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Chambers of James Counsell KC, Sarah Crowther KC and Keith Bryan
Outer Temple Chambers
THE OUTER TEMPLE, 222 STRAND
LONDON
WC2R 1BA
England

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London Bar > Clinical negligence Tier 2

Outer Temple Chambers‘ clinical negligence team is noted for its ‘excellent strength-in-depth’ and ‘expertise’ in the field. Eliot Woolf KC acted for the claimant in the wrongful birth Supreme Court case of Khan v Meadows, while Nathan Tavares KC represents the claimant in a case concerning an alleged failure to arrange blood tests in time to notice a secondary tumour arising from prostate cancer, allegedly rendering the claimant a paraplegic. Junior Daniel Clarke is noted for his sole-action on fatal, high-value cases such as Holmes v East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust, wherein he is acting for the claimant family of a 49-year-old man who died during an operation, who are claiming against the ambulance service for failing to admit the patient when his symptoms started and against the Trust for delaying his operation for several days following his admission.

Rising stars

Olinga TahzibOuter Temple Chambers 'Olinga has fantastic attention-to-detail and his drafting is beautiful.'    
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Eliot Woolf KCOuter Temple Chambers ‘A go-to KC; very compassionate and great with clients and in negotiations – a team-worker.’ 
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Nathan Tavares KCOuter Temple Chambers 'Absolutely brilliant. Calm and measured during negotiations and always thoroughly prepared . He goes the extra mile and his attention-to-detail is outstanding.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4
Jonathan Hand KCOuter Temple Chambers ‘Jonathan’s advocacy is excellent. He is experienced, intelligent and effective.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 5
James Counsell KCOuter Temple Chambers ‘Great on strategy and tactics, with an easy manner that puts client at ease.’
Ranked: Tier 5
Sarah Crowther KCOuter Temple Chambers ‘Sarah has a pragmatic and commercial approach. Her knowledge of clinical negligence, and in particular cases involving cross-border issues, is outstanding.'
Ranked: Tier 5

2021 Silks

Rachel Vickers KCOuter Temple Chambers 'Rachel Vickers is an extremely competent and thorough barrister, very experienced and knowledgeable and able to tackle with ease, some of the most complex types of work in this field.'

Leading Juniors

Harry TrustedOuter Temple Chambers ‘Intellectually very powerful forensic analysis combined with great values and excellence with clients. Harry’s analysis is always top rate.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Harriet JerramOuter Temple Chambers ‘Harriet is a go-to counsel for technically or procedurally complicated work where a practical solution is needed.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
James AldridgeOuter Temple Chambers ‘James in able to absorb and analyse complex medical and legal issues.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ben BradleyOuter Temple ChambersBen is a go-to for complex and difficult clinical negligence claims; always able to cut through the issues to provide a practical and sensible route forward.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Robert DickasonOuter Temple Chambers 'Rob is very impressive with both his speed and ability to respond to instructions. His advice is always spot on.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Daniel Clarke – Outer Temple Chambers ‘Recognised for his down-to-earth attitude in dealing with sensitive matters and conveying clear advice to clients.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Tom GibsonOuter Temple Chambers ‘Tom is fantastic with clients, particularly those who have been through upsetting and traumatic experiences; he is emotionally intelligent.'
Ranked: Tier 4
David HainesOuter Temple Chambers ‘David is the definition of a safe pair of hands.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘Leading set of chambers recognised for their expertise in personal injury and clinical negligence.’

‘There is excellent strength-in-depth across Outer Temple Chambers as a whole and we have been impressed with the quality of the advice given across the board from junior junior barristers up to KC level.’

‘A very personable set and lovely to work with. We have always been able to access appropriate counsel easily.’

‘Strong set with regard to personal injury and clinical negligence practitioners.’

‘Outer Temple is an established, top-ranking chambers. It has both track record and a modern commercial approach. There are many strong choices of counsel. It is a most impressive set.’      

Clerking

‘Mark Gardner is a meticulous and organised clerk who offers a superb service. He is an asset to Outer Temple Chambers.’

London Bar > Employment Tier 2

A ‘strong chambers with great breadth of employment experience‘, Outer Temple Chambers’ members are routinely involved in significant employment work at the Bar, including in the Supreme Court. The set is also at the forefront of equal pay litigation, and has substantial expertise in cross-over work, leveraging the set’s experience in pensions, commercial disputes and personal injury. Keith Bryant KC, leading senior junior Naomi Cunningham and Stephen Butler, is representing over 5,000 Tesco retail employees in their equal pay claims, in which they compare themselves with distribution colleagues who receive significantly higher pay rates. Elsewhere in chambers, Andrew Short KC, leading senior juniors Naomi Ling and Lydia Seymour, was instructed by 204 judges and 6,000 firefighters in a challenge to public sector pension scheme changes that included allegations of age, sex and race discrimination.

Rising stars

Gus BakerOuter Temple ChambersVery knowledgeable in employment law, and able to make submissions to tribunals simply and persuasively.
Ranked: Tier 1
Imogen Egan- Outer Temple Chambers 'Imogen is a really well-rounded barrister. She is knowledgeable, her written work is superb, and she is always available to clients and instructing solicitors, going the extra mile. Clients love her - she is definitely one to watch in the next few years.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Olinga Tahzib - Outer Temple Chambers 'Olinga is academically gifted and able to see the key issues clearly. He also ensures that his submissions are clear.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Andrew Short KC - Outer Temple ChambersHe is probably one of the top employment barristers practising. He makes the most complicated things seem simple, he thinks very clearly, is confident in his advice, and is not afraid to give an opinion.
Ranked: Tier 1
Keith Bryant KC - Outer Temple ChambersKeith is exceptional - he is extremely bright, and able to cut through complicated cases, expressing his advice clearly and concisely. His advocacy is excellent - well-judged, incisive and very effective.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Allen KC - Outer Temple ChambersVery personable, able to address complex issues in a manner that lay clients can understand, excellent attention to detail, and a sensible, probing approach to cross-examination. His legal argument is sound and very persuasive, and he shows great initiative.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Daniel Barnett - Outer Temple ChambersGood ability to see a clear strategy early on in a case and very up to date on the law - an affable opponent.
Ranked: Tier 2
Naomi Cunningham - Outer Temple ChambersOutstanding lawyer, very easy to deal with, technically strong, and good with people. Her advocacy is strong and thoroughly prepared.
Ranked: Tier 2
Naomi Ling - Outer Temple ChambersShe very much impresses with her ability to cut through daunting amounts of detail, and also with her client care and sensitivity when delivering potentially-challenging advice. She is brilliantly clever and always helpful in chewing through knotty issues.
Ranked: Tier 2
Lydia Seymour - Outer Temple ChambersLydia has fantastic client-care skills and inspires confidence. Lydia is extremely knowledgeable and also commercially astute - a great negotiator.
Ranked: Tier 2
Saul Margo - Outer Temple ChambersSaul has extensive and in-depth knowledge of employment and pensions law. He thinks carefully and logically, and applies his intellect in a practical way; and he communicates with clients with clarity and empathy.
Ranked: Tier 3
Will Young - Outer Temple ChambersWill has an amazing knowledge of disability discrimination law and its intersection with personal injury law. He is a pleasure to work with, and always responds instantly and pragmatically to emails, questions and requests for advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Peter Linstead - Outer Temple ChambersPeter is a highly capable advocate - he has the ability to analyse complex issues and address them clearly and succinctly in argument. Peter is also highly responsive and has an excellent manner with clients - they feel that they are in very good hands with him.
Ranked: Tier 3
Emily Gordon-Walker - Outer Temple Chambers 'Emily is excellent at getting to the crux of a case straight away, and is very proactive in ensuring a case is ready for the hearing. Her advice is clear and commercial, and she is great with witnesses, putting them at ease. Emily's advocacy style is calm and persuasive - she understands the points that will have maximum impact on the tribunal.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Victoria BrownOuter Temple ChambersVictoria’s advocacy is excellent and she performs at a level far beyond her years of call. She is enthusiastic, and in discrimination cases she goes above and beyond in terms of the level of preparation and work done. She dealt with complex issues with confidence, including addressing novel points argued by the other sides; and her advice helped us to cut through the case’s complexities.
Ranked: Tier 5
Stephen Butler - Outer Temple ChambersHis attention to detail is second to none. He is meticulous in the way he reviews bundles and information provided to him, and he retains the detail. It makes him an extremely safe pair of hands at hearing, as this retention of detail/information means he is quick at thinking on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 5
Bianca Venkata - Outer Temple ChambersBianca really goes the extra mile and works very hard to get the best result. She is an excellent team player, is strong on overall case strategy, and a robust advocate whose cross-examination is well prepared and challenging.
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

Set

A leading employment chambers – friendly and collaborative barristers who are not hostile for the sake of it.

Strong chambers with great breadth of employment experience.

The set covers such a broad range of areas that there always seems to be someone who can help.

Outer Temple Chambers is a fantastic set and a go-to chambers.

‘A go-to set for employment. It has quality barristers with expertise in all of the key areas, and it always works hard to ensure that clients are looked after and get an excellent service.‘

Clerking

The clerks have always been very responsive and are willing to be flexible on costs and billing deadlines. They have also been understanding of last-minute delays and hold back incurring brief fees to a reasonable time period before a hearing.

London Bar > Financial services regulation Tier 2

Outer Temple Chambers  is commended for its ‘excellent depth in criminal/regulatory work‘ with clients also noting a ‘real strength in cryptocurrency offering with juniors and seniors well-versed in the area’. Members have strong expertise in regulatory advisory matters, as well as assistance on related enforcement and criminal proceedings. On the investigations side, Michael Bowes KC has been leading Oliver Powell in defending a senior fund manager against an FCA investigation. Justina Stewart  has also developed a good reputation for advising financial services companies on their interactions with the DIFC and its regulatory ecosystem. On the insurance side, James Counsell KC represented Lloyds in The Council of Lloyd’s v Equity Syndicate Management Company Limited and Others, concerning an inquiry into the conduct of a Lloyd’s Managing Agent.

Leading Silks

Michael Bowes KCOuter Temple Chambers ‘He advises companies, the Financial Conduct Authority and individuals in relation to financial services regulation and commands great respect from all parties. He has a great instinct and judgement about how the prosecutors and regulators will approach a case. He is technically brilliant, a straight sharp shooter and a great strategist.’
Ranked: Tier 2
James Counsell KCOuter Temple Chambers ‘James is terrific in front of the court and for cross-examination. He draws on huge experience and gets the balance between the technical and pragmatic. A very safe pair of hands and easy to work with.’
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Justina StewartOuter Temple Chambers ‘A true expert in the financial regulation space. She is also extremely user friendly and attacks difficult cases with relish, whilst giving sensible and measured advice
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael UberoiOuter Temple Chambers ‘Michael is very willing to get stuck into the matter right away and offers a pragmatic, commercial steer backed up by careful analysis of his lay client’s circumstances.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Clare Baker  - Outer Temple Chambers 'Strong analytical skills and technical knowledge. Good client skills and a collaborative team player.' 
Ranked: Tier 3
Oliver PowellOuter Temple Chambers ‘Extremely bright and diligent - a pleasure to have in any team.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set  

‘Real strength in cryptocurrency offering with juniors and seniors well-versed in the area. They have given training sessions to our team, and are very interactive and responsive as a Set.’ 

‘OTC are impressively systematic and dedicated about how they want to develop chambers as a whole.  They have an emphasis on ensuring juniors get real advocacy mileage which is missing in some other leading sets.’ 

‘Outer Temple is able to offer a very wide range of specialisms across all levels of experience. They are always able to provide a range of counsel for any matter, which allows instructing solicitors to identify the most suitable choice with ease and instills confidence that a breadth of talent will always be available to draw on.’ 

‘Outer Temple has a particular strength in financial services matters. The team always seem to find time amidst heavy workloads to advise when call upon.’ 

‘Excellent depth in criminal/regulatory work. Good training programmes offered. Approachable/knowledgeable counsel.’ 

Clerking 

‘Sam Carter is a pleasure to deal with, is extremely knowledgeable and accommodating, and will always go the extra mile to ensure a professional and productive working relationship is maintained.’ 

London Bar > Pensions Tier 2

Outer Temple Chambers has ‘built a very strong pensions practice in recent years‘ and members now act in a host of significant pensions cases. One such notable case, Britvic v Britvic Pensions & Mohun, saw Andrew Short KC acting for Britvic in a claim concerning the construction of an indexation provision; the resulting Court of Appeal decision is now one of the leading decisions on the proper approach to construction. Keith Bryant KC and Philip Stear both acted on the opposing side for the representative beneficiary, a sign of chambers’ strength in depth and capability to offer teams of counsel for matters at the highest level.

Rising stars

Chloe BellOuter Temple Chambers ‘She writes persuasively and clearly. She immersed herself in a complex and document heavy case and was an excellent addition to the team.’
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Andrew Short KCOuter Temple Chambers ‘Andrew is is a pleasure to work with, very thorough, knowledgeable and tactically astute. His advocacy is clear and authoritative - he always has the ear of the court.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Spink KCOuter Temple Chambers ‘A formidable advocate - one of the best at the pensions Bar.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Nicolas Stallworthy KCOuter Temple Chambers ‘A fantastic lawyer and a pleasure to work with, Nicolas has a superb courtroom manner and is an advocate judges really listen to. He is also an excellent technician on detailed pensions matters.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Keith Bryant KCOuter Temple Chambers 'Cool, calm and collected, Keith gives the impression he has seen it all before and knows exactly how things will play out. Very pragmatic and on the front foot when it comes to preparation.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Hitchcock KCOuter Temple Chambers ‘Supremely bright, technically on the ball, unflappable under pressure, brilliant on his feet, pragmatic and loved by clients - the consummate all-rounder.’
Ranked: Tier 2

2022 Silks

David Grant KCOuter Temple Chambers ‘David is very organised and thorough, really gets into the detail and has a wealth of experience to draw upon. He will do his utmost to find the answer to support the client’s position.’

Leading Juniors

Nicholas HillOuter Temple Chambers ‘He is quick, very hard working and conscientious and also has extensive knowledge of pensions law.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Naomi LingOuter Temple Chambers 'Naomi is extremely clever and great on her feet. She is calm, clear and very effective. She is one of the best juniors around.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Lydia SeymourOuter Temple Chambers 'Highly intelligent, excellent with clients, very hard working and diligent. Always on top of the detail.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Saul MargoOuter Temple Chambers ‘An extremely user friendly senior junior, Saul is able to take technically complex concepts and make them easily digestible and understandable for clients.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael UberoiOuter Temple Chambers 'He is extremely personable and explains complex concepts very simply to clients. Great bedside manner. His arguments are precise and well considered, delivered in an accessible manner.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Philip StearOuter Temple Chambers 'Extremely knowledgeable in his field, good with clients and has the ability to adopt a commercial and practical approach to conclude matters for the client.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Victoria BrownOuter Temple Chambers ‘Impressive ability to handle and digest large volumes of complex material in a short timeframe. Excellent teamwork and collaboration skills, and her drafting style is persuasive and clear.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘Strength in depth for pensions litigation. One of the go-to sets.’

‘Very strong, pensions specialists at all levels of seniority.’

‘Seem to be going from strength to strength – great set.’

‘They have built a very strong pensions practice in recent years.’

‘Very strong in this area, one of the pre-eminent sets with barristers at all levels so there is always someone good available to take a job.’

Clerking

‘Good service – Nick Levett in particular is always helpful.’

Work highlights

    London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud Tier 2

    ‘Premier league’ set Outer Temple Chambers is noted as having ‘household names, leading lights and stars of the future’ in personal injury. Jonathan Hand KC‘s equine specialism warrants notable mention, including Rapolti v Redbarn Stud, in which case he defended a farm in high-value negligence claims brought by a trainer who required upper limb amputation when bitten by stallion which was attacked by another stallion; the claim was brought under the Animals Act 1971 and important issues of scope of ownership and the meaning of ‘keeper’ under the Act were discussed. Christopher Wilson-Smith KC has also continued his work on complex catastrophic and fatal injury work, which often has a cross-border element. Nathan Tavares KC‘s cases are often complex and consistently involve severe brain, spinal and orthopaedic injury cases, including ones with such additional complicating factors as pre-existing learning disabilities to consider. Junior Ben Bradley , described as ‘top-drawer and destined for silk’ has done particularly impressive work for sexual assault victims, whilst Ian Denham is developing an international specialism.

    Personal injury - Rising Stars

    Olinga TahzibOuter Temple ChambersOlinga is a highly technical barrister with a powerful intellect.'
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Carin Hunt – Outer Temple Chambers ‘Good to work with. Personable and down-to-earth. Good with clients. She shows great empathy and understanding with bereaved clients.’      
    Ranked: Tier 1

    Leading Silks

    Gerard McDermott KCOuter Temple Chambers ‘One of the go-to silks on high-value catastrophic injury matters – a delight to work with.’
    Ranked: Tier 1
    James Counsell KC - Outer Temple ChambersJames is a smooth and calm operator with great client care.
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Sarah Crowther KCOuter Temple Chambers ‘Sarah is a charming and persuasive advocate, adept at explaining difficult concepts in a digestible way.'
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Christopher Wilson-Smith KC - Outer Temple ChambersA great tactician and technician, Christopher is the barrister you want for your client in the most challenging cases.
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Nathan Tavares KCOuter Temple Chambers ‘Nathan is utterly charming and a determined and firm opponent.'  
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Jonathan Hand KCOuter Temple Chambers ‘Jonathan is calm and thorough. He is a very kind and supportive team player but prepared to be decisive when required.’
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Christopher Wilson-Smith KC - Outer Temple Chambers 'Christopher has a sharp legal mind and real gravitas in the field of catastrophic injury claims.'      
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Eliot Woolf KCOuter Temple Chambers ‘Eliot is kind, thoughtful, carefully considered before clients and highly respected in discussions with opponents.'      
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Ranked: Tier 4

    Personal injury - Leading Juniors

    Harry TrustedOuter Temple Chambers ‘Harry has a total command of quantum law.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Ben BradleyOuter Temple Chambers ‘Ben is able to see through extraneous issues and get to the root of the problem quickly. He is at the top of his game.'      
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Patrick SaddOuter Temple ChambersPatrick is one of the leading barristers in the country dealing with child abuse litigation. He is completely on top of the complex developing areas of law.'
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Ian DenhamOuter Temple ChambersIan is an accomplished advocate, measured yet tenacious.'
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Daniel ClarkeOuter Temple Chambers 'Daniel is very bright, but wears his erudition lightly and is thus very approachable.'
    Ranked: Tier 5
    Will YoungOuter Temple ChambersPhenomenally well prepared for all aspects of the case; very much tipped for the top.'      
    Ranked: Tier 5

    Testimonials

    Set

    ‘A great set – always willing to put the right barrister forward to help out.’

    ‘The go-to set in London for heavyweight catastrophic injury work with household names, leading lights and stars of the future under one roof.’

    ‘In recent years, the set has grown considerably in terms of barristers who can turn their hand to cross-border personal injury work. They have some excellent juniors coming through. An excellent set of chambers.’

    ‘Outer Temple is a premier league set.’      

    ‘A strong set in personal injury work. A good variety of different skill sets and experience.’

    Clerking

    ‘Clerks are first-class and always accommodating.’

    Work highlights

      London Bar > Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) Tier 2

      Outer Temple Chambers counts on the expertise of Sarah Crowther KC, who appeared in the Supreme Court in Brownlie v FS Cairo, a case regarding the scope of the tort gateway for service abroad and the requirement to plead foreign law. Gerard McDermott KC is also a part of the team, and a recognised name in this field and sought after by those who have suffered a catastrophic injury abroad. Eliot Woolf KC, has recently appeared for the successful claimant in Kempson v First Choice Holidays, establishing the basis for strict liability in salmonella claims.

      Leading Silks

      Sarah Crowther KCOuter Temple ChambersSarah is the silk you want in your corner. She is a fearsome advocate.
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Gerard McDermott KCOuter Temple ChambersVery charming and has an attractive style of presentation. Experienced, easy to work with and against’.
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Eliot Woolf KCOuter Temple ChambersEliot has great attention to detail. He is very thorough and, when asked multiple questions on a document or an issue, makes sure to answer them all and in detail. He also thinks of innovative ways to approach an issue’.
      Ranked: Tier 2

      Leading Juniors

      Daniel ClarkeOuter Temple ChambersMeticulous in his approach, hard working and incredibly sharp.’
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Ian DenhamOuter Temple Chambers ‘Ian’s knowledge and experience of travel law cases is one his greatest strengths. He is well known and accomplished in cross border cases and consequently is a go-to for such cases.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Will YoungOuter Temple ChambersWill is probably the most polite, delightful individual at the travel law Bar. His preparation is absolutely phenomenal. He is across all the detail and able to assimilate huge volumes of evidence in a short timescale, an impressive skill. He has a traditional approach to advocacy which works very effectively’.
      Ranked: Tier 3

      Testimonials

      Set

      ‘The set has several very good barristers who specialise in the area of Travel Law, both junior counsel and silks.’

      ‘A very good travel law team. A number of knowledgeable and able barristers specialising in cross-border litigation.’

      ‘A fine set of silks, ably supported by some of the brightest juniors around.’

      ‘They are an excellent set.’

      ‘Very good set – very good travel law seminars and very good selection of Counsel.’

      Clerking 

      ‘Paul Barton and Mark Gardner are excellent. Both are knowledgeable, helpful and will go out their way to find solutions when required.’

      London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law Tier 3

      The barristers at Outer Temple Chambers regularly handle professional disciplinary matters in relation the healthcare, financial services and legal sectors. For instance, James Counsell KC defended a cosmetic surgeon facing against several allegations of misconduct brought by the GMC. Also acting against the medical regulatory body was Fiona Horlick KC, representing a senior surgeon with over 160 charges brought against him, involving a variety of patients.

      Leading Silks

      Fiona Horlick KCOuter Temple ChambersFiona is highly intelligent and a great tactician. She is very thorough and has a very direct manner with clients - they know that they can trust her to be frank with them about their prospects. Her advocacy is wonderful to watch.'
      Ranked: Tier 3
      James Counsell KCOuter Temple Chambers 'James adopts a forensic approach to the preparation of a case, he is thorough in every last detail and his command of a large volume of papers within a short space of time was extremely impressive.'
      Ranked: Tier 3

      Leading Juniors

      Matthew McDonaghOuter Temple ChambersMatthew is someone that you want in your corner when the chips are down. He is fabulous 'on his feet' and makes his points thoughtfully.'
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Ranked: Tier 4
      James LeonardOuter Temple Chambers 'James is a wonder. He makes exceptionally challenging cases look straightforward and is able to manage difficult people in difficult situations with disarming charm.'
      Ranked: Tier 4

      Testimonials

      Set

      Outer Temple remain a strong dependable presence backed up by a strong clerking team.

      Chambers are excellent at advising on available counsel when needed.

      Some strong counsel in this area.

      They are a high quality set.

      Outer Temple Chambers are renowned for their specialist expertise in fitness to practise/regulatory matters.

       

      Clerking

      London Bar > Professional negligence Tier 4

      Outer Temple Chambers undertakes professional negligence work concerning solicitors, barristers, actuaries, accountants, financial services professionals and insolvency practitioners. The chambers are instructed on a wide range of work, from occupational pension schemes to commercial transactions. James Counsell KC acts for claimants against financial and legal professionals, having recently settled for four claimants against a solicitor. Nicolas Stallworthy KC has expertise in cases concerning insurance companies, benefits consultants and a number of financial professionals. Lydia Seymour  is well regarded for her work focusing on pensions and actions against solicitors.

      Leading Silks

      Nicolas Stallworthy KC - Outer Temple ChambersAn exceptionally bright, charming silk. He has an open approach to thorny technical issues and always manages to present new and rich arguments to aid the case. A strong courtroom advocate.
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Andrew Spink KC - Outer Temple ChambersHe is confident in court and has good strategic acumen.
      Ranked: Tier 4

      2022 Silks

      David E. Grant KC - Outer Temple ChambersHe is very analytical and creative at finding solutions to difficult problems. His advice is concise and clear.

      Leading Juniors

      Nicholas Hill - Outer Temple ChambersNicholas is very bright and very thorough. Excellent with clients. He is hard working and has a calm, assured presence.
      Ranked: Tier 5
      Elaine PalserOuter Temple ChambersElaine has near unique expertise in both insolvency law and professional negligence claims, making her a go-to choice for this kind of work. She is very robust, incisive, clear and precise.
      Ranked: Tier 5
      Helen Pugh - Outer Temple ChambersHelen has a fantastic grasp of the intricacies of professional negligence, and an approachable and understanding demeanour which helps to build a quick rapport with clients.
      Ranked: Tier 6
      Lydia Seymour - Outer Temple ChambersLydia has an ability to grasp complicated legal issues by the horns and deal with them in plain language. As an advocate, she is excellent, delivering a highly skilled cross-examination. She is incredibly thorough and has a sharp mind.
      Ranked: Tier 6

      Testimonials

      Set

      ‘Very responsive.’

      ‘Easy to work with. Takes into account client/instructing solicitors views.’

      ‘Excellent. Detailed focused and hard working. Approachable and brilliant with clients. Impressively capable of simplifying complex issues.’

      ‘Efficient and approachable.’ 

      ‘Outer Temple Chambers has an impressive range of talent for advising on professional negligence claims.’

      Clerking

      ‘Clerks are responsive and communicative.’

      London Bar > Court of Protection and community care

      Rising stars

      Alex Cisneros - Outer Temple Chambers 'Alex is a go to barrister for COP work. He is very well organised and responsive. His written skills are superb, and he presents his arguments carefully. He is a measured but an effective advocate.'
      Ranked: Tier 1

      Leading Juniors

      Claire van OverdijkOuter Temple ChambersAn articulate and persuasive advocate with incredible intellectual ability, who goes the extra mile for her clients.
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Katarina Sydow - Outer Temple ChambersKatarina is very quick, thorough and knowledgeable. She is extremely responsive and always willing to help.
      Ranked: Tier 3

      London Bar > Health and safety

      Leading Juniors

      Ranked: Tier 1
      James LeonardOuter Temple ChambersOne of the best in the country by a long way.
      Ranked: Tier 2

      London Bar > Product liability

      Leading Silks

      Nathan Tavares KCOuter Temple Chambers ‘Nathan is thorough in his preparation with excellent attention to detail and an impressive grasp of technical information. His advocacy style is genial and persuasive.'
      Ranked: Tier 3

      Leading Juniors

      Robert DickasonOuter Temple Chambers ‘Very clever, sees the wood for the trees, good analytical skills, excellent written advocacy.'
      Ranked: Tier 3

      London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

      Leading Silks

      James Counsell KCOuter Temple Chambers ‘James is terrific in front of the court and for cross-examination. He draws on huge experience and gets the balance between the technical and pragmatic. A very safe pair of hands and easy to work with.’
      Ranked: Tier 5

      Leading Juniors

      Justina StewartOuter Temple Chambers ‘Extremely user friendly, technically strong and commercial astute. Particularly strong in banking due to her career as a former banker. One of thgo to senior juniors for banking work. Also a persuasive advocate and good for difficult cases.’
      Ranked: Tier 2

      London Bar > Commercial litigation

      Leading Silks

      Andrew Spink KCOuter Temple Chambers ‘He is a commanding advocate with impeccable judgement and a way of knowing exactly which arguments will resonate, and how to deliver them. He reads situations brilliantly, and is calm and composed. He is also superb with clients, and is an excellent team player.’
      Ranked: Tier 5

      Leading Juniors

      Justina StewartOuter Temple Chambers ‘Justina has a laser like focus on the important issues in any case and is able to whittle away the inevitable fluff, which is often important to the client but clouds the main issues, in a way that is pragmatic and tactful leaving the client feeling they are in safe hands.'
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Helen PughOuter Temple Chambers ‘She is unflappable and has the advocacy touch and tactical judgement of a barrister with much more experience.’
      Ranked: Tier 5

      London Bar > Private client: trusts and probate

      2022 Silks

      David E Grant KC – Outer Temple Chambers 'David works hard to find solutions to intractable problems. He is hardworking and bright. He is a 'go to' practitioner in this area of work.'

      Leading Juniors

      Elaine PalserOuter Temple Chambers ‘Elaine has an eye for detail. Her written advice is well thought out, detailed and comprehensive. She is always on her feet, direct, persuasive and to the point.’
      Ranked: Tier 4

      London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

      Leading Juniors

      Ranked: Tier 2
      Patrick SaddOuter Temple ChambersPatrick has a huge amount of empathy and sincerity while delivering difficult advice on extremely sensitive cases. He has a forensic eye to detail and an impressive questioning skill that he uses with medical experts to put them at ease but at the same time ensuring they fully address all the medico-legal aspects. Clients have nothing but praise for him in relation to the emotional support he offers them at inquest; and his questioning of the clinicians at Inquest is extremely effective.
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Paul LivingstonOuter Temple ChambersExtremely bright and gifted barrister, with paper advocacy skills that are very good.
      Ranked: Tier 4

      London Bar > International crime and extradition

      London Bar > Proceeds of crime (POCA) and asset forfeiture

      Leading Juniors

      Ranked: Tier 2
      Sophie O’Sullivan – Outer Temple Chambers 'Sophie is bright and settled some very good paper work. A future star in this area of work.'
      Ranked: Tier 3

      London Bar > Sport

      London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

      Leading Juniors

      Oliver PowellOuter Temple ChambersSeamlessly integrates into a large team in either a leadership or support role. Knows his area inside out. Clients love him and he always makes them feel looked after. Superb jury advocate.
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Alex Haines – Outer Temple ChambersAlex is a first rate advocate with excellent client manner. He has particular expertise when it comes to tribunals in international institutions and is sought after for his experience in this area.
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Sophie O’Sullivan - Outer Temple Chambers 'Commercial, pragmatic, able to see the bigger picture beyond her specialist expertise and very aware of how that fits into the client's overall strategy. Responsive, user-friendly, and very bright.'
      Ranked: Tier 3

      London Bar > Insolvency

      Leading Juniors

      Elaine PalserOuter Temple Chambers ‘Elaine has unique experience in both insolvency and professional negligence matters.'
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Justina StewartOuter Temple Chambers 'Justina is a strong insolvency lawyer who has the benefit of a non-insolvency background and so can bring a different perspective to cases.'
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Helen PughOuter Temple Chambers Her strengths are great attention to detail and not being afraid to give negative advice.'
      Ranked: Tier 5

      London Bar > Group litigation

      Leading Juniors

      Robert DickasonOuter Temple Chambers ‘Robert is the Swiss army knife of barristers, he is across everything.’
      Ranked: Tier 3

      London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

      Leading Juniors

      Joshua HitchinsOuter Temple Chambers ‘Very bright and imaginative barrister with a great future.’
      Ranked: Tier 4

      London Bar > Education

      Leading Juniors

      Alexander LineOuter Temple ChambersA formidable barrister. Alexander is incredibly knowledgeable in his field, often thinking outside the box. He breaks down complex legal principles into comprehensible concepts for lay clients.’
      Ranked: Tier 4

      London Bar > Environment

      Leading Juniors

      Oliver PowellOuter Temple Chambers ‘A complete expert in his field and one who has great clarity on principles and how he operates.’
      Ranked: Tier 4

      London Bar > Fraud: crime

      Middle East: The English Bar > Commercial Tier 2

      Commercial litigation, arbitration, company and employment law are key areas of strength for Outer Temple Chambers. Joint head of chambers Andrew Spink QC has an extensive company law practice, demonstrated through his involvement in advising on new DIFC company law and legislation. Dr Ali Almihdar advises on the full spectrum of commercial law and has a particularly strong focus on advising clients in Saudi Arabia, where he is also locally admitted alongside his English qualification. Tax and trusts specialist David Russell QC is another key individual to note.

      Leading silks

      David Russell QCOuter Temple ChambersDavid is an outstanding lawyer with an enormous reputation that goes beyond national boundaries. As such, he is very well connected within the international legal community. When working together on an assignment, David always manages to make sure matters are viewed from various perspectives.’
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Ranked: Tier 2

      Leading juniors

      Stephen Doherty - Outer Temple Chambers  'Stephen is a pleasure to work with. He is commercially minded, reliable and also delivers a calm and considered approach to advocacy.'
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Ali AlmihdarOuter Temple ChambersThe go-to expert on Saudi law. He is eloquent, commercially minded, has a deep and practical understanding of the arbitration process, produces clear well-written expert reports and can explain to the tribunal complicated issues of Saudi law in a simple and persuasive manner.
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Justina Stewart  - Outer Temple Chambers 'Justina is a hard-hitting litigator. She is able to parachute into a dispute and turn it 180 degrees in favour of her clients.'
      Ranked: Tier 2
      David HollowayOuter Temple ChambersDavid has a very clear mind and quickly identifies relevant issues. He is also a strategic and commercial thinker who can provide relevant legal advice in context. David is unflappable and persists to advocate persuasively even in hostile settings.'
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Peter Linstead - Outer Temple Chambers 'Peter has always been highly accessible and responsive when working together. He has a calm and reassuring manner.'
      Ranked: Tier 2

      Testimonials

      Set

      Every barrister I have had the pleasure with at Outer Temple has been extremely impressive. They are very approachable and I appreciate their focus on maintaining relationships with solicitors.’

      Strong and impressive presence in the Dubai International Financial Centre and the international legal community there. One of the foremost chambers in the jurisdiction.’

      OTC has an excellent stable of barristers with impressive performances in the Middle East.’

      Frequently delivers training programmes in the UAE, including the DIFC and ADGM.  Offers strength in depth in matters requiring both lead and junior counsel.  Several members of chambers have spent time in the Middle East and have a very good understanding on the legal landscape in onshore and offshore UAE jurisdictions.’

      Clerking

      Colin Bunyan is always very helpful and responsive.’

      Sam Carter is first class. Easy to deal with and very efficient.’

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      The set: Outer Temple Chambers, identified as one of the top 30 sets at the Bar, is a dynamic, innovative and friendly set, with a forward-thinking approach to business development and client care in the new legal market place. Chambers’€ London offices are located directly opposite the Royal Courts of Justice and it has office facilities in Dubai and New York.

      Types of work undertaken
      Commercial, banking and financial services: Outer Temple€’s commercial practice encompasses advocacy and advisory work across a number of areas, with a particular emphasis on banking-related litigation and civil fraud. Chambers has an extensive financial services regulatory practice, with members regularly appearing and advising on matters before the RDC and Upper Tribunal. Members also appear in arbitrations and regularly act as arbitrators.

      International: Chambers has a physical presence in New York, Abu Dhabi (ADGM), Dubai (DIFC) and Jeddah, providing quality services and facilities for the firm€’s contract and commercial, financial, regulatory, employment and arbitration work in the US, UAE and across the Middle East. Barristers offer expert legal services in the court of the Dubai International Financial Centre and the LCIA arbitration centre in the DIFC. Chambers has full members of the New York State Bar and the American Bar Association and others are qualified as foreign legal consultants in New York.

      Pensions and trusts: Chambers advises employers, trustees, insurers and industry bodies (such as TPR and PPF) on all aspects of pensions and trusts law. Members consistently appear in major pension and trusts litigation. Members also have extensive experience of professional negligence claims against actuaries, solicitors and all other professionals involved in pension schemes.

      Employment and discrimination:  Outer Temple Chambers is widely acknowledged as being at the forefront of employment and discrimination law, and is particularly well- known for its work in the areas of equal pay, working time and holiday pay, TUPE and whistleblowing. Non-tribunal work includes directors€ duties, restrictive covenants and breach of contract, partnership disputes and breach of fiduciary duty.

      Business crime: Members of chambers are experts in the field of financial crime and regulatory enforcement, advising and acting for corporate and individual clients in respect of investigations and proceedings in the UK and overseas. They advise and act for the UK as leading enforcement authorities (SFO, FCA, CMA, HMRC, PRA and Lloyds of London) and various overseas governments and enforcement authorities. Members are routinely instructed in alleged fraud, market abuse and insider dealing, bribery and corruption, cartels and price fixing, and sanctions violations.

      Health and safety and environment: With unparalleled expertise in corporate and gross negligent manslaughter and all areas of health and safety, teams have worked on many of the landmark cases of criminal negligence, involving heavy industry and construction, as well as residential, retail and commercial premises and NHS trusts.

      Professional discipline and regulatory: Chambers acts regularly in a wide range of disciplinary and regulatory proceedings in, among other areas, healthcare, law, transport and sports.

      Clinical negligence and healthcare: Chambers offers a specialist and highly rated team who are regularly instructed in cases concerning all aspects of clinical negligence involving health professionals, trusts and hospitals. The firm acts for both claimants and defendants.

      Personal injury: Chambers undertakes work for both claimants and defendants in relation to severe brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, international injuries, industrial diseases, product liability, abuse, employers’ liability, road traffic claims, stress claims and sports injuries. It also advises and appears in professional negligence actions arising out of the mishandling of personal injury cases.

      Law in sport: The firm€’s experienced team of specialist law in sport barristers have a range and depth of expertise in a number of areas touching many aspects of law in sport and recreation, including the protection and exploitation of commercial rights and disciplinary, regulatory, personal injury and governance issues.

      Public law: Members deal with judicial review and advise on the powers and duties of public bodies and the public law aspects of commercial transactions. Chambers is well known for work in major public inquiries of all types. Members appear in Court of Protection proceedings concerning medical consent to withdrawal of treatment, deprivation of liberty, mental capacity and mental health law, and property/financial affairs jurisdictions of the court.

      DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
      Chief Executive Rebecca Priestley
      Head of Chambers COUNSELL KC, James (1984)
      Head of Chambers BRYANT KC, Keith (1991)
      Members of Chambers TAVARES KC, Nathan (1992)
      Members of Chambers STALLWORTHY KC, Nicolas (1993)
      Members of Chambers WOOLF KC, Eliot (1993)
      Members of Chambers WILSON-SMITH KC, Christopher (1965)
      Members of Chambers RUSSELL KC, David (1977)
      Members of Chambers RHODES KC, Robert (1968)
      Members of Chambers MOTT KC, Philip (1970)
      Members of Chambers McDERMOTT KC, Gerard (1978)
      Members of Chambers BOWES KC, Michael (1980)
      Members of Chambers SPINK KC, Andrew (1985)
      Members of Chambers SHORT KC, Andrew (1990)
      Members of Chambers COMPTON KC, Ben (1979)
      Members of Chambers DAVENPORT KC, Kate (1983)
      Members of Chambers HITCHCOCK KC, Richard (1990)
      Members of Chambers JOHNSON KC, Nick (1996)
      Members of Chambers McKENDRICK KC, John (1999)
      Members of Chambers PHILLIPS KC, Matthew (1993)
      Members of Chambers CROWTHER KC, Sarah (1999)
      Members of Chambers HAND KC, Jonathan (1990)
      Members of Chambers HORLICK KC, Fiona (1992)
      Members of Chambers ALLEN KC, Andrew (1995)
      Members of Chambers VICKERS KC, Rachel (1992)
      Members of Chambers GRANT KC, David E (1999)
      Members of Chambers MAWHINNEY, Richard (1977)
      Members of Chambers PEACOCKE, Teresa (1982)
      Members of Chambers KEMP, Christopher (1984)
      Members of Chambers SADD, Patrick (1984)
      Members of Chambers TRUSTED, Harry (1985)
      Members of Chambers ALDRIDGE, James (1987)
      Members of Chambers ROGERS, Paul (1989)
      Members of Chambers LEONARD, James (1989)
      Members of Chambers BARNETT, Daniel (1993)
      Members of Chambers CUNNINGHAM, Naomi (1994)
      Members of Chambers McDONAGH, Matthew (1994)
      Members of Chambers LINSTEAD, Peter (1994)
      Members of Chambers WESTON, Louis (1994)
      Members of Chambers MUKHERJEE, Abhijeet (1995)
      Members of Chambers HOLLOWAY, David (1996)
      Members of Chambers SEYMOUR, Lydia (1997)
      Members of Chambers JERRAM, Harriet (1998)
      Members of Chambers ARNOLD, James (2000)
      Members of Chambers PRESLAND, Samantha (2001)
      Members of Chambers LING, Naomi (2001)
      Members of Chambers ALMIHDAR, Dr Ali (2003)
      Members of Chambers VAN OVERDIJK, Claire (2003)
      Members of Chambers DENHAM, Ian (2003)
      Members of Chambers UBEROI, Michael (2004)
      Members of Chambers CLARKE, Daniel (2005)
      Members of Chambers MARGO, Saul (2005)
      Members of Chambers POWELL, Oliver (2006)
      Members of Chambers BAKER, Clare (2007)
      Members of Chambers BRADLEY, Ben (2007)
      Members of Chambers DICKASON, Robert (2007)
      Members of Chambers GORDON WALKER, Emily (2007)
      Members of Chambers SEAMAN, Jennifer (2007)
      Members of Chambers HAINES, Alex (2007)
      Members of Chambers HILL, Nicholas (2008)
      Members of Chambers YOUNG, Will (2008)
      Members of Chambers LINE, Alex (2009)
      Members of Chambers GIBSON, Thomas (2010)
      Members of Chambers STEWART, Justina (2010)
      Members of Chambers O'SULLIVAN, Sophie (2011)
      Members of Chambers SYDOW, Katarina (2012)
      Members of Chambers LIVINGSTON, Paul (2012)
      Members of Chambers DOHERTY, Stephen (2013)
      Members of Chambers VENKATA, Bianca (2014)
      Members of Chambers BUTLER, Stephen (2014)
      Members of Chambers BROWN, Victoria (2014)
      Members of Chambers BAKER, Gus (2015)
      Members of Chambers BELL, Chloë (2015)
      Members of Chambers EGAN, Imogen (2015)
      Members of Chambers BAUMGART, Alexandra (2015)
      Members of Chambers TAHZIB, Olinga (2016)
      Members of Chambers GRACE, Elizabeth Dr (2017)
      Members of Chambers SCOTT-JOYNT, Jeremy (2018)
      Members of Chambers TOMISON, Patrick (2018)
      Members of Chambers HUNT, Carin (2018)
      Members of Chambers HORLOCK KC, Tim (1981)*
      Members of Chambers SABALOT, Deborah*
      Members of Chambers BAILEY SC, Ian*
      Members of Chambers WALKER, Prof Janet*
      Members of Chambers KARPENKO, Alexey*
      Members of Chambers JOLK, Christophe*
      Members of Chambers BURROWS, Simon*
      Members of Chambers WESTCOTT, David *
      Members of Chambers JENKINS, Hywel*
      Members of Chambers BATES Paul
      Members of Chambers BILLIMORIA Percival*
      Members of Chambers SHERMAN Lawrence*
      Members of Chambers BEER OBE Mark*
      Members of Chambers KIRK David*
      Members of Chambers MOFFAT Jonathan*
      Members of Chambers POPE David*
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      James Aldridge photo James AldridgeBarrister specialising in Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, and Professional Negligence.
      Andrew Allen photo Andrew AllenBarrister specialising in Employment & Discrimination.
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      James Arnold photo James ArnoldBarrister specialising in Employment. James is a specialist in employment and discrimination…
      Clare Baker photo Clare BakerBarrister specialising in Financial Services and Banking, Commercial and Insurance Law.
      Gus Baker photo Gus BakerBarrister specialising in Commercial and Chancery, Professional Negligence, Employment & Discrimination, Financial…
      Daniel Barnett photo Daniel BarnettBarrister specialising in Employment, Commercial and Chancery, Sports law.
      Gordon Bebb photo Gordon BebbIdentified as a leading silk in professional disciplinary and regulatory law, and…
      Michael Bowes photo Michael BowesMichael specialises in complex Financial Services work, financial crime and civil fraud,…
      Ben Bradley photo Ben BradleyBarrister specialising in Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, Aviation & Travel.
      Victoria Brown photo Victoria BrownBarrister specialising in Employment and Discrimination, Pensions, Commercial & Chancery, Public Law,…
      Keith Bryant photo Keith BryantBarrister specialising in Pensions and employment. Recent cases include Britvic Pension Plan…
      Stephen Butler photo Stephen ButlerBarrister specialising in Commercial and Chancery, Employment and Discrimination, Pensions, Financial Services.
      Joshua Cainer photo Joshua CainerBarrister specialising in Employment & Discrimination, Pensions and Trusts, Commercial & Chancery,…
      Anson Cheung photo Anson CheungBarrister specialising in Construction, Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration, Pensions, professional Negligence, Banking…
      Alex Cisneros photo Alex CisnerosBarrister specialising in Court of Protection, Private Client and Trusts, Education, Public…
      Daniel Clarke photo Daniel ClarkeBarrister specialising in Travel law, Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, Commercial and Chancery.
      Ben Compton photo Ben ComptonBarrister specialising in health and safety. Ben is currently instructed in a…
      James Counsell photo James CounsellBarrister specialising in Clinical/Professional Negligence, Regulatory and Financial Services, and Banking cases,…
      Sarah Crowther photo Sarah CrowtherBarrister specialising in Personal Injury; International Illness, Injury & Travel; Employment &…
      Naomi Cunningham photo Naomi CunninghamBarrister specialising in employment law, with particular interests in discrimination, working time…
      Kate Davenport photo Kate Davenport
      Ian  Denham photo Ian DenhamBarrister specialising in Travel law, Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence.
      Ian  Denham photo Ian DenhamBarrister specialising in Travel law, Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence.
      Robert Dickason photo Robert DickasonBarrister specialising in Clinical Negligence; Health and Safety; Governmental Healthcare; Group Litigation.…
      Stephen Doherty photo Stephen DohertyBarrister specialising in International Commercial Litigation, Pensions, Commercial and Chancery, Financial Services.
      Imogen Egan photo Imogen EganBarrister specialising in Employment, Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, Education Law, Public Law,…
      Tom Gibson photo Tom GibsonBarrister specialising in Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury, Sports Law. Tom specialises in…
      Emily Gordon Walker photo Emily Gordon WalkerBarrister specialising in Employment.
      Elizabeth Grace photo Elizabeth GraceBarrister specialising in Employment & Discrimination, Pensions, Commercial and Financial Services, Private…
      David Ericson Grant photo David Ericson GrantBarrister specialising in Pensions, Private Clients and Trusts, Professional Negligence, Financial Services…
      Alex Haines photo Alex HainesBarrister specialising in Business Crime and regulatory, Sanctions Law, International Disciplinary Law,…
      David Haines photo David HainesBarrister specialising in Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury, Inquests, Sports Law and Disciplinary…
      Jonathan Hand photo Jonathan HandBarrister specialising in Clinical Negligence and Personal injury.
      Nicholas Hill photo Nicholas HillBarrister specialising in Commercial and Chancery, pensions, Financial services, Employment and Discrimination,…
      Richard Hitchcock photo Richard HitchcockRichard Hitchcock QC was called to the  bar in 1990 and took…
      Joshua Hitchens photo Joshua HitchensBarrister specialising in Public Law, Commercial & Chancery, Employment & Discrimination, Court…
      David Holloway photo David HollowayBarrister specialising in International Arbitration and International Trade/Commercial law.
      Fiona Horlick photo Fiona HorlickBarrister specialising in Health and Safety, Disciplinary and Regulatory, Medical Crime, Business…
      Carin Hunt photo Carin HuntBarrsiter specialising in Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, Travel Law, Employment & Discrimination,…
      Lucian ILIE photo Lucian ILIEBarrister specialising in International Arbitration and ADR, Commercial Litigation, Arbitrator, International Organisations,…
      Harriet Jerram photo Harriet JerramBarrister specialising in Personal injury, and Clinical Negligence.
      Nicholas Johnson photo Nicholas JohnsonBarrister specialising in  Business Crime and Regulatory, Disciplinary and Regulatory, Asylum and…
      Christopher Kemp photo Christopher KempBarrister Specialising in Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence.
      James Leonard photo James LeonardSpecialises in health and safety, environmental law and regulatory law. Has a…
      Alexander Line photo Alexander LineBarrister specialising in Employment and Discrimination, Education, public Law, Court of Protection.
      Naomi Ling photo Naomi LingSpecialist areas of practice: employment, pensions, public law.
      Peter Linstead photo Peter LinsteadBarrister specialising in Commercial and Chancery, Employment and discrimination, Personal Injury, Mediation.
      Paul Livingston photo Paul LivingstonBarrister specialising in Employment and Discrimination, Public Inquiries.
      Saul Margo photo Saul MargoSaul specialises in pensions and employment, as well as professional negligence claims…
      Richard Mawhinney photo Richard MawhinneySpecialist in personal injury, professional negligence. Other areas of practice include partnership,…
      Gerard McDermott photo Gerard McDermottBarrister specialising in Employment; Clinical Negligence; Health and Safety; Personal Injury; Professional…
      Matthew McDonagh photo Matthew McDonaghBarrsiter specialising in Sports Law, Disciplinary and Regulatory, Business Crime and Regulatory.
      John McKendrick photo John McKendrickBarrister specialising in Public Law, Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration and Adjudication, International…
      Edward Morgan photo Edward MorganBarrister specialising in Employment and Discrimination, Commercial Litigation, Disciplinary and Regulatory, Inquests.
      Philip Mott photo Philip Mott
      Abhijeet Mukherjee photo Abhijeet MukherjeeBarrister specialising in Clinical negligence, personal injury, and professional discipline.
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      Elaine Palser photo Elaine PalserBarrister specialising in Private Client and Trusts, Insolvency and Restructuring, Commercial and…
      Teresa Rosen Peacocke photo Teresa Rosen PeacockeBarrister specialising in Dispute Resolution, Private Client and Trusts, Professional Negligence.
      Matthew Phillips photo Matthew PhillipsBarrister specialising in Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, Sports Law. Nationwide practice in…
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      Samantha Presland photo Samantha PreslandBarrister specialising in Court of Protection, Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury.
      Sam Presland photo Sam PreslandSpecialist in personal injury and clinical negligence.
      Helen Pugh photo Helen PughBarrister specialising in Commercial and Civil Fraud, Company and Insolvency, Banking and…
      Henry Reid photo Henry ReidBarrister specialising in Commerical Litigation, Financial Services, Business Crime & Regulatory.
      Robert Rhodes photo Robert RhodesBarrister specialising in high-profile cases, mainly Civil & Commercial fraud. Represented Belgian…
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      Patrick Sadd photo Patrick SaddBarrister specialising in Inquests and Injuries, Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Medical…
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      Lydia Seymour photo Lydia SeymourBarrister specialising in pensions, employment and discrimination law. Particular expertise in the…
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      Andrew Spink photo Andrew Spink25 years’ experience as an advocate in the civil courts and in…
      Nicolas Stallworthy photo Nicolas StallworthyBarrister specialising in Pensions Law (particularly in relation to occupational pension schemes),…
      Philip Stear photo Philip StearBarrister specialising in Pensions, Commercial and Chancery.
      Courtney Step-Marsden photo Courtney Step-MarsdenBarrister specialising in Employment & Discrimination, Pensions, Public law, Personal Injury, Commercial…
      Justina Stewart photo Justina StewartBarrister specialising in Banking and Finance, Civil Fraud and Asset Recovery, Commercial…
      Katarina Sydow photo Katarina SydowBarrister specialising in Public Law, Court of Protection, Education, Clinical Negligence.
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      Nathan Tavares photo Nathan TavaresBarrister specialising in Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, Product Liability, Travel, Court of…
      Patrick Tomison photo Patrick TomisonBarrister specialising in Employment, Pensions, Financial Services, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence,…
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      Michael Uberoi photo Michael UberoiMichael specialises in Pensions, Chancery and Commercial, Financial Services, and Regulatory Law.…
      Bianca Venkata photo Bianca VenkataBarrister specialising in Employment and Discrimination, Probate, Commercial and Chancery, Financial Services,…
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      Louis Weston photoMr Louis WestonBarrister specialising in Sport, Commercial, Professional Negligence.
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      Will Young photo Will YoungBarrister specialising in Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, International Personal Injury and Travel…
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      Claire  van Overdijk photo Claire van OverdijkBarrister specialising in Court of Protection, Private Client and Trust, Public Law.
      Practice Management Team : 13

      Diversity

      Outer Temple Chambers is committed to increasing diversity at the Bar. Guided by the Bar Standard’s Board’s Equality and Diversity Rules, we hold regular E&D meetings to monitor diversity data, review policies and maintain standards . We continue to hold the Investors in People Platinum Award.

      We operate a mentoring scheme for junior members. Regular ‘Women in Law’ meetings are held with female barristers and staff to ensure a healthy working environment. We are also proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

      Outer Temple is also a Mindful Employer, which provides guidelines, training and advice on mental health issues. Rebecca Priestley, our CEO, is Non-Executive Director on the Board of the City Mental Health Alliance (CMHA), committed to the promotion of mental well-being and destigmatising mental ill health.

      We encourage applications from groups under-represented at the Bar such as women, ethnic minorities and those with a disability. We have no preference for an undergraduate law degree over the conversion course. We welcome applications from transferring solicitors, qualified legal practitioners and legal academics wishing to transfer to the Bar.

      Chambers manages its pupillage selection process through the Pupillage Gateway. Applications undergo an anonymised paper sift where candidates are scored on ability, potential, motivation, commitment and compatibility with Chambers. We aim to interview all disabled applicants who meet our minimum criteria. Chambers also operates an X-Factor style assessment at the paper sift stage to identify non-traditional but exceptional candidates. These candidates will be interviewed even if they do not achieve the necessary score.

      We run an 18-month pupillage scheme in conjunction with the Free Representation Unit (FRU). Assessors have no regard to, or knowledge of, employment history, education, pastimes and interests.

      Outer Temple Chambers has joined the Bridging the Bar Initiative to offer a mini-pupillage programme for those candidates from a range of underrepresented backgrounds, including from low-income/first-generation university, BAME, LGBTQ+ and more. We are pleased to take students through the joint initiative organised through the Social Mobility Foundation and the Bar Council. This provides bright students from disadvantaged backgrounds with the opportunity to get an insight into a career at the Bar.

      Pro Bono and CSR

      Outer Temple Chambers provides pro bono advice via Advocate and has a nominated pro bono champion to encourage contributions in a range of ways. We also provide some pro bono work via Free Representation Unit and have participated in fundraising events for this charity.

      Every year Outer Temple Chambers members and staff take part in the London Legal Walk to raise funds for the Legal Support Trust, which distributes monies to the Bar Pro Bono Unit, the Free Representation Unit and other legal law charities to provide support to the poorest and most vulnerable people who need legal assistance.

      Outer Temple Chambers has a long association with Spinal Injuries Association, raising awareness and funds for their work. Members also support Headway in various ways including fundraising events and art commissions.


      CLIENT: Colin Makin
      COMPANY/FIRM: Ashtons Legal
      TESTIMONIAL: The Ashtons Legal employment team have been instructing barristers from Outer Temple for many years. The barristers are excellent and service top rate. Recent instructions have included: Lydia Seymour who was ‘incredibly knowledgeable, commercial and pragmatic in her advice, which was provided quickly’; Keith Bryant QC did a ‘great job’ on a particular matter; Saul Margo who is ‘brilliant’; Bianca Venkata and Paul Livingston who are both ‘superb’ and ‘great to deal with’. Practice Director, Nicholas Levett, is ‘a pleasure to deal with, always helpful and takes a commercial view on pricing’.


      CLIENT: Ian Christian
      COMPANY/FIRM: Irwin Mitchell LLP
      TESTIMONIAL: I have worked with OTC for 20 years. Whatever the issue and whatever level of counsel is required, OTC are always able to provide first rate representation. The way that they have geared their barristers from senior QCs to pupils is testament to OTC knowing who they are as a chambers and finding and retaining the right people to deliver their brand. Their silks are top drawer and the quality of their juniors at all years of call is incontrovertible. OTC’s clerking services are stellar, ensuring solicitors and lay clients receive a seamlessly professional service.


      CLIENT: Chris Newton
      COMPANY/FIRM: Keoghs
      TESTIMONIAL: I have instructed Ben Compton QC and James Leonard in some high profile manslaughter cases. In addition to being in the top tier of health and safety lawyers, their client care is second to none. They both take time to get to know and understand the client which provides much needed reassurance, trust and confidence during what is usually a very difficult time. Their tactical nous, measured response and team approach has helped us successfully navigate some tricky cases. In court their advocacy is sharp and persuasive but again measured. I have instructed Oliver Powell on maritime cases. He has an excellent technical knowledge in this niche area and excellent client care. Oliver will go the extra mile on cases and has drafted some impressive submissions which have helped secure some excellent results. The wider team speak highly of Paul Rogers and instruct him in motor and HSE cases. He is very thorough, measured and makes clients feel at ease. Our strong relationship with Outer Temple is ably managed by Nick Levett who has a bubbly personality and is very responsive.


      CLIENT: Jennette Newman, Partner
      COMPANY/FIRM: Clyde & Co LLP
      TESTIMONIAL: Outer Temple Chambers is my absolute ‘go to’ Chambers for Health and Safety Regulatory cases. Not only are the Regulatory team best of class but they combine excellence in advocacy and strategic advice, with a client centric service and an accessible approach.


      CLIENT: Karen Jackson, MD, Solicitor
      COMPANY/FIRM: Didlaw
      TESTIMONIAL: Outer Temple Chambers is our chambers of choice. All the barristers we have worked with have been first class intellects but also extremely personable which is very important. We want to work with Counsel who understand the needs and vulnerability of our clients. They are attentive and deliver impeccable work on time. The service of the clerks is outstanding. They treat us as valued customers, proactively checking in with us from time to time to see what we need. The clerks and counsel were super supportive to our team during lockdown providing us with some fantastic online learning to keep us up to speed. Outstanding all round.


      CLIENT: Chris Benson, Partner
      COMPANY/FIRM: Leigh Day
      TESTIMONIAL: Many partners at Leigh Day see Outer Temple as the first choice for counsel on cases involving employment, clinical negligence and personal injury. In these areas the cases we run can be ground breaking, of wider significance or just the most important thing on our client’s mind. Whatever the case the barristers at Outer Temple always provide an excellent service from the Senior QC’s to junior counsel. Their breadth of practice areas and experience means there is a first class advocate for any case. Counsel are backed up by a great clerking team and a well-resourced chambers in an ideal location opposite the High Court. For the most important cases I always speak to Outer Temple first.


      CLIENT: Jessica Bowles, Solicitor
      COMPANY/FIRM: Irwin Mitchell
      TESTIMONIAL: LLP OTC, as a set, provides a wide-ranging capability in terms of the experience and skillset they offer. Their clerks are second to none in terms of organisation and communication, and have reliably never let me down in facilitating seamless instructions to counsel. There are a number of excellent silks with wide ranging expertise and skillsets, so I know OTC has the right silk for any client or situation. The chambers produce well trained juniors who provide balanced and comprehensive advice which has proven invaluable on a numbers of cases I have instructed them on. OTC offers an excellent service and can be fully relied upon to support us in delivering for our clients.


      CLIENT: Abe Kallis, Partner
      COMPANY/FIRM: Chris Kallis Solicitors
      TESTIMONIAL: Outer Temple Chambers have been our set of choice for a number of years. We find OTC Counsel have that special combination of technical excellence and first class advocacy, coupled with a down-to-earth approach, which is so reassuring to lay clients. The clerking staff are second to none, always willing to help and find a solution in a tight spot.


      CLIENT: Louise Howard
      COMPANY/FIRM: Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors
      TESTIMONIAL: Outer Temple Chambers, in particular the Travel Law team, are an excellent, high quality set. Even in the strange circumstances of the past 6 months Outer Temple have maintained excellent customer service, reacting quickly to the lockdown and finding ways to continue to deliver. I work closely with Ian Denham and his detailed knowledge of travel law means he can be counted on to tackle difficult cross border issues. He is responsive, practical and very personable with clients. No matter how tricky or obscure the issue in a case, Ian can be relied upon to find a way through.


      CLIENT: Laura Donald
      COMPANY/FIRM: BTO Solicitors LLP
      TESTIMONIAL: BTO Solicitors in Edinburgh and Glasgow have used barristers from Outer Temple Chambers for around 10 years. The clerking experience has always been smooth and professional with the clerks having a good handle on the strengths of the individual barristers, and an understanding too of how they work with their solicitors. The barristers instructed by us over the years have been excellent. Both Michael Uberoi and James Leonard were instructed for the Hyponatraemia Inquiry in Belfast, where we were instructed out of jurisdiction – and despite the varied locations both separate teams worked well. Most recently we have instructed Fiona Horlick QC and Matthew McDonagh for regulatory cases in the GMC and GDC. Both are excellent, easy to work with, helpful and thorough in the preparation and at complete ease with the clients. Outer Temple is always at the top of the list for instructions from this firm.


      CLIENT: Stuart Pickford
      COMPANY/FIRM: Mayer Brown International LLP
      TESTIMONIAL: I know Outer Temple Chambers principally as one of the premier sets in the pensions market, having worked with or opposite a number of leading practitioners in that field, although they are also a growing presence in the commercial disputes space. The juniors with whom I have worked, in particular Saaman Pourghadiri, have been both of a very high calibre and a pleasure to work with. I worked with Saaman on a large and complex case last year; he worked tirelessly and was immersed in the detail of the case whilst continuing to play a significant role in its overall strategic direction. The clerking support from Matt Sale and David Smith in the business team is excellent. They are always willing to have sensible discussions regarding pricing, and generous with their time when contributing to an overall estimate for potential new matters.


      CLIENT: Mary Lawrence
      COMPANY/FIRM: Osborne Clarke LLP
      TESTIMONIAL: I have worked with Outer Temple regularly for over a decade because of their consistent and high quality service, both from their barristers and their clerking team. The team of expert barristers are as excellent at communicating advice clearly as they are in their technical legal arguments, which is why I come back to them again and again. I trust the advice provided and lay clients have repeatedly told me how highly they rate the service provided by the set. In Court, they provide a reassuring and robust legal defence to clients. I work most frequently with the regulatory team who are top tier in the UK for health and safety and local authority prosecutions as well as inquest work. James Leonard is my ‘go to’ Counsel for health and safety and inquest work because of his depth of knowledge, his skills in advocacy and the fantastic rapport he builds quickly with clients in stressful situations.


      CLIENT: Nicola Philp
      COMPANY/FIRM: ISS UK
      TESTIMONIAL: I have been using Outer Temple Chambers for over a decade. They have tremendous strength in employment law and have a great depth of experience across their set. One thing that makes them stand out is their user friendly service and their pragmatic approach to the myriad of issues we instruct them for. They are a real pleasure to work with.


      CLIENT: Raquel Siganporia
      COMPANY/FIRM:
      TESTIMONIAL: Experienced, knowledgeable and approachable – OTC aren’t afraid of the risky case and are tenacious in ensuring the client gets the best result possible.