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The Employers’ Liability Trigger Litigation

Consistency, certainty and clarity of outcome in the Supreme Court. Alison McCormick of Outer Temple Chambers is junior counsel for the claimant in Action 1, Durham v BAI, in the multi party test action “The Employers’ Liability Trigger Litigation”. Almost five and a half years since the claim form was issued in Durham v BAI, on 28th March 2012 the Supreme Court handed down its judgment. The case is composed of six lead actions involving four insurers which resisted claims made against them in respect of the fatal asbestos related disease of mesothelioma in which there can be an interval in excess of 40 years between exposure to asbestos and manifestation of the disease. The Supreme Court was asked to decide the…

News 27 Mar, 2012

Christopher Gibson QC joins Outer Temple Chambers

We are delighted to announce that Christopher Gibson QC, a specialist in medical law and professional negligence, has moved from Doughty Street Chambers to Outer Temple Chambers. He will complement our clinical negligence team coordinated by David Westcott QC and our personal injury team coordinated by Christopher Wilson-Smith QC. Christopher practises in all types of high value clinical negligence and personal injury cases. He has extensive experience in cases involving injuries of maximum severity including, in particular, cases of cerebral palsy involving birth injuries to children where allegations are made in respect of the obstetric and neonatal management. He has expertise in psychiatric cases, involving Post Traumatic Stress Disorder cases where the injury is secondary to clinical negligence, as well as…

News 25 Mar, 2012

Woodcock v Cumbria Primary Care Trust

Andrew Short QC and Keira Gore (instructed by Capsticks Solicitors LLP) are successful before the Court of Appeal in the case of Woodcock v Cumbria Primary Care Trust. The case concerns issues of age discrimination and justification on the grounds of cost.

News 23 Mar, 2012

The Animals Act 1971 – where are we now?

Ben Compton QC and Jonathan Hand carry out a review of the Animals Act 1971 and the statutory defences to strict liability in the Journal of Personal Injury Law Issue 1 2012.

News 21 Mar, 2012

Outer Temple Chambers silk Michael Bowes QC leads on £1m insider trading case

Outer Temple Chambers silk Michael Bowes QC has taken a leading role on a high-profile insider trading case (R v Mustafa and others). The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has appointed Bowes to lead its prosecution of a group of seven men accused with running a £1m print room spread-bet scam. Southwark Crown Court has been told that the friends and their relatives obtained confidential takeover documents from high-security printing rooms at two of the City’s biggest investment banks. The men are accused of using the information from JPMorgan Cazenove and UBS to bet on the shares of six companies – Reuters, Biffa, Premier Oil Vega, Enodis and Thus – between May 2006 and May 2008.

News 12 Mar, 2012

Eliot Woolf recovers £7.9M in damages in the CICA

Following Gordon Bebb QC’s recent record CICA award, Eliot acted on behalf of an Applicant who suffered severe brain damage as a result of non-accidental injuries in the early weeks of his life. Although the Applicant retained good mobility, his brain injuries meant that he would require round the clock assistance. He was awarded £7.9M gross of benefits. This case follows an award of £5.6M that Eliot secured before the CICA on behalf of another injured child in March 2011.

News 9 Mar, 2012

David Grant represents one of the parties in the Rangers FC trial in the High Court

David Grant is representing one of the parties laying claim to monies in the client account of Collyer Bristow the subject of proceedings brought by the Administrators of Rangers FC. At a hearing in the High Court on 8th March 2012 the matter has been expedited for trial commencing late March 2012.

News 8 Mar, 2012

Gordon Bebb QC in record damages win

Gordon Bebb QC, instructed by Stewarts, won a record damages award in the CICA for his 19 year old Cerebral Palsy client with spastic tetraplegia. She was awarded a lump sum of £8.5M.

News 2 Mar, 2012

John McKendrick appointed to the Attorney General’s Civil litigation ‘B’ Panel

Chambers is pleased to announce that John McKendrick has been appointed to the Attorney General’s ‘B’ Panel of Counsel from March 2012.

News 27 Feb, 2012

Public Inquiry into Hyponatraemia-related deaths commences Full Hearings

The Hearings of a Public Inquiry into the deaths of five children at the Royal Belfast Hospital have commenced in Northern Ireland. Michael Uberoi (instructed by Brechin Tindall Oats) is representing a Consultant Paediatric Anesthetist who is a Core Participant at the Hearings. The Inquiry is being held under the Inquiries Act 2005 and was established by the then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to examine the circumstances surrounding the deaths – which were all as a result of hyponatraemia related conditions – and make recommendations. Michael has previously acted in the Rosemary Nelson Inquiry, and is a contributing author to the OUP book “Public Inquiries”.

News 21 Feb, 2012

Global Guide Recognition

Nick Stallworthy has been ranked in the 2012 Chambers & Partners Global Guide which is being  launched on Friday 16th March. For over ten years, the Global Guide has researched the legal markets of over 180 countries, identifying the leading lawyers and law firms worldwide through interviews with thousands of lawyers and their clients. To be listed in this directory is a real achievement.

News 15 Feb, 2012

Ben Compton QC and Will Young assist NGOs with Human Rights challenge to intensive farm planning application

Ben Compton QC and Will Young have recently agreed to act pro bono for Friends of the Earth, the Soil Association and Pig Business in opposing a planning application for a US style mega pig farm in South Derbyshire to be built within 150 yards to HM prison Foston Hall, and a residential housing estate in South Derbyshire. The case has attracted considerable media attention due to the size of the farm (some 25,000 pigs) and the serious health concerns raised by those living and working in the nearby community. Further information can be found at: The Guardian (10 Feb) Town kicks up a stink over ‘Titan’ pig farm: The Independent (11 Feb, p.26) Human rights claim against Foston pig farm: (13 Feb)

News 14 Feb, 2012

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