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James Counsell QC and Ben Bradley compel Chelsea FC to clarify its Defence in Racial Abuse Proceedings

In a recent High Court application before Stacey J, James Counsell QC (leading Ben Bradley) obtained a Court Order compelling Chelsea FC to clarify its Defence in abuse proceedings. Four Claimants aver that they were subjected to abhorrent racial abuse by two Chelsea FC team coaches, whilst playing for the club’s youth teams, and that such abuse is actionable as a matter of law. In the proceedings initially, Chelsea FC simply put the Claimants to proof that the abuse took place. They subsequently served evidence from the 2 football coaches involved, which (1) denied that much of the abuse took place; but (2) where abuse did take place, they averred that it was acceptable by the standards of the day. Neither of these…

News, Personal Injury 14 Jul, 2021

James Counsell QC and Ben Bradley secure first victory in Manchester City FC Child Abuse Litigation

James Counsell QC and Ben Bradley have successfully appeared on behalf of the Claimants in the high profile case of TVZ and Ors v Manchester City FC, which was widely reported, particularly on the back sports pages of the national press. James and Ben currently represent eight Claimants, all of whom were abused by Barry Bennell. It is alleged that Bennell ran a number of youth ‘feeder teams’, which were connected to Manchester City FC and set up to feed young players into its schoolboy teams, once they reached the age of 14. The Defendant instructed solicitors and Leading Counsel to conduct an Inquiry into Bennell’s connections with the club (“the Inquiry”) and had set up a compensation scheme (known…

News, Personal Injury 8 Jul, 2021

James Counsell QC and Ben Bradley successful in Jehovah’s Witness Adult Sexual Abuse Appeal

In a judgment handed down today, the Court of Appeal has held the Trustees of the Barry Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses liable for an act of rape committed by one of its elders, against an adult member of its congregation. James Counsell QC and Ben Bradley appeared on behalf of the successful Respondent to the appeal. The Court heard that the claimant, known as BXB, had been a member of the Barry congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and had been instructed by an elder of that congregation to provide support and a “shoulder to cry on” for the elder’s son, Mark Sewell, also an elder of the congregation, whom was suffering from depression.  Mark Sewell abused his position as an elder…

News, Personal Injury 15 Mar, 2021

Advocacy training at the DIFC Academy of Law, with members of Outer Temple Chambers

We are pleased to announce that in collaboration with the DIFC Academy, members of Outer Temple Chambers will provide training on Common Law Advanced Advocacy Skills. The DIFC Academy of Law have launched this course for Emirati Advocates and other civil law trained lawyers, in-house counsel, and legal professionals seeking to diversify their skills and enhance their professional development. From February to April 2020, James Counsell QC and Sarah Crowther QC will be teaching Trial advocacy and witness handling and examination. John McKendrick QC and Ben Bradley will be teaching Oral Submissions and Appeal Advocacy. Keith Bryant QC and Jonathan Hand QC will be teaching Appeal Advocacy. James Counsell QC commented: “The team from Outer Temple Chambers is delighted once again to…

News 6 Jan, 2020

Ben Bradley succeeds in Cardiology/Spinal Cord Injury Liability Trial

Ben Bradley (instructed by Anna Higham, Stewarts) has successfully established at trial that his client, Tahir Younas, would have avoided spinal cord injury, absent of the negligence of his GP. Mr Younas suffered a spinal cord injury after he collapsed in a car park on 24 January 2014. His collapse was caused by a cardiological condition, known as intermittent AV block. He had been suffering related symptoms in the run up to his collapse. It was agreed that had Mr Younas been fitted with a pacemaker before his collapse, his fall, and consequential spinal cord injury would have been avoided. His GP conceded that he had acted in breach of duty by failing to refer the Claimant to a cardiologist,…

News 31 Oct, 2019

Ben Bradley speaks at the PEOPIL Young Lawyers Group Conference

Ben Bradley spoke at the recent Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL) Young Lawyers Conference in Manchester, on 29 March 2019. Ben contributed to a lively panel discussion with young lawyers from across Europe, focusing on the interrelationship between criminal proceedings and personal injury law. Outer Temple has close ties with Clifford Law Offices of Chicago, Illinois, with members of Chambers joined at the Conference by US attorney, Jack J. Casciato. Jack presented on aviation claims brought under the Montreal Convention. The Conference, held at the Manchester offices of Irwin Mitchell, was also attended by Outer Temple International Illness and Travel law team members Ian Denham, Dan Clarke, Tom Gibson and Olinga Tahzib together with Business Development Director, Paul…

News 15 Apr, 2019

Ben Bradley secures neglect conclusion at inquest

Ben Bradley, instructed by Angela Kirtley, Partner at Irwin Mitchell LLP in Newcastle, recently represented the family in an inquest touching the Death of LC. LC had been a voluntary inpatient at West Park Hospital, receiving treatment for an underlying depressive illness. Despite express instructions to the contrary from the lead consultant, LC was permitted to go on leave without such leave being risk assessed to confirm (amongst other things) who he was going on leave with, and where he was going. Sadly, LC was thus permitted to leave the hospital, committing suicide shortly thereafter. Having heard competing legal submissions from the interested parties, the Senior Coroner for County Durham recorded a conclusion of ‘suicide, contributed to by neglect’. Local press interest in…

News 19 Dec, 2016

Appeal refused in Jehovah’s Witness sex abuse case

Floyd LJ has refused the Jehovah’s Witness church permission to appeal against the judgment of Globe J, in which James Counsell and Ben Bradley successfully appeared for the Claimant (see judgment here). In his initial ruling Mr Justice Globe imposed vicarious liability upon the Jehovah’s Witnesses (“JWs”) organisation both for: the acts of sexual abuse committed by one of its ministerial servants, Peter Stewart (“PS”), upon the Claimant (“the abuse claim”); and; the failures, on the part of its Elders, to safeguard the Claimant from acts of further sexual abuse, in circumstances where they knew PS was a paedophile, but viewed him as being repentant for his sins, thereby permitting him to remain in the congregation (“the safeguarding claim”). In…

News 7 Jul, 2016

The Wheelchair Challenge & Awareness Day

Following on from the Wheelchair Challenge & Awareness Day, organised by Bolt Burdon Kemp Solicitors, with the able assistance of the Back-Up Trust and the Wheelchair Rugby Experience, the video footage of the day is now available for everyone to view. Outer Temple Chambers members, Harry Trusted, Eliot Woolf and Ben Bradley, who took part in the challenge, have learnt essential wheelchair skills and are now better informed on the accessibility challenges that many have to deal with every day. Eliot said: “I loved every single second of it – the programme should be enshrined in statute and made compulsory for all.” Click here to watch the video of the wheelchair event.

News 5 May, 2016

Harry Trusted, Eliot Woolf & Ben Bradley in Wheelchair Awareness Day

Three Outer Temple Barristers were invited to take part in a wheelchair awareness day, organised by Bolt Burdon Kemp Solicitors, with the able assistance of the Back-Up Trust and the Wheelchair Rugby Experience. Harry Trusted, Eliot Woolf and Ben Bradley spent the morning learning essential wheelchair skills with the Back-Up Trust. They were then sent off into the wilds of Islington in said chairs to (amongst other things) board a bus; buy a coffee; undertake a weekly shop; tackle cobbled streets and find a wheelchair accessible beauty salon. The afternoon was spent playing the brutal sport of wheelchair rugby, run by the inspirational athletes at the Wheelchair Rugby Experience. All three barristers have emerged relatively unscathed, but better informed and…

News 4 Apr, 2016

Is vicarious liability really ‘on the move’?

A v The Trustees of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society [2015] was the first historic sex abuse case to be brought against the Jehovah’s Witnesses. In an article that first appeared in the Personal Injury Law Journal (141, December 2015/January 2016 edition), James Counsell and Ben Bradley discuss the legal implications of the decision in the case, and some learning points arising from their involvement.

News 15 Dec, 2015

Gerard McDermott QC and Ben Bradley ‘Keep Causation Simple’ in Preliminary Issue Trial

Gerard McDermott QC and Ben Bradley (instructed by Daniel Herman, Stewarts Law LLP, Leeds) successfully represented the claimant in a 2 day preliminary issue trial pertaining to the causation of a stroke following an RTA. Mr Young, a 77 year old man, was seriously injured following a head on collision whilst driving back from a funeral. As a consequence of the accident, he went on to suffer a heart attack and then, subsequently, a spinal haematoma which rendered him paraplegic. 22 days after the initial accident (and 18 days after the heart attack), Mr Young suffered a non-haemorrhagic stroke, causing left side paralysis. The issue in the preliminary trial related to whether the stroke had been caused by the road…

News 24 Aug, 2015

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