News & Events
News & Events
Neil Utley, former CEO of Equity Syndicate Management Limited (“Equity”), has settled regulatory charges brought by the Council of Lloyd’s (“the Council”). Mr Utley has accepted two charges of detrimental conduct in proceedings before the Lloyd’s Enforcement Tribunal (“the Tribunal”) and has undertaken not to apply for a role as a director in the Lloyd’s market for two years and has agreed to pay the Council’s costs. Equity is the Managing Agent of Syndicate 218 (“the Syndicate”), a leading underwriting insurance business at Lloyd’s, specialising in the provision of motor insurance. In October 2011, enforcement proceedings were brought by the Council against Mr Utley and Equity in relation to two charges of detrimental conduct. The charges related to Mr Utley’s…
News 26 Feb, 2013
Ben Bradley (instructed by Irwin Mitchell LLP, London) obtained the maximum CICA award of £500,000 for his brain injured client; the initial CICA offer having been just over £20,000. The assessment of the severity of the Claimant’s injuries; the quantification of his loss of earnings and the value of his claim for ongoing care all remained in dispute on appeal.
News 26 Feb, 2013
Daniel Barnett has been shortlisted in the Halsburys Legal Awards 2013 in the ‘legal journalism’ category.
News 22 Feb, 2013
John recently acted for a local authority in proceedings before the Court of Protection which determined that sterilisation would not be in the best interests of a young learning disabled woman. Mr Justice Cobb took the opportunity to remind practitioners of the procedure for dealing with non therapeutic sterilisation cases. Please follow these links to view news articles and judgment: Telegraph – Judge Blocks Sterilisation of Downs Syndrome Woman Express – Downs Syndrom Sterilisation Ruling Daily Mail Bailli John is a recognised leading junior in the fields of the Court of Protection and accepts instructions from families, health bodies, local authorities and the Official Solicitor.
News 18 Feb, 2013
Settlement was reached today of a substantial investment mis-selling claim involving the marketing of an unregulated Collective Investment Scheme (CIS). Providing an overview, Richard said: “A likely inequality of resources is an understandable concern for individuals wishing to sue a defendant bank under section 150 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. The early settlement of this case after Particulars of Claim were served demonstrates the value of intense early work on a claim to ensure it is made as strong as possible. This included obtaining expert evidence on the key issue of suitability and enabled a detailed, strongly pleaded claim which fully referenced the Conduct of Business Sourcebook to be presented to the bank from the outset. The…
News 15 Feb, 2013
Tom Gibson appeared recently in the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Octavian Continental Ltd v White (UKEAT 0406/12/RN) for Mr John White, the Respondent, who successfully resisted his employer’s appeal against his ‘whistleblowing’ unfair dismissal. At first instance, the Bristol Employment Tribunal had found that Mr White – a Security Officer who had reported concerns over irregular cash handling procedures at the Swindon shopping centre and car park where he worked – was a “conscientious employee”who had taken “proper steps to report his concerns to his employers”. Conversely, the Employment Tribunal found that Mr White’s managers had “closed minds which were fixated on finding” that Mr White was guilty of gross misconduct. The Tribunal found that Mr White’s managers had “gnored…
News 14 Feb, 2013
Three members of the Outer Temple Health & Safety team are currently engaged in the three month inquest arising out of the July 2009 tower block fire at Lakanal House, Camberwell, South London, in which six residents tragically died. Ben Compton QC and James Leonard, leading Robert Dickason, represent two of the construction companies involved.
News 13 Feb, 2013
Judgment has been handed down in Stone Consultants Ltd v NatWest  EWHC 208 (Ch) in which the claimants alleged that NatWest and one of its bankers was complicit in a £300m Ponzi scheme. Nicholas Medcroft, instructed by Berwin Leighton Paisner, acted for NatWest which successfully defeated claims for conspiracy, dishonest assistance, deceit, unjust enrichment and negligence. After a 4 week trial Mr Justice Sales dismissed all claims against the bank.
News 12 Feb, 2013
Richard Lissack QC has been instructed by the Sir Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust.
News 6 Feb, 2013
A former City worker made almost £693,000 by using insider information to place spread bets on six stocks after paying a print worker £269,000 in return for price sensitive information on takeover deals, a jury has been told. Richard Joseph,43, is accused of six counts of conspiracy to commit insider dealing in the latest criminal prosecution to be brought by the Financial Services Authority. He denies the charges. The trial at Southwark Crown Court was told that Mr Joseph received the sensitive details ahead of public announcements between September 2007 and July 2008 from Ersin Mustafa, who worked in the confidential printroom at investment bank JPMorgan Cazenove. The FSA claims that Mr Mustafa disseminated the information to Mr Joseph by…
News 31 Jan, 2013
Three members of Outer Temple Chambers’ pensions team appeared before Sales J in the Chancery Division on 30 January 2013. MAN Truck and Bus UK Ltd applied successfully for summary judgment in its claim for rectification of the Rules of the MAN UK Pension Scheme. MAN is the latest in a series of successful claims for rectification of pension scheme documentation including IAC (involving, Richard Hitchcock, James Rickards, Keith Bryant and David Grant) and IBM (involving Andrew Spink QC and Nicolas Stallworthy QC). As well as confirming the appropriate legal test to be applied on an application for rectification of a pension scheme, the MAN case is notable in that it succeeded notwithstanding the delay of 13 years between discovery of…
News 31 Jan, 2013