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Within Clinical negligence and healthcare, 2 Temple Gardens (Benjamin Browne QC) is a third tier set,

At 2 Temple Gardens, Michael de Navarro QC is ‘an undoubted heavy-hitter in this area’; Benjamin Browne QC is ‘a terrific advocate’ who is regarded ‘very highly’; and Sarah Vaughan Jones QC has ‘incredible understanding of complex medical issues’. Bradley Martin is ‘a confident performer’ with ‘good tactical skills’. Also recommended are the ‘very articulate and intelligentRoger Harris, Martin Porter QC, and the ‘excellentCaroline Harrison QC .

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Within Commercial litigation Commercial litigation - Leading Silks

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Within Commodities,

Also recommended are the ‘very knowledgeablePaul Downes QC at 2 Temple Gardens, who represented the defendant in the $6.8m Standard Chartered v Schulte dispute concerning gasoil sales to Ghana; Nicholas Craig at 3 Verulam Buildings, who is ‘excellent, responsive and readily contactable’ and is a regular presence on LCIA arbitrations; commodities and shipping specialist Sean O’Sullivan at 4 Pump Court, who is noted for his ‘excellent analysis, and very thorough, strong advocacy skills’; and Brick Court ChambersRichard Lord QC, who is ‘approachable and articulate in presenting a case’.

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Within Employment Employment - Leading Juniors

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Within Fraud: civil Fraud: civil - New Silks

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Within Health and safety Health and safety - Leading Silks

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Within Insurance and reinsurance, tier 5

2 Temple Gardens is ‘very strong on insurance disputes’. The ‘able and knowledgeableHoward Palmer QC acted in the EL trigger litigation. Neil Moody QC is ‘technically excellent’, and ‘a good leader’. The ‘excellent’, ‘very intelligentCharles Dougherty QC took silk in 2013, and is acting in Re Cresta (led by Michael Crane QC ). Also recommended are Andrew Miller, Bob Moxon Browne QC, who is an experienced insurance expert, and the ‘exceptionally brightDoré Green .

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Within Personal injury, 2 Temple Gardens (Benjamin Browne QC) is a third tier set,

At 2 Temple Gardens, Benjamin Browne QC has ‘standout technical excellence and breadth of knowledge’, and Martin Porter QC is ‘gutsy, thorough, and a formidable negotiator’. Michael de Navarro QC is also widely respected. Stephen Archer is ‘someone you do not want against you’, and Roger Harris provides ‘excellent analysis of complex insurance and liability issues’. Christopher Russell is also recommended.

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Within Product liability, 2 Temple Gardens (Benjamin Browne QC) is a third tier set,

2 Temple Gardens is ‘an excellent set, from the front desk to counsel’. Neil Moody QC is ‘professional, sensible, and can be relied upon to provide good advice’, and new silk Charles Dougherty QC is ‘technically excellent’, ‘very approachable’, and ‘academic in his thinking, but with a sound, commercial sense’.

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Within Professional discipline and regulatory law (including police law) Professional discipline and regulatory law - Leading Silks

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Within Professional negligence, 2 Temple Gardens (Benjamin Browne QC) is a third tier set,

2 Temple Gardenshouses some real stars’, and its clerks are ‘very responsive and personable’. The ‘hugely experiencedRobert Moxon Browne QC has ‘a vast legal brain’, and Neil Moody QC is ‘excellent on complex, technical matters’. Very active in solicitors’ negligence cases, new silk Charles Dougherty QC is ‘excellent on his feet, and able to organise his thoughts so that the court can follow his argument’. At junior level, Andrew Miller is ‘brilliant’, Christopher Lundie is ‘intelligent and creative’, and Sonia Nolten is ‘extremely hardworking’.

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Within Treasury Panel Lists Junior Counsel to the Crown - B Panel

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London Bar: Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within Banking and finance Banking and finance - Leading Silks

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  • Home Office announces extension of support service for SMEs

    An online support service for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) which need to recruit skilled overseas workers has been extended until 28 February 2014. The pilot was launched by UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) in partnership with the Greater London Authority (GLA) and provides a step by step guide to sponsoring an overseas worker. This service is available via the GLA website.
  • Penningtons Manches' immigration team considers new changes to the Tier 4 Sponsor Guidance

    The Home Office has recently published new Tier 4 Sponsor Guidance, version 12/13. This guidance is to be used by all prospective and existing Tier 4 sponsors from 11 December 2013.
  • 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.

  • Playing fair with penalty clauses

    It is often difficult to predict what will be recoverable as damages for breach of contract. To provide some certainty, parties will often seek to agree the sum that will be payable in the event of specified breaches. 

  • 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?

  • New Immigration Bill, October 2013: cause for concern or appeasing public sentiment?

    The year 2013 has seen a string of reforms to the immigration system by the current coalition government. On 10 October, the government published a Bill aimed at continuing its drive to reduce net migration figures. 

  • New Schengen EU Regulations: impact on short-stay visa visitors

    The publication on 26 June 2013 of the European Union Regulation EU 610/2013 modified the incumbent Regulation EU 562/2006 in relation to third country nationals (ie non-EU citizens) and those travelling on a short-stay visitor visa, as well as those who do not require a visa to enter the Schengen area, Romania, Croatia and Bulgaria. Exceptions include EU and EEA nationals travelling to other EU/EEA states within the Schengen area together with foreign nationals holding either long-stay or residence permits for their destination Schengen countries.

  • New revised guidelines for administrators in pre-pack sales

    Pre-pack sales by administrators are now used frequently enough for most people in business to be aware of them and many have come across them in their business lives. A small amount of controversy still attaches to pre-packs, but it is probably right to say that they are now an accepted part of the UK business scene as a useful means of rescuing a business in difficulty and preserving some or all of the jobs connected with the business.
    - Druces