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Collated advice and guidance from Serjeants’ Inn on issues arising from the coronavirus pandemic in our practice areas

9th June 2020

Webinars

Lawyers in lockdown: managing the challenges
Bridget Dolan QC and Rachel Spearing  discuss the challenges created by the pandemic. Despite Bridget’s PhD in psychology and her 13 years working with the NHS as a Psychologist before she came to the Bar and Rachel’s experience gained as the co-founder and first Chair of the Bar Wellbeing Initiative, they are clear that there are no simple solutions and that what works for one person may not be relevant to another.

 P in Lockdown: getting in to P and getting P out
Practical advice for assessments, advocacy and access.
This Court of Protection webinar, chaired by Jess Flanagan and Sophia Roper, will draw on the panel’s experience of difficult issues arising from lockdown.

Skype in the Court of Protection – the courts in the time of Coronavirus
Serjeants’ Inn barristers Sophia Roper and Nageena Khalique QC acted for two of the parties in the first case to be heard remotely in the Court of Protection. In a lunchtime seminar introduced by Michael Mylonas QC they share their experience and answer questions.

Coronavirus police powers and duties talks
Dijen Basu QC, David Lawson and Elliot Gold recorded video seminars on new and existing police powers, the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, police organisation and collaboration and the duty of care to officers, police staff and members of the public arising from the Coronavirus emergency.

Podcasts

13.05.20   How has the law adapted to coronavirus
LBC, Alexander dos Santos

04.05.20   The Coronavirus Legislation
Police Law On Demand, Elliot Gold & Deborah Britstone

24.04.20   Covid-19 Guidance and Police Misconduct Hearings
Police Law On Demand, Cecily White  & Deborah Britstone

Articles

02.06.20  One Kingdom but four nations emerging from lockdown at four different rates under four different laws
UK Police Law Blog, Dijen Basu QC

15.05.20  Reducing restrictions, increasing inconsistency? Impact of the Lockdown Amendment Regulations on the Police’s Enforcement Ability
UK Police Law Blog, Dijen Basu QC & Frances McClenaghan 

11.05.20  Trial by ordeal? Not necessarily
Counsel, Michael Mylonas QC, Nageena Khalique QC, Sophia Roper, George Thomas, Simon Cridland, Alexander dos Santos & Hannah Hinton

07.05.20  Dealing with the increased risks to BAME NHS staff treating Covid-19 patients
UK Healthcare Law Blog, Dijen Basu QC & Sebastian Naughton

28.04.20  Covid-19 Deaths and Possible Exposure in The Workplace: The Coroner’s Role
UK Inquest Law Blog, Clare Hennessy

24.04.20  Covid-19: Government guidance on emergency rationing of critical care is needed to support professional decision making
BMJ, referencing paper by George Thomas, Katie Gollop QC & Sophia Roper

23.04.20  NHS faces billions in coronavirus claims
The Times, quoting George Thomas

23.04.20  The lawfulness of the Coronavirus Restrictions Legislation imposing ‘Lockdown’
UK Police Law Blog, Dijen Basu QC

15.04.20  Remote Verification of Community Deaths During the Covid-19 Pandemic: Should family members be relied upon?
UK Inquest Law Blog, Katie Gollop QC

14.04.20 Families of patients who die due to lack of ventilators could sue hospitals, legal experts warn
The Telegraph, quoting Katie Gollop QC and referencing paper by George Thomas, Katie Gollop QC & Sophia Roper

06.04.20  COVID-19: Allocation and withdrawal of ventilation – the urgent need for a national policy
UK Medical Decision Law Blog, George Thomas, Katie Gollop QC & Sophia Roper

01.04.20  A life worth living: Continuation of clinically assisted nutrition and hydration in an incapacitous but sentient man
UK Medical Decision Law Blog, Nageena Khalique QC

31.03.20   Legislation and guidance – what is in force
UK Police Law Blog, Elliot Gold

31.03.20   The quickly mutating Coronavirus legislation – drafting anomalies and police powers
UK Police Law Blog, Dijen Basu QC

30.03.20  Corona Crisis: Standard of Care
UK Healthcare Law Blog, Eloise Power

30.03.20   Guidance to Appropriate Authorities: police misconduct hearings during the coronavirus restrictions
UK Police Law Blog, Aaron Rathmell & Cecily White

27.03.20   Coroners’ Courts open for urgent and essential business only
UK Inquest Law Blog, Briony Ballard

27.03.20   Joggergate: How frequently is it necessary to exercise in Wales?
UK Police Law Blog, George Thomas

26.03.20   Lockdown Regulations made: restrictions and police powers
UK Police Law Blog, Dijen Basu QC & Elliot Gold

25.03.20   What powers does “take such action as is necessary to enforce” give to police officers?
UK Police Law Blog, Dijen Basu QC, George Thomas & Elliot Gold

24.03.20   The Coronavirus Bill – police powers explained
UK Police Law Blog, Dijen Basu QC

24.03.20   Coronavirus Lockdown: Police Powers? What Police Powers?
UK Police Law Blog, George Thomas

23.03.20  Skype in the Court of Protection
UK Medical Decision Law Blog, Nageena Khalique QC & Sophia Roper

13.03.20  Prison conditions and Coronavirus
Serjeants’ Inn News Page, Hannah Hinton

05.03.20   CORONAVIRUS QUARANTINE
New Law Journal, David Lawson

12.02.20   The UK Coronavirus regulations – legal powers to control a public health crisis
UK Medical Decision Law Blog, David Lawson

11.02.20   The power to quarantine
UK Medical Decision Law Blog, David Lawson


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COVID-19 and the operation of Chambers: important information for our clients and contacts

17th March 2020

During the Covid-19 pandemic, we are taking various steps – to reduce risks to our clients, contacts, barristers and staff while ensuring the efficient operation of Chambers – as follows:

 

  • Since 20.03.20 all barristers and staff are working from home.
  • We will have full access to our system and emails will be dealt with as usual.   Calls to Chambers will be forwarded to the relevant mobiles, but if – wherever possible – you could email rather than telephone us, it would greatly help us in maintaining the swift and effective service we would always want to give you.
  • We understand that you may well want to have a conversation but if you email us first  – if possible with brief details of your enquiry – we will call you back promptly.  If you do not have the email address of the person you wish to communicate with, please use clerks@serjeantsinn.com.
  • We will be liaising as necessary to arrange for conferences to be conducted by either telephone or video.
  • We are also asking that material is provided digitally rather than in hard copy format.  If you have to provide papers in hard copy please email us and we will be in touch to discuss a solution.
  • Please bear in mind that due to mobile network issues, the phone may ring for a little longer than usual before it is answered, but we have a team of clerks ready to deal with your call.  If you have any difficulties at all in contacting us please do call Catherine Calder, our joint CEO, on 07515 868 616.  She will be happy to assist.

Members of Chambers have produced a number of blog posts and articles on issues arising from Coronavirus in our practice areas: these are available here.

In these unprecedented times our barristers are available as usual for remote access hearings, mediations, RTMs and meetings.   As a result of the many emergency medical treatment applications which we have conducted by telephone with out-of-hours judges over numerous years, we are well placed to advise as to whether any particular hearing or other process should be conducted remotely, bearing in mind the interests of the client as well as other relevant factors in each case.

Our team have significant expertise with remote working by Skype, Skype for Business, Zoom, MS Teams, and Blue Jeans, and we would also be happy to discuss the practicalities and set up.

If you have any questions or concerns please do let us know by emailing our Joint Chief Executives, Martin Dyke and Catherine Calder, at ChiefExecutives@serjeantsinn.com

Full contact details are available on our website here.

We look forward to continuing our effective working relationship with you during the pandemic and wish you well in these testing times.


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Edward Pleeth appears in Inquiry into the Manchester Arena Bombings

16th September 2020

The public inquiry into the bombing at the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena on 22 May 2017 has now commenced and is due to last until mid 2021.

Edward Pleeth is instructed by the Government Legal Department as junior counsel for the Secretary of State for the Home Department and other government departments.

The Inquiry’s proceedings are being livestreamed from the Inquiry’s YouTube channel here.

 


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Michael Walsh appointed as an Assistant Coroner for both Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire

15th September 2020

We are pleased to announce that Michael Walsh has been appointed as an Assistant Coroner for both Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Michael also sits as an Assistant Coroner in West London, and assists in North London, meaning he has concurrent appointments in a total of four coronial jurisdictions.

As part of his role, Michael undertakes investigations into unnatural deaths, with a particular focus on deaths in prison and hospital involving mental health care; including jury and Article 2 inquests.

With over 20 years’ experience as a barrister, the additional appointment complements Michael’s existing coronial practice as an advocate experienced in deaths whilst in the care of the state and/or otherwise engaging Article 2 ECHR.

Michael specialises in healthcare law covering the areas of inquests and inquiries and clinical negligence; acting for bereaved families, NHS Trusts, ambulance services, private hospitals, care and nursing homes, and individual clinicians; and advising Interested Persons on obtaining and responding to Prevention from Future Death reports, drafting and implementing appropriate mental health policies, and in public law challenges.

Michael will carry out his part-time judicial role alongside his full-time practice as a barrister.


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Rachel Spearing announced as a member of the independent Judicial Panel for British Horseracing Authority

2nd September 2020

Rachel was appointed after an open and competitive process judged against published criteria.

The appointed chairs and members, from diverse racing backgrounds, will commence their duties from 1 September 2020 and are contracted on a three-year basis.

To read more about Rachel’s appointment please click here


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John Beggs QC and James Berry appear in Court of Appeal police firearms case

27th July 2020

Between 7 – 9 July 2020 the Court of Appeal heard the appeal of the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) against the Divisional Court’s decision in R (W80) v IOPC [2019] EWHC 2215 (Admin). The case arose out of the fatal police shooting of Jermaine Baker in 2015 and an IOPC investigation into the conduct of W80, who fired the fatal shot.

​The Divisional Court found that the criminal test for self defence applies where a police officer’s use of force is being considered in misconduct proceedings. The IOPC contend that the Divisional Court was wrong, and that the civil test for self defence applies.

John and James were instructed by the National Police Chiefs’ Council as an Intervenor in the Court of Appeal. Judgment is awaited.


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Alex dos Santos interviewed on Sky News: the Court of Appeals decision regarding Shemima Begum

17th July 2020

Alex dos Santos was interviewed on both Sky News  and LBC news yesterday,  for a legal view on the decision made by the Court of Appeal that Shemima Begum should be allowed to enter the UK in order to pursue her appeal against the decision to revoke her British nationality. The Court of Appeal held that fairness and Justice on the facts of this case outweigh national security concerns.


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Angus Moon QC and Cecily White appear in Supreme Court case concerning doctrine of illegality

15th July 2020

During the lockdown Angus Moon QC and Cecily White appeared before 7 justices of the Supreme Court in a remote hearing in the case of Henderson -v- Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust. The case involved the claim by Ms Henderson for damages following her killing of her mother and raised the important issue of the role of the doctrine of illegality in the law of tort. Judgment was reserved.

A recording of Angus’ submissions is to be found on the Supreme Court website.


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Awards

Angus Moon QC 1986 | 2006    Joint Head of Chambers
Michael Horne QC 1992 | 2016    Joint Head of Chambers
James Watson QC 1979 | 2000
Adrian Hopkins QC 1984 | 2003
John Beggs QC 1989 | 2009
Michael Mylonas QC 1988 | 2012
Tom Crowther QC 1993 | 2013
John de Bono QC 1995 | 2014
Dijen Basu QC 1994 | 2015
Nageena Khalique QC 1994 | 2015
Katie Gollop QC 1993 | 2016
Simon Fox QC 1994 | 2016
Bridget Dolan QC 1997 | 2016
Gerard Boyle QC 1992 | 2017
Sarah Clarke QC 1994 | 2017
Debra Powell QC 1995 | 2017
Jon Holl-Allen QC 1990 | 2018
Jemma Lee 2010
Liam Duffy 2012
His Honour Brian Barker CBE QC 1969 | 1990    Associate Member
Sir Robert Francis QC 1973 | 1992    Associate Member
Natalie Cargill 2016    Associate Member
Susan Burden 1985    Door Tenant
Jonathan Davies 2003    Door Tenant
Benedict Wray 2009    Door Tenant