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Outer Temple Chambers > The Legal 500 Rankings
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.
‘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.’
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.
‘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.
‘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.‘
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 Uberoi; Justina Stewart, who comes from a financial services background; and Oliver Powell, who has recently been involved in several cases involving the FCA and SFO.
‘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.
‘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.’
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.
‘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.’
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.
‘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‘.
‘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.’
Outer Temple Chambers > Set Profile
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||CROWTHER QC, Sarah (1999)|
|Head of Chambers||BRYANT QC, Keith (1991)|
|Members of Chambers||BOWES QC, Michael (1980)|
|Members of Chambers||SPINK QC, Andrew (1985)|
|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||BEBB QC, Gordon (1975)|
|Members of Chambers||SHORT QC, Andrew (1990)|
|Members of Chambers||COMPTON QC, Ben (1979)|
|Members of Chambers||STALLWORTHY QC, Nicolas (1993)|
|Members of Chambers||DAVENPORT QC, Kate (1983)|
|Members of Chambers||HITCHCOCK QC, Richard (1990)|
|Members of Chambers||McKENDRICK QC, John (1999)|
|Members of Chambers||PHILLIPS QC, Matthew (1993)|
|Members of Chambers||JOHNSON QC, Nick (1996)|
|Members of Chambers||TAVARES QC, Nathan (1992)|
|Members of Chambers||WOOLF QC, Eliot (1993)|
|Members of Chambers||HAND QC, Jonathan (1990)|
|Members of Chambers||HORLICK QC, Fiona (1992)|
|Members of Chambers||ALLEN QC, Andrew (1995)|
|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||McCORMICK, Alison (1988)|
|Members of Chambers||ROGERS, Paul (1989)|
|Members of Chambers||LEONARD, James (1989)|
|Members of Chambers||VICKERS, Rachel (1992)|
|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||GRANT, David E (1999)|
|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||James Aldridge specialises in personal injury, clinical negligence, and professional negligence in…||View Profile|
|Andrew Allen||Barrister specialising in employment, discrimination and partnership law. Expert in Islamic and…||View Profile|
|Ali Almihdar||Dr Ali Almihdar has a unique status as the first Saudi Arabian…||View Profile|
|James Arnold||James is a specialist in employment and discrimination law. His particular expertise…||View Profile|
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|Gordon Bebb||Identified as a leading silk in professional disciplinary and regulatory law, and…||View Profile|
|Chloë Bell||View Profile|
|Michael Bowes||Michael specialises in complex financial services work, financial crime and civil fraud,…||View Profile|
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|Victoria Brown||Victoria is a civil and commercial practitioner with a particular focus on…||View Profile|
|Keith Bryant||Pensions and employment. Recent cases include Britvic Pension Plan and Britvic PLC…||View Profile|
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|Ben Compton||Barrister specialising in health and safety. Ben is currently instructed in a…||View Profile|
|James Counsell||Barrister specialising in clinical/professional negligence, regulatory and financial services and banking cases,…||View Profile|
|Sarah Crowther||Personal Injury; International Illness, Injury & Travel; Employment & Discrimination; Public Law.||View Profile|
|Naomi Cunningham||Barrister specialising in employment law, with particular interests in discrimination, working time…||View Profile|
|Ian Denham||Ian Denham is a personal injury practitioner with a particular expertise in matters involving…||View Profile|
|Robert Dickason||A specialist in clinical negligence and health and safety, and a rising…||View Profile|
|Christopher Gibson||Christopher read law at Brasenose College Oxford; he was called to the…||View Profile|
|Tom Gibson||Tom specialises in personal injury and clinical negligence, and related fields. He…||View Profile|
|Emily Gordon Walker||View Profile|
|David Ericson Grant QC||Recommended in the directories since 2006, David Grant primarily practises in the…||View Profile|
|Jonathan Hand||Specialises in Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury work. He has wide-ranging experience…||View Profile|
|Nicholas Hill||View Profile|
|Richard Hitchcock||Specialist in the law relating to occupational pension scheme; professional negligence and…||View Profile|
|Fiona Horlick||Barrister specialising in international business crime, professional discipline and regulation, medical crime,…||View Profile|
|Harriet Jerram||Personal injury, clinical negligence, public inquiries (Harold Shipman, Richard Neale), inquests.||View Profile|
|Christopher Kemp||Specialist in personal injury, clinical negligence.||View Profile|
|James Leonard||Specialises in health and safety, environmental law and regulatory law. Has a…||View Profile|
|Naomi Ling||Specialist areas of practice: employment, pensions, public law.||View Profile|
|Peter Linstead||View Profile|
|Paul Livingston||Paul is a civil practitioner specialising in Employment & Discrimination/Harassment, Public Inquiries and Child Abuse. His…||View Profile|
|Saul Margo||Saul specialises in pensions and employment, as well as professional negligence claims…||View Profile|
|Richard Mawhinney||Specialist in personal injury, professional negligence. Other areas of practice include partnership,…||View Profile|
|Alison McCormick||Specialist in personal injury and clinical negligence.||View Profile|
|Gerard McDermott||Employment; clinical negligence; health and safety; personal injury; professional negligence; private international…||View Profile|
|John McKendrick||Public and administrative; commercial and regulatory work.||View Profile|
|Abhijeet Mukherjee||Clinical negligence, personal injury, professional discipline.||View Profile|
|Elaine Palser||View Profile|
|Matthew Phillips||Nationwide practice in personal injury and clinical negligence. Personal Injury: predominantly claimant…||View Profile|
|Oliver Powell||Oliver undertakes instructions that involve the regulation of business activity and commerce.…||View Profile|
|Sam Presland||Specialist in personal injury and clinical negligence.||View Profile|
|Helen Pugh||Barrister||View Profile|
|Robert Rhodes||Barrister specialising in high-profile cases, mainly commercial fraud. Represented Belgian government in…||View Profile|
|Paul Rogers||Corporate crime; health and safety; regulatory and disciplinary offences; military law; serious…||View Profile|
|Patrick Sadd||Compensation recovery claims for child and adult abuse (UK and Eire) –…||View Profile|
|Lydia Seymour||Barrister specialising in pensions, employment and discrimination law. Particular expertise in the…||View Profile|
|Andrew Short||Barrister specialising in employment, discrimination and pensions. Cases include: Airbus Ltd v…||View Profile|
|Andrew Spink||25 years’ experience as an advocate in the civil courts and in…||View Profile|
|Nicolas Stallworthy||Barrister specializing in pensions law (particularly in relation to occupational pension schemes),…||View Profile|
|Philip Stear||View Profile|
|Justina Stewart||View Profile|
|Katarina Sydow||Barrister specialising in personal injury, clinical negligence, inquests, education, public and administrative…||View Profile|
|Olinga Tahzib||Olinga Tahzib is a civil practitioner specialising in personal injury, clinical negligence and employment disputes and in public…||View Profile|
|Nathan Tavares||Principal areas of practice are clinical negligence, product liability (medical devices mainly),…||View Profile|
|Harry Trusted||Nationwide practice in catastrophic personal injury and clinical negligence work, representing both…||View Profile|
|Michael Uberoi||Michael specialises in pensions, financial services, and regulatory law. Recent cases include…||View Profile|
|Bianca Venkata||Bianca accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ practice including commercial litigation, probate, employment &…||View Profile|
|Rachel Vickers||Barrister specialising in clinical negligence and personal injury work. A large proportion…||View Profile|
|Louis Weston||Barrister||View Profile|
|Christopher Wilson-Smith||Christopher Wilson-Smith QC’s practice covers personal injury, often compounded by breaches of…||View Profile|
|Eliot Woolf||Nationwide practice in clinical negligence, personal injury and professional negligence, acting for…||View Profile|
|Will Young||View Profile|
|Claire van Overdijk||Claire van Overdijk is a specialist private client and public law barrister. She is described as a…||View Profile|
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
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
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
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.
- Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)
Top Tier Set Rankings
- Clinical negligence
- Financial services regulation
- Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud
- Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)
- Health and safety
- Product liability
- Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
- Commercial litigation
- Inquests and inquiries
- International crime and extradition
- Proceeds of crime (POCA) and asset forfeiture
- Court of Protection and community care
- Fraud: crime
- Private client: trusts and probate
- Middle East: The English Bar > Commercial