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Event: The Ultimate Round Up – Professional Negligence & Liability, London Conference. Thursday, 12th October 2023

Event: The Ultimate Round Up – Professional Negligence & Liability. Join the PNLA London Conference on 12th October

Outer Temple Chambers are delighted to again host the PNLA Conference in our London office. Join us for ‘The Ultimate Round Up – Professional Negligence & Liability’ on Thursday 12th October 2023. You are invited to join Outer Temple Chambers’ Professional Negligence experts, David E. Grant KC, Gus Baker and, Jeremy Scott-Joynt, who will be speaking alongside an array of experts during this full-day conference. Other speakers include Helen Evans KC of 4 New Square, Simon Arnold and Georgia Purnell of 3 Hare Court, Samuel Morley of Hawkins-Architect, Philip Demetriou and Adrian Caley of DISCO EMEA, and Kevin Wonnacott of Wonnacott Consulting Limited. The event will be chaired by Jayna Patel, Partner at Dutton Gregory and PNLA South of England…

Events 10 Aug, 2023

PNLA Online Conference

Watch the recording: PNLA Online Conference – Speaker Q&A

Outer Temple Chambers sponsored the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association Online Conference, hosting their live closing event. Barristers Richard Hitchcock KC, Nicholas Hill, and Helen Pugh joined the panel for a Q&A which is now available free on-demand. The PNLA Online Conference consists of 7 hours of filmed talks on a wide range of topics related to professional negligence. These are all available to subscribers online and was followed by a (free to view) closing event hosted at chambers. Watch the PNLA Closing Session Katy Manley, PNLA President, provides a summary of the conference with her thanks to all involved below. Professional negligence and liability update conference ‘The New Normal’ 2022 – why is it such a fantastic conference? The PNLA…

Webinars & Recordings 16 Nov, 2022

Harry Trusted and Olinga Tahzib spoke at Professional Negligence Bar Association event

On October 6th 2022, Harry Trusted and Olinga Tahzib presented a talk on the topic of Law and Statistics entitled ‘An Introduction to Statistics’ for the Professional Negligence Bar Association (PNBA). The Professional Negligence Bar Association is an organisation with some 900 members including 80 silks. The work undertaken by its members includes generic professional indemnity issues and specialisation concerning legal, clinical, financial and construction professionals, and extends to matters of ethics, discipline, regulatory control and public law accountability. Harry Trusted and Olinga Tahzib both spoke at the recent PNBA event which was an introduction to statistics for advocates. The talk was introduced by Tom Grant KC, Chair of the PNBA. Approximately 30 barristers practicing in different branches of Professional…

News 7 Oct, 2022

Outer Temple to sponsor PNLA online conference and host live closing event

Outer Temple Chambers will be sponsoring the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association (PNLA) online conference as well as hosting their live closing event on 1st November 2022. Barristers, Richard Hitchcock KC, Nicholas Hill, and Helen Pugh will be speaking. Outer Temple will be sponsoring the upcoming PNLA online conference, to be held on 1st November 2022. This will be followed by a closing event that we will be hosting at chambers. The Professional Negligence Lawyers Association (PNLA), are an organisation who specialise in resolving disputes between professionals and their clients. Our barristers, Richard Hitchcock QC, Nicholas Hill, and Helen Pugh will all be speaking at the conference. Richard Hitchcock KC will be speaking on, ‘Some thoughts on Limitation: Knowledge and Concealment’,…

Events 26 Sep, 2022

Watch the Webinar; Litigation Friends – Where are we now?

Speakers from Outer Temple Chambers were delighted to be joined by The Rt Hon Sir Ernest Ryder and Sarah Castle for a webinar looking at the current and future role of litigation friends. Watch the full webinar here. The role of a litigation friend for those who lack capacity is changing rapidly and at Outer Temple Chambers, members have experience ranging from the parole board to private client cases, far beyond the traditional scope of clinical negligence, personal injury, professional negligence and Court of Protection work. To explain these developments and what it may mean for the future, our panel of experts was led by The Rt Hon. Sir Ernest Ryder who, as Senior President, has made a major contribution…

Webinars & Recordings 3 Aug, 2020

Teresa Rosen Peacocke and Gabor Bognar successful in trust-related professional negligence claim in the Court of Appeal

Teresa Rosen Peacocke and Gabor Bognar successfully appealed the first instance decision in the Court of Appeal, in the case of Gosden v Halliwell Landau (A Firm). As a result, the Claimants/Appellants are now entitled to recover damages for professional negligence against solicitors who acted for the First Appellant’s mother, now deceased, in the creation of an estate-planning scheme which the Defendants promoted as having Inheritance Tax advantages. The scheme included the creation of trusts, into one of which the mother’s home was to be transferred. This was to be achieved by creating an open contract for the sale of the house to the trustees, which should have been, but was not, protected by a restriction entered on the Land…

News 10 Feb, 2020

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

James Counsell QC successful in Bar Tribunal disciplinary appeal

James Counsell QC successful for BSB, in an appeal against a finding of professional misconduct by Howard Godfrey QC, the Administrative Court (Lady Justice Sharp and Mr justice Spencer) rejected an argument that, in making disparaging remarks about the victim of a sexual assault, whilst acting for the abuser in an appeal against conviction and sentence, Mr Godfrey, a criminal silk for 25 years, was not guilty of professional misconduct. The Administrative Court held that the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Council of the Inns of Court had been correct to find that Mr Godfrey’s description of the victim as being “a girl accustomed to taking alcohol, who previously … had made a rape allegation against two boys that was then…

News 11 Jun, 2018

Tom Gibson appears in successful ‘secondary victim’ psychiatric injury claims

Tom Gibson appeared recently in two successful ‘secondary victim’ psychiatric injury claims brought by the bereaved parents of patients who died in hospital. In the first case, a newborn died shortly after birth, following unsuccessful resuscitation attempts in the operating theatre, after the mother’s labour had been managed negligently. The baby’s father brought a secondary victim psychiatric injury claim. He claimed that he had suffered a depressive adjustment disorder as a result of witnessing his baby’s resuscitation attempts and death. The defendant hospital trust denied, in its defence, that the claimant father was entitled to recover damages for psychiatric injury as a ‘secondary victim’. However the claim was settled successfully, in autumn 2017, after case management directions had been set towards…

News 21 Mar, 2018

Cara Guthrie in Dunhill v W Brook & Co

Cara Guthrie, together with Anneliese Day QC, successfully defended a barrister alleged to have negligently under-settled a personal injury claim in the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal declined to interfere with the decision of Elisabeth Laing J. who had exonerated the barrister at first instance. In a judgment which yet again stresses the constraints of the Court of Appeal in proceedings like these, Sir Brian Leveson P. said in relation to the barrister’s assessment of the liability risk: “[56] …In my judgment, to interfere with her conclusion that Mr Crossley was entitled to fear that the case no longer had a 50% prospect of success and could fail in its entirety runs contrary to what is the clear…

News 16 Mar, 2018

James Counsell QC – holistic update on professional negligence

The PNLA (Professional Negligence Lawyers Association) conference welcomes James Counsell QC who will address the scope of duty by professional advisers. The event, to be held on Wednesday 7 February in Bristol, UK, will explore legal developments and general trends and issues, providing an essential update to practitioners in the sector. Discussions will cover, amongst others, ‘Litigation & ADR in Ireland’, ‘The Business and Property Courts’, ‘Wills & Probate’. James is part of a group of experienced practitioners speakers. He acts against a wide variety of professionals, including accountants, solicitors, barristers and surveyors. To reserve a place at the conference, please use this link.

Events 6 Feb, 2018

BSB in sexual assault appeal over offensive remarks

On 12 December 2017, James Counsell QC represented the Bar Standards Board to respond to an appeal brought by Howard Godfrey QC against a decision of the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Council of the Inns of Court. The Tribunal had found that Mr Godfrey was guilty of professional misconduct as a result of comments he had made in the Criminal Court of Appeal about a 16 year-old sexual assault victim which were offensive, unnecessary and implied that she bore responsibility for the assault committed on her by her stepfather. The High Court (Lady Justice Sharp and Mr Justice Spencer) heard that Mr Godfrey, a criminal barrister, called in 1970 and a QC since 1991, had told the Court of Appeal, during…

News 19 Dec, 2017

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