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Module 1 of the UK Covid-19 Inquiry published

Module 1 of the UK Covid-19 Inquiry published

The report into Module 1 of the UK Covid-19 Inquiry on the preparedness and resilience of the United Kingdom for a Coronavirus pandemic, in which Joshua Cainer was instructed as Junior Counsel to the Inquiry, was published last week. Chaired by Baroness Hallett, the UK Covid-19 Inquiry is a statutory public inquiry set up under the Inquiries Act 2005 to examine the UK’s response to and impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and learn lessons for the future. The report for Module 1 was published on 18 July 2024. The full report is published here and the ‘In Brief’ summary of the report can be found here. Baroness Hallett gave a live statement accompanying the publication of the report which can…

Covid-19, News 22 Jul, 2024

Abhi Mukherjee joins Outer Temple Chambers as Professional Associate

Abhi Mukherjee joins Outer Temple Chambers as Professional Associate

We are pleased to welcome former member of Chambers, Abhi Mukherjee as Professional Associate to the Injury and Negligence Team. Outer Temple Chambers is delighted to welcome Abhi Mukherjee, a former member of Chambers as Professional Associate to our personal injury and clinical negligence team. Abhi Mukherjee is now based in Melbourne, Australia. He joined the Victorian Bar in Australia in 2013 after relocating to Melbourne. Abhi specialises in medical law, industrial disease and personal injury. Since commencing practice as a barrister in Australia, he has been mainly involved in clinical negligence cases, professional disciplinary matters and representing interested parties at coronial inquests including bereaved families and healthcare professionals. After moving to Australia, Abhi has also been instructed as an expert witness by a defendant UK law firm…

News 17 Jul, 2024

David Russell KC, Philip Punwar and Sean Yates provide training at DIFC Laws Certificate Programme 2024

David Russell KC, Philip Punwar and Sean Yates provide training at DIFC Laws Certificate Programme 2024

David Russell KC, Philip Punwar and Sean Yates provided training at the DIFC Laws & Courts Procedures, a unit of the DIFC Laws Certificate Programme 2024, that took place between 7th May and 16th July 2024 at the DIFC Academy. The DIFC Academy, in Association with Middlesex University Dubai and Outer Temple Chambers present the sixth edition of the DIFC Laws Certificate taking place between May to October 2024. This 6-month programme consists of nine units. It aims to provide education and training in common law and DIFC laws and courts procedures to civil law lawyers, DIFC Courts practitioners, Emirati advocates, In-house counsels and other professionals whose work involve exposure to common law systems and jurisdictions.  David Russell KC, Philip…

News 16 Jul, 2024

Harry Steinberg KC and Aliyah Akram have achieved a groundbreaking agreement in this group action on behalf of thousands of military personnel.

Landmark settlement announced against MoD re Noise Induced Hearing Loss group claim

Harry Steinberg KC and Aliyah Akram have achieved a groundbreaking agreement in this group action on behalf of thousands of military personnel who suffered noise induced hearing loss whilst in service. The settlement was approved by the High Court on Monday 8 July. Working with Simon Ellis and the Military team at Hugh James Solicitors, Harry and Aliyah negotiated this landmark agreement in which the MoD has made significant concessions on issues of limitation and duty of care. Since the MoD accepts that the Hugh James group of claimants have been negligently exposed to excessive noise during service, thousands of former servicemen and women will now be able to claim compensation for their injury. The agreement follows seminal decisions in…

News 15 Jul, 2024

We are proud to announce that Outer Temple Chambers has been shortlisted across 15 areas, including ‘Set of the Year’ for Clinical Negligence, Employment, Personal Injury, Sport, and Technology Data & Crypto at The Legal 500 Bar Awards.

Outer Temple Chambers shortlisted across 16 areas at The Legal 500 Bar Awards

We are proud to announce that Outer Temple Chambers has been shortlisted across 16 areas, including ‘Set of the Year’ for Clinical Negligence, Employment, Personal Injury, Sport, and Technology Data & Crypto at The Legal 500 Bar Awards. The Bar Awards, presented by The Legal 500, celebrates the finest barristers, chambers, and legal expertise, bringing together some of the brightest minds in the industry. The awards evening will take place on Wednesday 25th September 2024, at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London. Set Awards We are delighted to share that we have been shortlisted for the following Set Awards: Clinical Negligence Set of the Year – Outer Temple Chambers Employment Set of the Year – Outer Temple Chambers Personal Injury Set of the…

News 9 Jul, 2024

Success in Court of Appeal in British Broadcasting Association v (1) BBC Pension Trust Limited (2) Christina Burns

Success in Court of Appeal in British Broadcasting Association v (1) BBC Pension Trust Limited (2) Christina Burns

The Court of Appeal has dismissed the BBC’s appeal and has held that the BBC fetter protects future service benefits. Andrew Spink KC and Saul Margo acted on behalf of the successful Representative Beneficiary. The Court of Appeal has handed down its judgment in British Broadcasting Association v (1) BBC Pension Trust Limited (2) Christina Burns. In upholding the decision of the High Court, this landmark decision is the second case (after Lloyds Bank Pension Trust Corporation v Lloyds Bank plc [1996] PLR 263) in which a domestic court has found that a fetter on a pension scheme’s amendment power protects future service benefits. The case was brought because the BBC wishes to limit the ongoing costs of funding the…

News 9 Jul, 2024

Event: Huobi v Tabarak and what is meant by the DIFC being a ‘common law jurisdiction’?

Event: Huobi v Tabarak and what is meant by the DIFC being a ‘common law jurisdiction’?

Event Date: 9 Jul, 2024

Join key members of the Huobi case for an insightful discussion on the key takeaway points from this landmark judgment on Tuesday, 9th July 2024 at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai. We are delighted to invite you to join key team members on the Huobi case, Andrew Spink KC and Justina Stewart of Outer Temple Chambers, and Peter Smith of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Chaitanya Kediyal of Outer Temple Chambers supported the team in this case and will join the panel with his observations. The event will be chaired by David Russell KC of Outer Temple Chambers. In the much anticipated judgment, GATE MENA DMCC & HUOBI MENA FZC V TABARAK INVESTMENT CAPITAL LTD & ANR, the DIFC Court of Appeal (Justice…

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Naomi Cunningham is published in DLA Briefings Vol 82

Naomi Cunningham is published in DLA Briefings Vol 82

Naomi Cunningham has been published in the latest Discrimination Law Association Briefings paper dissecting the case of Omooba v Michael Garrett Associates (1) Leicester Theatre Trust Ltd (2). Naomi Cunningham’s article titled ‘Bowing to the mob: a ‘business case’ defence?’ was included in the DLA July briefing paper (Vol 82, 1088-1100 July 2024) following the recent EAT decision in Omooba v Michael Garrett Associates (1) Leicester Theatre Trust Ltd (2) [2024] EAT 30. Actress Seyi Omooba accepted a role as a lesbian character. However, whenever historic homophobic comments surfaced on social media, her contract was terminated. Despite conceding that she would have resigned in any event, Ms Omooba brought employment tribunal claims of discrimination and harassment on grounds of religion…

External Publications, News 2 Jul, 2024

Sean Yates to moderate a panel session at the CIArb Mediation Event

Sean Yates to moderate a panel session at the CIArb Mediation Event

UAE based barrister, Sean Yates will be moderating a panel session at the CIArb Mediation event on Thursday, 4th July in Abu Dhabi. CIArb is a global, independent, charitable membership organisation incorporated by Royal Charter. They are committed to supporting the effective resolution of disputes with members based worldwide. Sean Yates will be moderating a panel discussion on 4th July at the Al Aidarous Law Firm (ADGM Office), Abu Dhabi from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. The panel including Wolf Von Kumberg, Robert Sliwinski, Hashem Al Aidarous and Haitham Mokhtar will discuss the growing use of commercial mediation in the UAE and the new DIAC Mediation Rules. Topics will include: How does mediation fit into the ADR landscape? The role of lawyers…

News 1 Jul, 2024

Andrew Allen KC and Alexander Line successfully resist appeal in the EAT brought by Circuit Judges in relation to their pension rights

Andrew Allen KC and Alexander Line successfully resist appeal in the EAT brought by Circuit Judges in relation to their pension rights

In Clayson and others v Ministry of Justice and others [2024] EAT 99, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (Mr Justice Kerr) dismissed an appeal brought by Claimant Circuit Judges in relation to their pension rights. Andrew Allen KC and Alexander Line successfully represented the Respondents. The three test Claimants (who formed part of a larger cohort) were each former Recorders who were appointed to the office of Circuit Judge on or after 31st March 1995. That date was important, as it was the date on which a new judicial pension scheme under the Judicial Pensions and Retirement Act 1993 (‘JUPRA’) came into effect. They contended that the terms of this scheme were less favourable than the scheme under the Judicial Pensions…

News 28 Jun, 2024

Robert Rhodes KC and Lucian ILIE appointed to the DIAC Arbitrator panel

Robert Rhodes KC and Lucian ILIE appointed to the DIAC Arbitrator panel

Outer Temple Chambers is delighted to announce that Robert Rhodes KC and Lucian ILIE have been registered as arbitrators with the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC). The Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) is the largest arbitration centre in the Middle East, providing a high calibre of arbitration services and facilities on an international scale. DIAC administers and supports arbitration, mediation, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, facilitating the settlement of commercial disputes outside judicial courts for parties of all nationalities and jurisdictions. The specific services offered include the overseeing of arbitral proceedings and commercial disputes; appointing arbitrators; choosing the venue for arbitration and fixing the fees of arbitrators and mediators. DIAC maintains a directory of experts with diverse knowledge and…

News 27 Jun, 2024

Fiona Horlick KC, leading Oliver Powell, appear on behalf of CEO of Care Home Provider

Fiona Horlick KC, leading Oliver Powell, appear on behalf of CEO of Care Home Provider

Fiona Horlick KC and Oliver Powell, instructed by Andrew Oliver of Andrew Jackson LLP, appeared on behalf of a care home provider at Teesside Crown Court. Following applications made by Fiona and Oliver (& other co-defending counsel), the CPS offered no evidence. Background: between 2016 and 2017, 5 service users, who were residents at two care homes owned by the care provider, passed away. The 8 defendants faced an indictment containing 19 counts arising from the circumstances in which the 5 people died. The deceased were all residents in care homes. The matter was listed for a 10-week trial. The case: Broadly distilled, it was the Crown’s case that the care home provider failed to discharge a duty under s.3…

News 26 Jun, 2024

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