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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

Central Manchester University Hospitals v Browne

Judgment was handed down today at the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v Browne. Mr Browne who was represented by Andrew Short QC and Andrew Allen at the EAT, was successful in resisting the Trust’s appeal.

News 10 Feb, 2012

Ben Bradley obtains injunctive relief against builder

Ben Bradley successfully represented Lisa Brown at trial in claims for breach of contract and harassment, against a builder who performed refurbishment works to her new physiotherapy practice in Gosport.

News 9 Feb, 2012

Outer Temple Pupil wins claim for sleep-shifts at National Minimum Wage

Pupil barrister Miranda de Savorgnani recently represented a worker with a complex holiday/ National Minimum Wage claim in Hall v Care One Ltd. Miranda was instructed by the Free Representation Unit. Ms Hall was a residential care worker who worked three regular 10 hour “sleep-overs” during which she carried out evening duties, tended to residents or slept. She was paid the minimum wage for day shifts but only a £25 allowance for each sleep-over. Ms de Savorgnani successfully argued that the nightshifts should have been paid at the NMW rate, distinguishing a recent case in which the EAT had held that a ‘sleeping’ night shift did not attract the NMW. She also persuaded the tribunal that Ms Hall’s average wage…

News 2 Feb, 2012

Bennett v Stephens: Periodical Payments and the MIB

In January 2012 the long-running saga of Anthony Bennett’s claim came to an end. After many twists and turns Anthony can now enjoy the security shared by so many other claimants of knowing that his care and case management needs will be met by periodical payments. A passenger in a vehicle involved in a road traffic accident, his multi-million pound claim was settled on a conventional basis in early 2010. The problem was that the relevant Insurer was not covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and there was an issue whether the continuity of the proposed PPs would be reasonably secure within the meaning of s.2 of the Damages Act 1996. The Defendant argued that the financial stability of the Insurer and…

News 26 Jan, 2012

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