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Carin Hunt represents Barts Health NHS Foundation Trust and Mid & South Essex NHS Trust in Archie Battersbee inquest

The inquest into the tragic death of Archie Battersbee started on Tuesday 7th February 2023, with Carin Hunt representing Barts Health NHS Trust and Mid & South Essex NHS Trust; the Trusts that operate the hospitals where Archie was treated. Archie Battersbee was found unconscious at home on 7 April 2022 by his mother. Following treatment at the scene by paramedics he was conveyed to hospital. Sadly, Archie’s doctors suspected brain stem death and applied to court for a declaration that it would be lawful for them to undertake brain stem testing, as Archie’s parents did not want the testing to take place. A lengthy legal dispute in respect of Archie’s treatment ensued. Pursuant to an order of the court,…

News, Public Law 9 Feb, 2023

Naomi Cunningham gives evidence to the Women and Equalities Select Committee

The Women and Equalities Select Committee invited Naomi Cunningham to a formal meeting on the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill and Equality Act Naomi Cunningham appeared last week before the Women and Equalities Select Committee to discuss the interaction between the Equality Act 2010 and the Gender Recognition Act 2004. She appeared before MPs beside Lord Falconer of Thoroton KC, Robin White (Barrister, Old Square Chambers) and Dr Michael Foran (Senior Fellow and Lecturer in Public Law at Glasgow University) to explore the repercussions of the Scottish Government’s Gender Recognition Reform Bill.  Cross-party MPs were told that the SNP’s Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill (GRR) will change the legal definition of sex for both men and women, to the extent that…

News, Public Law 9 Feb, 2023

Case Analysis PJSC National Bank Trust & anor v Mints & ors [2023]

Sanctioned Persons Not Prevented From Accessing UK Courts – PJSC National Bank Trust & anor v Mints & ors [2023]

Joshua Hitchens, along with Annabel Thomas, Gavin Costelloe and Bethany Histed (of Greenberg Traurig LLP) consider one of the first major judgments on the effects of the Russian sanctions regime on commercial litigation involving parties subject to asset freezes following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. On 27 January 2023, Mrs Justice Cockerill handed down judgment in PJSC National Bank Trust & anor v Mints & ors [2023] EWHC 118 (Comm) in which she considered the effect of the Russian sanctions regime on commercial litigation involving parties who are designated persons. Under the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (the “Regulations”), all assets of a designated person are frozen, meaning no person may deal in them, and no person may make available any…

Commercial, News, International 9 Feb, 2023

Event: The Equine Seminar – 1st March 2023

Join Outer Temple Chambers and a fantastic line-up of expert guests for The Equine Seminar, on Wednesday 1st March at The Law Society. You are invited to join Outer Temple Chambers’ team of equine injury experts and esteemed guests for our upcoming Equine Seminar on Wednesday 1st March 2023. Topics to be covered include a Legal Update, discussion of the recent judgment in Schoultz v Ball [2022] EWHC 2452 (KB), and a panel discussion on issues in equine sport including the recent Freddy Tylicki case. We are also delighted to welcome guest speakers, and experts in their field, Anne-Marie Taylor, Charlie Lane, Clare Garnett, Richard Brooks and professional jockey, Saffie Osborne. Agenda 1.30 to 2.00     Registration (tea and coffee on…

Events, Personal Injury 25 Jan, 2023

Samuel Cuthbert represents motorsport national governing body in inquest into motorsports accident.

Samuel Cuthbert recently acted for Motorsport UK in a multi-day inquest at Norfolk Coroners Court into the death of Angela Lucas. Angela Lucas was fatally injured, and died of severe head injuries during an endurance race at Snetterton Race Circuit. The jury found that the buckle of Mrs Lucas’ harness was not correctly located and if the buckle had been correctly located in line with the FIA regulations, it would not have been possible for the turnbuckle to be activated. The Coroner did not issue a Prevention of Future Deaths report. Motorsport UK said “This tragic accident is a stark reminder of the need to ensure that motorsport regulations are complied with and that safety equipment – in particular harnesses…

News, Sports 24 Jan, 2023


Louis Weston acts for BHA in betting conspiracy case against jockey Danny Brock

Former horseracing jockey Danny Brock faces a lengthy ban after the British Horseracing Authority instructed sports law specialist Louis Weston in this complicated race fixing case. The case The British Horseracing Authority’s independent disciplinary panel decided the fate of former jockey Danny Brock on Tuesday 17 January, issuing a ban after deciding he had deliberately stopped horses in three races. Louis Weston, aided by Tomás Nolan, a senior regulatory lawyer at BHA, argued that Brock was responsible for ‘fixing’ three races in 2018 and 2019 along with five other individuals including Sean McBride. There were a series of large bets staked and Louis relied on detailed analysis of videos and betting patterns after a widespread refusal by the respondents to…

News, Sports 19 Jan, 2023

Alex Haines and Victoria Brown IsDBG Admin Tribunal

Alex Haines and Victoria Brown successful in first ever in-person trial before IsDBG Administrative Tribunal

Jeddah: Alex Haines and Victoria Brown have been successful in the first ever substantive in-person hearing before the newly established Islamic Development Bank Group Administrative Tribunal. The Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDBG) – an International Financial Institution founded in 1973 and based in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – established an International Administrative Tribunal (similar in nature to the Administrative Tribunals of the World Bank and IMF) that started operating in 2022 to hear disputes between the IsDBG and its staff members. Alex and Victoria acted for the successful Applicant in the first ever substantive hearing before the Tribunal, held in person in December 2022. Their win follows a remote interim hearing in another matter earlier in 2022, in which Alex and Courtney…

News, International 18 Jan, 2023

Ian Denham instructed in inquest after fatal infections at Royal Papworth Hospital

Ian Denham represents the families of two women after they contracted fatal infection from a hospital’s water supply

Ian Denham has been instructed to represent the families of two women who died following an outbreak of the Mycobacterium Abscessus pathogen at the Royal Papworth Hospital. Ian Denham has been instructed by Jatinder Paul, Senior Associate Solicitor in the International Serious Injury team at Irwin Mitchell, and his colleague Jennifer Hodgson to represent the families of two women who died in an inquest following an outbreak of the Mycobacterium Abscessus pathogen at the Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge. The background Karen Starling, aged 54, and Anne Martinez, aged 65, both tested positive for Mycobacterium Abscessus (MA) after successfully undergoing double lung transplants at the Royal Papworth Hospital. A NHS serious incident report found that 21 patients with lung conditions were infected with…

Clinical Negligence, News 6 Jan, 2023

Travel Law Conference – Talk 3: Running PI claims North and South of the Border

Outer Temple Chambers hosted a Travel Law Conference which included a number of topical talks on international injury claims. The third in a series of four talks was given by Ian Denham (Outer Temple Chambers) and Simon Richards (Digby Brown). They spoke on the topic ‘Running PI claims North and South of the Border’. Outer Temple Chambers hosted a series of talks and discussions, chaired by Eliot Woolf KC, on Travel Law. The conference was held on 13th October 2022. The third talk of the day was by Ian Denham (Outer Temple Chambers) and Simon Richards (Digby Brown) who spoke about running personal injury claims North and South of the UK; in Scotland and England. Other speakers included David Sanchez Almagro (Estudio Jurídico Almagro), Daniel Clarke (Outer Temple Chambers), Katherine…

News, Webinars & Vlogs, Travel Vlogs, Travel 19 Dec, 2022

Patrick Tomison named The Times ‘Lawyer of the Week’

Patrick Tomison has been named ‘Lawyer of the Week’ by The Times after acting for a dyslexic Marks and Spencer worker made redundant over mistakes in emails. The Times has named Patrick Tomison ‘Lawyer of the Week’ after he acted for an employee in a high profile disability discrimination case employment tribunal. Patrick acted for Rita Jandu, who worked for Marks and Spencer for more than 20 years and was made redundant because of mistakes in her emails. Jandu, who is dyslexic, claimed disability discrimination and unfair dismissal. The central London employment tribunal awarded her more than £50,000, ruling that her employers ignored the impact that dyslexia had on her work. “We had to prove the impact of her dyslexia…

News, Employment 8 Dec, 2022

Alex Haines and Victoria Brown successful in access to justice argument before the OAS Administrative Tribunal

Following their win before the OAS Administrative Tribunal in the case of Griner v Secretary General of the OAS Judgment 169 (31st August 2022), Alex Haines and Victoria Brown have secured another victory in the case of LaGuerre v Secretary General of the OAS, Resolution 413 (21st October 2022). After Mr LaGuerre’s case had been filed in March 2022, the OAS filed two motions: “Motion to dismiss the case in its entirety for being frivolous and failing to make a claim upon which relief can be granted”. “Motion in support of imposition of the filing fee therefore denying and dismissing the Complainants request for a waiver of said filing fee with prejudice”. The issue of wider interest in this case…

News 2 Dec, 2022

Philip Stear appears live in the Court of Appeal on Thursday 1st December

Philip Stear will be live-streamed on the Court of Appeal YouTube channel on Thursday 1st December when he represents his appellant (defendant) clients in Jennison v Jennison & anr. The appeal relates to an important point in the Conflict of Laws as it relates to the administration of estates, namely whether the executor of a person who died domiciled abroad but owning property in England & Wales can commence proceedings on behalf of the estate before obtaining an English probate (or the resealing of the overseas grant).  By Appellants Notice filed on 25 April 2022, the First and Second Defendants are appealing the three findings at paragraph 65 of the judgment of, and paragraph 1 of the order of HHJ…

Events, News 30 Nov, 2022

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