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Sophie O'Sullivan

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…

Sports Webinars 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…

Business Crime, 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…

Business Crime, 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 Blog & Publications, Commercial, News 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…

Business Crime, News 6 Jan, 2021

Outer Temple’s growing International Organisations Law Team

Members of the OTC International Organisations Team have been instructed in several high profile cases this year, including Sanctions Law disputes and cases before the World Bank Administrative Tribunal, United Nations Appeals Tribunal, United Nations Dispute Tribunal and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Administrative Tribunal. But what exactly is International Organisations Law? How many international governmental organisations (“IOs”) exist today? This seemingly straightforward question has kept academics, researches and practitioners busy mostly because nobody knows for certain.  There are, on any view, hundreds of IOs: the Oxford Handbook of IOs puts the figure at more than a thousand while Murdoch University in Australia settles on around 800.  Some commentators are of the view that the figure is closer to…

Legal Blog & Publications, News, International, International 18 Dec, 2020

The Bribery Act 2010’s four primary categories of offence

Nick Johnson QC, Nick Hill and Sophie O’Sullivan authored the third chapter of Lissack and Horlick on Bribery and Corruption. This chapter summary looks at the four primary categories of offence under the Bribery Act 2010, with reference to recent trials, caselaw, guidance and deferred prosecution agreements. It is part of a serialisation of the chapters that members of Outer Temple contributed to the publication. The Bribery Act 2010 abolished the common law offences and swept away the somewhat outdated nineteenth and twentieth century Prevention of Corruption Acts, to provide clarity to bribery law by putting the offences in a singular, statutory context. Chapter 3 of Lissack and Horlick on Bribery and Corruption answers core and fundamental questions about the composition and scope of…

Business Crime, Business Crime, Legal Blog & Publications, News 21 Oct, 2020

Publication of the Third edition of Lissack and Horlick on Bribery and Corruption

We are delighted to announce that the Third edition of Lissack and Horlick on Bribery and Corruption has been published by LexisNexis Butterworths. The practitioner’s book was edited by Fiona Horlick QC and Richard Lissack QC, and was contributed to by a number of Outer Temple members. In 2010, the UK’s law on bribery changed from a collection of ancient statutes, distorted in some cases by contradictory authority, to a single statute often regarded as one of the most rigorous, and wide-ranging in application, in the world. Since coming into force in 2011, numerous prosecutions were brought on the basis of the Bribery Act as well as five of the eight deferred prosecution agreements reached in the UK to date. It…

Business Crime, Business Crime, Legal Blog & Publications, News 30 Sep, 2020

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

Webcast Invitation: Navigating your compliance and investigations framework

Outer Temple and EY invite you to a joint webcast: Practical legal and risk considerations when navigating your compliance and investigations framework. Failure to organise your compliance framework and react to internal issues can be disastrous for organisations, resulting in fines, sanctions and reputational damage. During the heat of the COVID-19 crisis, while most organisations adapted at pace and carried on through the pandemic, aspects of their usual compliance processes did go into a level of hibernation. Now is the time to look back at what happened, put right any ‘wrongs’ and use lessons learnt to strengthen your organisations’ business conduct and ethics framework. Where there may have been ‘wrongs’, the decision of any corporate entity to launch an internal…

Covid-19, Business Crime, Business Crime during Covid-19, Events, News 15 Jul, 2020

Corporate Fraud in the Covid-19 Crisis – Guidance Note

Nick Johnson QC and Sophie O’Sullivan look at corporate fraud in the Covid-19 crisis, the changing risks and how to protect your business. The UK Government’s coronavirus (Covid-19) response has had profound effects on every business sector. The UK is on “lockdown”. Corporations and businesses, whose activities are underpinned by technologies such as verified transactions, encrypted communications and secure server networks, are having to find ways to conduct their core functions remotely, separated from colleagues and support departments, in circumstances where each person is, generally, unmonitored. There are very few – if any – corporate entities that had the practical and technological infrastructures in place prior to this crisis taking hold, which would have enabled them to adapt seamlessly to…

Covid-19, Business Crime, Business Crime during Covid-19, News 2 Apr, 2020

Outer Temple Chambers welcomes three new barristers

We are delighted to announce that Justina Stewart, Nick Johnson QC and Sophie O’Sullivan have joined Outer Temple Chambers, providing strong additions to our Commercial and Business Crime teams. Justina Stewart is a commercial and chancery barrister, with a particular focus on banking, financial services, regulatory, company, insolvency, civil fraud and business crime, and related professional negligence. Justina works in the UK and internationally. Ranked as a Leading Junior in Banking and Finance and Insolvency, Justina has been described in the directories as “a force to be reckoned with” who is “far more financially literate than most barristers”. Before coming to the Bar, Justina was an international investment banker, working with top-ranked corporate finance teams on complex transactions, predominantly in…

News 29 Nov, 2019

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