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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

Patrick Sadd interviewed by BBC News on the Jimmy Savile claims

Patrick Sadd, specialist in historical abuse cases, was invited to comment on the Jimmy Savile claims by the BBC.

News 8 Oct, 2012

Bridgend gate death

Ben Compton QC appears at the inquest for the construction company in the latest electric gates fatality. Following a 4 day hearing the jury returned an accidental verdict. Further details can be found on the BBC.

News 4 Oct, 2012

Robert Dickason secures complete revocation of interim order at the GDC

Robert Dickason has successfully argued at the GDC for the revocation of an interim order on the basis of the authority in Calhaem v GMC. Although only at the interim stage, the evidence presented by the GDC could not be said to be a fair reflection of the registrant’s work. It followed that a finding of impairment based on deficient professional performance was unlikely and so the continuation of the interim order was unnecessary.

News 26 Sep, 2012

Michael Patchett-Joyce acts for a Bulgarian client before the European Court

On 19 September 2012, Michael Patchett-Joyce appeared as co-Counsel before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in Luxembourg at the oral hearing in Case C-285/11, BONIK EOOD. Michael acted alongside Bulgarian Counsel, Advocate Ognyan Minchev. As well as being an important case in its own right on the right of deduction of input VAT, the professional cooperation between Michael and Maître Minchev demonstrates Michael’s proven ability to act as a key part of an international legal team. This was Michael’s fourth appearance before the European Court. His appearances have extended beyond VAT cases (Bond House Systems Limited, Halifax plc, BONIK EOOD) to include judicial review of EU legislation (Alliance for Natural Health). Michael and Maître Minchev came…

News 24 Sep, 2012

Gerard McDermott QC speaks at PEOPIL Conference

Gerard McDermott QC gave a presentation at the Pan-European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyer’s conference which was held in Berlin on Saturday 15th September 2012. Participating in this conference reflects Gerard’s increasing Travel Law practice, particularly in personal injury abroad cases. The topic of Gerard’s presentation was “Medical Experts, their Role, Responsibilities and the Procedure Governing them”. The presentation including discussion of the role of expert witnesses across many jurisdictions was warmly received and provided a comprehensive overview of the laws governing expert witnesses across the world to a multi-national audience.

News 23 Sep, 2012

Health & Safety Top Tier Set

Outer Temple Chambers has been recommended as a Top Tier Set in Health & Safety. The chambers also received 8 recommendations in the following practice areas: banking and finance, clinical negligence and healthcare, crime, employment, fraud: crime, pensions, personal injury and professional discipline and regulatory law. 14 QCs are listed in the “Leading silks” list, The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2012’s guide to outstanding silks nationwide.

News 19 Sep, 2012

Fiona Horlick has secured 5 triumphs in a row at the GMC

Representing a number of doctors from consultant level downwards, Fiona has succeeded in ensuring that there has been no findings of impaired fitness to practice against her clients. The allegations have ranged from sexual assault on patients to dishonesty to clinical errors.

News 18 Sep, 2012

Inquest into infant death at Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust Hospital

Samantha Presland appeared recently on behalf of the family of a baby girl at the inquest into her death at a hospital run by Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust. Ava Parkes died at just seven hours old after one of her shoulders was trapped against her mother’s pelvis during birth (shoulder dystocia). The coroner found that the delay between delivery of the baby’s head and the rest of the body placed her under increasing stress, with her brain being starved of oxygen. The coroner returned a narrative verdict, finding that the baby took significantly longer to be delivered than the notes of NHS staff suggested. Ava Parkes’ family has called for the NHS to review their systems to ensure no repeat…

News 13 Sep, 2012

Outer Temple shortlisted for two Chambers Bar awards

Outer Temple Chambers is pleased to announce that it has been nominated for ‘Professional Discipline Set of the Year’ at the 2012 Chambers Bar Awards. Gerard McDermott QC has also been shortlisted for ‘Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence Silk of the Year’.

News 10 Sep, 2012

Ben Bradley obtains 4 separate Rule 43 recommendations in Article 2 inquest

Following a 4 day inquest, Ben Bradley, instructed by Christian Khan to represent the wife of the deceased, successfully invited HM Coroner for NW London to make 4 separate rule 43 recommendations (including a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Health). The inquest concerned issues relating to mental health assessment in custody and in the community. The coroner recorded a narrative Middleton verdict. In due course, the coroner will make various rule 43 recommendations relating to the use of holding powers whilst a formal Mental Health Act assessment is being awaited; and will make recommendations to improve communication and reduce delay when such assessments are requested.

News 9 Sep, 2012

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