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When is an expert not an expert?

Fiona Horlick QC succeeds in demonstrating that an expert called by the GMC in proceedings against a consultant surgeon did not have the expertise to give a suitably qualified opinion.  As a result there was no case for Fiona’s client to answer. Fiona represented a renowned Consultant Vitreoretinal Surgeon who faced complex allegations in a MPTS hearing concerning the consequences of vitreoretinal surgery that he had carried out including allegations concerning a suprachoroidal haemorrhage and carrying out a procedure that was not clinically indicated. In order to support its case, the GMC called an Ophthalmic Surgeon who had to admit under cross-examination by Fiona that he was not a vitreoretinal surgeon, that he had never performed a vitreoretinal procedure independently,…

News 23 Jan, 2020

Fiona Horlick QC successfully defends a Consultant in sequential proceedings

Fiona Horlick QC successfully defends a Consultant in sequential proceedings. Dr Basu, a consultant cardiologist, was charged in criminal proceedings involving sexual allegations in relation to three female patients. Fiona defended Dr Basu at the trial at Woolwich Crown Court and he was acquitted. Following the trial, the GMC investigated the allegations and brought Fitness to Practice proceedings against Dr Basu. Following a hearing in front of a MPTS Tribunal in November in which again Fiona defended, Dr Basu was cleared of all allegations. Fiona specialises in defending professionals in criminal proceedings and regulatory proceedings. Should you wish to instruct Fiona or find out more, please contact Graham Woods or Chris Rowe on +44 (0)20 7353 6381.

News 5 Dec, 2019

Louis Weston successful in RFU Disciplinary Panel suspension case

Louis Weston has acted for the Rugby Football Union (RFU) in resisting an appeal by the player Bryce Heem. Louis, who recently joined Outer Temple, acted for the RFU in successfully resisting Bryce Heem’s appeal against a four-week suspension, imposed by an RFU Disciplinary Panel following his citing for a tip a tackle. Read more about the interim decision here with further press coverage available here. To instruct Louis or find out more about his practice, please contact Graham Woods, Business Development Manager.

News 25 Apr, 2019

Outer Temple Chambers welcomes four new barristers

We are delighted to announce the successful recruitment of four new barristers to our ranks. As of Monday, 8th April 2019 we extend a warm welcome to: Louis Weston Louis Weston, top-ranked sports law specialist and regulatory law barrister joins us from 3 Paper Buildings as a full Member of Chambers. Louis was the recipient of the 2017 International Advisory Experts Award: Sports Law Lawyer of the Year in England and has a thriving Sports Law practice. He prosecutes before the British Horseracing Authority, the Greyhound Board of Great Britain, the Turf Club, the World Professional Snooker and Billiards Association and before other arbitral bodies. He acts before both courts and regulators in disputes arising from sports contracts and doping…

News 5 Apr, 2019

Global Arbitration Review – Chartered Institute of Arbitrators seat index launched in London

The Global Arbitration Review (GAR) and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) held an event in London this month to mark the launch of the new GAR-CIArb Seat Index – which is now live and ready to access. The launch, held at Reed Smith in London on 15 November, featured a panel discussion by CIArb’s Doug Jones, Lord Goldsmith QC and Professor Janet Walker of Outer Temple Chambers, who led work on the project, following an introduction by GAR’s publisher David Samuels. The index aims to provide one-page summaries of the favourableness of individual arbitral seats assessed against a range of standard criteria. In its first version, it covers six frequently used and well-established jurisdictions for arbitration: Hong Kong, London, New York,…

News 28 Nov, 2018

26 years in prison for murder – “good character” enough for entry to the legal profession?

Tim Nesbitt QC in the Privy Council on appeal from a decision of the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal in relation to the test of “good character” for entry to the legal profession. Tim has been appearing today (on instructions from Simons Muirhead & Burton) in the Privy Council on an appeal from a decision of the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal, upholding the denial of admission of someone to the Bar of Grenada. The background to the case, which is very high profile in the Caribbean, is the Grenada Revolution of 1983, and specifically the conviction of 17 Defendants, known as the “Grenada 17” of the murder of the then Prime Minister and nine others in the course of…

News 24 Oct, 2018

Fiona Horlick successful in historic sexual abuse and serious professional misconduct cases

Fiona Horlick, instructed by Jane Lang BLM Cardiff, has again successfully defended a consultant psychiatrist charged with historic sexual abuse with regard to his male patients. She has appeared for the doctor in all three sequential Crown Court trials. Fiona ran a successful Abuse of Process argument to stay proceedings in the latest trial. Also, Fiona, instructed by Julie Matheson at Kingsley Napley, headed up the prosecution team on behalf of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (the IFoA) in the disciplinary hearing of Mr Oketch, a South African actuary. The IFoA is the global regulator of actuaries. The case involved pensions litigation in Kenya and serious professional misconduct on the part of Mr Oketch. Mr Oketch was erased at…

News 11 Oct, 2018

Drone Regulation (UK) to take flight soon

Drone-related news stories range from stories about the use of drones by emergency services, for example helping firefighters tackle the Californian wildfires, to tragic stories, such as that of the attempted assassination of the Venezuelan president through the use of explosive drones. In the wake of the Salisbury nerve agent attack, the Military of Defence has tested a fleet of drones that can detect the presence of chemical weapons. In short, drones come in many shapes and sizes. This short article discusses the regulation of drones used for commercial and recreational purposes only (i.e. not combat drones). Amongst other things, it addresses: the current position in the UK; EU drone regulations; and for comparison purposes, drone regulation in the UAE. “Internationally,…

Legal Blogs 17 Sep, 2018

Oliver Powell acts for senior underwriters in proceedings brought by Council of Lloyd’s

In proceedings brought before the Lloyd’s Enforcement Board, two senior underwriters at a Lloyd’s Managing Agent have each accepted charges of discreditable conduct relating to improper appropriation by them of confidential information of commercial value to their employer. Background Mr Christopher Larkby and Mr David Larkby both worked as senior underwriters in the High Risk team at ERS Syndicate Management Limited (‘ERS’), underwriting on behalf of syndicate 218 until 2017, when they joined another insurance firm (not regulated by Lloyd’s). As persons who worked for a Lloyd’s managing agent, both individuals were and remain within Lloyd’s enforcement jurisdiction in respect of the acts committed during the relevant period. Over a period of a year prior to their respective departures, Messrs…

News 29 Aug, 2018

Success in ground breaking disciplinary case about solicitors’ fees

Tim Nesbitt QC successfully defends former partner and costs manager of a law firm in ground breaking disciplinary case about solicitors’ fees in clinical negligence actions. Tim has just concluded a three week trial before the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal in which, for the first time, the Solicitors Regulatory Authority has sought to prosecute solicitors for misconduct said to arise from the setting of success fees and hourly rates in clinical negligence and personal injury actions undertaken under CFA’s. The law firm in question (a well known personal injury practice in the North East) had undertaken clinical negligence claims against the NHSLA on what was described as an “industrial scale”, applying a blanket 100% success fee to all claims without undertaking a…

News 6 Aug, 2018

The British Legal Awards 2017: Finalists

We are delighted to have been shortlisted in Legal Week’s British Legal Awards 2017 – Chambers of the Year category. The British Legal Awards hosted by Legal Week in association with The City of London Law Society, takes place at the end of the LegalWeek Connect, and is due to be attended by 1,000 lawyers. All 29 categories have been carefully chosen to reflect the ever-complex and challenging work of business lawyers at law firms, within legal departments and at the Bar. Key awards this year include The City of London Law Society Lifetime Achievement Award, Chambers of the Year, Law Firm of the Year, General Counsel of the Year, Editor’s Award: Law Firm Leader of the Year and the Legal…

News 20 Oct, 2017

Doctor cleared of sexual assault charges against patients

Fiona Horlick has successfully defended a consultant cardiologist and general physician at Woolwich Crown Court. The consultant was charged with ten sexual offences against three patients including assault by penetration. After a 3 week trial, the consultant was acquitted of all charges by the jury. The case garnered considerable media interest. Please see BBC (here and here) and MailOnline (here and here) Fiona was instructed by Eastwoods Solicitors and the MDU. For information about Fiona’s expertise, see this page.

News 27 Sep, 2017

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