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Joshua Hitchens

Alex Haines and Joshua Hitchens in Jeddah

Alex Haines and Joshua Hitchens instructed in action against the Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Export Credit in Saudi Arabia

Alex Haines and Joshua Hitchens have been instructed for the Applicant against the Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Export Credit before the Islamic Development Bank Group Administrative Tribunal. The newly established Islamic Development Bank Group Administrative Tribunal (IsDBGAT or Tribunal) is based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and hears cases brought by international civil servants who work at the Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDBG). The IsDBG is comprised of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), Islamic Research & Training Institute (IRTI), Islamic Corporation for Development of the Private Sector (ICD), Islamic Corporation for Insurance of Investment and Export Credit (ICIEC), and International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC). The IsDBG is a regional International Financial Institution (IFI) whose mission includes the promotion of social and economic development…

News, International 18 Apr, 2023

Case Analysis PJSC National Bank Trust & anor v Mints & ors [2023]

Sanctioned Persons Not Prevented From Accessing UK Courts – PJSC National Bank Trust & anor v Mints & ors [2023]

Joshua Hitchens, along with Annabel Thomas, Gavin Costelloe and Bethany Histed (of Greenberg Traurig LLP) consider one of the first major judgments on the effects of the Russian sanctions regime on commercial litigation involving parties subject to asset freezes following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. On 27 January 2023, Mrs Justice Cockerill handed down judgment in PJSC National Bank Trust & anor v Mints & ors [2023] EWHC 118 (Comm) in which she considered the effect of the Russian sanctions regime on commercial litigation involving parties who are designated persons. Under the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (the “Regulations”), all assets of a designated person are frozen, meaning no person may deal in them, and no person may make available any…

Commercial, News, International 9 Feb, 2023

Josh Hitchens Book Prize

Joshua Hitchens wins prize in the Inner Temple Book Prize 2022.

Outer Temple’s Joshua Hitchens’ book, Forced Marriage Law and Practice, has come Runner-Up for New Author’s prize in the Inner Temple Book Prize 2022. Josh Hitchens, jointly with Niamh Daly of 1GC Chambers, recently published Forced Marriage Law and Practice and we would like to congratulate them both for coming Runner-Up in the New Author category of the Inner Temple Book Prize 2022. The Inner Temple Book Prizes are described as “one of the highest honours that legal authorship can aspire to”. The Prizes are intended to recognise and to encourage the writing of books which make an outstanding contribution to the understanding of law as administered in England and Wales. The long term aim of the Prize is to…

Legal Blog & Publications, International, Public 5 Jan, 2023

Joshua Hitchens successfully obtains summary dismissal of contempt application

Joshua Hitchens was instructed by Janes Solicitors to represent the Defendant in contempt proceedings before Mr Justice Nicklin, who described the case as “a sobering reminder of the obligation on parties’ lawyers to read very carefully and to understand the effects of injunction orders”.  The Defendant was subject to an injunction which restricted his use of the Claimant’s documents in proceedings. Contrary to the Claimant’s solicitor’s understanding, the injunction did not prevent the identification of the Claimant.  The Defendant was accused of providing an exhibit he had introduced into proceedings to a US attorney who then made use of it in proceedings in the United States. The Claimant brought a contempt application on the basis (1) that the Defendant had…

Business Crime, News, Disciplinary & Regulatory 22 Nov, 2022

Event: Three Faces of Sanctions Litigation – 6th December 2022

Join Outer Temple Chambers and guests on the 6th December 2022 for a Sanctions & Export Controls breakfast seminar hosted at The Reform Club. You are invited to join our Business Crime and Regulatory Team and our esteemed guests for a discussion on navigating sanctions regimes, designations and export controls in civil, administrative and criminal proceedings. The event will be co-chaired by Outer Temple’s John McKendrick KC and Fiona Horlick KC. Speakers include Oliver Powell, Alex Haines, Sophie O’Sullivan, Jeremy Scott-Joynt, Joshua Hitchens, and Henry Reid. Guest speakers include; Tristan Grimmer, Partner at Baker Mckenzie; Elizabeth Robertson, Partner at Skadden; and Tom Cornell, Associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. The conference will take place at The Reform Club in London…

Events, Sanctions 14 Nov, 2022

150 rankings for Outer Temple Barristers by Legal 500 UK 2023

The Legal 500 UK 2023 Rankings have been announced and Outer Temple Chambers is delighted with the results. With over 60 barristers now holding rankings across 27 practice areas and some glowing feedback, we are honoured to have been described as a “go-to set” once again. We are particularly delighted that the hard work of our juniors has been noticed and would like to congratulate Bianca Venkata and Victoria Brown for their elevation from Rising Stars to a Tiered ranking. As they now start working their way up the ranks we welcome four new juniors into the Rising Stars category; Alex Cisneros, Carin Hunt, Imogen Egan and Olinga Tahzib. Congratulations also to Alex Haines, Clare Baker, David Haines, Joshua Hitchens…

News 29 Sep, 2022

Joshua Hitchens successful in constitutional rights appeal against the Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago

Joshua Hitchens acted as part of a team who were successful in a constitutional rights appeal for two appellants who wrongly served additional time in prison in Duncan and Jokhan v Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago. Joshua Hitchens was led by Anand Beharrylal QC in a constitutional rights appeal against the Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago for two appellants whom, due to an error by the Court of Appeal in criminal proceedings, were required to serve 29 months in prison after their earliest date of release which they ought not have served. The Privy Council allowed the appeal of Duncan and Jokhan (Appellants) v Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago (Respondent) (Trinidad and Tobago) [2021] UKPC 17 and the matter was remitted to the…

News, International, Public Law 21 Jul, 2021

Permission granted in Covid-19 Homelessness Judicial Review

The High Court yesterday granted permission to bring judicial review proceedings in The Queen (On the Application of ZLL) v The London Borough of Camden. Joshua Hitchens acts for the Claimant instructed by Derek Bernardi of Camden Community Law Centre. The case relates to the accommodation of homeless people during the pandemic and whether leaving the homeless on the streets during Covid-19 is automatically a breach of the rough sleeper’s rights under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Camden considers that the “Everyone In” programme instigated by central government in March 2020, requiring all those at risk of rough sleeping to be accommodated has come to an end. It asserts that only those who have Covid-19 or are symptomatic, those rough…

News, Public Law 16 Jun, 2021

Joshua Hitchens successful in wrongful arrest appeal against the Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago

Joshua Hitchens, led by Anand Beharrylal QC, represented the successful appellant in this appeal against the Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago for wrongful arrest and false imprisonment of a soldier of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force. The soldier of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (‘TTDF’) had been arrested and detained for kidnapping on Christmas Eve before being released without charge late on Boxing Day. The appellant was on duty in TTDF uniform and driving a TTDF vehicle in the company of another soldier when the vehicle was stopped. The appellant was then arrested essentially because he had in his possession $7000 in an envelope and due to a police intelligence report that TTDF soldiers were involved in…

News, Public Law 8 Apr, 2021

Joshua Hitchens joins Outer Temple

Outer Temple Chambers is delighted to welcome Joshua Hitchens to our public law team. Joshua qualified in 2018 and practises in all of Chambers’ specialisms. He is a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Panel of Counsel and has acted in a number of high-profile public law matters.  Most recently, he acted for the Claimant in the landmark case of R(Ncube) v Brighton and Hove City Council, Shelter Intervening [2021] EWHC 578 (Admin) in which it was established that Covid-19 is an emergency for the purposes of the Local Government Act 1972 and that local authorities have statutory powers to accommodate those with no recourse to public funds during the pandemic. He is also currently instructed in a…

News, Public Law 15 Mar, 2021

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