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Chambers of Michael Bowes QC, Christopher Gibson QC and Andrew S
Outer Temple Chambers

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London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

A ‘high-quality set’ with expertise across personal injury, clinical negligence, pensions, employment, and financial services, Outer Temple Chambers (OTC) has ‘an impressive range of well-rounded and capable advocates’ offering ‘a consistently high standard of service’. ‘Many of its new silks have been trained by the heavyweights, and this comes across in their approach,’ said one source, while another commented: ‘It gives out a very positive vibe – the impression is of an enthusiastic, committed, outgoing, and supportive team who are serious heavyweights.’ In chambers news this past year, Jonathan Hand and Fiona Horlick took silk in 2019; sports law specialist Louis Weston joined from 3PB; trusts expert Elaine Palser arrived from 9 Stone Buildings; and Alex Cisneros joined from No5 Barristers Chambers; Canadian advocate Paul Bates and Mark Beer OBE (president of the International Association for Court Administration) joined chambers as professional associates; Caribbean-based Tim Prudhoe, Delhi-based Percival Billimoria, and former white-collar crime McGuireWoods London LLP partner David Kirk have joined as door tenants. In a career that has taken her from barrister to Simmons & Simmons solicitor – and latterly Lloyds Banking Group’s people director, employee relations and policy transformation – Rebecca Priestley returns to the Bar as OTC’s new chief executive. Also of note, Natasha Joffe and Benjimin Burgher both took full-time positions as Employment Judges in the summer of 2019. Former business development director Dave Scothern has joined 5 St Andrews Hill as its new chambers director, regulatory specialist Tim Green has joined Henderson Chambers, and Simon Oakes joined Quadrant Chambers. Chambers offers an ‘excellent’ clerking service that is ‘communicative, responsive to requests, and has a willingness to always learn and improve’. Recently promoted practice manager Paul Barton ‘goes over and above’ and is ‘particularly helpful with urgent matters in relation to cost budgeting, listing, and barristers’ availability’; Mark Gardner and Peter Foad are ‘always very helpful and efficient’; ‘Nothing is too much trouble’ for Gardner; and the ‘never stuffy’ Graham Woods is ‘a real pleasure to work with and takes a commercial approach to working with solicitors’. Chambers director Steve Graham is in charge of practice development across the set. Offices in: London, Manchester, New York, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai

London Bar > Clinical negligence

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Jonathan Hand QCOuter Temple ChambersExcellent in conferences and sails through the complexities of the law and medicine.

Outer Temple Chambers is ‘an excellent set‘. Often a ‘first choice‘ for high-value catastrophic injury clinical negligence cases, the set fields a strong team, Jonathan Hand QC took silk in 2019, following in the footsteps of Nathan Tavares QC and Eliot Woolf QC in the previous round. Harry Trusted successfully concluded a claim against the Ministry of Defence, where he represented a former soldier, who suffered from epilepsy following the negligent prescription of malaria treatment mefloquine. Secondary victims are another area of expertise – Ben Bradley unusually obtained damages for a father as a secondary victim in a neonatal death claim.

London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

(Personal injury - 2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Jonathan Hand QCOuter Temple ChambersHe has a sensible approach to advising on complex equine and occupiers’ liability claims.

Outer Temple Chambers has a ‘good range of quality counsel with suitable levels of expertise and experience‘, that make up a ‘supporting and approachable‘ team of barristers who are ‘serious heavyweights in the personal injury realm‘. Members are instructed in cases of utmost complexity and value, including abuse and industrial disease claims. Jonathan Hand QC, who is known for his expertise in equine and other animal-related litigation, took silk in 2019. Gerard McDermott QC has been retained to act for over 200 victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Acting for survivors in historical sex abuse claims is a particular area of expertise for James Counsell QC. Alison McCormick regularly deals with vulnerable claimants, including minors and those who lack mental capacity.