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Event: Huobi v Tabarak and what is meant by the DIFC being a ‘common law jurisdiction’?

Event: Huobi v Tabarak and what is meant by the DIFC being a ‘common law jurisdiction’?

Event Date: 9 Jul, 2024

Join key members of the Huobi case for an insightful discussion on the key takeaway points from this landmark judgment on Tuesday, 9th July 2024 at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai. We are delighted to invite you to join key team members on the Huobi case, Andrew Spink KC and Justina Stewart of Outer Temple Chambers, and Peter Smith of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Chaitanya Kediyal of Outer Temple Chambers supported the team in this case and will join the panel with his observations. The event will be chaired by David Russell KC of Outer Temple Chambers. In the much anticipated judgment, GATE MENA DMCC & HUOBI MENA FZC V TABARAK INVESTMENT CAPITAL LTD & ANR, the DIFC Court of Appeal (Justice…

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Helen Pugh to speak at Thought Leaders 4 FIRE Event: The Crypto in Disputes Forum - 3rd Annual

Helen Pugh to speak at Thought Leaders 4 Event: The Crypto in Disputes Forum – 3rd Annual

Outer Temple’s Helen Pugh will be speaking at the Thought Leaders 4 Event: The Crypto in Disputes Forum – 3rd Annual on Tuesday, 25th June 2024 at One Whitehall Place, London. Crypto’s continued rapid, complex evolution impacting many fields of Law requires ongoing discussion and analysis. The ‘Crypto in Disputes Forum’ squares up to and tackles the hard legal questions involved in managing and litigating digital assets. The Forum will begin at 9:00am to 5:00pm with a total of nine sessions, followed by a drinks reception. Helen Pugh of Outer Temple Chambers will be speaking alongside Henry Farris of Withers and Jonas Habert of Enyo Law from 11:10am to 12:00pm on the topic of ‘Evaluating Litigation Costs in Cryptocurrency Disputes…

News 24 Jun, 2024

Andrew Spink KC and Justina Stewart have succeeded in securing a re-trial in (1) Gate Mena DMCC (2) Huobi Mena FZC v Tabarak Investment Capital Ltd and another DIFC CA-002-2023 (‘Huobi v Tabarak’).

Andrew Spink KC and Justina Stewart secure re-trial in landmark crypto-fraud appeal in the DIFC Court of Appeal

Andrew Spink KC and Justina Stewart have succeeded in securing a re-trial in (1) Gate Mena DMCC (2) Huobi Mena FZC v Tabarak Investment Capital Ltd and another DIFC CA-002-2023 (‘Huobi v Tabarak’). In a much anticipated judgment, the DIFC Court of Appeal (Justice Black KC giving the leading judgment) has reviewed the law in relation to digital assets, and developed DIFC jurisprudence in other areas. The DIFC recently enacted wide-reaching legislative reform, in the form of the DIFC Digital Assets Law and Law of Security and associated amendments to numerous DIFC laws (a project on which Andrew and Justina, alongside other OTC members, were instructed).  These bespoke and innovative legislative reforms, alongside the Court of Appeal’s decision in Huobi…

News 13 Jun, 2024

Outer Temple’s Andrew Spink KC will be chairing a panel session at the Tech Disputes Conference on Tuesday 16th April 2024. Fellow tech disputes specialists, Charlie Morgan, Clara-Ann Gordon and Josephine Davies KC will join Andrew for the panel session.

Andrew Spink KC to chair ‘What Place for Arbitration in Tech Disputes?’ panel at The Tech Disputes Conference 2024

Outer Temple’s Andrew Spink KC will be chairing a panel session at the Tech Disputes Conference on Tuesday 16th April 2024. Fellow tech disputes specialists, Charlie Morgan, Clara-Ann Gordon and Josephine Davies KC will join Andrew for the panel session. The Tech Disputes Network and Thought Leaders 4 have returned in collaboration for the Tech Disputes Conference 2024. The day event brings together professionals from the technology and legal industries interested in avoiding, managing and winning tech disputes. The event is taking place on Tuesday 16th April 2024 at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington. From 12:00-12:40pm, Andrew Spink KC will be chairing the panel session alongside speakers Charlie Morgan (Herbert Smith Freehills), Clara-Ann Gordon (NKF) and Josephine Davies KC…

News 12 Apr, 2024

DIFCA announces landmark New Digital Assets Law, New Law of Security and Related Amendments to Select Legislation

DIFCA announces landmark New Digital Assets Law, New Law of Security and Related Amendments to Select Legislation

Outer Temple Chambers’ digital assets, and banking and finance experts advised the DIFCA on innovative new laws on Digital Assets and secured transactions in September 2023, which have now been enacted. The new Digital Assets Law is considered to be ground-breaking as it is the first legislative enactment to comprehensively set out the legal characteristics of digital assets as a matter of property law, to provide for how digital assets may be controlled, transferred and dealt with by interested parties and to introduce an impairment regime that addresses the unique characteristics of digital assets. The new Law of Security is influenced by the UNCITRAL Model of Secured Transactions and significantly enhances DIFC’s securities regime to keep pace with international developments…

News 14 Mar, 2024

Outer Temple's Nicolas Stallworthy KC and Justina Stewart will be speaking at the CLPD DIFC Mandatory Course on the Changes to DIFC Legislation: New Digital Assets Law and Law of Security Regime on Friday the 1st of March 2024 from 9-11am (GST).

Nicolas Stallworthy KC and Justina Stewart speaking on ‘Changes to DIFC Legislation’ at the DIFC Academy

Outer Temple’s Nicolas Stallworthy KC and Justina Stewart will be speaking at the CLPD DIFC Mandatory Course on the ‘Changes to DIFC Legislation: New Digital Assets Law and Law of Security Regime’ on Friday the 1st of March 2024 from 9-11am (GST). The DIFC Academy, in association with Outer Temple Chambers, presents a CLPD DIFC Mandatory course on the ‘Changes to DIFC Legislation’. The DIFC has been working closely with experts, Nicolas and Justina, in the field of digital assets and banking and finance to create a first in kind Digital Assets Law and new Security Law Regime. The workshop will provide lawyers with practical insight and understanding of the new laws and legislative changes. This will be a hybrid…

News 26 Feb, 2024

Andrew Spink KC and Justina Stewart appear in landmark cryptocurrency appeal

Andrew Spink KC and Justina Stewart appear in landmark cryptocurrency appeal

Andrew Spink KC and Justina Stewart appeared in the DIFC Court of Appeal on behalf of the appellant in Huobi MENA & Anor v. Tabarak Investment Capital Limited & Anor, in what promises to shape the landscape of digital assets disputes. The claim, worth multi millions of dollars, concerns alleged custody and escrow services provided by Tabarak, a DFSA-regulated investment bank, in relation to a bitcoin to US$ transaction and misappropriation. Following an eight day trial in late 2021 in the DIFC Court, Andrew and Justina’s clients obtained permission to appeal on all eight grounds of appeal. This includes appeals on points of law in relation to the claims for breach of confidence, breach of contract, negligence and breach of fiduciary…

News 2 Feb, 2024

Thought Leaders 4 FIRE Summit, Middle East 2023

Join Outer Temple and DIFC at the Thought Leaders 4 FIRE Summit, Middle East 2023

Outer Temple Chambers is delighted to be partnering with the DIFC for a talk on DIFC legislative reform at the Thought Leaders 4 FIRE Summit on Tuesday 14th November 2023 at the Shangri-la Hotel Dubai. Join Outer Temple’s David Russell KC, Andrew Spink KC, Nicolas Stallworthy KC and Justina Stewart in their discussion with Jacques Visser and Katherine Nixon of the Dubai International Financial Centre on the topic of ‘Understanding Major Legislative Reform in Dubai of Digital Assets, Smart Contracts and Secured Transactions’ at the Shangri-la Hotel in Dubai between 3:40pm – 4:20pm. The talk will highlight the groundbreaking DIFC legal reforms on digital assets, smart contracts and secured transactions. Book your place Perfectly timed with Dubai Arbitration Week and…

Events 8 Nov, 2023

We are delighted to announce that our Technology, Data and Crypto team have been awarded Set of the Year at the Legal 500 Bar Awards 2023.

Outer Temple Chambers awarded Technology, Data and Crypto Set of the Year at Legal 500 Awards

We are delighted to announce that our Technology, Data and Crypto team have been awarded Set of the Year at the Legal 500 Bar Awards 2023. The Legal 500 Bar Awards took place on Tuesday 3rd October 2023 at London Hilton, Park Lane. Andrew Spink KC, Justina Stewart and Sam Carter attended the awards evening and proudly accepted the award for Technology, Data and Crypto Set of the Year. The awards are determined on The Legal 500’s market-leading independent research, conducted by over 20 in-house and freelance researchers with in-depth knowledge of their practice areas for the annual directory. Winners are selected by a judging team spearheaded by Bar editor Will Tolcher, deputy Bar editor Charlotte Meredith, and publishing director…

News 4 Oct, 2023

On 27 September, the DIFC published Consultation Papers[1] on a new Digital Assets Law, new Law of Security and proposed amendments to a wide range of DIFC Laws.[2] See the DIFC’s press release here.

OTC team advises DIFCA on innovative new laws on Digital Assets and secured transactions

On 27 September, the DIFC published Consultation Papers[1] on a new Digital Assets Law, new Law of Security and proposed amendments to a wide range of DIFC Laws.[2] See the DIFC’s press release here. The proposed new laws and amendments constitute a first-of-its-kind approach to digital assets and secured transactions. The Consultation Papers and draft laws are the culmination of months of work by the DIFC Authority and a team of OTC’s digital assets and banking and finance experts: Andrew Spink KC, David Russell KC, Nicolas Stallworthy KC, Justina Stewart, Henry Reid, Joshua Cainer, Anson Cheung and Charlotte Elves alongside Hin Liu from Oxford University.  Key points: The work has involved extensive analysis of, not only academic literature and approaches…

News 2 Oct, 2023

Helen Pugh to speak at the Gibraltar Digital and Crypto Funds Conference on 'Litigation of crypto disputes: Exploring future prevalence and form of dispute resolution'.

Helen Pugh to speak at the Gibraltar Digital and Crypto Funds Conference on Thursday, 14th September in Gibraltar.

We are delighted to announce that Helen Pugh of Outer Temple Chambers will be speaking at Informa’s Gibraltar Digital & Crypto Funds Conference this Thursday. Helen Pugh of Outer Temple Chambers will be joining Elliott Phillips, Partner, and Kate Gee, Counsel, both of Signature Litigation, to discuss ‘Litigation of crypto disputes: Exploring future prevalence and form of dispute resolution’. The conference will focus on the landscape for regulation and dispute resolution of digital and crypto funds within Gibraltar and Europe. Speakers and attendees include leading digital asset managers, digital asset investment platforms, blockchain providers, regulators and legal specialists. The talk with Helen, Elliott and Kate will focus on: The expected prevalence of disputes and litigation following high profile corporate collapses;…

Events 11 Sep, 2023

The rise of digital assets and the FinTech team keeping it in check

The rise of digital assets and the FinTech team keeping it in check

With digital assets and technology constantly evolving, Outer Temple Chambers’ Fintech team take a look at their progress over the last year and the reasons they have been nominated by Legal 500 Bar Awards for best Team, best Silk and best Junior in this area. Worldwide appetite for digital assets and cryptocurrencies has exploded in recent years, with new cryptocurrencies and blockchain-based platforms continuing to develop at lightning speed. However, with new developments come new threats and the law is continuously evolving in response. Outer Temple Chambers has been at the forefront of these legal developments, in both an advisory capacity and in handling precedent setting disputes. The Fintech team takes a look at the past 12 months and the…

Legal Blogs 17 Jul, 2023

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