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Hair in hand murder trial programme to be aired on Channel 5

Channel 5 will be screening a programme on the convicted murderer Restivo on Tuesday 4th December 2012. Michael Bowes QC and Stephen Climie appeared for the prosecution, the case concluded at Winchester Crown Court on 29 June 2011.

News 29 Nov, 2012

Record £23M compensation awarded to teenager paralysed in car accident

Nathan Tavares of Outer Temple Chambers and William Norris QC of Thirty Nine Essex Street, instructed by Paul Paxton of Stewarts Law LLP, acted for Agnes Collier who has been awarded record damages (for a personal injury claim) in the High Court. Agnes, who was 13 at the time of her accident, and is now 17, suffered very serious spinal injuries leaving her tetraplegic and wholly dependent on others for her care and the needs of everyday life. She also lost her mother who was killed in the same accident. Nevertheless, with the support of a loving family and through her own determination, she was able to get back to her education at Cheltenham Ladies College and now hopes to…

News 20 Nov, 2012

Abu Qatada case Robert Rhodes QC interviewed on the BBC

Robert Rhodes QC was interviewed with the former Security Minister, Lady Neville-Jones, as the lead story on the BBC News Channel, concerning the Government’s present options about Abu Qatada.

News 15 Nov, 2012

Commercial Court lists Libor ‘test case’

Graiseley Properties Ltd & Ors v Barclays Bank Plc (2012) On 29 October 2012 Flaux J gave the claimants, part of the Guardian Care Homes Group, permission to amend their claim to plead fraudulent misrepresentation / deceit and (by consent) a breach of Article 101 anti-competition law claim against the defendant, Barclays, arising out of the bank’s involvement in Libor fixing. The adjourned CMC was heard on 13 and 14 November 2012 (partly in camera): Farhaz Khan of Outer Temple Chambers (led by Tim Lord QC of Brick Court Chambers) acted for the claimants, instructed by Philip Young of Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP.

News 15 Nov, 2012

Ben Compton QC secures acquittal for TV presenter

Ben Compton QC secures acquittal for Anna Ryder Richardson on a section 37 Health & Safety at work charge when a falling tree, at her wildlife park in Pembrokeshire, fell and severely injured a little boy and his mother.

News 14 Nov, 2012

David Grant and James Rickards appear in summary judgment rectification case

On Thursday 8 November 2012, Mr Justice Briggs gave judgment in the case of Misys Ltd v Misys Retirement Benefit Trustees Ltd. The Principal Employer applied for rectification of certain provisions relating to the revaluation of pensions in payment that had been erroneously recorded in the Scheme following a merger in 1997. Given the weight of the evidence the Principal Employer applied for summary judgment that was eventually not opposed by the representative beneficiary (although unusually defences were filed). The Court considered the recent cases regarding the law of rectification in IBM Holdings [2012] EWHC 2766 (Ch) and Industrial Acoustics and Crowhurst [2012] EWHC 1614 (Ch) (in the latter of which both David and James appeared). Having considered the evidence…

News 12 Nov, 2012

Abuse claims – perspective and limitation seminar

Patrick Sadd and Cara Guthrie, part of Outer Temple’s Abuse Claims’ team, spoke at BLM’s offices in Southampton on 7 November on Abuse claims: perspectives and limitation: the core battle ground. The talks come at a particularly telling time with the re-opening of the North Wales Children’s home inquiry and the seismic exposure of the Savile abuse allegations. Patrick spoke about the history of abuse claims through the courts, the difficulties faced by abuse claimants, the basis of the legal remedies open to them and the Court’s approach to damages. Cara focused on limitation in abuse claims and the hurdles historical claims have to overcome in trying to persuade a court that a fair trial is still possible so long…

News 7 Nov, 2012

Doctor found guilty of misconduct escapes any sanction

Anthony Haycroft has successfully defended a Glasgow based trainee GP in the Medical Tribunal Practitioners Service in October 2012. The doctor was accused by the General Medical Council of a series of sexual misconduct charges including rape of a girl who is now a doctor.

News 5 Nov, 2012

Alan Jenkins defends doctor in criminal trial

The jury at Harrow Crown Court returned unanimous “Not Guilty” verdicts on allegations of sexual assaults on female patients, following a trial lasting 9 days. The defendant, a north London GP, had been accused of inappropriately touching 3 female patients over a period of 4 years. He was acquitted of all charges.

News 5 Nov, 2012

Outer Temple wins two UK Bar Awards

Two of the prestigious Chambers UK Bar Awards were awarded to Outer Temple. “Set of the Year” was awarded to the Professional Discipline team. “Silk of the Year” went to Gerard McDermott QC, who was recognised for his work in Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence.

News 25 Oct, 2012

Equal pay claims in the Civil Courts

Andrew Short QC and Naomi Ling have successfully argued before the Supreme Court that employees are entitled to bring claims for equal pay in the civil courts. In Birmingham City Council v Abdulla 174 former Council employees, represented by Leigh Day & Co, issued claims for breach of contract in the High Court. They did so on the basis that the Council had paid them less than predominantly male groups of staff, in breach of the Equal Pay Act 1970. In a judgment handed down on 24th October the Supreme Court ruled that they were entitled to do so. The Council applied to strike out the Claimants’ claims for equal pay on the basis that it was more ‘convenient’ to…

News 23 Oct, 2012

Fiona Horlick secures the acquittal of doctor in Crown Court trial

Fiona Horlick represented a well known GP who was charged with sexually assaulting a patient over a 15 year period. The patient was in her late 60s by the time of trial and disabled. She gave evidence for 4 days at Cambridge Crown Court earlier this month.

News 14 Oct, 2012

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