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Join our leading travel law barristers and an esteemed line-up of external speakers for our annual Travel Law Conference on Thursday the 25th April 2024 in Manchester. This will be a hybrid event, with limited in-person tickets and streamed online.

Event: Join our Travel Law Conference in Manchester on 25th April 2024

Join our leading travel law barristers and an esteemed line-up of external speakers for our annual Travel Law Conference on Thursday the 25th April 2024 in 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 line-up of external, expert speakers for an insightful afternoon discussion on the topic of ‘Package Holidays and Injuries Aboard’. Join us, in person, at the Edwardian Radisson Hotel (Manchester) or remotely (via Zoom) to hear from leading experts in the Travel Law industry. The conference will be followed by an early evening drinks reception.

Outer Temple Chambers’ travel law barristers Gerard McDermott KC, Sarah Crowther KC, Ian Denham, Daniel Clarke, Aliyah Akram, Lorna Badham and Carin Hunt will be joining Thomas Ricard (JP Karsenty), James Riley and Nathaniel Martindale (Irwin Mitchell), Sara-Jane Eaton (DWF) and Craig Evans (Clyde & Co) for an insightful afternoon of travel talks.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • Force Majeure, Acts of God and disasters;
  • Reform of the Package Travel Regulations – are they fit for purpose?;
  • Supplier, contracts and indemnities: Packages from a defendant perspective; and
  • Local standard evidence panel session.


12:30 pm – Registration
12:50 pm – Welcome by Gerard McDermott KC (Chair of 1st session)
13:00 – Carin Hunt and Nathaniel Martindale of Irwin Mitchell speaking on “Force Majeure, Acts of God and disasters”
13:45 – Daniel Clarke and Lorna Badham speaking on “Reform of the Package Travel Regulations – are they fit for purpose?”
14:30 – Tea break
14:45 – Welcome back by Aliyah Akram (Chair of 2nd session)
14:50 – Sarah Crowther KC, Sara-Jane Eaton and Craig Evans speaking on “Supplier, contracts and indemnities: Packages from a defendant perspective”
15:35 – Local standard evidence panel session – Ian Denham of Outer Temple Chambers speaking alongside Thomas Ricard and James Riley, Chaired by Gerard McDermott KC.
16:20 – Close of event by Sarah Crowther KC, followed by drinks and networking.

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.

For in-person bookings, please click here. Virtual bookings can be made here.

Speaker Bios

Gerard McDermott KC

Gerard practises from England and is based in London and Manchester. His main areas of practice are Personal InjuryMedical Malpractice and Employment Law at all levels, although he maintains a diverse practice across the Common Law and Commercial fields. Gerard acts for both Claimants and Defendants. He represents clients with a vast range of injuries arising from negligence, including medical malpractice and road traffic accidents. The majority of his caseload involves catastrophic personal injury such as spinal cord injury and brain injury, and he has over thirty years’ experience of the same.

Sarah Crowther KC

Sarah has a broad practice with areas of focus in personal injuryprivate international lawclinical negligence and public law and discrimination cases. Sarah has experience in all claims for injury, illness or accident with an international element, including advising on European law issues especially concerning the EU Motor Insurance Directives 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

Ian is a personal injury practitioner with a particular expertise in matters involving serious and catastrophic injuries, wrongful deaths and accidents abroad. He has a particular interest in case with an international element, including claims raising conflicts of law and jurisdictional issues. He prides himself on providing a friendly service and looks to provide creative, practical and commercial advice to his clients.

Daniel Clarke

Dan practises in personal injury. He has a particular specialism in cases with an international element, including claims raising conflicts and jurisdictional issues. He was junior counsel in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in the leading case of Brownlie (No. 2). He is ranked as a Tier 1 leading junior for Travel Law in the Legal 500 and a leading junior in Chambers & Partners. He also has experience of acting in claims in other jurisdictions, including in the Privy Council and in Jersey. His broader personal injury practice encompasses catastrophic injury, road traffic, employer’s liability, and historic sexual abuse claims. 

Aliyah Akram

Aliyah is acknowledged as a leading junior in personal injury and industrial disease litigation. She is renowned for her expertise and experience in group litigation in all of the core areas in which she practices. Many of her cases have an international aspect and give rise to both jurisdictional issues and conflicts of laws. She is a robust and persuasive trial advocate. She prides herself on working closely as a team with instructing solicitors, not just in group litigation, but in every case in which she is involved.

Lorna Badham

Lorna practices in personal injury, clinical negligence and employment law. She has particular specialisms in international illness and accidents, cosmetic negligence claims and complex discrimination work. Incisive, personable and pragmatic, Lorna works overwhelmingly by repeat instruction and is entrusted with highly sensitive cases, including those for and against vulnerable individuals. Instructing solicitors praise her holistic approach to litigation and ability to identify and push legal and commercial pressure points to ensure the best outcome for her clients.

Carin Hunt

Carin Hunt is a civil practitioner specialising in personal injuryclinical negligencetravel law, inquests, professional regulation (healthcare), the Court of Protectioneducation law, and the law of international organisations. She acts for Claimants and Defendants. Carin is currently ranked as a Rising Star in Personal Injury in Legal 500 and as Up and Coming in Travel: International Personal Injury in Chambers and Partners.

Thomas Ricard

Lawyer at JP Karsenty since 2014, and became a partner in 2017, Thomas Ricard started his career in London as a solicitor (England & Wales) at Linklaters, whose Paris office he then joined in 2011. Former Secretary of the Conference, Thomas acts in litigation, insurance law and criminal business law. He works with French and foreign clients in these areas, combining efficiency, pragmatism and responsiveness.

James Riley

James Riley is an Associate Solicitor in the International Serious Injury Department based in Birmingham. He acts exclusively for UK citizens who have suffered life-changing injuries due to serious accidents whilst either on holiday or working abroad. He also acts for foreign citizens who’ve been involved in accidents in the UK. James has acted for seriously injured Claimants in a wide variety of cases, including catastrophic road traffic accidents, accidents at work, medical negligence, sexual assault, rape and fatal accidents.  

Nathaniel Martindale

Nathaniel Martindale is an Associate Solicitor at Irwin Mitchell within their International Serious Injury Team based in Manchester. Nathaniel has been qualified for seven years and has always practised in Private International and Travel Law since he was a Trainee Solicitor. Nathaniel’s practice area includes English claims under the Package Travel Regulations as well as applicable law/jurisdictional cases. Nathaniel has a specific interest in complex applicable law and jurisdictional cases. His experience includes claims under the Montreal Convention, Athens Convention, Package Travel Regulations as well other European Regulations such as Rome I, Rome II and the Brussels (Recast) Regulations.

Sara-Jane Eaton

Sara-Jane is a Partner and Head of the European Group. She leads a team of foreign personal injury lawyers, assistants and translators. Sara-Jane is an international insurance claims specialist, working on cross-border litigation arising from motor, products, travel, employers’ and public liability claims, as well as catastrophic injury and large loss claims pre- and post-Brexit, whether under the Brussels Recast  Regulation and the Rome II Regulation or otherwise. Sara-Jane is a member of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL) and is DWF’s principal contact with ABTA.

Craig Evans

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.

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