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Ben Bradley obtains rule 43 recommendation in respect of Ambulance Service practice

Ben Bradley, instructed by Anthony Gold to represent the family of the deceased, successfully invited HM Coroner for NW London to make a rule 43 recommendation to the London Ambulance Service (“LAS”). LAS currently automatically cancels ambulances in circumstances where patients are triaged into the lowest category of severity. The coroner will ask LAS to review the manner in which it communicates this cancellation to service-users. At present, service-users could be left with the impression the ambulance is still on its way. The coroner was not critical of LAS but has recommended that their systems be reviewed. The coroner also found that failings on the part of one of the NHS Trusts involved in the care of the deceased, contributed…

News 24 Apr, 2012

GMC ‘fitness to practice’ decision favourable to defendant Doctor

Anthony Haycroft has defended a single handed general practitioner at a fitness to practice panel hearing in the General Medical Council. The doctor faced numerous failings including alleged dishonesty in retrospectively altering clinical notes as well as failings concerning missed referrals, not following up blood test results and not having a proper system to action over 500 pieces of correspondence found in his room.

News 24 Apr, 2012

Outer Temple QCs in Bar Council delegation to New York

Outer Temple Chambers was strongly represented in a bespoke Bar Council delegation visiting New York (April 15 – 19, 2012), attending the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law conference. Richard Lissack QC, Gerard McDermott QC and Andrew Spink QC were all participating in a visit organised by the Council to promote the advocacy and advisory services of the English Bar to a key US marketplace. The visit featured various speaking and networking events, providing opportunities to engage with US businesses, in-house and other counsel, diplomats and legal bodies such as the NY State Bar and UN. Outer Temple Chambers has a developing international dimension, with offices in New York and Abu Dhabi, as well as its London HQ and offices in…

News 16 Apr, 2012

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

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