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Tim Green joins Outer Temple

Chambers are delighted to welcome Tim Green, his practice areas include financial services, environment, professional discipline and health & safety. He is recognised in the leading legal directories where he is identified as “A highly skilled barrister who is incredibly impressive in front of a jury” (Chambers & Partners). Andrew Spink QC, head of the business department, welcomed Tim’s recruitment: “Tim brings expertise in several of Chambers’ key work areas. We are very much looking forward to working with him”.

News 5 Aug, 2014

Katarina Sydow examines the High Court’s decision to award Human Rights Act damages in respect of an inadequate police investigation

In a decision handed down on 23 July 2014, the High Court has found that the Metropolitan Police Service (“MPS”) must pay damages of £22,250 and £19,000 respectively to Claimants DSD and NBV for failing to conduct an effective investigation into the rapes and other sexual offences committed by John Worboys, the so-called “Black Cab Rapist”, between 2002 and 2008 (DSD & NBV v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2014] EWHC 2493 (QB).

News 3 Aug, 2014

Jersey child abuse inquiry gets underway

The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry started on Tuesday (22 July) with opening remarks from Inquiry Chair, Francis Oldham QC, who renewed her appeal for witnesses and said they can give evidence anonymously. She said that although oral evidence will begin on 29 July witnesses can come forward at any time. The panel heard that 192 people have alleged 532 offences between 1947 and 2004. Patrick Sadd and Harriet Jerram, co-counsel to the Inquiry, set out details of Phase 1 of the Inquiry. In his opening comments, Patrick Sadd said it was “too late to right the wrongs of the past” but the issues needed to be brought into the open.  He said parts of the inquiry would be “distressing and controversial”. Harriet Jerram said…

News 22 Jul, 2014

John McKendrick successfully appears in forced caesarean proceedings

John McKendrick, instructed by Hannah Taylor of Bevan Brittan, appeared for the applicant health bodies and local authority in complex proceedings before the Court of Protection to declare a patient lacks capacity to make decisions about the place and mode of delivery of her unborn baby and to declare that it is in her best interests to be the subject of a placental location scan, forced caesarean section and to receive contraception following the birth of her child. Mr Justice Cobb acceded to these declarations and authorised the applicants to use reasonable force and restraint to access the patient’s home. He also declared force could be used, in the exceptional circumstances of these proceedings, to grant the applicants authority to…

News 15 Jul, 2014

Gerard McDermott QC wins excellence in Legal Care Award

Outer Temple is delighted to announce that Gerard McDermott QC was presented the award of ‘Excellence in Legal Care’ on the evening of Thursday 6 June 2014 at the SIA’s ‘Rebuilding lives after spinal cord injury’ awards. Gerard was nominated for the award by the SIA. The organisers stated that The Excellence in Legal Care Award will be presented to an individual who has gone above and beyond their job role, to assist an individual as they rebuilt their life after spinal cord injury, or to contribute towards the aims and objectives of SIA.

News 5 Jun, 2014

Ben Compton QC and James Leonard speak at the 7th CAPITA lecture at the Royal College of Surgeons

They were invited to speak to over 150 Health & Safety Lawyers and Professionals on the emerging trends in Corporate Manslaughter prosecutions and sentencing. The lecture focused primarily on the prosecution of the Princess Sporting Club and also considered the recent costs order made against the HSE in the Binnings case. Ben is Head of Outer Temple Chambers Health & Safety Team and is recognised as a leading expert on Corporate Manslaughter prosecutions and investigations. James was retained as Counsel for the Princes Sporting Club. Download the Lecture Pack here.

News 15 May, 2014

Outer Temple in Dubai

Fifteen Outer Temple barristers, including six QCs, and three Chambers directors will be in Dubai from 5th – 8th May meeting with, and presenting to, a range of organisations, local law firms and businesses. The visit includes a reception for around 70 guests at the Capital Club Dubai. The visit welcomes David Russell QC who has relocated his principal base to Dubai, marks the permanent presence of OTC in Dubai, and reaffirms the commitment of Outer Temple Chambers to working in the Middle East. Among those visiting Dubai is Ali Almihdar the only English-qualified barrister who is a Saudi lawyer; he is head of Almihdar Law Firm based in Jeddah. Andrew Spink QC, head of the business department at Outer Temple…

News 27 Apr, 2014

Tom Gibson appears for successful NHS Trust in ‘Mitchell-type’ strike out application

Tom Gibson appeared recently for an NHS Trust in a successful Mitchell-type strike out of a clinical negligence claim. The case (HP v Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust) involved an alleged failure to consent the claimant properly for an operation. The defendant Trust had denied liability. Applying the landmark case of Mitchell v News Group Newspapers Ltd, DJ Russell (Norwich County Court) held that the claimant’s claim should be struck out for two failures to comply with court orders: a failure to serve a condition and prognosis report (which had been served 10 days late) and a failure to serve witness evidence (which was 5 days late and counting at the date of the hearing). The claimant’s two…

News 24 Apr, 2014

IBM found to be in breach of duty to UK pension scheme members in “Project Waltz” proceedings

A landmark judgment has been handed down in the IBM Project Waltz proceedings, in which Outer Temple silks Andrew Spink QC and Nicolas Stallworthy QC appeared for the Trustee of IBM’s two principal UK defined benefit pension schemes and the Representative Beneficiaries respectively. In 2009 IBM announced that, with effect from 2011, the two schemes would close to further benefit accrual, IBM UK’s longstanding early retirement policy would become much more restrictive and salary increases would only be offered in future to members of the schemes if they signed “Non Pensionability Agreements” (under which any such increases would not count as “pensionable salary” so as to feed into the calculation of their past service benefits). This controversial package of proposals,…

News 6 Apr, 2014

David Russell QC wins ‘Chartered Tax Adviser of the Year 2014’ at The Tax Institute’s 29th National Convention

“David clearly demonstrated a path of excellence in the taxation arena and is truly deserving of the Chartered Tax Adviser award.”

News 27 Mar, 2014

Michael Uberoi in twin success at the MPTS

Michael Uberoi recently concluded two lengthy Hearings in the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service. 1) In GMC v Dr S, Michael represented a GP who had been convicted of injecting his wife with heroin, and driving while under the influence of alcohol. The doctor was suspended for 9 months (the GMC had argued for erasure). Michael was instructed by Simpson & Marwick, Edinburgh. 2) In GMC v Dr M, Michael (instructed by Carson McDowell, Belfast) defended a doctor who was charged with attempting to dishonestly manipulate the outcome of Patient X’s benefits assessment, by lying to the medical assessor about her knowledge of Patient X, and lying about Patient X’s symptoms. The Doctor was released from proceedings after Stage 2, after…

News 20 Mar, 2014

Robert Rhodes QC is appointed as an Arbitrator

Robert Rhodes QC is appointed as an Arbitrator to the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution’s Global Panel of Distinguished Neutrals.

News 18 Mar, 2014

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