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Chambers of Andrew Spink QC, Michael Bowes QC and Sarah Crowther QC
Outer Temple Chambers

Living Wage


Barrister specialising in clinical/professional negligence, regulatory and financial services and banking cases, together with personal injury.

James also specialises in acting for victims of historical sexual abuse, having recently acted as lead counsel in the first successful claim against the Jehovah’s Witness organisation. He currently represents numerous claimants in cases against football clubs and other sporting bodies, religious and educational organisations and the Scout Association.
Besides claims work, he appears in disciplinary tribunals ranging from the GMC, GDC, Solicitors’, Accountants’ and Lloyd’s of London disciplinary tribunals and prosecutes for the BSB.


Called 1984; Inner Temple.


French, Spanish.


PIBA; APIL; COMBAR; PNBA; ARDL; FSLA; Western Circuit; European Circuit; Dubai International Financial Centre Court; Bristol Medico-Legal Society.


Marlborough College; Magdalene College, Cambridge.


Cricket, rugby, gardening, farming.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

James Counsell QCOuter Temple ChambersA go-to QC for financial services litigation – bright, personable and good with judges.

Outer Temple Chambers has ‘strength and depth across the gamut of financial services‘ and is ‘generous in offering insights and education and training programmes‘. Members are experienced across a range of areas, including regulatory enforcement proceedings, both for and against regulators such as the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Silks such as Michael Bowes QC also offer strong support on the overlap between criminal, regulatory and civil issues. James Counsell QC is also highly experienced and was involved in The Council of Lloyd’s v Equity Syndicate Management Company Limited and Others.

London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

(Personal injury - Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

James Counsell QCOuter Temple ChambersA specialist barrister when it comes to the niche area of law covering sexual abuse.

Outer Temple Chambers‘ ‘excellent reputation‘ comes from its ‘huge breadth of expertise relating to accident and injury types‘, along with its offering of a ‘great number of silks at the top of their game‘ and ‘juniors who complete work well beyond their call‘. The set is also valued for showing ‘particular capability in the less mainstream work areas‘, including equestrian claims, which are a particular specialism of Jonathan Hand QC, and historical abuse matters, which are frequently handled by James Counsell QC. In other highlights, Gerard McDermott QC continues to act for over 200 claimants following the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Matthew Phillips QC is noted for his industrial disease expertise, specifically asbestos-related claims. At the junior end, Ben Bradley is noted for his expertise in both historical abuse and catastrophic injury cases.

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

James Counsell QCOuter Temple ChambersJames is reliable, resilient and a brilliant tactician. He has a calm and measured yet devastating approach in the examination of witnesses and captivates his audience in submissions.

Members of Outer Temple Chambers – ‘well-regarded set for professional discipline cases’ – handle both medical and legal services disciplinary work.  James Counsell QC both prosecutes and defends in BTAS cases, while in the medical space Matthew McDonagh represented a haematologist who was convicted of causing the death by dangerous driving in the Isle of Man. The case before the GMC raised arguments about the admissibility of an Isle of Man conviction and the basis of the Judge alone conviction in subsequent.