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John McKendrick QC speaking at the The ILS Global Forum on International Law

John McKendrick QC has been invited to talk at the The ILS Global Forum on International Law hosted by iLaw2020 on February 28, 2020. John will speaking on a panel for the plenary session titled ‘U.S. Sanctions Policy and OFAC: What Every Lawyer (and Client) Should Know’. The unofficial theme of this year’s conference is International Corruption. The session will explore how U.S. sanctions policy has evolved over the last three decades, the significant role it plays in Latin America, beginning with the Cuba Embargo, Kingpin Act in Venezuela, and – most recently – the sanctions imposed on the Maduro Regime in Venezuela. The plenary will discuss that evolution, with a keynote presentation by Richard Newcomb, who served as the…

News 27 Feb, 2020

John McKendrick QC speaking in the Bahamas

John has been invited by the Bahamas Bar Association to address local attorneys on the regulation of Fintech at an evening seminar on 30 January 2020. As the Attorney General of Anguilla between 2016 and 2018, John was responsible for the Anguilla Utility Token Act, one of the world’s first legislative attempts to regulate virtual currency and utility token offerings. He continues to practise in all areas of regulatory law. He also been asked to address the Bahamas junior bar group on the topic of “Developing An International Practice”. On 31 January 2020 John will also speak at the 8th Annual Arbitration and Investment Summit in Nassau on the topic of “Interim Measures: Attempting to Trace the Line of Deference…

News 31 Jan, 2020

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

OTC’s International Law Team on the effect of Brexit on the UK Sanctions Framework

In an article published on the Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists (ACSS) website, John McKendrick QC and Alex Haines examine the effect of the UK’s departure from the EU on the domestic sanctions framework.  Post Brexit, the UK’s rather sizeable influence over European sanctions policy will naturally diminish.  But what of the legal force of EU Council Decisions and Regulations in the UK? How will UN sanctions measures be implemented in the UK? The article also looks at the recent UK legislation designed to fill the legislative lacuna created by Brexit as well as what this means for due process. John McKendrick QC, former Caribbean Attorney General, practises internationally from Outer Temple Chambers.  Alex Haines, called to both the English…

External Publications 12 Dec, 2019

Sanctions Law News – Nicaragua

Following John McKendrick QC and Alex Haines’ successful sanctions seminar – in conjunction with Central America’s largest law firm Consortium legal – in Managua on 30 August 2019, the Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists (ACSS) has published their article The ‘Nica Act’: The Nexus, Effect, and Long-Arm Reach of US Sanctions Against Nicaragua on its website. The Nicaraguan Human Rights and Anticorruption Act of 2018 (NHRACA) seeks to hold violators of human rights and corrupt actors in Nicaragua accountable. It also instructs the US president to impose individual sanctions on members of the Nicaraguan government deemed responsible for human rights violations against the post-April 2018 protesters, as well as current and former Nicaraguan government officials involved in significant acts of…

News 22 Nov, 2019

John McKendrick QC and Alex Haines strengthen OTC links to Latin America

John McKendrick QC and Alex Haines will be in Panama, Nicaragua, Mexico and Colombia between 28th August and 5th September 2019. At the Invitation of Nicaragua’s largest law firm, Consortium Legal, Alex and John will speak at a seminar at the Hotel Crowne Plaza in Managua on 30 August 2019.  The seminar will focus on the impact of international sanctions on Nicaragua and Venezuela and will cover (i) how sanctions work (with particular emphasis on US/OFAC sanctions); (ii) the Nicaragua Act 2018; (iii) how to challenge US and EU sanctions; and (iv) how to manage the risk of sanctions in business and private sector implementation.  The seminar will take place in Spanish and will be moderated by Rodrigo Taboada, partner…

News 28 Aug, 2019

John McKendrick QC succcessfully acts in Court of Appeal termination case

John recently appeared for the appellant in the Court of Appeal challenging a first instance declaration that a termination at 23 weeks was lawful and in an incapacitated woman’s best interests. The appeal was heard urgently the day before the termination was due to take place. The Court of Appeal, McCombe, King and Peter Jackson LJJ granted permission to appeal, allowed the appeal and dismissed the NHS Trust’s application. The Judgment can be found here. The Court emphasised the mandatory section 4 requirements of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, the need to fully consider the wishes and the feelings of an incapacitated person and importantly the views of others, as well as the medical evidence, when it was proposed the…

News 11 Jul, 2019

John McKendrick QC and Chloë Bell to advise the Inter-American Development Bank

John McKendrick QC and Chloë Bell are instructed to advise the Inter-American Development Bank in respect of legal and regulatory issues arising from their work in Jamaica on state modernisation. John and Chloë will be in Kingston during the week of 8 July 2019 to assist in a workshop with senior Government officials and will hold meetings with the IDB and other experts. Outer Temple barristers John and Chloë both work in the area of constitutional law and Chloë is a former judicial assistant to Lord Mance and, was involved in Privy Council matters. John has carried out development work for the IDB in the past and has a long history of working in the Caribbean.

News 4 Jul, 2019

John McKendrick QC acts for NHS trust in High Court Jehovah’s Witness case

John McKendrick QC is currently acting in the High Court, London for an NHS trust responsible for the treatment of a 17 year-old Jehovah’s Witness. The boy, who has leukaemia and who lives in the south east of England, has refused potentially life-saving blood product treatment for his condition, because of his religious beliefs. NHS trust doctors are respecting the boy’s views and doctors are not treating him with blood products. Lead barrister for the trust, John McKendrick QC said that the boy had refused to consent to treatment involving “blood products” and that the teenager was “extremely articulate about his Jehovah’s Witness faith”. John regularly appears before the Administrative Court, Court of Protection, Family Division, the Tribunal system and the…

News 7 Jun, 2019

Advocacy training at the DIFC Academy of Law, with Keith Bryant QC and Jonathan Hand QC

As part of the newly-created Certificate in Common Law and DIFC Courts Practice, Keith Bryant QC and Jonathan Hand QC have successfully delivered training on Appeal Advocacy and judged the final Advocacy Assessment Exercises for students at the DIFC Academy of Law in Dubai. The group was made up of some twenty aspiring trial lawyers, all of whom have benefitted from three sessions of advocacy training run by Outer Temple barristers John McKendrick QC, James Counsell QC, Fiona Horlick QC and Benjimin Burgher, since the beginning of 2019. Jonathan Hand QC commented: “This was a very rewarding opportunity to teach advocacy in a different environment, to a diverse group of students, many of whom didn’t come from a common law background,…

News 3 May, 2019

John McKendrick QC speaks at Commonwealth Lawyers conference

John McKendrick QC is speaking at one of the largest gatherings of lawyers from the Commonwealth, organised by the Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association. The 21st Commonwealth Law Conference 2019 is taking place for the first time in Livingstone, Zambia during the week of 8 April, with the theme of “The Rule of Law in Retreat? Challenges for the Modern Commonwealth”. John will speak at two sessions: ‘Developments in Appellate Advocacy’ and ‘Regulation of Competition law’. Other speakers at the event include the Lord Chief Justice, the Lord Justice Clerk and the Secretary General of the Commonwealth. The conference will be opened by the President of Zambia on Tuesday 9 April. John is qualified in four Commonwealth jurisdictions and, as a former…

News 8 Apr, 2019

Certificate in Common Law and DIFC Courts Practice

We are pleased to announce that a team of six members of Outer Temple Chambers will provide advocacy training within the Certificate in Common Law and DIFC Courts Practice programme in Dubai. 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. In early March and April 2019, James Counsell QC, Benjimin Burgher, John McKendrick QC, Fiona Horlick, Keith Bryant QC and Jonathan Hand will be delivering specialised training on trial advocacy and witness handling, oral submissions and appeal advocacy, and written advocacy. Other trainers include expert legal faculty members from the Middlesex University, Dubai-College of Law, and…

News 25 Feb, 2019

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