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Lucian ILIE joins Outer Temple Chambers

Outer Temple Chambers is delighted to welcome the arrival of Lucian ILIE, a former senior associate at Reed Smith LLP, London. Lucian is a specialist in international law and international arbitration, with particular expertise in investor-State and commercial arbitration disputes. Lucian ILIE combines his experience of both civil law culture with common law know-how within International Arbitration, International Organisations, Private and Public International Law and International Commercial Litigation. Before moving to the English Bar, during almost 10 years, Lucian has advised and represented parties throughout Europe, the Middle East and the CIS countries in arbitration matters in various industry sectors including construction, telecoms and energy and under many arbitration rules such as ICSID, UNCITRAL, PCA, SCC, ICC, LCIA and SCAI,…

Commercial, News, International 1 Jul, 2022

David Russell QC published in ‘Lexis Middle East HR Alert’

Outer Temple’s David Russell QC was recently published in the Case Focus section of LexisNexis’ June 2022 Edition of ‘Lexis Middle East HR Alert’. ‘Lexis Middle East HR Alert’ is a magazine by LexisNexis providing HR professionals with relevant fast-moving legal changes and business developments impacting HR in the Middle East. Within the Case Focus section, David Russell QC addresses a DIFC Court proceeding case entitled ‘The Industrial Group Ltd v Abdelazim EI Shikh El Fadil Hamid’. The case involves allegations of a previous employee dishonestly transferring company group funds to his personal bank account. Within the Case Focus, David explores: what happened, the outcome and any particularly significant aspects of the case. Please click here to access the full…

Private Client & Trusts, Legal Blog & Publications, International 24 Jun, 2022

David Russell QC and Justina Stewart to speak at FIRE Middle East & TL4 Disputes: MENA Asset Recovery and Enforcement Challenges

David Russell QC and Justina Stewart are due to be speaking at FIRE Middle East & TL4 Disputes: MENA Asset Recovery and Enforcement Challenges this evening. Outer Temple’s David Russell QC and Justina Stewart will be speaking at FIRE Middle East & TL4 Disputes: MENA Asset Recovery and Enforcement Challenges which is being hosted by Keidan Harrison. The event will take place this evening from 6pm-9pm at Ashworth Centre, Lincoln’s Inn. The event is free to attend, click here to register now. Find out more: David Russell QC commenced legal practice in 1974. He is admitted to practise in Australia, England and Wales (Lincoln’s Inn), the Courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre, New York (as a Legal Consultant), New Zealand…

Events, International 9 Jun, 2022

Members excel in Legal 500 EMEA 2022 Commercial Law rankings

Legal 500 have just announced their EMEA results and we are proud to announce that Outer Temple and a number of our members have been ranked for commercial expertise in the Middle East. These rankings reflect competency in providing expert advisory and advocacy services and facilities for contract and commercial, financial, regulatory, taxation and trusts, employment and arbitration work in the UAE and across the Middle East. Outer Temple Chambers is the first and only set of barristers’ chambers to have a registered office within the Dubai International Financial Centre (Part 1). Tier 2 Set Outer Temple Chambers has been ranked as Tier 2 set in the Middle East: The English Bar: Commercial guide. Testimonials provided to Legal 500 included:…

Commercial, News, International 13 Apr, 2022

The Reciprocal Enforcement of Civil Judgments between the UAE and India

David Russell QC has co-authored a feature in the MENA Business Law Review, looking at the Agreement between the UAE and India on Juridicial and Judicial Cooperation in Civil and Commercial Matters. The Agreement between the United Arab Emirates and India on Juridicial and Judicial Cooperation in Civil and Commercial Matters (the “Treaty”) was signed in 1999 and ratified in 2000. In January 2020, the Government of India notified the UAE as a “reciprocating territory” for the purposes of recognising UAE civil judgments in India without a re-examination of the merits of the underlying dispute. The Treaty is a reflection of the close cultural and economic ties between the two countries. The mutual recognition of civil judgments between a civil…

Legal Blog & Publications, Commercial, International 11 Apr, 2022

Five years of cases before the ADGM Courts

2021 saw the fifth anniversary of the first disputes registered before the Courts of the Abu Dhabi Global Market. Peter Smith takes this opportunity to consider the cases that the ADGM Courts have heard. The Courts publish a searchable list of claims before them. The first claims were registered at the Courts in 2017, and the numbers of cases show a swift increase over the intervening five years from seven claims in 2017, 13 in 2018, eight in 2019, 53 in 2020 and to well over 100 in 2021. An early indication is that the Courts are highly likely to surpass the 2021 total in 2022. Many, if not most, of the cases registered before the Courts relate to claims…

Arbitration, Legal Blog & Publications, Commercial 11 Apr, 2022

Cross Border Insolvencies Within One Nation: The UAE Experience

In one of the first expositions by the DIFC Court of the effect of Schedule 4 of the DIFC Insolvency Law, the case confirmed that the UNCITRAL Model Law applies in the DIFC only in relation to corporate insolvency. David Russell QC and David Holloway appeared as counsel. This case has generated great interest and was recently included as a Case Focus in Lexis Middle East Law Alert March/April 2022. David Russell QC and David Holloway appeared as counsel and have also written a more detailed Case Comment, first published in the MENA Business Law Review 2022 First Quarter. What happened? An application was made by Trustees who had been appointed by the Abu Dhabi Court in some insolvency proceedings.…

Legal Blog & Publications, Commercial, Insolvency and Restructuring 8 Apr, 2022

Invitation to the next DIFC Laws Certificate Open Day on 18th January, with James Counsell QC

We are pleased to invite you to a virtual open day for the 4th edition of the ‘DIFC Laws Certificate’ programme where James Counsell QC will talk about Advocacy Skills. The DIFC Academy of Law offer the Laws Certificate programme which aims to provide education and training in Common Law and DIFC laws and procedures to Emirati advocates, civil law trained lawyers and other professionals whose work involves exposure to common law systems and jurisdictions. This is produced in association with Middlesex University Dubai and Outer Temple Chambers.  DIFC Laws Certificate modules The course consists of several sections that can be taken together as a whole or as individual components: Unit 1- English Common Law by Middlesex University Dubai- Faculty of Law…

News 17 Jan, 2022

Damien McDonald

Damien McDonald joins Outer Temple’s international team

Outer Temple Chambers is delighted to welcome Damien McDonald to our international commercial and arbitration team. Damien is a former solicitor in Australia (2001), England and Wales (2008) and Hong Kong (2016) before transferring to the bar in Hong Kong (2020), and UK Bar (2021). He was a registered foreign lawyer and then international arbitration partner with a leading Chinese law firm in Hong Kong, Fangda Partners between 2014 and 2019. Before then he was with Herbert Smith Freehills in London, Shanghai and Beijing, commencing his legal career in Australia with Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King and Wood & Mallesons). He specialises in international commercial and contractual disputes predominately involving mainland China. He is based in Hong Kong but will…

News, International 8 Nov, 2021

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