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Within Administrative and public law (including local government) Administrative and public law (including local government) - Leading silks

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Within Clinical negligence Clinical negligence - Leading juniors

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Within Consumer Consumer - Leading juniors

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Within Costs, Temple Garden Chambers is a second tier set,

Temple Garden Chambers houses ‘an excellent team of costs counsel'. Simon Browne QC and Richard Wilkinson appeared in Mitchell v News Group Newspapers.

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Within Health and safety, Temple Garden Chambers is a third tier set,

Temple Garden Chambers has an impressive track record amassed over many years in this field. Keith Morton QC appeared in the Court of Appeal in R v Merlin Attractions Operations, and led Dominic Adamson in R v Tata Steel UK and Vesuvius UK. The set is well known for inquests work, and recently handled the inquests of Red Arrows pilot Sean Cunningham and the Lakanal House fire.

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Within Immigration (including business immigration) Immigration (including business immigration) - Leading silks

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Within Insurance and reinsurance Insurance and reinsurance - Leading silks

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Within Personal injury, Temple Garden Chambers is a third tier set,

Temple Garden Chambers remains on several insurance panels, including those of domestic insurers, the treasury solicitor and the Motor Insurers’ Bureau. The set ‘never fails to deliver' and provides ‘an excellent, “can do” service'.

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Within Product liability, tier 4

Temple Garden ChambersDominic Adamson recently handled an instruction involving Beko fridge freezers which have allegedly caused fires leading to fatalities.

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Within Public international law Public international law - New silks

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Within Set overviews: England and Wales,

Temple Garden Chambers is ‘a superb set', where ‘the strength in depth is extremely impressive', particularly in the fields of personal injury, health and safety, costs, product liability and inquests law. Insurance fraud and public international criminal law are also growth areas for chambers. ‘The service provided is always prompt and efficient', and the clerks’ room is rated as ‘second to none'. Dean Norton is ‘simply the best senior clerk in London', ‘running a tight ship that is unfailingly supportive'. Joint first junior clerks Nancy Rice and Keith Sharman are also singled out as ‘approachable and always able offer a solution'. Offices in: London

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Legal Developments in the UK

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    How to build an investment fraud defence case that disproves prosecution allegations of dishonesty.

    With a town council now officially facing a fraud investigation, we examine what individuals in such a large body should do if they come under suspicion.
  • The risks of liberation

    The dangers that pension liberation and money laundering pose to those involved in pension funds and management.

    What has been achieved since the introduction of the Act that was intended to tackle bribery in business?

    Five banks being fined £3.6 billion in the US for manipulating forex is a stark reminder of the legal risks involved in currency trading. Here, Aziz Rahman of Rahman Ravelli examines how the brokers and the traders in forex can avoid legal problems.
  • Foreign Intercepts

  • Finding the 
right words

    In the recent case of Newbury v Sun Microsystems [2013], the defendant argued that an offer to settle proceedings was ‘in principle' only and that a binding contract could not be formed until further terms had been agreed and a formal contract had been signed. It supported this argument by referring to a statement, in the offer letter, that the settlement was to be ‘recorded in a suitably worded agreement'. 

  • Behind the corporate veil: is that all there is?

    That companies have an existence entirely separate to that of their shareholders and directors is a foundational principle of English law and commerce.

  • Restoring environmental damage: putting a price on ecosystem services

    On 7 August 2009 a 40-inch pipeline ruptured, spilling 5,400 cubic metres of crude oil into the soil and groundwater of La Crau nature reserve in southern France, a habitat protected under French and European law. The operator had to excavate and replace 60,000 tons of soil, install 70 wells to pump and treat groundwater and 25 pumps to skim oil from surface water, at a cost in the region of €50m. However, this was just the primary remediation (that is, restoring the site to the state it would have been if the damage had not occurred). The operator was also required to compensate for the damage to the habitats and the loss of the ecosystem services that would otherwise have been provided by La Crau nature reserve. Measures included purchasing land outside of the nature reserve and contributing to its management for a period of 30 years (over €1m), monitoring the water table for 20 years (over €500,000), monitoring fauna over three years (€150,000) and rehabilitation in accordance with best available ecological techniques (nearly €2m). Overall, the compensatory restoration (to compensate for the amount of time that the ecosystem was impacted) and complimentary restoration (to compensate for elements of the ecosystem that had been permanently lost) came to more than €6.5m. 

  • The role of arbitrators in EU antitrust law

    In May 2014, it will be ten years since Regulation No 1/2003 entered into force. When the legislator of the European Union adopted this Regulation on 16 December 2002, its main objective was to decentralise the enforcement of the two main provisions of EU antitrust law, Articles 81 and 82 of the Treaty establishing the European Community (now Articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)). Where do the arbitrators fit in this picture?