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Alex Haines admitted to the District of Columbia Bar

Alex Haines admitted to the District of Columbia (Washington DC) Bar

Outer Temple Chambers is delighted to announce that international law specialist, Alex Haines, has been admitted to the District of Columbia (Washington DC) Bar. On 8th January 2024, Alex Haines was admitted to the Washington DC Bar.  The majority of Alex’s international practice relates to the International Organisations headquartered in Washington DC, namely the World Bank Group, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).  Alex is also admitted to the New York Bar (2019) and the Irish Bar (2020), as well as called to the Bar of England and Wales (2007). Including the Bar of England and Wales, members of Chambers are admitted to…

News 1 Feb, 2024

Sean Yates becomes a member of The Mediation Hub in the UAE

Sean Yates becomes a member of The Mediation Hub in the UAE

Sean Yates is now a member of The Mediation Hub, a dynamic network dedicated to the advancement of mediation in the UAE. Founded by experts in law and mediation, The Mediation Hub is a DIFC based Non-Profit Incorporated Organization, which stands as an impartial force, striving to bridge gaps, facilitate dialogue, and cultivate a culture of mediation in the MENA region and beyond. This platform facilitates networking among mediation professionals, knowledge sharing, circulating updates and developments in the mediation field, lead mobilization and raise awareness about mediation within the legal and business communities. Sean Yates, a member of the Mediation Hub, is a CEDR-accredited mediator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. As well as sitting as a…

News 30 Jan, 2024

Alex Haines and Henry Reid were instructed by the Applicant in a case that came before the African Union (“AU”) Administrative Tribunal for a final hearing on 16th and 17th November 2023. The AU Administrative Tribunal, an international administrative tribunal – similar in nature to both the World Bank Administrative Tribunal and United Nations Dispute Tribunal – is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Judgment is expected early next year.

Alex Haines and Henry Reid instructed in African Union Administrative Tribunal final hearing

Alex Haines and Henry Reid were instructed by the Applicant in a case that came before the African Union (“AU”) Administrative Tribunal for a final hearing on 16th and 17th November 2023. The AU Administrative Tribunal, an international administrative tribunal – similar in nature to both the World Bank Administrative Tribunal and United Nations Dispute Tribunal – is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Judgment is expected early next year. The African Union The AU is a continental union and regional organisation – equivalent to the European Union – consisting of the 55 member states that make up the countries of the African continent. In 2001, the AU was created to replace the Organisation of African Unity (“OAU”) and it was…

News 11 Dec, 2023

Outer Temple Chambers shortlisted at The Legal 500 MENA Awards 2024

Outer Temple Chambers shortlisted at The Legal 500 MENA Awards 2024

Outer Temple Chambers is delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for Commercial Set of the Year and Commercial Junior of the Year at the Legal 500 Middle East and North Africa Awards 2024. Outer Temple Chambers and Dr Ali Almihdar have been recognised in the Commercial category under the English Bar in the Middle East. The awards will be taking place on Thursday, 8 February 2024 at Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE. These awards reflect the competency in providing expert advisory and advocacy services and facilities under Commercial Litigation in the Middle East. Outer Temple Chambers has been in the Middle East for close to a decade and our members close to 20 years. Members have been involved in some…

News 28 Nov, 2023

David Russell KC published in 'Lexis Middle East Law Alert'

David Russell KC published in ‘Lexis Middle East Law Alert’

Outer Temple’s David Russell KC was recently published in the Case Focus section of LexisNexis‘ Oct/Nov2023 Edition of ‘Lexis Middle East Law Alert’. Lexis Middle East Law Alert is a magazine by LexisNexis providing a round-up of legal, finance and tax developments across the Middle East. Within the Case Focus section, David Russell KC addresses a DIFC Court proceeding case entitled ‘(1) Sandra Holding Limited (2) Nuri Musaed Al Saleh v (1) Fawzi Musaed Al Saleh (2) Ahmed Fawzi Al Saleh, (3) Yasmine Fawzi Al Saleh (4) Farah El Merabi.’ The original dispute in this case involved a shareholder agreement which led to litigation on breach and fraud. Within the Case Focus, David explores: Why is this important, What it is about, and What…

External Publications 10 Nov, 2023

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

Outer Temple invites you to join us at Dubai Arbitration Week

Outer Temple Chambers’ International Arbitration experts, alongside other esteemed speakers will be hosting a talk on ‘Arbitration in banking and financial services disputes’ on Monday 13th November at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai. Outer Temple Chambers is delighted to join our esteemed guests from Allen & Overy, Ernst & Young and Clyde & Co for a discussion on arbitration in the context of banking and financial services disputes. Outer Temple’s Andrew Spink KC, Justina Stewart and Lucian Ilie will be hosting a talk at Dubai Arbitration Week on Monday 13th November 2023 alongside William Prasifka of Clyde & Co, Arash Koozehkanani of Allen & Overy, and Matt Fritzsche of Ernst & Young on the topic of ‘Arbitration in banking and financial services…

Events 7 Nov, 2023

David Russell KC and Philip Punwar published in Laws of the DIFC

David Russell KC and Philip Punwar published in The Laws of the DIFC series

David Russell KC and Philip Punwar contributed to and attended the launch of Volume 4 reissue & Volume 5 of The Laws of the DIFC on 19th October 2023 at the DIFC academy. In 2016, The Laws of the DIFC series was launched to provide a narrative statement of the Laws of the DIFC on a subject-by-subject basis in a similar way to the famous Halsbury’s Laws of England. The series is designed to ensure those familiar with other common law jurisdictions but not the DIFC can quickly establish where they can rely on their existing understanding of common law and where the position is different and those who regularly work in the DIFC have easy access to the latest…

External Publications 17 Oct, 2023

Philip Punwar published in ‘The MENA Leading Arbitrators’ Guide to International Arbitration’

Philip Punwar published in ‘The MENA Leading Arbitrators’ Guide to International Arbitration’

Philip Punwar authored Chapter 14 on Advocates and Advocacy in ‘The MENA Leading Arbitrators’ Guide to International Arbitration’. The MENA Leading Arbitrators’ Guide to International Arbitration aims to provide a unique insight into how leading arbitrators of the Middle East and North Africa approach a number of core procedural and substantive law issues in arbitrations seated in the MENA region. The title also examines specific types and industry sectors of arbitration, starting with free zone arbitration, which has made its debut in the Middle East, investment arbitration and arbitration in construction, oil and gas, maritime, and banking and finance. Chapter 14 In his chapter on Advocates and Advocacy, Philip Punwar observes: “No matter how unfamiliar they may be with a…

External Publications 17 Oct, 2023

Outer Temple barristers to give advocacy training at the DIFC Academy of Law

Outer Temple barristers to give advocacy training at the DIFC Academy of Law

Outer Temple members Jonathan Hand KC and Peter Linstead will be providing advanced advocacy skills training at the third and final part of the DIFC Laws Certificate programme. This training will take place on 23rd to 24th October 2023. The DIFC Academy are hosting a course named ‘Advanced Advocacy Skills‘ which is part of the DIFC Laws Certificate programme. This comprehensive training explores the application of traditional advocacy skills to activities routinely performed by lawyers. There will be series of both unassessed and assessed advocacy exercises. These exercises take the form of mock hearings covering submissions (written and oral), witness handling and general advocacy tips. They serve as useful refreshers for courtroom skills. This will be third and last part of the…

News 16 Oct, 2023

Sean Yates published in the Journal of International Dispute Settlement

Sean Yates published in the Journal of International Dispute Settlement

Sean Yates has been published in an article for the Journal of International Dispute Settlement titled ‘New international commercial courts: a delocalized approach’. The Journal of International Dispute Settlement covers all forms of international dispute settlement and focuses particularly on developments in private and public international law that carry commercial, economic and financial implications. The article highlights that new international commercial courts can be analysed by examining how their features differ from those of their domestic counterpart courts and from those of international commercial arbitration. This conceptual tool is termed delocalization. Higher and lower levels of featural differences, or delocalization, may affect a new court’s reception, whether local actors can participate in the new court and the new court’s relations…

External Publications 9 Oct, 2023

Following successful appeals before the Islamic Development Bank Group Administrative Tribunal (“IsDBGAT” or “Tribunal”) in 2022 (see below), members of OTC’s International Organisations Team have been instructed in four cases before the IsDBGAT.

Outer Temple barristers appear in four cases before the Islamic Development Bank Administrative Tribunal

Following successful appeals before the Islamic Development Bank Group Administrative Tribunal (“IsDBGAT” or “Tribunal”) in 2022 (see below), members of OTC’s International Organisations Team have been instructed in four cases before the IsDBGAT. The team have been instructed before the IsDBGAT in its October docket (11th to 23rd).  The Tribunal will sit en banc with judges from Tunisia, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Senegal and Malaysia. Victoria Brown represents the Applicant in a case against the Islamic Development Bank (“IsDB”) Alex Haines and Victoria Brown represent the Applicant in a case against the Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment and Export Credit (“ICIEC”). Alex Haines and Victoria Brown represent the Applicant in a case against the Islamic Corporation for the Development…

News 3 Oct, 2023

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