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Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence: Chambers of the Year 2013

We are delighted to announce that Outer Temple was declared Chambers of the Year in the category of personal injury and clinical negligence in the inaugural Legal 500 UK Awards 2013. The teams are also short listed in the same category by Chambers & Partners in the UK Bar Awards.

News 2 Oct, 2013

Ben Compton QC secures acquittal in the latest legionella prosecution

After a 3 year battle, the HSE finally offered no evidence against Balticare Ltd, the sister company of Balticare Aircoil Ltd (a manufacturer of cooling towers in the USA), at Shrewsbury Crown Court. The HSE, had been alleging design faults on the FXV and CXV Evaporative Condensers installed in the UK from the late 1990’s and despite the fact that there had never been any outbreak of legionella and against a background of substantial co-operation by Balticare, decided to charge the company with breaching Section 6(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The case was vigorously contested and included an abuse of process application; however shortly before the listed hearing the HSE abandoned their position accepting that…

News 1 Oct, 2013

Michael Bowes QC is chairing a Butterworths conference on Financial Services Investigations & Enforcement

Chaired by Michael Bowes QC of Outer Temple Chambers and featuring an array of the most senior names in this area of practice, Butterworths’ Financial Services Investigations & Enforcement conference will give you the knowledge and insight you need to successfully navigate a complex regulatory area. Key reasons to attend: Explore the internal planning and strategy formation of a major bank’s response to regulatory change, with Matthew Newman, Regulatory Affairs, The Royal Bank of Scotland Dissect developments in regulatory priorities after the establishment of the FCA, with Elizabeth Barrett of Slaughter and May Navigate FCA interviews and hear tips for ‘survival’, with Stephen Pollard of WilmerHale Examine the key issues in global enforcement, with Jonathan Kelly of Cleary Gottlieb Review…

News 25 Sep, 2013

Oliver Assersohn gives talks about current issues in Financial Services disputes at seminars in Shanghai and Beijing

Oliver was part of the Bar Council delegation visiting Seoul, Shanghai and Beijing this month which was led by the Chair of the Bar and the Head of the Bar’s International Committee. Oliver’s talk at the two seminars emphasised the benefits of mutual exchange of information given the increasing interaction between China and the City of London and the imminent launch of the free trade zone in Shanghai. Oliver addressed issues of jurisdiction, regulatory trends and some key developments in the commercial courts five years on from the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

News 22 Sep, 2013

David Russell QC will be giving a presentation to the CFE in St Petersburg on the impact of GAARs in Asia

David Russell QC will be giving a presentation to the CFE in St Petersburg on the impact of GAARs in Asia, on 19 September 2013. For further information about the event please click here.

News 12 Sep, 2013

Richard Lissack QC and Nicholas Hill successfully defend international property management company

Richard Lissack QC and Nicholas Hill successfully defend an international property management company (with over 1,100 sites in the UK) against a prosecution brought by the London Borough of Havering. The case, listed across two weeks at Snaresbrook Crown Court, concluded after two days following cross-examination of the Prosecution’s expert Consultant Engineer, the Prosecution accepting that they no longer had a realistic prospect of securing a conviction. The case was based on an alleged breach of s4 of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 following serious injury to a 12 year old boy resulting from his deliberate misuse of a flying escalator installation. The Defence case was founded on three principal arguments: (i) that the prosecution was…

News 10 Sep, 2013

Anthony Haycroft represented the CPS at Maidstone Crown Court in the case of GP Barend Delport

Barend Delport, a family doc, has been jailed for six years for taking 800 indecent photos of women and girl patients. To read the full BBC News article click here. More on the story: Scottish Daily Express Jailed: Family doctor who deceived female patients into… Mail Online UK Family doctor Barend Delport jailed for 6 years for photographing patients Heart Radio Swanley; GP Jailed Bexhill Today Six years for sex photos doctor London Evening Standard Jailed: family GP who sexually assaulted and took photos of women and girls

News 9 Sep, 2013

Three UK Bar Awards nominations for Outer Temple Chambers

Outer Temple is delighted to announce that it has received three nominations in the 2013 UK Bar Awards. Our Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence teams are jointly shortlisted  for Set of the Year. Along with our Professional Discipline team who are shortlisted for Set of the Year. David Morris is nominated in the Professional Discipline Junior of the Year category. The nominations confirm Outer Temple’s continued authority in these two practice areas. In 2012 Gerard McDermott QC won Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence Silk of the Year, the title held the previous year by David Westcott QC. Our Professional Discipline team receives its second consecutive nomination for Set of the Year, having won the award in 2012. Charles Foster was the Professional Discipline Junior…

News 1 Sep, 2013

Stephen Climie and Ben Bradley achieve substantial CICA award for Australian national

Two members of Chambers (instructed by Rebecca Dixon of Stewarts Law LLP) have recently been involved in assisting an Australian national to obtain a significant award before the First-Tier Tribunal (Criminal Injuries Compensation). The Appellant was injured in an unprovoked attack in London in 2004, which caused the client to suffer a brain injury. The CICA had initially contended that the Appellant was not entitled to any form of award at all by reason of his alleged conduct prior to the incident. Stephen Climie represented the Appellant at the eligibility hearing. Having heard evidence from the original officer in the case, the Tribunal concluded that the Appellant was subjected to an unprovoked attack, and as such was entitled to a…

News 21 Aug, 2013

Judge approves man’s sterilisation

John McKendrick, instructed by Weightmans solicitors, has appeared for the local authority in a ground breaking case before the Court of Protection. Today, Mrs Justice Eleanor King has made legal history by granting an application for a declaration that it is lawful and in the best interests of an incapacitated adult to undergo a non therapeutic sterilisation. This is believed to be the first time a court in this jurisdiction has approved such a procedure being carried out on a man who is incapable of consenting. John acted for the local authority, who argued the incapacitated man should undergo the sterilisation procedure to provide him with greater independence and to safeguard his relationship with his long term girlfriend. The man…

News 15 Aug, 2013

Outer Temple is delighted to welcome Robin Barclay

Robin has a broad financial & regulatory crime practice, with an emphasis on market abuse, insider dealing, serious fraud, corruption and corporate crime. He is currently acting for clients in the two most high profile insider dealing investigations brought by the FCA to date (Operations Tabernula and Saturn), a $1billion SFO-prosecuted real estate fraud, and is Independent Counsel in an international FCA investigation into market abuse. Robin is recommended in the leading legal directories and is widely regarded as one of the truly leading juniors in his fields of expertise. Chambers & Partners 2013 describes him as “an outstanding junior who is always prepared to go the extra mile for solicitor and client”. Read Robin’s article on SAC Capital in…

News 14 Aug, 2013

3 members are involved in the first case of its type regarding abuse and the jurisdiction of the Pensions Ombudsman

Pell Frischmann v Others HC12E02792 2013 EWHC 2203 (CH) Most members of occupational pension schemes involved in a pensions dispute prefer to have their dispute determined by the Pensions Ombudsman (“PO”) rather than the Court. The reason for such a choice is a simple one; issuing Court proceedings exposes a member to the risk of having to pay the costs of the trustees and/or employer. Complaining to the PO does not. However, the applicable statutory regime prevents the PO from investigating when Court proceedings have already been commenced. In general terms the reverse is also true i.e. the Court will not entertain proceedings if a dispute has already been referred to the PO. When the member’s preference for the PO is…

News 7 Aug, 2013

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