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Robert Rhodes QC interviewed by Al-Jazeera about Barclays scandal

Robert Rhodes QC was interviewed by Al-Jazeera’s English channel about the Barclays scandal regarding the fixing of Libor and Euribor rates, which resulted in regulatory fines of nearly £300M on the bank.

News 27 Jun, 2012

Charles Foster and Ben Bradley in the Nicklinson ‘right to die’ litigation

Charles Foster and Ben Bradley, instructed by Barlow Robbins, represented Care Not Killing, an alliance of organisations opposed to any change in the law relating to assisted dying, in the recent conjoined cases of Tony Nicklinson and ‘AM’. The case attracted international media attention. Tony Nicklinson has locked-in syndrome. He wishes to die. He cannot kill himself. He seeks to expand the doctrine of necessity so as to provide a defence to anyone who, at his request, killed him. He says that: (a) the common law can and should – quite apart from any ECHR considerations – evolve to provide this defence; and (b) that Article 8 of the ECHR compels such an extension. The other claimant, ‘AM’, seeks to…

News 26 Jun, 2012

Tom Gibson appears in pro bono employment appeal

Outer Temple pupil Tom Gibson appeared recently in the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Duffy v George UKEAT 0517/11/CEA. The appeal raised interesting questions on the way employment tribunals should handle potentially vulnerable witnesses in sexual harassment cases, and the extent to which an individual respondent, acting in person, should be allowed to cross-examine them. Judgment was reserved and is expected shortly. Tom appeared pro bono for the appellant via the Free Representation Unit (FRU), a charity that provides pro bono legal advice, case preparation and advocacy (see

News 25 Jun, 2012

High Court strikes out race discrimination in provision of services claim against ambulance trust and police on appeal

The High Court has reversed the decision of a circuit judge and assessors and struck out a race discrimination claim against the ambulance and police services. Sir Charles Grey found that the County Court had been wrong to find the claim had a real chance of success on the basis that additional evidence to support it might emerge.

News 17 Jun, 2012

Court of Protection finds woman with anorexia can be fed by force if necessary

Is giving life-sustaining treatment in the best interests of a person lacking capacity but fully aware of her situation? Mark Mullins recently represented the Health Authority in A local authority v E & others, the first case in which the Court of Protection has had to grapple with this question. In previous cases courts have declared lawful the withdrawal of life sustaining treatment from persons in a PVS or minimally conscious and from the very young and very old terminally ill. The position of an adult lacking capacity but able to express her views has never been dealt with before. Giving judgement in the Court of Protection on Friday 15th June 2012, Mr Justice Peter Jackson described the factors for…

News 17 Jun, 2012

GMC case gets underway following Baha Mousa Public Inquiry

Alan Jenkins instructed to represent army doctor Dr Keilloh at GMC proceedings which commenced 11th June 2012. The doctor has been accused of covering up the death of the Iraqi detainee Baha Mousa, who suffered 93 separate injuries at the hands of British soldiers.

News 11 Jun, 2012

Will Young successfully resists sex discrimination EAT appeal

Will Young acted for the Claimant in successfully resisting an appeal by an employer against a finding that it had unfairly dismissed and discriminated against her (in the case of Rojas v Market One Ltd). The Employment Tribunal (before whom Will appeared for the Claimant in 2011) decided that the Claimant’s dismissal was as a result of her inability to work full time from the office, which she could not do due to child care responsibilities. This was held to amount to unfair dismissal and sex discrimination. On appear to the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the finding that the dismissal amounted to direct discrimination was overturned, but the findings that the dismissal was unfair and amounted to indirect discrimination were upheld.

News 5 Jun, 2012

Ben Compton QC represented Virgin Media Plc in baby death inquest

Ben Compton QC represented Virgin Media Plc at the recent inquest into the death of baby Tommy Hollis who was killed when a lamppost support was cut by mistake and fell on his pram during a road work scheme in Chiswick.

News 24 May, 2012

Will Young acts for families in Thai coach crash Inquest

Will Young, instructed by Irwin Mitchell LLP, recently acted pro bono for the families of three British teenagers tragically killed in a coach crash in Thailand in June 2011.

News 23 May, 2012

Four members of Outer Temple appear in summary judgment rectification claim

Richard Hitchcock, James Rickards, David Grant and Keith Bryant all appeared before Vos J in Industrial Acoustics Company Ltd v Crowhurst & Ors, the latest in a growing line of summary judgment applications for rectification of pension deeds and rules all featuring members of Outer Temple Chambers.

News 17 May, 2012

Privy council appeal case

Fiona Horlick recently appeared in the Privy Council representing a man, Raymond Drysdale, convicted of murdering a solicitor in Jamaica. It was an appeal against conviction. Mr Drysdale was charged, together with three other people (one of whom was also appealing), of the murder in which the solicitor had her throat slit in her office in Jamaica. The appeal raised important issues of law including severance, identification and good character. Fiona was instructed by George Brown of Reed Smith, the international law firm. Judgement has been reserved.

News 16 May, 2012

Richard Lissack QC and Nicholas Medcroft win in Shah v HSBC

The judgment in Shah v HSBC Private Bank is now out. After three interlocutory appeals in the Court of Appeal in which the Bank largely succeeded, they have now succeeded completely at trial. Richard Lissack QC and Nicholas Medcroft acted as Leading and Junior Counsel for the Bank. The Claimants put their claims for in excess of $300,000,000 on two bases: first, that the Bank was in breach of contract in failing to process their payment instructions; second, that the Bank was in breach of contract in failing to provide them with information as to the facts that had caused it to fail to effect the first and second transactions, documentary evidence of the same, the name of the authority…

News 15 May, 2012

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