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Join Outer Temple's Sanctions experts alongside other speakers for our Annual Sanctions Forum on Wednesday, 6th December 2023 at the Reform Club.

Event: Annual Sanctions Forum 2023, 6th December

Join Outer Temple’s Sanctions experts alongside other speakers for our Annual Sanctions Forum on Wednesday, 6th December 2023 at the Reform Club. You are invited to join Outer Temple Chambers’ Sanctions Team, alongside other experts for our Annual Sanctions Forum 2023. Topics will include: The judicial sanctions landscape in 2023. Update from Counsel in latest s.38 SAMLA case involving single British nationality DP and freedom of speech. Reflections on the impact and implications of changes to the Russia Regulations 2019 in 2023. Sanctions, investments and divestments: latest trends related to Russia and China. Offshore assets: sanctions evasion and enforcement. Book your place This event will be held in-person at The Reform Club, 104 Pall Mall, St. James’s, London SW1Y 5EW.…

Events 20 Oct, 2023

NYSBA London Chapter: “Treading Water in the Atlantic: Navigating US and UK Sanctions Law and Practice”

NYSBA London Chapter: “Treading Water in the Atlantic: Navigating US and UK Sanctions Law and Practice”

The New York State Bar Association London Chapter annual event will be hosted by Outer Temple Chambers and CANDEY on Thursday 19th October 2023. Alex Haines and Rachel Roche – Co-Chairs of the NYSBA London Chapter – will present the event chaired by Sophie O’Sullivan, member of OTC’s Business Crime, Regulations and Sanctions Team.  Sophie will be joined by fellow sanctions experts Charlie Steele, former OFAC Chief Counsel, and Duncan Henderson, Partner at CANDEY. The specialist panel will address the latest sanctions law trends from both a US and UK sanctions framework perspective, including challenging designations, licensing, and enforcement actions. The event will take place at Chancery House, followed by a drinks reception at the CANDEY offices in Lincoln’s Inn. Agenda…

Events 13 Sep, 2023

At the front of the pack: Outer Temple's Sanctions Team instructed in the most high-profile and cutting-edge cases in the UK’s new sanctions framework

At the front of the pack: Outer Temple’s Sanctions Team instructed in leading cases in the UK’s new sanctions framework

Outer Temple Chambers’ Sanctions Team is instructed in the most high-profile and cutting-edge cases in the UK’s new sanctions framework. The Sanctions Team has unrivalled expertise in challenges to UK sanctions designations and High Court applications relating to, and arising from, the UK’s sanctions framework. This experience – twinned with instructions to act for and advise the UK Government and with ongoing high-profile sanctions advisory services – has put the team at the forefront of sanctions law and practice in the UK and its overseas territories. Comprised of seven specialist barristers; John McKendrick KC, Oliver Powell, Alex Haines, Sophie O’Sullivan, Josh Hitchens, Jeremy Scott-Joynt and Henry Reid, supported by members of the wider Business Crime and Regulation and Commercial teams…

News 20 Jun, 2023

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 14 Nov, 2022

Paul Rogers and Sophie O’Sullivan spoke at London International Weekend 2022

Paul Rogers and Sophie O’Sullivan both spoke at London International Weekend 2022. This is an event providing lawyers with the opportunity to come together, network, and hear talks on a variety of topics. This weekend, the London Young Lawyers group, The Bar Council of England and Wales, European Young Bar Association, Junior Lawyers Division, and Middle Temple Young Barristers’ Association, held London International Weekend 2022 which took place from 22nd – 25th September 2022. This is an annual event providing lawyers with the opportunity to come together, network, and hear talks from a variety of speakers on several different topics. Outer Temples Paul Rogers and Sophie O’Sullivan both gave talks at the event on Saturday 24th September 2022. Paul Rogers joined barrister Toby Cadman…

News 26 Sep, 2022

Sophie O’Sullivan returns to Outer Temple Chambers

Chambers is delighted to welcome back Sophie O’Sullivan from maternity leave. Sophie will continue to practice across business crime; commercial fraud; asset forfeiture; financial regulation and compliance; sanctions; professional discipline; and health and safety. She looks forward to working with her current and new clients on her return. Find out more: Sophie O’Sullivan specialises in business crime and professional regulation. Her practice encompasses: business crime; commercial fraud; asset forfeiture; financial regulation and compliance; sanctions; professional discipline; and health and safety Sophie appears regularly before the GMC, SRA, NMC, GPhC and HCPC, often defending individuals against the most serious allegations of professional misconduct and negligent care as well as acting for both prosecuting authorities and defendants in health and safety proceeding. To find out more, contact Sam Carter on +44 (0)203…

News 20 Sep, 2022

Happy International Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we asked some of our female barristers about their experiences and what they think of being a woman in the legal industry. Some people may still have the impression that law is a man’s game but this is not the case any more. The Bar is becoming more and more diverse and representative of the real world and women now make up over 38% of the industry according the the Bar Council. This figure has steadily increased over the last two decades but there is still a long way to go. So, to mark International Women’s Day, and in keeping with this year’s theme #BreakTheBias, we thought we would ask some of our female barristers…

News 8 Mar, 2022

Watch the Webinar: Women in Sport. Gender Diversity, Safeguarding and the Law

Outer Temple Chambers and Irwin Mitchell recently hosted a lunch-time discussion on women in sport and the developing law. We were delighted to also be joined by Cliodhna Guy from the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board. Watch the webinar on-demand here. In June, Louis Weston chaired the second in our series of sports related lunchtime discussions. This event focused on women in sport. The Talks After an introduction by Louis, he welcomed Kylie Hutchison from Irwin Mitchell to talk about her experience as an elite Touch rugby player and Senior Associate in the International Serious Injury Team at Irwin Mitchell. Kylie presented ‘Caps and claims – balancing sporting and legal life’. Sarah Crowther QC presented ‘A level playing field? Is equal treatment enough for the safe…

Webinars & Recordings 8 Jul, 2021

Alex Haines & Sophie O’Sullivan instructed to act for senior international civil servant at the African Union Commission

Alex Haines and Sophie O’Sullivan have recently been instructed to act for a senior international civil servant at the African Union Commission (AUC) in relation to a number of ongoing matters, including disciplinary proceedings involving serious allegations of multi-million pound misappropriation of African Union (AU) funds and false accounting. Barristers in Outer Temple Chambers’ International Team are frequently instructed in cases involving international organisations whose disciplinary and regulatory frameworks are often little known about. International Organisations are established by treaty and possess their own international legal personalities. They also enjoy immunity from suit and – through the application of inter alia international human rights law – most have set up internal justice systems that deal with institutional matters. The African Union The AU is a…

News 22 Jun, 2021

OTC’s Business Crime and Regulation Team instructed in one of the first UK Sanctions Framework cases

Alex Haines and Sophie O’Sullivan have been instructed by a US-based law firm to represent an Eastern European engineering firm in relation to its sanctions designation under UK legislation and regulation. This is one of the first sanctions challenges to operate within the UK’s new and autonomous statutory framework. From 1st January 2021, the UK was no longer required to implement EU sanctions and the new UK sanctions legislation officially came into force under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (SAMLA). SAMLA provides the UK with a domestic statutory framework of powers, which enable it to continue to meet its international obligations under the UN Charter to implement UN sanctions law directly in the UK. Put simply, SAMLA fills…

News 21 Apr, 2021

From Trump to Biden: Whither US Sanctions Policy?

With a new administration, John McKendrick QC and Sophie O’Sullivan consider what effect this key shift in US values will have on its sanctions policy. From his inaugural address in January 2021 calling for “unity not division”, President Biden has already sought to characterise his Administration as one which will embrace multilateralism and global co-operation. Biden’s promise that the USA “will repair our alliances and engage with the world once again” was both a declaration of his own political ideology and a clear rejection of his predecessor’s core mantra and foreign policy (or lack of) model of ‘America First’. What effect will this key shift in US values have on its sanctions policy? In this article, John McKendrick QC and…

Legal Blogs 11 Mar, 2021

Nick Johnson QC and Sophie O’Sullivan appointed to the SFO Panel

Outer Temple is pleased to announce that Nick Johnson QC and Sophie O’Sullivan have been appointed to the Serious Fraud Office’s Panels of Counsel. Nick Johnson QC has been appointed to the SFO QC Prosecution Panel and Sophie O’Sullivan to the Proceeds of Crime B Panel of Counsel. The appointments are effective from 31 December for four years. The appointment flows from Nick and Sophie’s broad experience of civil and criminal fraud, business crime, asset tracing, financial regulation and injunctive relief cases, and will complement their existing practice in those areas. Find out more Nick Johnson QC specialises in complex financial and business crime disputes, together with cross-over regulatory and civil work. He is ranked as a leading Silk Band 1 for Financial Crime by Chambers & Partners 2021, described…

News 6 Jan, 2021

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