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Jonathan Hand KC secures liability settlement for 14 year old born with brain injury

Jonathan Hand KC secures liability settlement for 14 year old born with brain injury

Clinical negligence expert, Jonathan Hand KC secured a liability settlement and future wellbeing for FXZ, a 14 year old boy with brain injury following maternity delays. FXZ, the 14 year old claimant, has agreed a liability settlement with Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust after he suffered a severe brain injury following delays in his delivery. On 15th January 2024, a High Court Judge approved the settlement of 90% of the full value of the claim at a hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, meaning that FXZ will now receive compensation from the NHS Trust to provide the life-long, round the clock care he requires. FXZ was born prematurely at 30 weeks. In early labour there were declarations in…

News 23 Jan, 2024

Aliyah Akram Joins Personal Injury Team at Outer Temple Chambers

Aliyah Akram Joins Personal Injury Team at Outer Temple Chambers

Outer Temple Chambers is delighted to welcome leading personal injury Junior, Aliyah Akram, to the team.  Aliyah Akram has joined the award-winning personal injury team, based in London, further expanding our stable of specialists in travel law, industrial disease, and related group litigation. Aliyah is ranked in Chambers & Partners for her cutting-edge personal injury practice and has a particular specialism in traumatic brain injury claims and fatal accident claims. She has also been involved in some of the largest personal injury group actions ever brought in the UK including against a major asbestos manufacturer and the Ministry of Defence. Her work frequently involves a cross-border element, from asbestos group claims in South Africa to cosmetic tourism claims, which has…

News 15 Jan, 2024

Paul v Wolverhampton: the dramatic end to the secondary victim claims saga

Paul v Wolverhampton: the dramatic end to the secondary victim claims saga

Clinical negligence barrister, Tom Gibson, comments on the dramatic end to the secondary victim claims saga. The Supreme Court has now handed down judgment on three conjoined appeals on the ‘secondary victim’ criteria for psychiatric injury claims in a clinical negligence setting; Paul v Wolverhampton, Polmear v Cornwall and Purchase v Dr Ahmed.  The judgment [2024] UKSC 1 brings the secondary victim claims saga to a dramatic end. The Supreme Court dismissed the Claimants’ three appeals by a 6-1 majority. The judgments (running to 256 paragraphs over 76 pages) are complicated. However, as a very brief summary: There is a crucial difference between ‘accident’ cases and ‘medical crisis’ cases:  The three previous key House of Lords authorities – McLoughlin v Brian, Alcock v…

News 12 Jan, 2024

Matthew Phillips KC and Tom Gibson represent successful claimant in £24m+ birth injury claim

Matthew Phillips KC and Tom Gibson represent successful claimant in £24m+ birth injury claim

Matthew Phillips KC and Tom Gibson represented a successful claimant who received compensation with a capitalised value of over £24million. The claimant suffered from four limb dystonic cerebral palsy as a result of the defendant hospital’s negligence at the time of her birth. The claimant’s family spent almost 9 years pursuing the claim, first establishing a full admission of liability, and then preparing for a quantum trial. The case involved complicated issues surrounding the claimant’s future care and accommodation needs in particular. A settlement, involving a £6,550,000 lump sum plus stepped periodical payments, was agreed after a settlement meeting and less than a month before the quantum trial. While no settlement can change what happened to the claimant, the compensation…

News 29 Nov, 2023

Tom Gibson acts for successful claimant in unusual bowel surgery case

Tom Gibson acts for successful claimant in unusual bowel surgery case

Tom Gibson acted for the successful claimant in an unusual bowel surgery case – where the largest claim was for increased food costs for life.  The claimant was aged 13, in Year 8 at secondary school, when his local hospital failed to diagnose a volvulus, or twisted small bowel. The delay in diagnosis and in operating led to the tissue death and loss of most of his small bowel. He was left with 30cm of small bowel, compared to the average of around 600cm. With competent treatment, and timely surgery, his bowel loss would have been avoided completely. The claimant and his parents spent years building his case – including getting expert evidence from 7 different fields. While the claimant…

News 13 Nov, 2023

Lorna Badham

Lorna Badham Joins Outer Temple Chambers

Outer Temple Chambers is delighted to welcome leading clinical negligence and personal injury Junior, Lorna Badham, to the team.  Lorna Badham joins the team in London, bringing with her a wealth of experience in personal injury, clinical negligence and employment law. Lorna is ranked as a Tier 1 barrister by Legal 500 UK for her personal injury work, describing her as “adept at running difficult cases and doing so with compassion [and is] commercially and tactically intelligent.” She has particular specialisms in international illness and accidents and cosmetic negligence claims, and will also be working with the increasingly sought-after Travel Law team. She has been instructed in claims arising out of accidents on planes, cruise ships, oil rigs, luxury and/or…

News 24 Oct, 2023

Robert Dickason and Joshua Hitchens successfully secure dismissal of Contempt proceedings

Robert Dickason and Joshua Hitchens successfully secure dismissal of Contempt proceedings

Robert Dickason and Joshua Hitchens have secured the dismissal of Contempt Proceedings arising out of the widely reported case of Muyepa v Ministry of Defence [2022] EWHC 2648 (KB). Robert Dickason and Joshua Hitchens, instructed by Marc Livingston, Simon Barker and Catriona Virden of Janes Solicitors, have secured the dismissal of Contempt Proceedings brought against their clients, Brian and Racheal Muyepa. The Proceedings, which arose out of Mr. Muyepa’s record £3.7m claim for non-freezing cold injuries against the Ministry of Defence, will now not proceed to trial, meaning that Mr. and Mrs. Muyepa will not be found guilty of Contempt of Court and will not face the prospect of being committed to prison for Contempt of Court. Find out more…

News 12 Oct, 2023

Nathan Tavares KC to speak at the APIL Annual Clinical Negligence Conference 2023

Nathan Tavares KC to speak at the APIL Annual Clinical Negligence Conference 2023

Nathan Tavares KC will be speaking at the APIL Annual Clinical Negligence Conference 2023 taking place between 27th – 29th September at the Hilton Brighton Metropole. Nathan Tavares KC of Outer Temple Chambers, also a member of the JPIL Editorial Board will be speaking alongside JPIL colleagues at the annual APIL Clinical Negligence Conference 2023 on the ‘JPIL Case and Comment’ segment on the first day of the conference. The Conference will be held in Brighton at the Hilton Metropole and will be a hybrid event. The APIL conference has been taking place for two decades and this 21st event will see medical consultants, expert witnesses, and leading practitioners come together to provide valuable specialist insight into clinical negligence cases…

Events 12 Sep, 2023

High Court approves settlement of £23 million in birth injury claim

High Court approves settlement of £23 million in birth injury claim

Jonathan Hand KC, instructed by Matthew Heap of CL Medilaw, represented the Claimant who suffered severe brain damage at the time of his birth. In this case liability had already been admitted because of failings in the clinical care during his mother’s labour, leaving the amount of compensation to be decided by the Court. The parties agreed a settlement with a capital value of about £23 million which was approved in the High Court on 11 July. The settlement was structured to allow the Claimant to receive periodical payments for care and case management for his lifetime. Payments of £112,500 pa were ordered up to age 19, with the annual amount increasing to £235,000 pa thereafter for the remainder of…

News 18 Jul, 2023

Monique Bouffé’s article ‘Just or Unjust? Late acceptance of an early part 36 Offer’ published in the Partners in Costs Magazine

Outer Temples Monique Bouffé wrote an article on the late acceptance of a Part 36 offer and how this impacted the case of MRA v The Education Fellowship Limited (2022). Monique worked alongside James Counsell KC, also of Outer Temple, on this case for the claimant. The magazine was distributed at the AvMA Annual Clinical Negligence Conference in March 2023, proudly sponsored by Outer Temple Chambers. The event, attended by clinical negligence specialists, provided an update on all the key issues, developments and policies in the clinical negligence and medical law. Monique’s article looks at perhaps the most interesting costs decision of 2022 in the case of MRA v The Education Fellowship Limited (2022), concerning late acceptance of a part…

News 17 Jul, 2023

Outer Temple Chambers shortlisted across 9 areas at The Legal 500 Bar Awards

We are proud to announce that Outer Temple Chambers has been shortlisted across 9 areas, including ‘set of the year’ for chancery, employment, sport, technology, data & crypto at The Legal 500 Bar Awards. The Bar Awards, presented by The Legal 500, celebrates the finest barristers, chambers, and legal expertise, bringing together some of the brightest minds in the industry. The awards evening will take place on Tuesday 3rd October 2023, at the London Hilton on Park Lane. We are delighted to share that we have been shortlisted for the following Set Awards: Chancery set of the year – Outer Temple Chambers Employment set of the year – Outer Temple Chambers Sports set of the year – Outer Temple Chambers Technology,…

News 13 Jul, 2023

Hormone Pregnancy Test group litigation – successful strike-out of claims against pharmaceutical manufacturers and the UK Government

Hormone Pregnancy Test group litigation – successful strike-out of claims against pharmaceutical manufacturers and the UK Government

Robert Dickason of Outer Temple Chambers and Leigh-Ann Mulcahy KC of Fountain Court Chambers acted for the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care in litigation arising from the use of hormonal pregnancy test (HPT) tablets taken to diagnose pregnancy in the 1950s-1970s. In this group litigation, over 200 claims were issued against the pharmaceutical manufacturers of two HPTs (Primodos and Amenorone Forte), as well as against the Government on the basis that it was responsible for safe regulation of HPTs in the 1950s-1970s. The claimants maintained that HPTs taken during pregnancy had caused them to suffer congenital malformations, miscarriage and/or stillbirth. Previous litigation brought in the 1970s-80s had also sought to prove that HPTs caused congenital malformations, but…

News 2 Jun, 2023

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