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Event: Annual Travel Law Conference 2021

You are invited to join Outer Temple Chambers and guests for an afternoon of seminars and discussions. This will be a hybrid event, taking place in London and streamed online.

The Agenda

1:30pm: Event Chair – Gerard McDermott QC will open and close this event
1:45pm: The Great Escape: the scope of Article 4(3) – Ian Denham and Carin Hunt

2:15pm Product Liability and Clinical Negligence claims in France – Daniel Clarke and Solenn Le Tutour (Advocat, France)
2:45pm: Recent issues with Rome II – Geert van Calster (Advocat and Academic, Belgium)
3: 15pm Panel Discussion – Chaired by Sarah Crowther QC with: Eliot Woolf QC Will Young Louise Howard (Lanyon Bowlder) Jennifer Lund (Irwin Mitchell)
4:00pm – Drinks at Middle Temple Bar 

Gerard McDermott QC, Barrister

Gerard McDermott QC is a leading personal injury and international injury silk. A number of cases in his practice have a cross border element to them, with particular emphasis on international issues. He has a real understanding of the legal systems of a number of different countries, reflecting his interest and experience in numerous cross border cases.  It also reflects his long-standing interest in and knowledge of comparative as well as private international and European law. In Chambers and Partners 2021, he was noted for his travel law expertise and described as “exceptionally strong in his handling of foreign claims.”

Sarah Crowther QC, Barrister

Sarah Crowther QC is ranked as a leading silk for personal injury and travel law. Sarah has experience in all claims for injury, illness or accident with an international element, and disputes over jurisdiction and applicable law. She has appeared in recent high-profile cases in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court and is experienced in working with expert evidence of foreign law and handling claims to which foreign law applies.

Eliot Woolf QC, Barrister

Eliot has a longstanding travel law practice, with particular emphasis on group actions involving widespread gastric illness outbreaks or multi-party road traffic accidents abroad.

Ian Denham, Barrister

Ian Denham is a leading personal injury and travel law practitioner with a particular expertise in matters involving serious and catastrophic injuries, wrongful deaths, clinical negligence and cross-border personal injury claims.

Ian’s main area of specialism is cases with an international element. His cross-border practice covers advising on jurisdiction, applicable law, direct rights of action against insurers, claims against the MIB, accidents in the air and on sea, and claims involving a cross-border employment aspect.  Ian has also advised on the potential implications arising from Brexit.

Daniel Clarke, Barrister

Daniel Clarke is a leading travel law and personal injury junior. He has a particular specialism in cases with an international element, including claims raising conflicts of law and jurisdictional issues. He also has experience of acting in claims in other jurisdictions including in the Privy Council and in Jersey. He undertakes clinical negligence work for both claimants and defendants and receives regular instructions from NHS Trusts. His practice includes industrial disease, historic sex abuse, RTAs, and employers’ liability.

Will Young, Barrister

Will is a leading travel law junior and has a particular interest in claims involving cross-border personal injury and travel law. He acts for both Claimants and Defendants in claims with an international or cross-border element to them in a number of areas, including: package travel claims, cross-border RTAs, Athens Convention, and aviation (e.g. “Denied Boarding” Regulations) claims.

He has been instructed in a number of cases involving catastrophic injury following RTAs abroad, or with a cross-border element to them.

Carin Hunt, Barrister

Carin has a busy travel and cross-border practice and is regularly instructed in injury claims with a foreign element. She acts for both Claimants and Defendants.

Carin regularly appears in the county court in respect of claims involving the Package Travel Regulations 1992 and the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018. Carin’s experience of package travel claims extends to those involving fatal accidents. She has advised Defendants on the conduct of package travel claims in following Griffiths v TUI [2020] and regularly takes instructions to draft Part 35 questions as the first step in controverting expert evidence.

Solenn Le Tutour, Advocate at Paris Bar

Solenn is an Advocate at the Paris Bar and a Solicitor of England and Wales. She acts for claimants in complex cross border bodily injury  litigation.

She is involved in the main air disasters, representing families of victims of the Boeing 737 Max (Ethiopian Airlines 2019 accident), of the helicopters crash in Argentina causing the decease of 4 Olympic medalists, the Rio Paris Air France crash among others. She also represents UK citizens who had a catastrophic accident in France in their judicial claim.

She also assists 1300 UK claimants against TÜV France and TÜV Germany before the tribunal of Nanterre in France following the scandal of PIP breast implants. She works in French and in English.

Jennifer Lund, Partner at Irwin Mitchell

Jennifer is a Partner in Irwin Mitchell’s International Serious Injury Team, leading a team of French, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Italian-speaking international lawyers. Jennifer pursues claims around the world arising out of negligence abroad, at sea and in the air. Jennifer is a Spanish-speaker and acts in high-value, cross-jurisdictional cases across the globe. Most of these cases involve multiple fatalities, serious brain or spinal injuries, or complex international medical negligence issues.

Louise Howard, Associate Solicitor at Lanyon Bowdler

She is an APIL member and an experienced solicitor in serious injury cases, Louise works with clients who have sustained life changing injuries. 

Louise has a keen interest in accidents abroad. Her cross border litigation experience includes challenging European Regulation in the local courts and working as UK agent where the matter is before the Courts in a foreign jurisdiction. Successes include the first interpretation of the Lugano Convention in line with the Odenbreit principle in a claim establishing the jurisdiction of the English court and winning a strongly contested liability trial at the Royal Courts of Justice arising out of an accident at sea off the coast of Lindos, Rhodes. 

She is a firm believer in prioritising rehabilitation for the client, whether through interim payments, use of the Rehabilitation Code or through wider options such as support through local and national organisations. 

Louise also has an interest in psychiatric injury claims, secondary victim claims and PTSD cases including acting for current and former members of the Armed Forces, in cases against the Ministry of Defence and through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS). She has successfully challenged AFCS decisions to achieve the highest level awards for her clients.

Louise sits on an Operations Group in Shrewsbury which brings together those that have signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant to case manage veterans. 

Louise is recognised as a Recommended Lawyer and a Rising Star in the 2021 edition of The Legal 500 and a ‘notable practitioner’ in the 2021 edition of Chambers UK. 

Professor Dr Geert van Calster, Advocat and Academic 

Professor Dr Geert van Calster is an independent legal practitioner at the Belgian Bar. His practice and scholarship focus is on conflict of laws (private international law), EU and international regulatory law (especially environment), and international and EU economic law. He keeps a blog on these issues at Geert is full professor in the University of Leuven, and visiting professor at Monash University (Melbourne), King’s College, London, the China-EU School of Law in Beijing, as well as adjunct professor at American University. 

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Date: Thursday, 9th September 2021
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Gerard McDermott KC

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Sarah Crowther KC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2018

Ian Denham

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Daniel Clarke

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Will Young

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Carin Hunt

Call: 2018

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