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Litigation Friend’s resilience secures £7M settlement

AD was injured in a road traffic accident in 2005 when she was 7. Liability was promptly admitted but the task of investigating her claim for catastrophic injury was considerable. After the preparation and exchange of evidence settlement meetings proved unproductive; although the Defence Insurer made an offer of £5M (including periodical payments to be agreed) which was followed up by a Part 36 offer in that sum.

News 7 Mar, 2013

Accredited living wage employer

Outer Temple Chambers have become one of the first chambers to become an accredited Living Wage Employer. The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually, based on the cost living in the UK. The Living Wage campaign has been running for ten years and has lifted over 10,000 people out of poverty.

News 28 Feb, 2013

Keith Bryant has been recommended for Silk

Outer Temple is delighted to announce that Keith Bryant has been recommended for Silk. The silk ceremony will be on Wednesday 27th March 2013.

News 27 Feb, 2013

James Counsell and Farhaz Khan help to secure Lloyd’s of London regulatory settlement

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 obtains maximum CICA award

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 shortlisted for prestigious legal awards

Daniel Barnett has been shortlisted in the Halsburys Legal Awards 2013 in the ‘legal journalism’ category.

News 22 Feb, 2013

John McKendrick in sterilisation case

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

Richard Hitchcock in win for individual clients in s.150 FSMA investment mis-selling case

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 wins in ‘whistleblowing’ employment appeal

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

Lakanal House inquest underway

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

NatWest defeats civil fraud claim

Judgment has been handed down in Stone Consultants Ltd v NatWest [2013] 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

Richard Lissack QC has been instructed by the Sir Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust.

News 6 Feb, 2013

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