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Outer Temple welcomes Alex Line

We are pleased to announce that Alex Line has joined Outer Temple Chambers to work across our Employment and Public law Practice Areas. Alex is primarily a civil practitioner whose practice is focused particularly on the areas of education (about which he is passionate), social welfare, court of protection, public law, employment and discrimination. He regularly appears in employment tribunals, county courts and different chambers of the First-Tier Tribunal. Alex has also High Court, Employment Appeal Tribunal and Upper Tribunal experience and will add further strength and depth to the growing team. For more information on Alex’s practice, please click here.

News 17 Mar, 2017

Claire van Overdijk joins Outer Temple Chambers

We are delighted to announce that Claire van Overdijk has joined Chambers. Claire is a public law specialist and private clients (trusts and estates) barrister, with expertise in private international law. She was appointed to the Attorney General’s B Panel on 1 September 2016 following two years on the C Panel. Her extensive experience in mental capacity law and the Court of Protection has allowed her to establish a dual practice with specialisms in the health/welfare and property/financial affairs jurisdictions of the court. Claire is the first and currently the only practitioner at the Bar to date to be recognised as a leader in both areas of the COP’s jurisdiction and is a welcome addition to our Public law and Commercial &…

News 14 Mar, 2017

Lambeth & Southwark Council Tender win

Outer Temple Chambers is pleased to announce that it has been successful in its bid to provide external legal services to Lambeth and Southwark Councils for Employment and Education Law matters. This strengthens our relationship with numerous Boroughs of London and other Councils following further success in tender bids for the London Borough Legal Alliance (LBLA), whose new Framework started earlier in the year. Outer Temple provides high quality Barristers for Employment, Education and Public Law matters.

News 14 Sep, 2016

Paul Rogers & Katarina Sydow in diplomatic immunity case

Paul Rogers and Katarina Sydow were instructed to represent the Director of Public Prosecutions (“DPP”) to resist a claim for judicial review at a hearing on 28 and 29 June 2016 before Lord Justice Lloyd Jones and Mr Justice Jay. The claim was brought by the Freedom and Justice Party and members of the deposed former government of Egypt, among others, against the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (“FCO”) and the DPP, with Amnesty International and Redress intervening and the Metropolitan Police joined as an Interested Party. The Claimants sought the arrest  in the UK of the current Egyptian Chief of Staff, Lt-General Hegazy, for alleged offences of torture committed in Egypt, pursuant to the universal jurisdiction provided by section 134 of…

News 7 Jul, 2016

John McKendrick QC acts in complex Mental Health case

John McKendrick QC is appearing in the Supreme Court on 26 April 2016, on behalf of Mr Lee Hirons, the appellant. The issue in the case is whether the recall of the appellant to hospital under s.42(3) Mental Health Act 1983 was unlawful and should entitle him to relief, because he was not given adequate reasons at the time the recall warrant was executed, nor within 72 hours in breach of the applicable policy of the Secretary of State. Mr Lee Hirons was made the subject of a restricted order under the Mental Health Act 1983. A few weeks after his conditional discharge from hospital a warrant was executed for his recall. He was told at the time that it was…

News 26 Apr, 2016

John McKendrick QC in El Salvador & Honduras

At the invitation of the British Embassies, John has been working in both Tegucigalpa, Honduras and San Salvador, El Salvador. John has delivered a series of high level presentations to public officials on the rule of law, anti-corruption and anti-contraband measures. His presentation alongside the British Ambassador, Mr Bernhard Garside and two UN officials has been reported in the media. For further information, please see El mundo. John speaks fluent Spanish and has a long standing interest in Latin America.

News 10 Mar, 2016

Patrick Sadd questions Lenny Harper in Jersey Care Inquiry

Politicians and corrupt police officers were accused yesterday of covering-up the systematic child sex abuse by paedophiles on Jersey. Patrick Sadd, Counsel to the Inquiry, questioned Lenny Harper, retired Deputy Chief Officer of States of Jersey Police, who told the official inquiry that yachtsmen were “loaned” vulnerable children to abuse. For more information please click here to read more.

News 13 Jan, 2016

Independent Jersey Care Inquiry Phase 2 commences

The second phase of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry (IJCI) has just got underway. Counsel to the Inquiry, Mr Patrick Sadd, has provided a summary of Phase 1 and the witnesses who have given evidence so far – many raising allegations of abuse suffered in the care of the States. Evidence in Phase 2 will be heard from different groups of witnesses from various authorities: the States of Jersey Police (SOJP), the Honorary Police, politicians, law officers, former law officers and the Bailiff. Mr Sadd also listed some of the events between 1989 and 2010 that formed a backdrop to Phase 2, including convictions of abusers, the dropping of charges against alleged abusers and the establishment and closing down of…

News 20 Oct, 2015

Former manager tells Jersey Inquiry that the system failed children in care

Giving evidence to the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, Marnie Baudains, the retired directorate manager of Social Services, admitted that she was surprised when charges against Alan and Jane Maguire were dropped following an investigation in 1997. Patrick Sadd, counsel to the inquiry, read a statement from Mrs Baudains, who was a child care officer at the time. It said that she and her colleagues were ‘expecting a conviction ‘ when charges were brought against the Maguires in 1997, and that the service had ‘failed’ children in care. The pair left their role as housekeepers at the Blanche Pierre care home in 1990 following allegations of abuse, but Mrs Maguire was kept on in Children’s Services. Asked why she felt that Social…

News 5 Aug, 2015

Part 1 of the Care Act 2014 breakfast seminars

Outer Temple invites you to its spring seminars on the Care Act 2014. We are running 4 seminars looking at different aspects of the Act. You are welcome to attend all or select the topics which appeal to you most. Care and support under the Care Act 2014 – an introduction to Part 1 of the Act 14th May 2015, 08:30 to 10:00. The Care Act 2014 replaces a patchwork of social care legislation with a single system intended to establish eligibility for care and support for adults with needs, and for carers. This session will cover the new “wellbeing” principles underpinning the Act, who is entitled to an assessment, how the new national eligibility framework will be applied, the…

Events 6 May, 2015

Patrick Sadd Counsel to Jersey Care Inquiry

Counsel for the Inquiry, Outer Temple’s Patrick Sadd, has been questioning both a former child care officer, and also an ex-staff member of the Haut de la Garenne home. Danny Wherry was a former Child Care Officer whose job in the 70s and 80s involved visiting youngsters in foster homes and institutions to check on their welfare, and he gave his evidence this week at the Inquiry into historical child abuse, as did ‘Mr K’, a former staff member at the Haut de la Garenne home at the centre of the Inquiry. Under questioning from Patrick Sadd, Mr Wherry stated he saw cases of neglect, including on one occasion where a door handle had been removed from a child’s bedroom…

News 20 Apr, 2015

John McKendrick acts in landmark Court of Protection case

John McKendrick, instructed by Hannah Taylor of Bevan Brittan, acted for two health authorities and the relevant local authority in complex proceedings, resolved by Mr Justice Cobb by granting the relief sought by the applicants, permitting the sterilisation of a learning disabled woman, referred to as DD. The proceedings began in May 2014 and have involved decisions by Mostyn J, Pauffley J and Cobb J and have been reported at Mental Health Trust & DD [2014] EWCOP 11; [2014] EWCOP 13; and [2014] EWCOP 44. Mr Justice Cobb’s decision in Mental Health Trust v DD & BC [2015] EWCOP 4 is the latest decision in these complex proceedings. He concluded the evidence powerfully demonstrated DD lacked capacity to make decisions…

News 4 Feb, 2015

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