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Stop Criminalising Air Investigations

30.10.2006

Stop Criminalising Air Investigations
Monday, October 30, 2006

 

In an unprecedented joint statement, four of the world’s leading air safety bodies have issued a joint resolution condemning recent trends by enforcement and judicial bodies towards taking criminal action after aviation accidents.

Gerard Forlin, one of our barristers and an acknowledged expert on health and safety, spoke at the Worldwide Symposium on Air Navigation: Flying through Congested Skies which was sponsored by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Institute of Air and Space law in Montreal on 28 September. The joint resolution was crafted after the Panel session on 29th and Gerard had a hand in drafting the resolution. Gerard’s forty minute speech at the symposium to the world-wide aviation industry had acted as a catalyst to the ensuing discussions. This speech followed an earlier one, given in Hong Kong to an IATA Legal Symposium in February 2006.

This resolution marks a major change in the management of aviation accident investigations. The joint statement is from the Flight Safety Foundation, Academie Nationale de l’Air et de l’Espace, Royal Aeronautical Society and the Civil Air Navigations Services Organisation.

Gerard is well respected in the field of health and safety, including aviation, and is retained by a number of major corporations worldwide. You can find out more about Gerard’s practice by going to either of the links below:

This one will give you an overview of Gerard’s practice:

Also see Gerard Forlin’s website

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Chambers and Innovation in Knowledge Management

23.10.2006

Chambers and Innovation in Knowledge Management
Monday, October 23, 2006

 

I am very pleased to announce that our Chambers’ Director, Lynne Orsborn, was a member of the team which won the Innovation in Knowledge Management Award at the 2006 Legal IT Forum annual awards dinner held at Gleneagles in mid- October.

 

Lynne started work on the award winning project, designing a Taxonomy to allow for easy communication between law firms and their clients, when she worked in-house at Shell. She was in a team, co-ordinated under the aegis of LITIG (Legal IT Innovators Group), with Andrew Dey and Victoria Martin from Barclays? Legal departments and Charlotte Russell-Hargreaves who was at Reuters and has now moved to Lloyd?s TSB. Their brief was to design a mechanism whereby the plethora of information sent out by law firms relating to both legal developments and training could be managed in-house where resources are more stretched.

 

Very early it was recognised that the issue was over how to communicate effectively. A taxonomy (classification scheme) is a method whereby you can map very complicated internal taxonomies onto a simple list of terms which in-house legal departments could transfer directly onto their own intranets, using nothing more sophisticated than a spreadsheet, if necessary. A number of top-10 solicitors? firms have already signed up to use the taxonomy, and more are in the pipe-line.

 

To test its applicability, Barclays Legal also developed a training calendar which has the taxonomy at the heart of it. This won the Best In-house Counsel IT Project award, too.

 

Chambers has supported Lynne?s continuing involvement in this area as we recognise it as vital part of simplifying legal communications with clients and collaborating with other solicitors and Chambers.. Also we are using the concepts as part of the revision of our own website. Watch this space?

 

For more information on the taxonomy, go to
LITIG Taxonomy

 

and to download it, use this link

 

Taxonomy link

 

Mark Lowe
Head of Chambers

 

 

Disability Discrimination - Seminar analyses forthcoming changes

19.10.2006

Disability Discrimination – Seminar analyses forthcoming changes
Thursday, October 19, 2006

 

The forthcoming changes in disability discrimination legislation were the subject of a well-received seminar presented by 2-3 Grays Inn Square and DMH Stallard Solicitors to delegates from the public sector on 18th October 2006 at the Victoria Park Plaza Hotel in central London.

With the new general duty on public authorities to promote equality of opportunity only weeks away from coming into force, the creation of the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights, and the developing nature of the disability legislation, the seminar provided a multi-disciplinary overview of where the public sector finds itself at the end of 2006, as we await implementation of the Equality Act 2006.

Guest speakers from the Disability Rights Commission, Catherine Casserly and Sarfraz Khan gave, respectively, an analysis of the new duty on public authorities and on disability in education. Josef Cannon analysed the main legal concepts in the legislation, before specific sessions on Housing, delivered by Clare Parry, and Enforcement, by Damien Welfare (all of chambers). Jenny Thorp, Employment partner at DMH Stallard, presented an update on the DDA in the employment context and also chaired a session on provision of goods and services.

Members of Chambers are able to advise on, and undertake representation concerning, all aspects of the legislation, including the introduction of the new duty on public authorities under Part 5A from 4th December 2006.

Josef Cannon’s Notes on DDA seminsr October 2006

Damien Welfare presentation

Clare Parry – Notes on DDA and housing and property issues

 

Mary Cook - Planning Junior of the year

02.10.2006

Mary Cook – Planning Junior of the year
Monday, October 02, 2006

 

We are delighted to announce that Mary Cook won the Environment/Planning Junior title at the Chambers & Partners Bar Award 2006 ceremony which was held at the end of September at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Unfortunately, Mary was unable to attend the ceremony but was very pleased by the recognition both of the range of her clients and of the scope of the work she has been doing.

On hearing the news, Mary said “a big thank you to all those who made winning this award possible which, of course, includes loyal clients and instructing practitioners as well as the support team at 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square. They all know who they are and I look forward to continuing success in the year ahead”.

Mary Cook – Planning Junior of the Year

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