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London Bar > Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) Tier 1

Outer Temple Chambers contains ‘leaders in international personal injury law’ and ‘has great depth and breadth of expertise’. One member of particular prominence this year has been Sarah Crowther QC, who has been advising on major cases at the highest levels of the courts system such as FS Cairo LLC v Brownlie and Hutchinson v Mapfre, two personal injury cases with complex jurisdictional issues.  At junior level, Ian Denham acted for Generali Assurances on a road traffic accident in France which settled for £10m.

Leading Silks

Sarah Crowther QC - Outer Temple ChambersShe has particularly in-depth knowledge of EU case law and related issues and uses that to clients' advantage when fighting litigated cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gerard McDermott QC - Outer Temple ChambersHe is the go-to silk in serious travel claims.
Ranked: Tier 1
Eliot Woolf QC - Outer Temple ChambersHe has an encyclopaedic knowledge of international law and knows how to progress a claim in an effective and sensible way.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Daniel Clarke - Outer Temple ChambersDan's knowledge of the area is vast and he is able to explain quite complex issues in a way clients can understand.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ian Denham - Outer Temple ChambersVery knowledgeable in cross-border disputes including jurisdictional issues.
Ranked: Tier 2
Will Young - Outer Temple ChambersFast becoming a junior of choice on some very significant instructions.
Ranked: Tier 3



‘Outer Temple are a strong set with Sarah Crowther QC at the helm. They are at the top of their game on travel claims.’

‘The set has a great depth and breadth of expertise and counsel are reliable and available.’

‘A very capable chambers, with Sarah Crowther QC and Gerrard McDermott QC they have excellent depth of experience in international injury and Travel litigation.’

‘Fantastic offering for cross border personal injury cases across silks and juniors.’

‘Outer Temple Chambers is a slick, commercial operation with some of the very best barristers in the field of international injury and travel law.’


‘Great clerking and personal service from Paul Barton. Always extremely helpful and professional.’

London Bar > Clinical negligence Tier 2

Outer Temple Chambers is 'going from strength to strength'. The set is now regarded as being 'particularly strong at silk level', with Rachel Vickers QC appointed to silk in March 2021. Jonathan Hand QC is acting for the defendant in a case arising from the claimant being infected with Hepatitis C following treatment with contaminated blood products as a child; this is one of the first claims being pursued following the setting up of the Infected Blood Inquiry. Eliot Woolf QC is 'intellectually rigorous' and 'pays superb attention to detail', and Nathan Tavares QC is 'bright and astute', 'polished' and 'very committed to his clients'. At the junior end, among the group of 'brilliant minds' is Harry Trusted, who successfully represented the defendant in Bird v Witzyn and Others, a wrongful birth claim.

Rising stars

Olinga Tahzib - Outer Temple ChambersAn impressive junior.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Christopher Wilson-Smith QC - Outer Temple ChambersHe is a hugely experienced litigator with a no-nonsense approach. A formidable opponent.
Ranked: Tier 3
Eliot Woolf QC - Outer Temple ChambersA consummate advocate who is comfortable at all levels of court.
Ranked: Tier 3
Gordon Bebb QC - Outer Temple ChambersHe effortlessly navigates liability and quantum issues with an empathetic and personable approach.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Jonathan Hand QC - Outer Temple ChambersJonathan is a fantastic barrister. Clients are delighted that he is their counsel and he provides great leadership for the legal team in every single case. 
Ranked: Tier 4
Nathan Tavares QC - Outer Temple ChambersHe is a fantastic silk who handles difficult cases with ease.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sarah Crowther QC - Outer Temple ChambersSarah's advocacy is persuasive, free-flowing and well structured. She is often able to disarm her opponents quickly and easily. 
Ranked: Tier 5

2021 Silks

Rachel Vickers QC - Outer Temple ChambersVery good clinical knowledge, she exudes a confidence which stems from her being comfortable with both the law and the medicine. 

Leading Juniors

Harry Trusted - Outer Temple ChambersOne of the most highly respected senior juniors at the clinical negligence bar.
Ranked: Tier 1
Harriet Jerram - Outer Temple ChambersHarriet is extremely bright and provides intelligent, balanced and pragmatic advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher Kemp - Outer Temple ChambersChristopher is a real quick thinker under pressure.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Aldridge - Outer Temple ChambersA superb advocate and a formidable opponent. He has a very calm and commanding court style.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ben Bradley - Outer Temple ChambersThe speed at which he navigates through a case to get to the crux is an invaluable skill.
Ranked: Tier 3
Robert Dickason - Outer Temple ChambersHe is a really good all-rounder who responds quickly to provide decisive and pragmatic advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tom Gibson - Outer Temple ChambersClear in advice. Excellent at trial. Fair and persuasive.
Ranked: Tier 4
Katarina Sydow - Outer Temple ChambersA bright, dynamic and enthusiastic junior.
Ranked: Tier 4



Fantastic set with a range of top quality barristers. It has real expertise in complex clinical negligence matters and has strength in its range of QCs and juniors.

Now particularly strong at silk level, following a number of excellent juniors being made up. Established juniors are now bolstered by excellent barristers of more recent call.

Outer Temple Chambers has an impressive range of well-rounded advocates.

Great set overall – brilliant minds who are warm and welcoming.

Outer Temple Chambers is going from strength to strength with a good offering of clinical negligence practitioners at leading and junior levels.


Paul Barton and Mark Gardner provide an exceptional service – they’re attentive, prompt and as helpful as they can be to accommodate your needs.

London Bar > Employment Tier 2

Outer Temple Chambers’ employment team is consistently involved in some of the most legally significant and high-value employment work at the Bar, including before the Supreme Court. Involved in all aspects of employment law for approximately 30 years, Keith Bryant QC, (leading Saul Margo) is acting for approximately 15,000 police officers in England, Wales and Scotland in Aarons and others v Home Secretary and others/Scottish Ministers and others, which involves claims for direct age discrimination, indirect race and sex discrimination, and equal pay. Turning to the private sector, in Brierley v Asda, Andrew Short QC represented 35,000 shop workers in equal pay claims, which seek to use as comparators the workers in the retailer's distribution centres.

Rising stars

Gus Baker - Outer Temple ChambersVery personable, helpful and clearly on top of the papers. He steers the proceedings from start to finish, and his initial advice is spot on.
Ranked: Tier 1
Victoria Brown - Outer Temple ChambersVictoria grasps the detail of the case at the early stages, and has a calm and friendly demeanour. She is pragmatic, well prepared and presents very persuasive arguments with a clear attention to detail - Victoria immediately puts the witnesses at ease, and delivers detailed and succinct arguments.
Ranked: Tier 1
Stephen Butler - Outer Temple ChambersStephen is cerebral and thorough - it is hugely reassuring as a solicitor to know that you have someone on the team who will think through a problem from every angle. He is also thoroughly pleasant to deal with.
Ranked: Tier 1
Bianca Venkata - Outer Temple ChambersResponds to all questions in a very timely manner, even when she is attending other hearings. Bianca explains issues in lay terms and manages expectations very well by providing a realistic analysis of what orders and directions the tribunal is likely to make, and always draws on her significant experience of tribunal litigation to provide helpful insights.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Andrew Short QC - Outer Temple ChambersYou can go to him on the very most complex cases and he will never let you down. Really able to see through the big picture while commanding all of the detail, extremely able and hard-working, but modest and a joy to work with too.
Ranked: Tier 1
Keith Bryant QC - Outer Temple ChambersKeith brings a very wide range of expertise and experience to his advice, and his ability to deal with both complex employment and pensions matters is invaluable. 
Ranked: Tier 3

2020 Silks

Andrew Allen QC - Outer Temple ChambersAndrew is all over the detail and his cross-examination skilfully draws out major inconsistencies in the witnesses' evidence. His lay clients are vastly reassured by Andrew’s vast experience and his valuable insight from his perspective as a sitting employment judge.

Leading Juniors

Daniel Barnett - Outer Temple ChambersDaniel is one of the most knowledgeable barristers. He is able to identify the issues and provide advice on them almost instantaneously.
Ranked: Tier 2
Naomi Cunningham - Outer Temple ChambersNaomi is seriously intelligent and imaginatively so; she will often come up with angles and creative arguments that no-one else has thought of. She presents compelling arguments with clarity and calmness - you would want her on your side.
Ranked: Tier 2
Naomi Ling - Outer Temple ChambersShe is brilliant. One of the smartest employment lawyers - beautiful drafting and very effective on her feet.
Ranked: Tier 2
Lydia Seymour - Outer Temple ChambersLydia knows the law in this area like a walking text book - she is able to explain complicated concepts clearly and persuasively in lay terms, and has phenomenal tactical acuity and judgement.
Ranked: Tier 2
Saul Margo - Outer Temple ChambersTechnically excellent, combined with preparation that leaves no point of evidence or legal argument unturned, Saul is formidable, yet persuasive and charming as an advocate. A real class act, and a barrister that inspires confidence with style and panache - simply brilliant.
Ranked: Tier 3
Will Young - Outer Temple ChambersAn exceptional lawyer who is very well organised. Any written work is always prepared well in advance, and clear and persuasive; and his advocacy has a quiet, respectful, but determined, style that is difficult for a witness to argue with and impresses the tribunal with its clarity. Will's client care is also terrific - simply one of the best juniors out there.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4
Peter Linstead - Outer Temple ChambersWorks extremely hard, and is bright and intelligent. He is willing to get his hands dirty in the case, and always makes a favourable impression upon the client.
Ranked: Tier 4



A good team with excellent strength in depth.

We are very pleased with the service we receive from Outer Temple Chambers- they have a number of expert counsel in employment matters.

Very strong employment and discrimination set, with talent across all levels of call.

I have had good experiences with Outer Temple. The various barristers we have used there have performed well.

A very strong set of barristers that I would always highly recommend.


All the clerks are first rate – very helpful and responsive.

London Bar > Financial services regulation Tier 2

Outer Temple Chambers has a top-notch reputation, and many of its members handle work at the interplay between financial services regulation, crime and civil fraud. In addition to advising on FCA regulatory breaches, the set's members regularly assist with cross-border issues, for example global financial investigations. In addition to well-established silks such as Michael Bowes QC and James Counsell QC, the set fields a strong selection of highly-rated juniors including Michael UberoiJustina Stewart, who comes from a financial services background; and Oliver Powell, who has recently been involved in several cases involving the FCA and SFO.

Leading Silks

Michael Bowes QC - Outer Temple ChambersHe is in his element dealing with cases with complicated factual backgrounds, different enforcement agencies and cross-border issues.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Counsell QC - Outer Temple ChambersHe has a great intellect and is able to get complex issues across to clients. A silk who is relentless in the courtroom.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Oliver Powell - Outer Temple ChambersHe is very approachable, charismatic and a pleasure to be around and work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Justina Stewart - Outer Temple ChambersNo matter how stressful the situation, Justina has a way of calming matters so that the focus is always on the issues at hand. Her grasp of financial markets matters, aided by her first-hand experience of working in an investment bank, is hugely helpful in getting to the kernel of the matter.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Uberoi - Outer Temple ChambersMichael is very personable, and his approach to work is excellent; thorough, comprehensive, practical, and timely.
Ranked: Tier 3



‘Whenever additional expertise is required, Outer Temple has a specialist who can provide it. All the barristers I have worked with are extremely responsive.’

‘This is a great set that I regularly use for cases that span FCA regulatory and criminal issues in complex enforcement investigations.’

‘Outer Temple has excellent bench strength at the junior commercial end, where my work to date with this set has been focused. We have had an excellent experience with a number of barristers across a range of projects, each and all of whom have been skillful, responsive, and easy to work with.’


‘The clerks are excellent. Matt Sale and Peter Foad are efficient, polite and always available.’

‘The clerks provide a very good level of service. They are courteous and respond quickly to inquiries.’

‘All the clerks are very good. They are responsive, deal with fees and invoices promptly and are always willing to do what they can to make the process as smooth as possible.’

London Bar > Pensions Tier 2

Outer Temple Chambers  as a 'premier pensions set' combines strength and depth in its pensions practice and offers a complete service to its clients. The set is home to silks such as Andrew Short QC who recently acted in Guaranteed Minimum Pension equalisation test case Lloyds Banking Group Pension Trustees v Lloyds Bank Plc & Others. He also leads Naomi Ling and Lydia Seymour  in McCloud v Lord Chancellor & Ministry of Justice and Sargeant v LFEPA; both challenges to public sector pension schemes on allegations of protected characteristic discrimination concerning judges and firefighters respectively.  Nicolas Stallworthy QC led Nicholas Hill in Arup UK Ltd v Trustees of the Arup UK Pension Scheme which addressed the question of replacing RPI as an inflation measure within scheme indexation rules. Chambers also houses Andrew Spink QC , who acted in the contested Honda Motor Europe part 7 claim; and Keith Bryant QC, who acted for the representative beneficiary in the Britvic Plc claim concerning the construction of the schemes indexation provisions.

Rising stars

Chloe Bell - Outer Temple ChambersChloe is one to watch as an up-and-coming junior. Extremely clever, hardworking and is working at a level beyond her year of call.
Ranked: Tier 1
Victoria Brown - Outer Temple ChambersShe has excellent interpersonal skills. Super in a stressful situation. A real team player who is an asset to any team.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Andrew Short QC - Outer Temple ChambersAndrew is at the top of his game at the moment, is much in demand and is acting on many of the significant disputes currently going through the courts.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Spink QC - Outer Temple ChambersAndrew is brilliantly attuned to the commercial environment in which he advises, and provides advice and strategies that are tailor made to addressing the client's needs.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nicolas Stallworthy QC - Outer Temple ChambersNicolas is an intellectual giant and tireless worker and inspirational litigation lead counsel in the shoes of an affable gentleman
Ranked: Tier 1
Keith Bryant QC - Outer Temple ChambersVery calm. Strong analysis of complexity. Good on seeing wood for trees. Responsive and supportive.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Hitchcock QC - Outer Temple ChambersFabulous intellect, creative, very client-friendly and commercial, a real all -rounder.
Ranked: Tier 3

2022 Silks

David Grant QC - Outer Temple ChambersA true expert in pensions rectification work, one of the leading senior juniors at the pensions Bar.

Leading Juniors

Nicholas Hill - Outer Temple ChambersExcellent with clients. Very bright and practical. I would highly recommend him - I use him frequently. He is a superb lawyer.
Ranked: Tier 2
Naomi Ling - Outer Temple ChambersNaomi is methodical and clear in her advice. She is also exceptionally personable and easy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Lydia Seymour - Outer Temple ChambersShe is very experienced with great technical knowledge which she can distil into layman's terms.
Ranked: Tier 2
Saul Margo - Outer Temple ChambersSaul is an excellent senior junior. His analysis is perceptive and acute and he can master the details of a large and complex case.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Uberoi - Outer Temple ChambersMichael is an absolute delight to work with. He is not only technically outstanding, he is also incredibly hardworking and is brilliant with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jennifer Seaman - Outer Temple ChambersJennifer is simply excellent. Very thorough, approachable and has excellent technical knowledge.
Ranked: Tier 4
Philip Stear - Outer Temple ChambersIncisive intellect combined with a user friendly manner.
Ranked: Tier 4



‘Chambers have a very strong reputation in pensions, particularly where pensions law meets employment law. ‘

‘I regard Outer Temple as an extremely proficient set with an increasingly impressive pensions practice. We have used a number of barristers from OTC – and we have always been very impressed with them.’

‘Highly regarded set with a number of leading lights. One of the few sets with strength in depth in pensions disputes. Always on my list given the choice of counsel.’


‘The clerks work hard to deliver good service.’

‘Nicholas Levett and Adam MacDonald are particularly responsive, prompt, and efficient. They are also friendly and pleasant to deal with.’

‘Excellent service – affable and professional. Prompt and user friendly.’

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

Outer Temple Chambers is regarded as a 'rich bed of expertise and knowledge', having 'attracted exceptional talent that can handle both claimant and defendant work' and now fielding 'some heavyweight silks, some very promising juniors and everything in between'. The set is valued particularly its expertise in a wide range of sub-specialities, and is a go-to for 'anything slightly out of the ordinary as it is anticipated that they have the exact expertise required'. Sarah Crowther QC's recent appearance in the Supreme Court for the respondent in FS Cairo (Nile Plaza) LLC v Brownlie further cemented the set's reputation as a 'leader in cross-border injury claims'. James Counsell QC's involvement with DSN v Blackpool Football Club is a notable example of the set's activity in the historic sexual abuse space - he successfully represented the claimant, who was sexual abused by football scout Frank Roper during a club tour to New Zealand in 1987 when he was thirteen, securing costs on an indemnity basis.

Personal injury - Rising Stars

Olinga Tahzib - Outer Temple ChambersOlinga has a fantastic head for numbers. His schedules of loss are a work of art.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Gerard McDermott QC - Outer Temple ChambersGerard is skilled in the art of negotiation whilst also being able to form a rapid and lasting bond with clients, who have absolute faith in his advice and judgement.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Counsell QC - Outer Temple ChambersJames is a smooth and calm operator with great client care.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sarah Crowther QC - Outer Temple ChambersSarah is an expert in jurisdiction cases and handles complex jurisdictional points with great aptitude and skill.
Ranked: Tier 3
Christopher Wilson-Smith QC - Outer Temple ChambersA great tactician and technician, Christopher is the barrister you want for your client in the most challenging cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4
Nathan Tavares QC - Outer Temple ChambersUnflappable with a great eye for detail, Nathan is also a first-class advocate and tactician.
Ranked: Tier 4
Eliot Woolf QC - Outer Temple ChambersSupremely intelligent, patient with clients and in control before opponents and the court.
Ranked: Tier 4

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Harry Trusted - Outer Temple ChambersHe has a keen eye for detail without losing sight of the bigger picture.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ben Bradley - Outer Temple ChambersAble to distil the important issues swiftly and think outside the box to find solutions. 
Ranked: Tier 3
Patrick Sadd - Outer Temple ChambersExcellent knowledge of the law in complex child abuse cases - he is brilliant with vulnerable clients and sensitive to their needs. 
Ranked: Tier 3
James Aldridge - Outer Temple ChambersMeticulously well-prepared, he provides very sensible, measured advice.
Ranked: Tier 4
Christopher Kemp - Outer Temple ChambersExcellent in settlement meetings and thinks outside the box to achieve a settlement.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Will Young - Outer Temple ChambersWill is a really impressive junior barrister and is fast becoming a go-to choice in catastrophic injury claims.
Ranked: Tier 5
Daniel Clarke - Outer Temple ChambersHe is perceptive to every detail, and is deliberate and precise in his tactics.
Ranked: Tier 5
Ian Denham - Outer Temple ChambersEven in the most complex of situations, Ian has a knack for establishing where and what the bottom line is, allowing a client to make the best informed decision possible.
Ranked: Tier 5



‘The set has an excellent (and justified) reputation in this field.’

‘Outer Temple are modern thinkers and have moved with the times in the past few years. They have attracted exceptional talent that can handle both claimant and defendant work.’

‘Outer Temple is a “ich bed of expertise and knowledge. They are always a go-to set whenever I have anything slightly out of the ordinary as it is anticipated that they have the exact expertise required and will be able to simply help provide a different perspective and approach.’

‘Now a recognised leader in cross-border injury claims.’

‘Great depth of experience within the PI Bar. Some heavyweight silks, some very promising juniors and everything in between. A great set.’


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

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law Tier 3

Outer Temple Chambers is well versed in handling professional disciplinary cases from the healthcare, financial services and legal sectors. Recent instructions include James Counsell QC defending a cosmetic surgeon against multiple allegations of misconduct. The client was initially suspended from practice for nine months, however after an appeal against the sentence and a judicial review against the GMC, the High Court remitted the sentence back to tribunal, which ruled the client's fitness to practice was not impaired.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 3
Fiona Horlick QC - Outer Temple ChambersShe has a no-nonsense approach to get the best out of difficult clients. A keen eye for detail and a can-do approach.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Matthew McDonagh - Outer Temple ChambersHe is a robust and fearless advocate but also knows when to concede.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Professional negligence Tier 4

Outer Temple Chambers includes members regularly instructed in negligence cases concerning actuaries, accountants, barristers and solicitors in a range of industries, with a particular bright spot in the pensions space. The 'outstanding' Nicolas Stallworthy QC has 'very deep technical knowledge' and is 'excellent on his feet', and Andrew Spink QC acts for claimants and defendants in complex, multi-party claims regarding in the pensions industry. Elaine Palser has established expertise in insolvency-related professional negligence claims.

Leading Silks

Nicolas Stallworthy QC - 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 QC - Outer Temple ChambersHe is confident in court and has good strategic acumen.
Ranked: Tier 4

2022 Silks

David E. Grant QC - 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 Palser - Outer Temple ChambersElaine has near unique expertise in both insolvency law and professional negligence claims, making her our go-to choice for this kind of work. She is very robust, incisive, clear and precise.
Ranked: Tier 5
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
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



A great set of chambers – easy to work with‘.


The clerks are highly professional and easy to work with‘.

Peter Foad and Matt Sale are always very efficient and friendly‘.

Peter Foad is a great clerk‘.

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

Leading Silks

Michael Bowes QC - Outer Temple ChambersMichael has significant expertise working on complex investigations spanning FCA regulatory and criminal issues. He is in his element dealing with cases with complicated factual backgrounds, different enforcement agencies and cross-border issues. He can assess competing interests and risks and devise a clear strategy for the client in these situations. He is impressive with clients and presents technical legal issues in a simple, easily understood form.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Oliver Powell - Outer Temple ChambersOliver has a strong grasp of technical FCA regulation; he combines this with a solid understanding of criminal law across relevant areas such as fraud and money laundering.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Health and safety

Leading Silks

Ben Compton QC - Outer Temple ChambersBen is a delight to work with and is an absolute star performer in court. Ben is engaged, strategic and willing to roll his sleeves up and think about tactics, which is greatly appreciated by clients. However it is in court where Ben's skill as an advocate really shines through. I have never seen anyone hold the attention of a courtroom like Ben Compton.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

James Leonard - Outer Temple ChambersHis strengths are brilliant client care, attention to detail and strategy, making him a go-to health and safety barrister.
Ranked: Tier 1
Oliver Powell - Outer Temple ChambersOliver simply knows his stuff and quickly gets to the key issues. Clients are always wowed by his ability and easy charm.
Ranked: Tier 1

London Bar > Product liability

Leading Silks

Nathan Tavares QC - Outer Temple ChambersNathan has a very sharp mind, loved by solicitors and clients alike. Very approachable and able to break down complex legal issues into understandable form. Always willing to got he extra mile and inspires the next generation of both solicitors and barristers.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Robert Dickason - Outer Temple ChambersRobert is hugely hardworking, which combined with his legal brilliance and very easy manner make him a hugely impressive barrister. He has a ready wit and advocacy style which works extremely well.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Leading Silks

James Counsell QC - Outer Temple ChambersHe has great intellect and great drafting ability. He is very good in conference and able to get complex issues across to clients easily. Also relentless in court.
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Juniors

Justina Stewart - Outer Temple ChambersBrilliant for banking litigation with a background in finance before being called to the bar. She is exactly who you want in the corner when you have a case with tricky technical banking aspects.
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > Commercial litigation

Leading Silks

Andrew Spink QC - Outer Temple ChambersHe has tremendous presence, and impeccable judgement, whilst being user-friendly and commercial in his outlook. He is a rare breed and a first-class advocate.
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Juniors

Justina Stewart - Outer Temple ChambersPhenomenally bright, commercial in a way that most barristers would not dare, and an absolute delight to work with, there is no on the fence with Justina there is an opinion and an answer, usually in very short order.
Ranked: Tier 4
Helen Pugh - Outer Temple ChambersA tenacious, confident advocate who is incredibly switched on. Clients appreciate Helen's determination, and her commitment to their case.
Ranked: Tier 5

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

Leading Juniors

Harriet Jerram - Outer Temple ChambersHarriet has a talent for putting vulnerable witnesses at ease. She always provides clear advice, is able to take a step back to see the bigger picture, and is approachable but firm when necessary.
Ranked: Tier 2
Patrick Sadd - Outer Temple ChambersPatrick gains an accurate understanding of complex and voluminous case material in the inquiry, handles the material with care and sensitivity, and approaches witnesses, taking them through their evidence, in the same way.
Ranked: Tier 4
Paul Livingston - Outer Temple ChambersPaul turns work around quickly and always ensures that he understands the wider context of the subject matter.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > International crime and extradition

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

Leading Juniors

Oliver Powell - Outer Temple ChambersExcellent attention to detail, puts clients at ease, very responsive.
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > Sport

Leading Juniors

Louis Weston - Outer Temple ChambersGreat advocate, superb at cross-examination. Completely top of his game.
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > Court of Protection and community care

Leading Juniors

Claire van Overdijk - Outer 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 > Environment

Leading Juniors

Oliver Powell - Outer Temple ChambersExtremely hardworking and knowledgeable, he is astute, able to grasp complex cases, and a leading professional in maritime cases.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Fraud: crime

London Bar > Insolvency

Leading Juniors

Elaine Palser - Outer Temple ChambersElaine has a near unique expertise in both insolvency law/procedure and professional negligence claims, making her a go-to choice for this kind of work.
Ranked: Tier 4
Justina Stewart - Outer Temple ChambersImpressive. She is thoughtful and considered, her advice is measured and she comes with bright ideas.
Ranked: Tier 4
Helen Pugh - Outer Temple ChambersHas an enviable ability to grasp large amounts of information quickly and draft claims logically, thoroughly and with precision.
Ranked: Tier 5

London Bar > Private client: trusts and probate

Leading Juniors

Elaine Palser - Outer Temple ChambersPersuasive and effective in court, her written advocacy is incisive, thorough, and thoughtful.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Education

Leading Juniors

Alexander Line - Outer Temple ChambersFantastically approachable and great to work with; very good with clients, empathetic and firm.
Ranked: Tier 5

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



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.’


Colin Bunyan is always very helpful and responsive.’

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

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.


Chief Executive Rebecca Priestley
Head of Chambers COUNSELL QC, James (1984)
Head of Chambers BRYANT QC, Keith (1991)
Members of Chambers TAVARES QC, Nathan (1992)
Members of Chambers STALLWORTHY QC, Nicolas (1993)
Members of Chambers WOOLF QC, Eliot (1993)
Members of Chambers WILSON-SMITH QC, Christopher (1965)
Members of Chambers RUSSELL QC, David (1977)
Members of Chambers RHODES QC, Robert (1968)
Members of Chambers MOTT QC, Philip (1970)
Members of Chambers McDERMOTT QC, Gerard (1978)
Members of Chambers BOWES QC, Michael (1980)
Members of Chambers SPINK QC, Andrew (1985)
Members of Chambers SHORT QC, Andrew (1990)
Members of Chambers COMPTON QC, Ben (1979)
Members of Chambers DAVENPORT QC, Kate (1983)
Members of Chambers HITCHCOCK QC, Richard (1990)
Members of Chambers JOHNSON QC, Nick (1996)
Members of Chambers McKENDRICK QC, John (1999)
Members of Chambers PHILLIPS QC, Matthew (1993)
Members of Chambers CROWTHER QC, Sarah (1999)
Members of Chambers HAND QC, Jonathan (1990)
Members of Chambers HORLICK QC, Fiona (1992)
Members of Chambers ALLEN QC, Andrew (1995)
Members of Chambers VICKERS QC, Rachel (1992)
Members of Chambers GRANT QC, 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 QC, 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*
James Aldridge  photo James Aldridge Barrister specialising in Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, and Professional Negligence.
Andrew Allen  photo Andrew Allen Barrister specialising in Employment & Discrimination.
Ali Almihdar  photo Ali Almihdar Dr Ali Almihdar has a unique status as the first Saudi Arabian…
James Arnold  photo James Arnold Barrister specialising in Employment. James is a specialist in employment and discrimination…
Gus Baker  photo Gus Baker Barrister specialising in Commercial and Chancery, Professional Negligence, Employment & Discrimination, Financial…
Clare Baker  photo Clare Baker Barrister specialising in Financial Services and Banking, Commercial and Insurance Law.
Daniel Barnett  photo Daniel Barnett Barrister specialising in Employment, Commercial and Chancery, Sports law.
Gordon Bebb photo Gordon BebbIdentified as a leading silk in professional disciplinary and regulatory law, and…
Chloë Bell  photo Chloë Bell
Michael Bowes photo Michael BowesMichael specialises in complex Financial Services work, financial crime and civil fraud,…
Ben Bradley  photo Ben Bradley Barrister specialising in Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, Aviation & Travel.
Victoria Brown  photo Victoria Brown Barrister 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 Butler Barrister 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 Cisneros Barrister 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 Cunningham Barrister 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 Denham Barrister specialising in Travel law, Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence.
Robert Dickason  photo Robert Dickason Barrister 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 Gibson Barrister specialising in Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury, Sports Law. Tom specialises in…
Emily Gordon Walker  photo Emily Gordon Walker Barrister specialising in Employment.
Elizabeth Grace photo Elizabeth GraceBarrister specialising in Employment & Discrimination, Pensions, Commercial and Financial Services, Private…
David Ericson Grant QC photo David Ericson Grant QCBarrister 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 QC photo Jonathan Hand QCBarrister specialising in Clinical Negligence and Personal injury.
Nicholas Hill  photo Nicholas Hill Barrister 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 Horlick Barrister 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 Jerram Barrister 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 Kemp Barrister Specialising in Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence.
James Leonard  photo James Leonard Specialises 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 Ling Specialist 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 Margo Saul specialises in pensions and employment, as well as professional negligence claims…
Richard Mawhinney  photo Richard Mawhinney Specialist 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 Mukherjee Barrister specialising in Clinical negligence, personal injury, and professional discipline.
Sophie O’Sullivan photo Sophie O’SullivanBarrister specialising in Business Crime and Financial Regulation, Professional Discipline and Regulation,…
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…
Oliver Powell photo Oliver PowellBarrister specialising in Business Crime and Regulatory, Sanctions, Commercial Litigation, Financial Services,…
Samantha Presland photo Samantha PreslandBarrister specialising in Court of Protection, Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury.
Sam Presland  photo Sam Presland Specialist 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…
Paul Rogers  photo Paul Rogers Barrister specialising in Disciplinary and Regulatory, Health, Safety and Environment, Marine and…
Patrick Sadd  photo Patrick Sadd Barrister specialising in Inquests and Injuries, Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Medical…
Jeremy Scott-Joynt photo Jeremy Scott-JoyntBarrister specialing in Commercial and Chancery, Financial Services, Business Crime and Investigations,…
Lydia Seymour  photo Lydia Seymour Barrister specialising in pensions, employment and discrimination law. Particular expertise in the…
Andrew Short photo Andrew ShortBarrister specialising in employment, discrimination and pensions. Cases include: Airbus Ltd v…
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 Stewart Barrister specialising in Banking and Finance, Civil Fraud and Asset Recovery, Commercial…
Katarina Sydow  photo Katarina Sydow Barrister specialising in Public Law, Court of Protection, Education, Clinical Negligence.
Olinga Tahzib photo Olinga TahzibBarrister specialising in Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, International Injury and Travel, Public…
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,…
Harry Trusted  photo Harry Trusted Barrister specialising in clinical Negligence, Personal Injury and International Claims. Nationwide practice…
Michael Uberoi  photo Michael Uberoi Michael specialises in Pensions, Chancery and Commercial, Financial Services, and Regulatory Law.…
Claire Van Overdijk photo Claire Van OverdijkBarrister specialising in Court of Protection, Private Client and Trust, Public Law.
Bianca Venkata photo Bianca VenkataBarrister specialising in Employment and Discrimination, Probate, Commercial and Chancery, Financial Services,…
Rachel Vickers  photo Rachel Vickers Barrister specialising in Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury work. A large proportion…
Mr Louis Weston  photo Mr Louis Weston Barrister specialising in Sport, Commercial, Professional Negligence.
Christopher Wilson-Smith photo Christopher Wilson-SmithChristopher Wilson-Smith QC’s practice covers Personal Injury, often compounded by breaches of…
Eliot Woolf photo Eliot WoolfBarrister specialising in Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury, Travel Law. Nationwide practice in…
Will Young photo Will YoungBarrister specialising in Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, International Personal Injury and Travel…
Claire van Overdijk  photo Claire van Overdijk Barrister specialising in Court of Protection, Private Client and Trust, Public Law.
Practice Management Team : 13


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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.