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New appointments to Attorney General’s Panels of Junior Counsel to the Crown

We are delighted to announce new appointments to the Attorney General’s A and C panels. Naomi Ling joins the A Panel, Rob Dickason joins the B Panel and four members of Chambers have been added to the C Panel. Naomi Ling joins the Attorney General’s A Panel, recognising her considerable expertise in employment and pension law. The A Panel deals with the most complex government cases in all kinds of courts and tribunals. Members will often appear against QCs. In general, those appointed to the A Panel will have over 10 years’ advocacy experience. Rob Dickason joins the Attorney General’s B Panel and continues to represent a range of Government departments in a variety of healthcare-related public and private law…

News 3 Sep, 2020

High Court rejects Q Fever appeal: Bass v MOD

Robert Dickason, led by Ben Collins QC, has successfully defended the Ministry of Defence in the High Court appeal brought by former serviceman Pte Wayne Bass, following dismissal of his claim for damages in early 2019. Private Bass contracted Q Fever, leading to Q Fever Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, during his deployment in Afghanistan in 2012. He was medically discharged from the Army and brought a claim for damages against the MOD on the basis that it ought to have provided him with an alternative form of antimalarial which would have protected him against both malaria and Q Fever. He also asserted that the Management of Health and Safety in the Workplace Regulations 1999 applied during his deployment in Afghanistan because…

News 13 Jan, 2020

Appeal against the MOD’s successful defence of the first contested Q Fever case is due to be heard by the High Court

Robert Dickason, led by Ben Collins QC, represent the MOD seeking to uphold the trial judge’s findings below – see our news coverage from March 2019 for details. The appeal will be heard by Martin Spencer J over two days (5-6th December) and its outcome is likely to have a significant bearing on the remainder of the Q Fever litigation cohort, in which soldiers deployed to Afghanistan seek substantial damages for Q Fever Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which they contracted during deployment and allege could have been avoided with better care and treatment by MOD. To find out more or to instruct Robert, contact Graham Woods or Chris Rowe on +44 (0)20 7353 6381.

News 4 Dec, 2019

James Aldridge and Robert Dickason in successful settlement of an unusual stillbirth claim

James Aldridge and Robert Dickason (instructed by Wolferstans) recently secured £120,000 in damages for the parents of a stillborn child. The child died as a result of inadequately managed pre-eclampsia late in pregnancy, leading to placental abruption. The settlement included compensation for the mother’s subsequent development of fibromyalgia as a result of the physical and psychiatric trauma which she went through, although the Defendant Trust did not admit causation. The judgment of the court is available on Lawtel [R v Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (2018)].

News 26 Jul, 2019

Bass v Ministry of Defence: Q Fever trial successfully defended

Ben Collins QC and Robert Dickason have successfully defended the Ministry of Defence in the first contested trial in the Q Fever litigation, which was widely reported in January 2019. Private Wayne Bass contracted Q Fever, leading to Q Fever Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, during his deployment to Helmand Province in Afghanistan in 2012. He was medically discharged from the Army and brought a claim for damages against the MOD on the basis that it ought to have provided him with an alternative form of antimalarial which would have protected him against both malaria and Q Fever. He also asserted that the Management of Health and Safety in the Workplace Regulations 1999 applied during his deployment in Afghanistan because decisions relating…

News 27 Mar, 2019

APIL’s Clinical Negligence – third edition published

The third edition of APIL’s guide to Clinical Negligence was published today, with Jonathan Hand as contributing author of the chapter on causation together with Christopher Gibson QC and Rob Dickason. APIL Clinical Negligence focuses on the key and developing areas of clinical negligence including medical product claims. It combines know-how about conducting these claims with the latest thinking on new and developing areas of practice. Under Paul Balen as General Editor, this new edition has been substantially revised to take account of: Consent – the impact of Montgomery and Webster Damages – the discount rate; Roberts v Johnstone etc Mediation – the new NHS Resolution agreement Case management and costs budgeting Product liability – update on the test for defect…

News 21 Nov, 2018

Robert Dickason appointed to the Attorney General’s Panel

Outer Temple congratulates Robert Dickason on his recent appointment to the hotly-contested Attorney General’s C Panel. The appointment runs from 1 March 2015 for five years. He will be undertaking personal injury, clinical negligence, inquest and public work for the Crown.

News 11 Feb, 2015

Lakanal House inquest underway

Three members of the Outer Temple Health & Safety team are currently engaged in the three month inquest arising out of the July 2009 tower block fire at Lakanal House, Camberwell, South London, in which six residents tragically died. Ben Compton QC and James Leonard, leading Robert Dickason, represent two of the construction companies involved.

News 13 Feb, 2013

Sentencing in the Atherstone fire tragedy

Ben Compton QC and Robert Dickason successfully defended Warwickshire County Council in the Warwickshire Fire and Rescue case concerning the deaths of 4 firemen in the warehouse fire in Atherstone on Stour in November 2007.

News 10 Dec, 2012

Robert Dickason secures complete revocation of interim order at the GDC

Robert Dickason has successfully argued at the GDC for the revocation of an interim order on the basis of the authority in Calhaem v GMC. Although only at the interim stage, the evidence presented by the GDC could not be said to be a fair reflection of the registrant’s work. It followed that a finding of impairment based on deficient professional performance was unlikely and so the continuation of the interim order was unnecessary.

News 26 Sep, 2012

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