Timothy Killen Successful in DIFC Court of Appeal

On 26th December 2021, the DIFC Court of Appeal handed down judgment in Oman Insurance Company PSC v Globemed Gulf Healthcare Solutions LLC [2021] DIFC CA 009 allowing the appeal and granting permission to the appellant OIC to re-amend its defence and bring a counterclaim.

This Judgment provides guidance for DIFC Practitioners considering late applications to amend statements of case as well as insight into the DIFC Court’s approach to the complex jurisdictional question of whether the court of a place of a company’s incorporation should have exclusive jurisdiction.

The Judgment can be found at: https://www.difccourts.ae/rules-decisions/judgments-orders/court-appeal/oman-insurance-company-psc-v-globemed-gulf-healthcare-solutions-llc-2021-difc-ca-009

Timothy Killen appeared on behalf of the successful appellant, led by Rupert Reed QC and instructed by Al Tamimi & Co.

To read a Case Note prepared by James Partridge on this Judgment, please click here.

For further information on Timothy’s practice, including his work in the UAE region, please click here.


Emma Walker, barrister specialising in Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration and Employment law, to join 2TG

2TG is delighted to announce that commercial litigation, international arbitration and employment barrister, Emma Walker, is joining Chambers with effect from 1 January 2022. She will be joining from DWF Advocacy where she is currently Head of Commercial. Emma is ranked this year’s Legal 500 as a key lawyer in commercial litigation stating that “Emma Walker is a very good barrister, with a keen eye on the detail and all its moving parts.”

Emma has excellent expertise in dealing with high-profile disputes across a range of industry sectors including in commercial, banking, construction, oil and gas and aviation. She has a particularly good reputation in the Gulf Region, and has acted in ICC, LCIA, DIFC-LCIA and UNCITRAL arbitrations as well as in complex commercial and employment law litigation. Emma is currently instructed as Junior Counsel for one of the Core Participants in the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry.

Emma has been an employed barrister for over five years and is Chair of the Bar Council’s Employed Barristers Committee. In her role as an employed barrister, she has gained great experience of working amid teams from the very earliest stage of cases, and fully understands the pressure points faced by solicitors in complex litigation.

Head of Chambers, Martin Porter QC is thrilled. “Emma will join a thriving and dynamic set in 2 Temple Gardens, and we can’t wait to welcome her to Chambers in January,” he says. “Emma’s expertise in commercial litigation, arbitration and employment law, along with her impressive experience in the Gulf region, make her an excellent fit for our own market-leading practices in these areas. She will be an excellent addition and we look forward to supporting Emma as she continues to advance her career.”

Emma adds “I am delighted to be joining 2 Temple Gardens and am really excited to start this next chapter of my career at a set that enjoys such a progressive and supportive reputation in the market. I was naturally drawn to 2TG due to the obvious synergies with my own practice. It is just a perfect match.”

For queries relating to Emma’s practice, please contact the Senior Clerk:

Lee Tyler, Senior Clerk: +44 207 822 1203, ltyler@2tg.co.uk


Robert Cumming acts for the RFU in disciplinary proceedings against England International Anthony Watson

Robert Cumming acted for the RFU in disciplinary proceedings against England International Anthony Watson, in one of the first charges brought arising out of criticism of a match official on social media.

This will no doubt be a hot topic in sporting disciplinary proceedings going forward. The full decision can be found here.


World Rugby v. Rassie Erasmus and SA Rugby webinar

Steven Flynn co-hosts a webinar with Morgan Sports Law on the recent decision in the long-running disciplinary case brought by World Rugby against Springbok director of rugby, Rassie Erasmus, and SA Rugby, following the 2021 Lions Tour.

For further information on Steven’s practice, please click here.

You can watch the full webinar on-demand: https://youtu.be/vbvtukQNO6M



Rehana Azib wins ‘Barrister of the Year’ at the Inspirational Women in Law Awards 2021

We are delighted that Rehana Azib has won the title of ‘Barrister of the Year’ at the Next 100 Years Inspirational Women in Law Awards 2021.

The Inspirational Women in Law Awards recognises individuals from across the legal profession who are leading the way in improving equality and diversity. The awards scheme is organised by the First 100 Years, a national campaign founded by Dana Denis-Smith, to celebrate the first 100 years of women in the legal profession in the UK and Ireland. The campaign concluded in centenary celebrations on 23 December 2019 and now focuses on the next 100 years, campaigning around key issues for women in law. For further information on the Next 100 Years, please click here.

Congratulations to all the other winners and finalists.


Rehana Azib shortlisted as Finalist for Barrister of the Year at the Inspirational Women In Law Awards 2021

We are delighted to announce Rehana Azib has been nominated as a Finalist in the Barrister of the Year category at this year’s Inspirational Women In Law Awards.

These awards seek to identify individuals from across the legal profession who are leading the way in improving equality and diversity. The awards will be hosted by the Next 100 Years campaign team and awarded during a virtual ceremony on Wednesday 3rd November.

Congratulations to all the Finalists.


Article co-authored by Steven Flynn for LawInSport: The Role of the EFL’s Player Related Dispute Commission in Disputes between Clubs and Players

Steven Flynn has written an article published by LawInSport alongside Phil Hutchinson, Nick Cusack and Richard Jobson from the PFA. This article looks at the role of the PRDC and the (ir)relevance of the law relating to unfair dismissal when dealing with a player disciplinary or dismissal appeal.

To read the article click here


EU Commission Study on Rome II

The European Commission’s Study on the Rome II Regulation has been published. The study reviews the operation and interpretation of Rome II during the first ten years of its application and includes national reports from experts in each of the Member States of the EU and the United Kingdom. The study was conducted on behalf of the Commission by the British Institute for International and Comparative Law, with Professor Eva Lein leading the team. Marie Louise Kinsler QC was appointed as the National Rapporteur for the United Kingdom and Ireland and was assisted by Benjamin Phelps.

The full report can be found at: https://op.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/11043f63-200c-11ec-bd8e-01aa75ed71a1