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Outer Temple successful in bitcoin fraud case in the Commercial Court

Andrew Spink QC, Helen Pugh and Chloë Bell have been successful in major bitcoin fraud case Ellis v Digit Europe Ltd. In Ellis v Digit Europe Limited the claimant alleged he had been the victim of a multi-million pound, complex fraud perpetrated by a web of persons unknown and sham companies purporting to offer bitcoin investment and management services. In December and January the claimant obtained worldwide freezing orders against alleged recipients of bitcoin identified following a tracing exercise on the blockchain which led to deposit addresses on the Kraken exchange.A fully contested return date due to be heard on Thursday 3 March by Mr Justice Jacobs raised wide ranging issues including a challenge to the now familiar view that…

Commercial, News 9 Mar, 2022

Happy International Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we asked some of our female barristers about their experiences and what they think of being a woman in the legal industry. Some people may still have the impression that law is a man’s game but this is not the case any more. The Bar is becoming more and more diverse and representative of the real world and women now make up over 38% of the industry according the the Bar Council. This figure has steadily increased over the last two decades but there is still a long way to go. So, to mark International Women’s Day, and in keeping with this year’s theme #BreakTheBias, we thought we would ask some of our female barristers…

News 8 Mar, 2022

Manchester Seminar - Invitation 17.03.22

Event: Join our Travel Law Conference in Manchester on 17th March 2022

Join Outer Temple Chambers and guests for an afternoon of travel related talks at the Edwardian Radisson Hotel Manchester. This will be a hybrid event, with limited in-person tickets and streamed online. You are invited to join Outer Temple Chambers and our esteemed guests at the Edwardian Radisson Hotel in Manchester. This event will include a number of topical talks followed by a panel session. Agenda 12.30: In person registration/refreshments for a 1.00 start 1.00 – 1.15: Welcome by Gerard McDermott QC and Ian Denham (Joint Chairs) 1.15 – 2.00: “Litigating RTAs Abroad After Brexit” – Colin Murphy (Leigh Day) and Carin Hunt 2.00 – 2.45: “International Clinical Negligence – from the Cayman Islands to Cumbria” – Sarah Crowther QC…

Events, Travel 28 Feb, 2022

Protectors' Power of Consent

‘The Protectors’ Power of Consent’ – David E. Grant is published in TL4 Private Client Magazine

David E. Grant has published an article in the latest edition of the ThoughtLeaders4 Private Client magazine looking at the evolving concept of the protectors’ power of consent. Three recent cases in three different jurisdictions have considered a hitherto unexplored question in the law of trusts – what is the scope of a protector’s power of consent? The three cases were PTNZ v AS & Ors [2020] EWHC 3114 (Ch) in the English High Court, In the matter of the X Trusts [2021] SC (Bda) 72 Civ in the Supreme Court of Bermuda, and In the matter of the Piedmont Trust and Riviera Trust, Jasmine Trustees & Anor v M & Ors [2021] JRC24 in the Royal Court of Jersey.…

Private Client & Trusts, Legal Blog & Publications, News 23 Feb, 2022

World Bank

Alex Haines and Carin Hunt instructed in World Bank Administrative Tribunal sex discrimination case

Two members of our International Organisations Law Team have been instructed in a case before the World Bank Administrative Tribunal in Washington DC against the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development Alex Haines and Carin Hunt have been instructed in a case before the World Bank Group’s Administrative Tribunal (WBAT) involving an allegation of indirect sex discrimination. The WBAT was established by the Board of Governors of the Bank in 1980. It acts as a judicial forum of last resort for the resolution of cases submitted by World Bank Group staff members alleging non-observance of their contracts of employment or terms of appointment. The WBAT’s decisions are final and binding on the Bank. The WBAT is composed of seven judges, all of whom…

News, International 16 Feb, 2022

Cryptocurrency

Outer Temple joins CIArb Seminar; Cryptocurrency Disputes – Litigation v Arbitration

Stephen Doherty and Chloë Bell have been invited to join the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ London Branch Committee at its latest event on 17th February; “Cryptocurrency disputes – Litigation v Arbitration”. The event will feature a group of expert panellists who will debate the best way to resolve cryptocurrency disputes.  The Event Moderator: Lord Mance Panel: Stephen Doherty, Chloë Bell, Tope Adeyemi, Charlotte Hill and Jaak Poldma The branch is honoured to have Lord Mance, former Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, moderating the event.  Tickets are free but limited, and will be allocated on a first come basis, therefore those who wish to attend are encouraged to register quickly. The debate will be centred around a…

Events, Commercial 14 Feb, 2022

Lydia Seymour successful in Court of Appeal case CRAFT v Pope & Ors

Lydia Seymour recently acted for the successful Respondent in CRAFT v Pope & Others [2022] EWCA Civ 22, which considered the extent to which a company could subsequently challenge the decisions of sole Directors and Members to award themselves company property.  CRAFT brought claims for breach of directors’ duties and breach of fiduciary duty against its former directors/members who had awarded themselves company property in circumstances in which the company’s constitution prevented distribution of its assets. The Defendants had asserted that they could not be in breach of any duty to the company because the interests of the company should be equated to the interests of the sole members/directors, and further that the company could not bring any claim in…

Commercial, News, Pensions 9 Feb, 2022

Chelsea FC settles racism claims

Success for James Counsell QC and Ben Bradley as Chelsea FC settle four claims for racist abuse

Four Claimants, all represented by James Counsell QC and Benjamin Bradley, have settled their claims for damages against Chelsea Football Club for undisclosed six figure sums in abuse proceedings. The Claimants settled their claims for damages against Chelsea Football Club for undisclosed six figure sums on 7th February at a pre-trial review hearing.  The claims, which were listed for a six week trial, involving 62 witnesses, in four weeks’ time alleged that two former employees, Graham Rix, the former England international footballer, and Gwyn Williams, whilst working for the club’s youth training programme in the 1990s, racially abused these four young black footballers when they were aged between 14 and 18. At a court hearing in May 2021, the High…

News, Personal Injury 8 Feb, 2022

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Louis Weston acts for BHA in doping case

Louis Weston recently acted for the British Horseracing Authority in the prosecution of two men charged with doping a horse at Newcastle Racecourse, resulting in 10 years disqualification and a nominal fine for the faultless trainer. The British Horseracing Authority instructed Head of the Sports Law Team, Louis Weston, to act on their behalf at the hearing of Neil Waggot and Stephen Walker, two stable hands employed by Newcastle Racecourse. The hearing centred around alleged doping of horses in 2018. Ladies First was a favourite to win at Newcastle but was well beaten by 22 lengths and later tested positive for Timolol, a beta blocker. CCTV footage showed Waggot and Walker acting suspiciously and appearing to administer something to the…

News, Sports 28 Jan, 2022

Andrew Short QC and Peter Linstead win status appeal involving apps for London taxis

Representing the Respondent operators of the Mytaxi app (now called Free Now), Andrew Short QC and Peter Linstead have successfully opposed the Claimant’s appeal to the EAT of a decision that a London Hackney carriage driver using the taxi app was not a ‘worker’ when using the app to source and transport passengers. Introduction In a decision handed down on 18 January 2022 in Christopher Johnson v Transopco UK Ltd [2022] EAT 6, the EAT upheld the decision of the employment tribunal, where Peter Linstead appeared unled for Transopco, that although the driver had an obligation of personal service, the operator was a ‘client or customer’ of the driver’s business for the purposes of s.230(3) of the Employment Rights Act…

News, Employment 24 Jan, 2022

Secondary Victim Claims: Tom Gibson comments on Paul v Wolverhampton

The Court of Appeal has now handed down judgment in Paul v Wolverhampton, Polmear v Cornwall and Purchase v Dr Ahmed – three conjoined appeals on the ‘secondary victim’ criteria for psychiatric injury claims in a clinical negligence setting.  Tom Gibson takes a closer look at the implications. While medical negligence practitioners everywhere may have been hoping for clarity in the law, it looks as though the secondary victim claims saga will continue to run.  Though the Court of Appeal decided the appeals, perhaps reluctantly, in favour of the defendants, the Court also encouraged the claimants to appeal to the Supreme Court. All three cases featured claimants who suffered psychiatric injuries resulting from family members’ tragic, sudden deaths following medical…

Clinical Negligence, News 18 Jan, 2022

Naomi Cunningham - Hot 100

Naomi Cunningham named in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 list

We are delighted to announce that Naomi Cunningham has been named by The Lawyer as a ‘Hot 100 Lawyer’ for 2022. Every year, The Lawyer compiles a list of lawyers that they feel have made an impact on the legal world and have excelled in their field.   Their ‘Hot 100’ rates on excellence and relevance. It covers “an incredibly diverse mix of legal professionals; scrappers from the rough and tumble of criminal law; sophisticated corporate dealmakers; intellectuals and silver-tongued advocates from barristers’ profession; the in-house counsel with the ear of their CEOs; associates rising to greatness; and even the occasional professional with no legal qualifications at all who is nevertheless showing the industry how to better itself. But whatever…

News, Employment 17 Jan, 2022

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