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Alex Haines

Outer Temple Chambers chairs Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP round table event in New York

On Wednesday 16 January 2019, members of Outer Temple Chambers (Outer Temple) were invited to speak at a round table event hosted by Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP in New York. The event was opened by Judge Michael Garcia, Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, and jointly chaired by Andrew Spink QC, Chair of the Commercial Bar Association and joint Head of Outer Temple, London, UK, and Stephen Younger, Past President of the New York State Bar Association and Partner at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP. Andrew Spink QC and Oliver Powell spoke on freezing injunctions and comparative issues in disclosure of evidence, such e-disclosure. Sarah Crowther QC discussed legal fees, cost awards and litigation funding, as well as…

News 21 Jan, 2019

Outer Temple members speak at 2019 New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting

On Friday 18 January 2019, members of Outer Temple Chambers spoke at the 2019 New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting in New York. As part of the schedule, the panel spoke on ‘International Litigation – Introduction and Overview of the English Legal System’. The lively discussion involved an examination of the similarities and differences between the Bar of England and Wales, and the New York State Bar. Amongst other things, the panel considered: the English dual system, the hierarchy of the courts, advocacy in international arbitrations and commercial litigation, global investigations, and international travel law. Michael Bowes QC, Sarah Crowther QC, Teresa Rosen Peacocke, Oliver Powell and Alex Haines of Outer Temple Chambers were also delighted to be joined by…

News 21 Jan, 2019

World Bank Group: The Forgotten Sanctions Player in the International Arena

What every sanctions specialist needs to know “Most compliance officers are familiar with sanctions imposed by the UN, EU, US, Canada, and other countries. These international organisations and states impose targeted financial sanctions – such as asset freezes, arms embargoes and travel bans – in order to achieve a desired outcome. A lesser known form of sanctions is one that belongs to Multilateral Development Banks (MDB) like the World Bank Group.” Click here for the full article. The article above, written by Alex Haines of Outer Temple Chambers, was first published by the Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists.

News 11 Jan, 2019

Alex Haines speaks on US sanctions against Iran and the EU Blocking Statute

Alex Haines was invited by to speak on US sanctions and the EU Blocking Statute in a live webinar on 15 November 2018. The webinar, entitled The Blocking Statute: Protecting EU Companies From the Effects of Extra-Territorial Application of US Sanctions Against Iran was attended by a number of financial institutions. Other speakers at the webinar included Alina Nedea, Deputy Head of Restrictive Measures Unit, European Commission, and the Chair Anna Sayre, Legal Content Writer at In this webinar, Alex and Alina discussed the vital elements of the EU Blocking Statute as well as how to best deal with the discrepancy between EU and US rules in order to stay compliant. The webinar covered the history of the…

News 3 Dec, 2018

International Financial Institution successful before its Administrative Tribunal in Greece

Last month, Alex Haines and Alexandra Sidossis successfully represented and appeared on behalf of the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (“BSTDB”), the Respondent in this case, before its Administrative Tribunal in Thessaloniki, Greece, where the BSTDB is headquartered. This was the first time in more than one decade that a case had been heard by the Administrative Tribunal. All grounds of appeal were dismissed and the Tribunal found that no internal laws of the BSTDB had been breached. Background International Administrative Tribunals (“IATs”) are judicial bodies established by international organisations. They have the authority to settle disputes between international organisations and employees on employment matters. IATs are international tribunals in the sense that they operate in the realm of…

News 1 Nov, 2018

Alex Haines lectures at the International Court of Justice on human rights and international organisations

Alex Haines to give presentation at the International Court of Justice on the application of international human rights law to international organisations. On Wednesday, 28 November 2018, Alex Haines will give a presentation in the Historical Reading Room of the International Court of Justice (“ICJ”) in The Hague on the application of international human rights law to international organisations and their internal justice systems. Discussion and Q&A will follow the presentation. The invitation to the event has been extended to the employees of the Permanent Court of Arbitration and the Peace Palace Library. Abstract International Administrative Tribunals (“IATs”) settle the internal disputes of international organisations (“IOs”) relating to employment issues and exist in the realm of the public international law…

News 25 Oct, 2018

Internal justice systems deliberated at COSIFI, Washington DC

Alex Haines, barrister, gives presentation on internal justice systems at the annual Conference of Staff Associations of International Financial Institutions (“COSIFI”) in Washington DC. On 18 and 19 September 2018, Alex attended the COSIFI annual conference which took place in Washington DC. Eight International Financial Institutions (“IFIs”) were represented: the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank, the European Central Bank, the Caribbean Development Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. A representative from the Federation of International Civil Servants’ Associations (“FICSA”) was also present. The conference covered current IFI challenges, compensation, the issue of international staff and local staff, and the different models of Staff Association…

News 2 Oct, 2018

Alex Haines workshop at the United Nations on International law

On Friday 14th September, Alex Haines gave a one-day workshop to the Staff Council of the United Nations Office in Vienna (“UNOV”). The workshop attendees included, inter alia, employees of the United Nations, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (“UNODC”) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (“IAEA”). The workshop covered international administrative law and the United Nations’ internal justice system including its two-tier judicial system consisting of the Dispute Tribunal (“UNDT”) and Appeals Tribunal (“UNAT”). It also included a discussion on the new UN compensation package and the Global Service Delivery Model for the UN Secretariat. The recent case law discussed included the UNAT cases of Lloret Alcaniz et al. v SG, 2018-UNAT-840 and Mirella et al. v…

News 21 Sep, 2018

John McKendrick QC and Alex Haines speak in Mexico City

John and Alex have been invited by the Bar Council to speak at the first English Law Week in Mexico, a joint initiative between the Law Society and Bar Council. On 3 September, John will speak on the regulation of Fintech and his experiences as the Attorney General of Anguilla responsible for the Anguilla Utility Token Act, the first legislation to regulate utility tokens. On 4 September, John will chair two sessions on combating corruption and Alex will speak at the same sessions on corruption in the context of his experience of sanctions and Multilateral Development Banks. They will also take part in several networking opportunities, including at the British Ambassador’s residence. Alex and John both speak fluent Spanish and…

News 31 Aug, 2018

Outer Temple Chambers hosts NYSBA reception in London

Michael Bowes QC, co-chair of the London chapter of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) International Section and joint Head of Outer Temple Chambers, is to host a Meet & Greet reception in London, together with Michael Miller, President of The New York State Bar Association. The reception is part of a programme of events this year for New York-based attorneys in both Dublin and London. With members  located in 130 countries around the world, the NYSBA is the largest voluntary state bar organisation, representing thousands of lawyers globally. Their International Section chapter in London, UK is one of over 70 NYSBA chapters worldwide. For more than 140 years, the NYSBA has been the voice of the legal profession in New York State. Their mission is to shape the…

News 24 Jul, 2018

Outer Temple welcomes Ian Denham and Alex Haines

We are delighted to announce that Ian Denham and Alex Haines have joined Outer Temple Chambers, with Ian to work across our Personal Injury practice area and Alex to join the Business department. Ian Denham has a particular expertise in cross-border claims, claims with features of fraud, dishonesty and exaggeration and wrongful death claims. His cross-border practice covers advising on jurisdictional matters, applicable law, direct rights of action against insurers, claims against the MIB, holiday claims including claims under the Package Travel Regulations covering local standards, accidents in the air and on sea, and claims involving a cross-border employment aspect. Alex Haines specialises in the sanctions regimes of International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), and the institutional…

News 13 Jun, 2018

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