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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 to the development of the law related to litigation friends. We were also delighted to be joined by the Official Solicitor, Sarah Castle who brings unique expertise to the understanding of the role of litigation friends across jurisdictions.


John McKendrick QC – Chair

Sir Ernest Ryder – Key Note Speaker

Sarah Castle – Guest Speaker

Gerard McDermott QCTricky issues in complex litigation and how to resolve them”

Will Young – “Litigation friends in Tribunals (particularly the Employment Tribunal): The developing case law”

Katarina Sydow – “What can the Court of Protection teach us about litigation friends?”

Supporting Materials

Click here to download a copy of the slides from Will and Katarina’s talk.

Click here to download a copy of the speech ‘Diversity and Judgecraft’ (12 November 2018 EJTN and MPI Halle, Wiesbaden) by The Rt Hon Sir Ernest Ryder.

Click here to see the full judgment in the case referenced during Sir Ernest Ryder’s talk; AM (Afghanistan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department and the Lord Chancellor [2017] EWCA Civ 1123.  

About the Speakers

Gerard McDermott QC is ranked as a Star Individual in Chambers & Partners and his main areas of practice are personal injury, medical malpractice and employment law.

John McKendrick QC is an experienced advocate and advisor with twenty years’ experience of litigation in the United Kingdom and internationally. John practises in three main areas: public law; regulatory and commercial law; and internationally.

Will Young is a leading junior in employment law and his main areas of work are personal injury, clinical negligence and employment law, as well as professional discipline.

Katarina Sydow is a leading Court of Protection practitioner and she specialises in public law, clinical negligence and personal injury.

We were honoured to be joined by our key note speaker, The Rt Hon Sir Ernest Ryder, for one of his final speeches before retiring as Senior President of Tribunals.

Sarah Castle is the Official Solicitor and Public Trustee. Sarah is the first woman to be appointed to the role and we were delighted to hear her viewpoint on this topic as our guest speaker.

Find Out More

To find out more about any of the speakers or discuss the topics in this webinar, please contact Paul Barton or Mark Gardner on +44 (0)20 7353 6381 for a confidential discussion.

Webinars & Recordings 3 Aug, 2020


Gerard McDermott KC

Call: 1978 Silk: 1999

John McKendrick KC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2016

Will Young

Call: 2008

Katarina Sydow

Call: 2012

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