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Event: Join our Travel Law Conference in Manchester on 1st June 2023

Join Outer Temple Chambers and guests for our Manchester Travel Law Conference 2023 on Thursday 1st June at the Edwardian Radisson Hotel Manchester. This will be a hybrid event, with limited in-person tickets and streamed online.

You are invited to join Outer Temple Chambers and a selection of expert guests at the Edwardian Radisson Hotel in Manchester. This event will include a number of talks on travel related topics followed by a panel session. Topics will include; cosmetic negligence abroad, running foreign law cases from a claimant and defendant perspective, and tackling sports cases abroad.

Book your place

This event will be held in-person at Edwardian Radisson Hotel Manchester, Free Trade Hall, Peter St, Manchester M2 5GP. Places are limited and booking is required.

The event will also be live streamed for those who wish to join remotely.

Please register using the Event Booking Form and indicate if you would like to attend in person or via Zoom. You will automatically receive a Zoom confirmation with a joining link upon registration in case you do want to join remotely.

Please note, the talks at this event will be recorded for on-demand viewing. The audience will not be visible at any time.

The agenda

12.30 – Welcome and Intro – Gerard McDermott KC

12.40 – Talk 1: Will Young / Jatinder Paul, (Irwin Mitchell, UK) – International Group Actions

13.20 – Talk 2: Sam Cuthbert / Klara Dvorakova (Holubová Advokáti s. r. o., Czechia) – Overseas Sports Claims. Including Legal Consequences of Climbing Accidents – International Perspective.

14:00 – Talk 3: Sarah Crowther KC and Dan Clarke – Forum Non Conveniens – where are we now? 

14:40 – 15:15 – Networking and afternoon tea

15:15 – Panel 1: Chaired by Carin Hunt: Cosmetic Tourism Claims. Panelists: Cheryl Palmer-Hughes (Irwin Mitchell, UK) & Shauni De Coorde, (HBSV Advocaten, Belgium)

16:00 – Panel 2: Chaired by Ian Denham: Running Travel Cases Collaboratively: a view from both sides of the fence. Panelists – Clare Campbell (Leigh Day, UK) & Craig Evans (Clyde & Co, UK)

16.45 – Closing speeches

About the speakers

Gerard McDermott KC, Barrister

Gerard is ranked as a Star Individual in Chambers and Partners 2022, described as a “pre-eminent silk who is one of the finest personal injury barristers on the circuit.” 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 Legal 500, he is noted for his travel law expertise and described as “the go-to silk in serious travel claims.” Gerard was involved in one of the first cases relating to the implementation of Rome II (EC) No 864/2007 (Bacon v Nacional Suiza [2010] EWHC 2017 (QB)).

Sarah Crowther KC, Barrister

Sarah 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.

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.

Samuel Cuthbert, Barrister

Sam has a broad practice with specialisms in Sports LawPersonal InjuryClinical Negligence and Private International Law.

In a sporting capacity, Sam acts for athletes, clubs and national governing bodies. His practice encompasses sports regulation, safeguarding, disciplinary cases, anti-doping cases, and commercial sports matters. He is regularly instructed in sports related inquests and sports injury disputes. Sam regularly speaks at events and conferences on legal issues arising in a sporting context. Previously, Sam worked in Milan at an international law firm advising on private, commercial, and sports law matters.

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.

Cheryl Palmer-Hughes, Irwin Mitchell

Cheryl is a Partner in Irwin Mitchell’s International Personal Injury department. She acts for clients who have been injured in incidents abroad, dealing exclusively with cases which involve a cross-border element and specialising in conflicts of law issues. She deals with some of the most complex, high value claims including brain and spinal injuries, multiple fractures, psychological trauma, fatal accidents and clinical negligence cases. Cheryl has a special interest in claims arising as a result of clinical negligence during cosmetic surgery abroad.

Jatinder Paul, Irwin Mitchell

Jatinder is a Partner in Irwin Mitchell’s International Serious Injury department in Birmingham. He manages a team who primarily deal with group actions against UK-based tour operators, or single party actions against defendants in foreign countries (often working with foreign lawyers). He handles claims involving illness, such as E-Coli and Salmonella, and outbreaks on cruise ships. Jatinder also handles group action claims relating to illness outbreaks in the UK, as part of the firm’s Public Health team. He has worked on some of the most complex and high-value cases, such as the much publicised Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel outbreak in August 2018.

Klára Dvořáková, Holubová

Klára is a leading travel law specialist at Holubová, in the Czechia. Klára’s clients are predominantly tour operators, travel agents, hotels and other travel businesses. She is also an experienced professional liability lawyer with a special interest in personal injury cases caused by medical malpractice or accidents during travelling and sports – especially climbing or mountaineering. Klára gained a special attention in Czech media after successfully representing numerous clients of bankrupted tour operators in disputes on paying the insurance claims. The case law of the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court which Klara helped to establish, resulted in a change of legislation.

Clare Campbell, Leigh Day

Clare is a Partner at Leigh Day, advising on travel injury compensation claims. Clare specialises in acting for claimants involved in accidents abroad including road traffic accidents with complex jurisdiction and applicable law issues, claims under the Package Travel Regulations, workplace accidents abroad, maritime and aviation cases, accidents in America and large group illness litigation.

Craig Evans, Clyde & Co

Craig is a Partner in the Casualty & Healthcare team at Clyde & Co. He deals with cross border and international claims and specialises in catastrophic and large loss international liability claims with a focus on complex cross border issues including casualty and contractual recovery. Craig is regularly retained by European and global insurers on complex cross-border claims including motor, public liability and employers’ liability. He is a specialist in issues of jurisdiction and applicable law and advises in relation to policy, liability, quantum and contractual issues. He has advised extensively on the recent and ongoing challenges following Brexit and the changing legal framework.

Shauni De Coorde, HBSV Advocaten

Shauni is a lawyer at HBSV Advocaten in Belgium. She specialises in labour law, privacy and data protection law, commercial and contract law, and company law and the Law of Associations. Her team represents both Belgian and other clients in national and international disputes, whether in an advisory capacity or for the purpose of providing support in negotiations, court proceedings, mediation and arbitration.

Further Details

Date: Thursday, 1st June 2023
Time: 12.30pm – 5:00pm
Venue: Edwardian Radisson Hotel Manchester, Free Trade Hall, Peter St, Manchester M2 5GP
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