The Times 2TG Moot Grand Final 2020

The Grand Final of the 2TG Times Moot took place remotely (via Zoom) on Friday 11 September 2020, with Maya Chilaeva and Tey Guan Khoo narrowly beating Matt Bignell and Kim Pullinger.

The moot problem was set in the world of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, and concerned a discrimination and equal pay dispute between a disgruntled presenter, one Lyra Belaque, and the Magisterium Broadcasting Corporation, which had seen fit (a) to fire her for a tweet she sent denying climate change was real; and (b) to pay another presenter, a certain Roger Parslow, three times more than Lyra to present her show.

The moot was judged by a trio of senior silks from 2TG: Michael de Navarro QC, Howard Palmer QC and Sarah Vaughan Jones QC who praised all the finalists for their “impressively clear and compelling” submissions and noted how difficult it had been to decide the winner.

The Judges were particularly impressed by the ease with which the finalists adapted to online advocacy noting that the Covid-19 pandemic had of necessity made all forms of remote hearing a part of everyday life at the modern Bar.

Nina Goolamali QC (the head of the 2TG moot committee) said:

“The standard of the 2019/2020 Moot was extremely high, having attracted a record number of entrants this year. Maya and Tey are worthy winners, and all 4 finalists are clearly destined for a bright future at the Bar. We are delighted that our competition, now in its fifth year, continues to attract diverse, talented mooters from across the country and in so doing promotes greater access to the Bar – one of 2TG’s core objectives.”

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2TG supports the London Legal Support Trust at Cycle for Justice at Prudential MyRide London

Well done to our Chambers Manager, Tracey Jones for cycling 52 miles on behalf of 2TG at Cycle for Justice – Prudential MyRide London at the weekend raising £2,011.25 (including Gift Aid) for the London Legal Support Trust. Thank you to all those who sponsored and supported.

The London Legal Support Trust supports law centres and legal advice agencies across London and the South East who help the most vulnerable people to combat injustice.

Access to legal advice services should be equally available to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. Legal help at a time of crisis makes a huge difference to people’s lives, reducing debt, poverty and homelessness.

2TG fully supports the Trust and the money raised will go a long way to support their role in funding pro bono work throughout the region and helping people to protect their rights, fight discrimination and challenge exploitation.

There is still time to donate: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TraceyJonesCycle20

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Court of Appeal rules on two important points of private international law

The Court of Appeal handed down judgment this morning in Brownlie v FS Cairo (Nile Plaza) LLC [2020] EWCA Civ 996, ruling on two important questions which arose in the context of a jurisdiction challenge. On both questions the Court of Appeal was divided, with Arnold LJ dissenting. The Court of Appeal has granted the Appellant permission to appeal to the Supreme Court on both points.

The Court ruled by a majority that the tort jurisdictional gateway is satisfied in respect of a claim for damages for personal injury and fatal accident which arises from an accident abroad if the Claimant suffers from the subsequent effects of the accident in England. The Court of Appeal also ruled by a majority that a Claimant could rely on the presumption that foreign law is the same as English law, to discharge the burden of establishing reasonable prospects of success of the claims advanced. A copy of the judgment can be found here.

Marie Louise Kinsler QC and Alistair Mackenzie, of 2TG, instructed by Kennedys LLP, appeared for the Appellant.

Marie Louise Kinsler QC is a specialist in private international law and has appeared in many of the leading cases on jurisdiction and choice of law, including in 5 cases in the Supreme Court in recent years. Alongside her practice, Marie Louise lectures on the International Commercial Litigation and Conflict of Laws courses at the University of Cambridge. Her expertise is recognised in the legal directories: “A formidable standing in the market”; “Enormous intellectual power;” “Client-friendly and commercial”: Chambers & Partners 2020

Alistair Mackenzie is a highly sought after junior, specialising in private international law, product liability and insurance. He has significant experience of appellate cases and is ranked as a leading junior by Chambers & Partners.

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Important Court of Appeal decision on choice of law and contribution

The Court of Appeal today handed down judgment in Roberts v SSAFA [2020] EWCA Civ 926, an important decision on the question of whether the Civil Liability (Contribution) Act 1978 applies irrespective of choice of law. The Court of Appeal concluded that on a true construction the 1978 Act has extra-territorial effect, irrespective of the law that would otherwise apply to the question of contribution under the relevant choice of law rules. A copy of the judgment can be found here.

Charles Dougherty QC, of 2TG, instructed by DAC Beachcroft appeared for the Appellant. Charles Hollander QC, instructed by the Government Legal Department, appeared for the Respondents

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EU Commission report on Rome II

We are pleased to announce that Marie Louise Kinsler QC has been appointed as the National Rapporteur for the UK and Ireland for the European Commission’s review into the application of Rome II in the Member States. The review, which is being conducted by the British Institute for International and Comparative Law on behalf of the Commission, will look at how Rome II has operated in practice over the past 10 years since it entered into force. The review will analyse all areas covered by the Regulation including financial market torts, corporate abuses against human rights, the impact of artificial intelligence on Rome II and the interplay between Rome II and the rules on defamation and data protection. This appointment recognises Marie Louise’s expertise on Rome II and private international law. Benjamin Phelps is assisting with the national report.

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Two new tenants for 2TG

We are delighted to announce that Kate Legh and James Partridge have accepted tenancy in Chambers, commencing on 1 October 2020, following completion of their pupillages.

We offer them our congratulations and wish them the very best for their futures at 2TG.

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Black Lives Matter

As a Chambers, 2TG unequivocally condemns the racism demonstrated in the tragic deaths of George Floyd and others, which remains a persistent problem across the world, including in this country. We wholeheartedly endorse the Bar Council statement on equal treatment, the rule of law and inclusion: https://www.barcouncil.org.uk/resource/bar-council-statement-on-equal-treatment-the-rule-of-law-and-inclusion.html.

We wholeheartedly endorse the statement of the Bar Human Rights Committee condemning any excessive use of force against protestors: https://www.barhumanrights.org.uk/usa-policing-response-to-peaceful-protests-indiscriminate-and-excessive/.

We are committed to taking action against racism in all its forms: individual, institutional and systemic. As a Chambers, we want to create and support the necessary, tangible change within our profession and our wider community.

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Introducing the 2TG YouTube Channel

We are pleased to announce that 2TG has launched its own YouTube Channel.

As you may be aware we have been running a series of webinars during the lockdown period across all of our practice areas including, but by no means limited to, topics relating to COVID-19. In addition to the recordings of these sessions being available as an embedded video on our website (see links below), all of our webinar recordings are now accessible on YouTube. Please click here to view and subscribe to our channel and to receive updates when we post new content.

Recent webinar topics include:

Up and coming events include further webinars in a series by our Employment Team, with the next one covering springboard injunctions, and a series of three webinars from our Commercial Dispute Resolution Team dealing with issues of privilege and a webinar on the African Minerals Judgment. Keep an eye on your inbox for dates, speakers and registration information.

If you have any topics that you would like to see us cover, please feel free to contact Lee Tyler, Senior Clerk via ltyler@2tg.co.uk or our Marketing Executive, Deborah Francis, via dfrancis@2tg.co.uk.

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