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David Westcott QC in successful action for Claimant in Harris v Miller

David Westcott QC successfully acted for the Claimant in Harris v Miller [2016] EWHC 2438 (QB). The Claimant was 14 years old when she fell off the Defendant’s horse and sustained paraplegia. An action was originally brought in negligence and under the Animals Act 1971; but since, on the particular facts of the case, the Claimant could not have succeeded in the statutory claim if she failed at common law, only negligence was pursued at trial. The facts were hotly disputed by the parties. It was the Claimant’s case that the horse bucked whilst cantering on flat ground, whereas the Defendant suggested the horse had dipped its head when walking downhill. The behaviour and temperament of the horse were also…

News 4 Nov, 2016

David Westcott QC & Rachel Vickers successful in Clinical Negligence trial

David Westcott QC and Rachel Vickers recently received judgment in favour of their Claimant client after a five day Clinical Negligence Liability trial. The Claimant was born by emergency Caesarean section and suffered Hypoxic Ischaemic at birth leading to Cerebral Palsy. Timings in the build up to the birth and cross referencing the Claimant’s medical records were crucial in determining the outcome. Click here for an extended summary of the complex issues involved. Click here for a copy of the Judgment. The counsel were instructed by Lucy Witon at Russell-Cooke.

News 27 May, 2016

How do courts determine care claim quantums?

The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in Reaney v University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust. The Court allowed the Defendant’s appeal against a finding of Foskett J that the Trust should be liable to pay the Claimant’s full damages because they negligently worsened the Claimant’s pre-existing condition. David Westcott QC was instructed for the successful Defendant for the appeal alongside Charles Feeny, who had represented the Defendant at first instance. Please click here to find out more from a case commentary written by Gus Baker, Outer Temple Chambers pupil.

News 2 Dec, 2015

Outer Temple Chambers supports APIL “Accidents Abroad” Conference

APIL are holding a full day conference on Accidents Abroad at Kingsway Hall Hotel (London, UK) on November the 17th. David Westcott QC is one of three speakers on “The Discount Rate, PPO’s and Security of Funding in the International Claims Context” alongside Julian Chamberlayne (Partner and Head of Travel Law at Stewarts Law) and Chris Daykin (Actuary). Sarah Crowther is also talking on the day about “Claims against the MIB and EU Motor Insurance Directives”. Gerard McDermott QC will be chairing the whole day. Outer Temple Chambers is pleased to sponsor the event.

Events 26 Oct, 2015

The reality of brain injury from a scientific and legal perspective seminar

Outer Temple Chambers and the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability invite you to The Reality of Brain Injury from a Scientific and Legal Perspective. An insightful and informative seminar reflecting on the complexity of acquired brain injury, from two distinctly different standpoints. Date: Thursday 29th January 2015 Time: 14:00 – 17:00 Venue: The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, Treasury Building, EC4Y 7HL Schedule David Westcott QC – Introduction Dr Sophie Duport, RHN – “Brain Injury and the RHN through the eyes of a Neuroscientist” Nathan Tavares, OTC – “The challenge of obtaining appropriate compensation for a Brain Injury survivor” Dr Kudret Yelden, RHN – “Brain Injury and the RHN through the eyes of a Rehabilitation Consultant” Jacqueline Cave – “A…

Events 8 Jan, 2015

Outer Temple has been commended in the FT’s Innovative Lawyers 2014 report

We are delighted to note that Outer Temple has been commended in the FT’s Innovative Lawyers 2014 report, for our approach to managing change and for introducing “a new contribution structure to incentivise and retain high-earning barristers”. The restructuring came to the FT’s attention following a presentation by director, Christine Kings, to the Legal Futures Conference on new business structures in October 2013. Our restructuring reflects an enormous amount of effort and goodwill by all staff and barristers in Chambers and the determination and leadership of the three new heads, David Westcott QC, Michael Bowes QC and Andrew Spink QC. The changes were driven by the recognition that we need to respond quickly to opportunities in a fast moving market…

News 8 Oct, 2014

Christopher Gibson QC joins Outer Temple Chambers

We are delighted to announce that Christopher Gibson QC, a specialist in medical law and professional negligence, has moved from Doughty Street Chambers to Outer Temple Chambers. He will complement our clinical negligence team coordinated by David Westcott QC and our personal injury team coordinated by Christopher Wilson-Smith QC. Christopher practises in all types of high value clinical negligence and personal injury cases. He has extensive experience in cases involving injuries of maximum severity including, in particular, cases of cerebral palsy involving birth injuries to children where allegations are made in respect of the obstetric and neonatal management. He has expertise in psychiatric cases, involving Post Traumatic Stress Disorder cases where the injury is secondary to clinical negligence, as well as…

News 25 Mar, 2012

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