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Patrick Sadd secures £350,000 for child abuse survivor

Patrick Sadd, instructed by Anthony Gold recently won damages of £350,000 for a claimant who was abused as a child and subsequently suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and psychosis and had an extensive history of self-harm and attempted suicide. The 45 year old was abused by the volunteer leader of a branch of a youth organisation. The case was settled on a global basis with no particular breakdown of damages. Patrick is a barrister who specialises in Child Abuse law, is currently working on the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry.

News 6 Aug, 2014

Independent Jersey Care Inquiry

It has just been announced that Outer Temple’s Patrick Sadd and Harriet Jerram have been appointed Counsel to the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry to look into child abuse on Jersey following the scandal that broke in 2007 when former residents of a children’s home on the island, Haut La Garenne, came forward to disclose the abuse to which they had been exposed. When the story broke it received world-wide coverage and caused public disquiet and concern in Jersey. The States established a Redress Scheme. In 2012 the States agreed to an independent inquiry being set up. The terms of reference set by the States of Jersey are wide ranging. Crucially, the Inquiry will hear the accounts of many victims of…

News 13 Mar, 2014

Court of Appeal rejects bid to exclude more public sector workers from collective redundancy consultation protection

United States of America v Nolan [2014] EWCA Civ 71 (04 February 2014) On the 4th February 2013 the Court of Appeal handed down its latest judgement in the long running collective redundancy consultation case of USA v Nolan, in which Mark Mullins of Outer Temple Chambers, instructed by Thompsons Law on behalf of the GMB, continues to represent Mrs Christine Nolan. The decision confirms that public sector workers in the UK have statutory redundancy protection (with those in “crown employment” excluded and covered by voluntary arrangements). The USA has sought permission to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court. The important question of when the obligation to consult over collective redundancy arises (‘the Fujitsu issue’) is to be…

News 5 Feb, 2014

Judge approves man’s sterilisation

John McKendrick, instructed by Weightmans solicitors, has appeared for the local authority in a ground breaking case before the Court of Protection. Today, Mrs Justice Eleanor King has made legal history by granting an application for a declaration that it is lawful and in the best interests of an incapacitated adult to undergo a non therapeutic sterilisation. This is believed to be the first time a court in this jurisdiction has approved such a procedure being carried out on a man who is incapable of consenting. John acted for the local authority, who argued the incapacitated man should undergo the sterilisation procedure to provide him with greater independence and to safeguard his relationship with his long term girlfriend. The man…

News 15 Aug, 2013

John McKendrick in sterilisation case

John recently acted for a local authority in proceedings before the Court of Protection which determined that sterilisation would not be in the best interests of a young learning disabled woman. Mr Justice Cobb took the opportunity to remind practitioners of the procedure for dealing with non therapeutic sterilisation cases. Please follow these links to view news articles and judgment: Telegraph – Judge Blocks Sterilisation of Downs Syndrome Woman Express – Downs Syndrom Sterilisation Ruling Daily Mail Bailli John is a recognised leading junior in the fields of the Court of Protection and accepts instructions from families, health bodies, local authorities and the Official Solicitor.

News 18 Feb, 2013

Public Inquiry into Hyponatraemia-related deaths commences Full Hearings

The Hearings of a Public Inquiry into the deaths of five children at the Royal Belfast Hospital have commenced in Northern Ireland. Michael Uberoi (instructed by Brechin Tindall Oats) is representing a Consultant Paediatric Anesthetist who is a Core Participant at the Hearings. The Inquiry is being held under the Inquiries Act 2005 and was established by the then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to examine the circumstances surrounding the deaths – which were all as a result of hyponatraemia related conditions – and make recommendations. Michael has previously acted in the Rosemary Nelson Inquiry, and is a contributing author to the OUP book “Public Inquiries”.

News 21 Feb, 2012

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