Fundraising for the Royal British Legion

As part of 2TG’s ongoing corporate social responsibility initiatives and with Remembrance Day around the corner, we have decided to support the Royal British Legion (RBL) this November.

The RBL is a charity providing financial, social and emotional support to members and veterans of the British Armed Forces, their families and dependants.

As we are now in lockdown, many of us won’t have an opportunity to show our support by purchasing poppies at train stations, shops etc as we might have done. Given that a number of charities have been struggling throughout the Covid-19 pandemic due to its impact on fundraising initiatives, we wanted to give people the opportunity to donate the cost of what you would ordinarily pay for a poppy, online, with the money going straight to the RBL.

You can donate via this link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/2templegardens

All donations are very gratefully received.

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Head of 2TG Employment, Rehana Azib, appointed to Independent Panel by Yorkshire County Cricket Club, investigating cricketer Azeem Rafiq’s allegations of institutional racism against the Club

As reported by Sky Sports. Read the full article here.

Yorkshire have confirmed an investigation into allegations of institutional racism made by the team’s former spinner Azeem Rafiq has begun. Rafiq, 29, claimed in an interview with ESPNcricinfo last month that his experiences at Yorkshire left him “on the brink of suicide” and that, as a Muslim, he felt an “outsider”.

Yorkshire’s investigation, chaired by Dr Samir Pathak, now has two further independent members, with barrister and employment law specialist Rehana Azib and former personnel director of Waitrose Helen Hyde joining the committee.

Yorkshire say the brief is to address the specific complaints made by Rafiq but also to “thoroughly and with urgency” review the club’s policies and culture with regards to discriminatory behaviour.

The investigation is expected to be completed within three months, with Yorkshire committed to sharing the findings made by Dr Pathak and his panel.

Rehana Azib said: “This is an important and significant time for both Mr Rafiq and Yorkshire County Cricket Club. It is essential that the allegations are investigated fully, objectively and rigorously. I look forward to working with the other members of the panel to ensure that the investigation is conducted comprehensively and fairly, and that any recommendations that may arise out of it are transparent, effective and properly implemented.”

To read more about Rehana’s practice, please click here.

To read more about this story, please follow the links below:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/30021583/yorkshire-says-no-repercussions-witnesses-investigation-azeem-rafiq-racism-claims

https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/sport/cricket/investigation-azeem-rafiqs-claims-racism-yorkshire-ccc-take-three-months-2991379

https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/18765573.two-join-panel-yorkshire-investigation-continues/

https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/yorkshire-investigation-azeem-rafiq-racism-105507655.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAJoGV613zaNUgsiGSfUfKrpJAY3KJS5VYlQcqgMfOpWPigina1Tu-SqcvPEJQUwtq7eecGfgC8AHq0nED7XDusiw5jZ7pKVOO6hEGa4u3i5jQVIGYCtCFL4X5w3NxfyGYVRm6E5dRoR2KTvEQGfcBsnRfXX1aMPmMOW4dySx6KoW

https://www.cricketworld.com/yorkshire-ccc-add-two-further-independent-members-to-investigation-panel/66159.htm

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2TG Legal 500 Rankings

We are delighted to have achieved a range of new and improved rankings in the latest Legal 500 directory, including 18 new rankings across Clinical Negligence, Commercial Litigation, Insurance, International Arbitration, Mediation, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Sport and Travel.

2TG now has a total of 74 members rankings across 12 practice areas.

For full details of our rankings, please visit: https://www.legal500.com/firms/9653-2-temple-gardens/9653-london-england/

Many thanks to all of our clients and referees for the very kind comments we have received.

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Attorney General Panel Counsel Appointments

We are delighted to announce that Niazi Fetto has be re-appointed to the Attorney General’s London A Panel of Junior Counsel, and Ruth Kennedy has been appointed to the C Panel.

The Attorney General’s panels of counsel consist of just over 400 junior counsel who undertake civil and EU work for all government departments. Further information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/attorney-generals-panel-counsel-appointments-membership-lists-and-off-panel-counsel.

Ruth’s appointment commences from 1 September 2020 for 5 years, and Niazi’s appointment will continue for the same period from this date.

Information on Niazi’s and Ruth’s practices can be found via the links below.

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Clare Brown and Ruth Kennedy appear as Counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Today the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse commenced the virtual public hearing in the Lambeth Council investigation. The hearing will take place from 29 June – 10 July and 20 July – 31 July 2020.

The hearing will consider the experiences of victims and survivors to examine the scale and nature of the sexual abuse that may have taken place in children’s homes run by Lambeth Council. It will investigate whether there were child protection failures by public authorities, and consider the extent to which children’s vulnerabilities put them at greater risk of sexual abuse, and how this may have impacted the response of authorities. Evidence will be heard from a wide range of witnesses, including complainant core participants, former members of Lambeth Council, police officers and other public authorities.

Clare Brown and Ruth Kennedy appear as part of the team of counsel to the Inquiry in the Lambeth Council investigation, led by Rachel Langdale QC.

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2TG Awarded Bar Council Certificate of Recognition – Wellbeing at the Bar

We are very proud to announce that we have been awarded with The Bar Council Certificate of Recognition – Wellbeing at the Bar.

The Certificate acknlowedges that we are “clearly committed to promoting wellbeing”, with The Bar Council commenting about us “creating mental health first aiders and putting support in place – as well as introducting initiatives like Chambers tea, to encourage collegiality”.

For further information about Wellbeing at the Bar and our case study, please follow this link: https://www.wellbeingatthebar.org.uk/case_study/2-temple-gardens/. A copy of our certificate can be viewed here.

If you have any queries, please contact our Chambers Manager, Tracey Jones.

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2TG Listed in Legal 500 EMEA

2TG are delighted to have once again been included in the Legal 500 EMEA directory, in recognition of its work in the UAE region.

Comments include ‘A top-notch set with many excellent barristers’  with client feedback including that the clerks are ‘very good’.

Timothy Killen is singled out as one of only 14 juniors at the Bar recommeded in the directory for his commercial work in the UAE region, with clients commenting that he is ‘an intelligent legal analyst and a gently persuasive advocate’.

For further information about our work in the region, please contact Lee Tyler or Paul Cray.

 

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Civil Litigation in the time of Covid-19: Everything you need to know and consider

Please follow the link below to access a thorough guide provided by Isabel Barter, Jessica van der Meer and Luka Krsljanin concerning civil litigation in the time of Covid-19.

The guide provides an overview of how litigation is taking place in these unprecedented times. It covers: remote hearings and preparation thereof, remote conferences and remote JSMs. The guide is intended as a flexible non-prescriptive tool, not a protocol.

We hope you find it useful.

Civil Litigation in the time of Covid-19 (updated 3 April 2020)

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