sarah Crowther KC, has been appointed Vice Chair of the Personal Injury Bar Association. PIBA (Personal Injury Bar Association) is the specialist bar association for barristers who practise in the field of personal injuries, including clinical negligence, inquests and inquiries with an injury component. PIBA provides a forum of discussion on matters of common concern and interest to its members. More on the Personal Injury Bar Association can be found here. Sarah acts for both claimants and defendants across the range of personal injury disputes, including catastrophic injury claims, spinal cord injuries, brain injury and fatal accidents. She handles employer’s liability claims, including asbestos-related illness claims, public liability claims,…

News 1 May, 2024

Andrew Axon Joins Injury & Negligence Team at Outer Temple Chambers

Andrew Axon Joins Injury & Negligence Team at Outer Temple Chambers

Outer Temple Chambers is delighted to welcome ‘Star Individual’ Andrew Axon to the personal injury and clinical negligence team. We are delighted to welcome Andrew Axon to Outer Temple Chambers as a Door Tenant, further expanding our award-winning personal injury and clinical negligence teams and enhancing Andrew’s portfolio of clients in the South of England. Andrew already has an enviable practice in the North East, noted as a “Star Individual” and ranked as a top tier barrister by the legal directories. He is described as “top class” by Chambers & Partners and “An excellent barrister, particularly with complex cases” by Legal 500. He represents those with profound needs and specialises in claims of the utmost severity involving complex rehabilitation needs,…

News 1 May, 2024

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