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Outer Temple in Dubai for Cirque du Loi

Members of Outer Temple Chambers and the director, Steve Graham, are in Dubai this week for the major legal social event of the year. The quaintly named “Cirque du Loi”, the annual legal gala dinner now in its third year, is “an all in celebration of the Dubai Legal Community for the benefit of the DIFC Courts Pro Bono programme”. Heads of Chambers, Andrew Spink QC and Michael Bowes QC are joined by Keith Bryant QC, Michael Patchett-Joyce, Benjimin Burgher, Ali Almihdar, David Russell QC, and Samir Salloum. Ali Almihdar is also head of Almihdar Law Firm in Jeddah and he holds the unique status of being the first Saudi Arabian lawyer qualified as a member of the English Bar.…

News 9 Oct, 2014

Tim Green successfully defends Birmingham City Council from MP’s challenge to green waste policy

At a hearing on 10 October before Judge Zara, Tim Green successfully defended Birmingham City Council against an application for a Litter Abatement Order made by John Hemming MP. Mr Hemming had challenged the Council’s policy of charging £35 per household for collecting green waste from homes across Birmingham. The charging policy was introduced in February 2014 after enabling legislation came into force in 2012. Whilst 50,000 households in Birmingham now pay for the green bins to be collected doubling the amount of green waste recycled and saving the Council £2.5m, other households had ignored the charge and simply fly-tipped their green waste in the streets. The Council had a policy of dealing with fly-tipping by taking steps to educate…

News 9 Oct, 2014

Outer Temple has been commended in the FT’s Innovative Lawyers 2014 report

We are delighted to note that Outer Temple has been commended in the FT’s Innovative Lawyers 2014 report, for our approach to managing change and for introducing “a new contribution structure to incentivise and retain high-earning barristers”. The restructuring came to the FT’s attention following a presentation by director, Christine Kings, to the Legal Futures Conference on new business structures in October 2013. Our restructuring reflects an enormous amount of effort and goodwill by all staff and barristers in Chambers and the determination and leadership of the three new heads, David Westcott QC, Michael Bowes QC and Andrew Spink QC. The changes were driven by the recognition that we need to respond quickly to opportunities in a fast moving market…

News 8 Oct, 2014

James Leonard is named: Professional Discipline Junior of the Year 2014

Outer Temple is delighted to announce that James Leonard has won the accolade of ‘Professional Discipline Junior of the Year 2014’, at the Chambers Bar Awards. Ben Compton QC was nominated as a ‘Silk of The Year’ and Stephen Climie was shortlisted as a ‘Health & Safety Junior of the Year’ . On Wednesday 1st October, Outer Temple was shortlisted as a candidate for the Legal 500 Awards in the category ‘Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence Set of the Year’, a category it won in 2013.

News 2 Oct, 2014

Ben Compton QC has been acting for Beko PLC in relation to the fridge freezer fires

Ben Compton QC has been acting for Beko PLC in relation to the fridge freezer fires, that led to the Santosh Muthiah inquest that was recently concluded before HM Coroner for North London. Beko PLC had been investigated both by the police for corporate manslaughter and then by Hertfordshire Trading Standards in respect of potential charges under the General Product Safety Regs of 2005 but without any charges being preferred. At the subsequent Inquest, following full legal argument, the Coroner ruled that there was insufficient evidence for a conclusion of “unlawful killing” and returned a conclusion of accidental death together with a short narrative. Further details can be found here.

News 29 Sep, 2014

Patrick Sadd spoke on ‘The Critical Role of Expert Evidence’ at the Cambridge Medico-Legal conference

Patrick Sadd spoke on Friday 26 September 2014 at the annual Cambridge Medico-Legal conference, to an audience of doctors, solicitors and barristers in Peterhouse College. He looked at a case study on the use of experts in litigation drawing on a recent abuse case in which the Claimant was seeking £5 million damages, Patrick Raggett v The Society of Jesus Trust 1929 for Roman Catholic Purposes [2012] EWHC 3132. The Court heard from 4 expert witnesses; the Judge preferred the evidence of only 1 of the 4. The case sets out the pitfalls of experts becoming advocates on behalf of one or other side. You can read more here.

News 28 Sep, 2014

Paul Rogers represents South Lakes Wild Animal Park in the inquest into the death of Sarah McClay

Outer Temple’s Paul Rogers represents South Lakes Wild Animal Park in the inquest into the death of Sarah McClay, an animal carer who was killed when attacked by a tiger, in the keeper enclosure of the tiger house in May 2013. Paul was instructed by RPC solicitors.

News 16 Sep, 2014

Jersey Care Inquiry day 12 to 14

This week at the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, Patrick Sadd and Harriet Jerram questioned witnesses about abuse in foster care and in care homes. Read the accounts in: The BBC: Jersey abuse victim ‘failed by social services’ Premier Christian Radio: Catholic Church contacted by care inquiry The Metro: Forced to sleep next to a dead nun: Public inquiry hears of horrific abuse suffered by children in Jersey care home

News 11 Sep, 2014

Fiona Scolding joins Outer Temple

We are delighted to announce that Fiona Scolding has joined chambers Public Law team.

News 21 Aug, 2014

Jersey abuse inquiry hears first care witnesses tell of abuse

The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry has heard from its first witness to have been through the island’s care system. Giffard Aubin, 79, described harsh punishments, psychological abuse and bullying between 1943 and 1951. The panel also heard from Violet Renouf, who went into care in 1942, aged six. The £6.5m inquiry is investigating abuse in Jersey’s care system from 1945 to the present day. Patrick Sadd questioned Mr Aubin in the morning session and Harriet Jerram took Ms Renouf through her evidence in the afternoon of 12 August 2014. Read more on the Jersey Inquiry: BBC Independent Jersey Care Inquiry

News 12 Aug, 2014

Patrick Sadd questions Professor Roger Bullock at the Independent Jersey Inquiry

Read the full transcript from day 7 here. More information on the inquiry: https://ijci-public.sharepoint.com/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-jersey-27839811 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-jersey-28408981

News 7 Aug, 2014

Patrick Sadd secures £350,000 for child abuse survivor

Patrick Sadd, instructed by Anthony Gold recently won damages of £350,000 for a claimant who was abused as a child and subsequently suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and psychosis and had an extensive history of self-harm and attempted suicide. The 45 year old was abused by the volunteer leader of a branch of a youth organisation. The case was settled on a global basis with no particular breakdown of damages. Patrick is a barrister who specialises in Child Abuse law, is currently working on the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry.

News 6 Aug, 2014

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