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Join Outer Temple Chambers and our esteemed guests from around the world for our London Travel Law Conference 2023 on Thursday 19th October. The main topics this year will include clinical negligence abroad and aviation law.

Event: Travel Law Conference 2023 (London) 19 October

Join Outer Temple Chambers and our esteemed guests from around the world for our London Travel Law Conference 2023 on Thursday 19th October. The main topics this year will include clinical negligence abroad and aviation law.

You are invited to join Outer Temple Chambers’ Travel Law team and a selection of expert guests for our London Travel Law Conference 2023. This event will include a number of talks on international law issues followed by a panel session. Topics will include; co-counselling on clinical negligence claims abroad, Spanish penalty interest, running clinical negligence abroad: comparing liability and causation issues and a discussion on aviation law.

Book your place

This event will be held in-person at Outer Temple Chambers, The Outer Temple, 222 The Strand, London, WC2R 1BA. Places are limited and booking is required.

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

Please register for the Travel Law Conference 2023 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 – Registration with tea and coffee

12.50 – Welcome and Introduction    

13:00 – Spanish Penalty Interest – Dan Clarke (OTC) and Ana Romero Porro (PEOPIL President & Partner, Astrom Legal, Spain) Both in-person

13:40 – Co-counselling on Clinical Negligence claims abroad – Victoria Williams (Stewarts Law) and Natalia Astigarraga Bronte(Astrom) Both in-person

14.20pm – Ian Denham (OTC) chairs a Panel Discussion – Running clinical negligence abroad: comparing liability and causation issues


15:00 – Coffee Break

15:30 – Gerard McDermott KC chairs a Panel Discussion  

Emergency landing ahead? Navigating turbulent topics in aviation claims

16:50 – Closing remarks

17:00 – Post conference drinks

Speaker Bios 

Gerard McDermott KC

Chair of the event, Gerard McDermott KC, specialises in personal injury and negligence, the majority being catastrophic injury such as spinal cord injury and brain injury. He is ranked as a Star Individual in Chambers & Partners 2022 and described as a “pre-eminent silk who is one of the finest personal injury barristers on the circuit.” Legal 500 2022 describe him as “the go-to silk in serious travel claims.”

He has an inate understanding of the legal systems of a number of different countries and a number of his cases have a cross-border element to them, with particular emphasis on US and Europe. 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).

Gerard sits as a Deputy High Court Judge in the King’s Bench Division and is also a former President of the American Counsel Association and former Leader of the European Circuit of the Bar.

In addition, and in recognition of his long-time involvement with the American Bar Association, Gerard was the first recipient of a Presidential Citation in 2015 and currently co-chairs their International Litigation Committee.

Sarah Crowther KC

Sarah Crowther KC 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, including Brownlie, and is experienced in working with expert evidence of foreign law and handling claims to which foreign law applies.

Sarah has also acted in many of the important cases regarding direct actions for and against motor and public liability insurers across Europe and in respect of the interpretation of the EU law relating to claims on behalf of victims of uninsured or unidentified drivers where the accident is in the EU. She also litigates tort claims in non-EU accidents and advises on jurisdiction and applicable law.

She has experience of litigation in Montreal and Athens Convention claims, including clinical negligence, disability discrimination and air passenger rights issues, including flight delay compensation under Regulation 261. Sarah has handled group and illness claims, including norovirus and food poisoning.

Sarah is recommended by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 for her expertise in travel law.

Ian Denham

Ian Denham is a leading personal injury and travel law barrister at Outer Temple Chambers, with 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.

Ian has considerable expertise in regard to advising upon claims involving the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 and in particular as to disputes arising from the relevant local standards.  Ian is well versed in acting in Aviation and Maritime claims and recently advised a client in respect of an employment issue concerning his Super Yacht.

Ian is the PEOPIL representative for England & Wales.

Dan Clarke

Dan 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 was junior counsel in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in the leading case of Brownlie (No. 2). Dan 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. He has acted in a number of claims involving negligently performed breast surgery including surgeries abroad. He also appears at medical inquests, representing both families and NHS trusts.

He is a CEDR accredited mediator.

John V. Kalantzis

John V. Kalantzis is an Associate at Clifford Law Offices in Chicago, one of the premier personal injury law firms in Chicago. Clifford Law Offices is listed by National Law Journal as one of the 50 Elite Law Firms in the country and, in 2020, they also named the firm “Aviation Law Firm of the Year”. The firm has repeatedly been listed in U.S. News & World Report & Best Lawyers® rankings as one of the top law firms in the country.

John’s practice focuses on aviation law and he has a wealth of trial experience in motor vehicle collisions, premises liability, and wrongful death. He is also skilled in alternative dispute resolution. Currently, John is part of the team representing the families of the victims of the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 in their lawsuits for wrongful death against Boeing. John is recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America for Aviation Law as well as for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs.

John is a member of the American Bar Association and the American Association for Justice (AAJ). He is a member of the Assembly for the Illinois State Bar Association Association (ISBA) where he also serves on the Tort Law Section Council and on the Bar Elections Supervision Committee. John is also on the Judicial Evaluation Committee of the Chicago Bar Association (CBA).

Ana Romero Porro

Ana is a recognised litigator specialising in personal injury claims and has over twenty years of experience representing Spanish and International victims. She is one of the founding partners of ASTROM Legal, based in Malaga. Her work involves several different backgrounds including travel related claims, clinical negligence, product liability and accidents at work.

Ana has also been a Governor of the American Association for Justice and currently co-chairs the International Practice Section. She is an Associate Lecturer in Tort Law at the International University of Andalucía and the University of Málaga.

Ana is the current president of PEOPIL.

Victoria Williams

Victoria is a Senior Associate at Stewarts and specialises in complex and high-value clinical negligence cases, particularly those involving clients who have suffered injuries at birth, brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. She has a particular interest in cases with a cross-border element and has experience with litigation in Europe and America.

Natalia Astigarraga

Natalia is a leading personal injury specialist with extensive experience in international litigation. She is one of the founding partners of ASTROM Legal, a firm that specialises in civil liability and personal injury.

Natalia is regularly instructed as an expert in Spanish Law injury cases. She is experienced in holiday claims resulting from accidents abroad involving hotels and tour operators as well as claims against public bodies such as Local Authorities and hospitals. Her wide-ranging experience also includes claims resulting from the transport of passengers by road, air and sea and medical negligence, specifically in relation to birth injuries.

She is a member of the Malaga Bar Association, the American Association for Justice (AAJ), APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers UK) and the Spanish Association of Lawyers. Natalia is the PEOPIL representative for Spain.

In 2023, Natalia joined Ana Romero in founding their own firm Astrom Legal.

Michał Krzanowski

Michal is a personal injury lawyer at BFP Law Firm in Poland. He specialises in medical malpractice and product liability cases, representing hundreds of clients across the country, as well as residents of other countries that seek compensation for injuries sustained whilst in Poland.

His particular interest concerns cases of medical negligence during childbirth, as well as medical device product liability (particularly MoM hip implants). He continues to be involved in several high profile cases that attracted media coverage.

He also handles RTA and aviation accidents, most notably the case of the crash landing of the LOT airlines Boeing 767 aircraft at the Okęcie Airport in Warsaw, Poland, in cooperation with British and American law firms. Michał also heads the firm’s English Desk, which cooperates on a regular basis with various foreign law firms seeking advice on Polish law in cross-border personal injury cases.

Joakim Jäderström

Joakim Jäderström is a Partner at Legare Advokatbyrå with law offices in Stockholm, Umeå and Västerås. For more than 20 years, Legare has assisted clients in personal injury and other tort and insurance matters and they are one of the few law firms in Sweden with this specialization. Joakim’s main areas of expertise are claims involving road traffic accidents, medical negligence and claims with a cross-border dimension. Joakim represents claimants and acts regularly on behalf of claimants in Swedish courts. He is also a lecturer in Insurance law at the Institute of Business Administration in Stockholm and is often engaged as a speaker on personal injury law topics.

Joakim is the PEOPIL Board member for Sweden.

Cemre Yilmaz Akyay

Cemre is an international personal injury claims lawyer in the Netherlands. She has studied Dutch Law in Leiden and Turkish Law in Istanbul and Samsun. After having worked at the Court of Rotterdam District, Flyct Letselschade, and several law firms in the United Kingdom and Turkey, she founded law firm CYA Law Firm in 2022.

Her practice includes insurance and injury, transport and aviation, real estate, arbitration and dispute resolution. She specialises in assisting clients through the complex web of international laws and works closely with other leading independent law firms in Europe, America, Australia and Asia, so that it is possible to approach the best firm for assistance on a case-by-case basis.

Peter Neenan

Peter is a dual qualified English solicitor and Illinois attorney described by leading legal directories as “a dream attorney for any client to have” and “an aviation law supremo” with “unrivalled technical expertise in aviation accidents”. Peter is known for working on the department’s most high profile cases and specialises in technically complex multi-jurisdictional aviation matters. He holds two master degrees in Theoretical Physics and Advanced Air & Space Law and a nanodegree in Artificial Intelligence Programming.

Peter regularly acts for victims of aviation accidents world-wide (light aircraft, helicopter and airline accidents), and is heavily involved in the aviation department’s independent technical investigations. Additionally, he advises on commercial aviation matters with an interest in liability issues arising out of the commercial use of drone technology. He sits on the inter-departmental commercial aviation disputes team.

Recent highlights include the representing the family of Leicester City FC Chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and the family of Lord Ballyedmond following respective private helicopter accidents, the Boeing 737 Max cases (both Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 and Lion Air Flight JT610), and Malaysia Airlines Flights MH17 and MH370.

Peter lectures at the Institute for Advanced Air & Space Law where he has provided an annual lecture for the last 12 years. He additionally sits on the Royal Aeronautical Society Air Law Committee and regularly publish articles on matters of aviation law.

Find out more

To find out more about the event and our travel law barristers, please contact Paul Barton on +44 (0)207 427 4907 / (0)7368 614975

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