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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

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London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
Leading Silks

Michael Bowes QC - Outer Temple ChambersA top choice for civil and criminal banking matters.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Andrew Maguire - Outer Temple ChambersHe has an excellent eye for detail, and has a good entrepreneurial style to his practice which often allows deals to be done where they otherwise would not.

Ranked: tier 4

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Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)
Leading Silks

Michael Bowes QC - Outer Temple ChambersA top-drawer barrister; he combines an approachable demeanour with a strong intellect.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Oliver Powell - Outer Temple ChambersVery responsive and measured, and prepares well for cases.

Ranked: tier 3

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Clinical negligence
Clinical negligence - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Outer Temple Chambers

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.

Leading Silks

Christopher Wilson-Smith QC - Outer Temple ChambersAble to assess the risks of cases and identify weaknesses in a way that few counsel can.

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Gibson QC - Outer Temple ChambersHe has a confident grasp of the issues and good strategic judgment.

Ranked: tier 4

Gordon Bebb QC - Outer Temple ChambersHe is very experienced, well-prepared and advances his client’s interests in an effective manner.

Ranked: tier 4
2018 Silks

Eliot Woolf QC - Outer Temple ChambersHis calm and self-effacing manner compliments his expert tactical nous.

Ranked: tier 1

Nathan Tavares QC - Outer Temple ChambersHe pays excellent attention to detail and is approachable and good with clients.'

Ranked: tier 1
2019 Silks

Jonathan Hand QC - Outer Temple ChambersExcellent in conferences and sails through the complexities of the law and medicine.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Harry Trusted - Outer Temple ChambersIntellectually powerful, he always gets right to the key points in the case.

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Kemp - Outer Temple ChambersA tough negotiator who provides considered and well thought-out advice.

Ranked: tier 2

Rachel Vickers - Outer Temple ChambersShe has an amazing knack for analysing the evidence.'

Ranked: tier 2

Alison McCormick - Outer Temple ChambersOne of the most astute and effective communicators at the Bar.

Ranked: tier 3

Ben Bradley - Outer Temple ChambersHe is tenacious and provides tactical solutions in complex litigation.

Ranked: tier 3

Harriet Jerram - Outer Temple ChambersShe is excellent at teasing out the subtle issues which can make or break a case.

Ranked: tier 3

James Aldridge - Outer Temple ChambersHe is an outstanding advocate with an intelligent and pragmatic approach.'

Ranked: tier 3

Robert Dickason - Outer Temple ChambersHe is decisive, focused, efficient and excellent with complex cases.

Ranked: tier 4

Tom Gibson - Outer Temple ChambersParticularly good with claims relating to neonatal death or stillbirth.

Ranked: tier 4

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Consumer
Leading Silks

Gerard McDermott QC - Outer Temple ChambersA leader for international personal injury and travel law claims.

Ranked: tier 2

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Court of Protection and community care
Leading Juniors

Claire van Overdijk - Outer Temple ChambersCool under pressure, she is tenacious in her cross-examination and will not give up on the points that matter – someone you definitely want in your corner.

Ranked: tier 3

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Education
Leading Juniors

Alexander Line - Outer Temple ChambersVery clever with a first-class grasp of the law relating to SEN.

Ranked: tier 5

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Employment
Employment - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Outer Temple Chambers

In addition to regularly appearing in the employment tribunal system and the High Court for high-stakes and high-profile work, such as restrictive covenant injunctions, members of Outer Temple Chambers are also involved in significant Court of Appeal and Supreme Court cases. Andrew Short QC is leading Naomi Cunningham and Paul Livingston in Brierley v Asda, representing thousands of shop workers in the largest-ever equal pay claim seen in the private sector; the case sees a large number of in-store employees seeking to use the overwhelmingly male warehouse workers as comparators for their pay.

Leading Silks

Andrew Short QC - Outer Temple ChambersAn excellent tactician, who fully understands the psychological dimension of the job and exploits his gift of wit to the full.

Ranked: tier 1

Keith Bryant QC - Outer Temple ChambersAn exceptional employment law barrister, very knowledgeable about the law, eminently sensible in his advice and decision-making.

Ranked: tier 4
2018 Silks

Sarah Crowther QC - Outer Temple ChambersShe has a first-class grasp of the law and applies it effectively.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Andrew Allen - Outer Temple ChambersA most impressive, elegant and formidable opponent.

Ranked: tier 2

Naomi Ling - Outer Temple ChambersFearless in litigation and excellent at keeping the confidence of clients.

Ranked: tier 2

Daniel Barnett - Outer Temple ChambersHis oral advocacy is highly impressive and his written advocacy is powerful and persuasive.

Ranked: tier 3

Lydia Seymour - Outer Temple ChambersAn extremely able counsel; client friendly, clear, strategically and legally astute and a real pleasure to work with.

Ranked: tier 3

Naomi Cunningham - Outer Temple ChambersA passionate and intellectually engaged lawyer who has an unusually creative approach to using the law in innovative ways.

Ranked: tier 3

Emily Gordon-Walker - Outer Temple ChambersMasterful in her grasp of legal issues, forceful in her cross-examination and persuasive in her legal argument.

Ranked: tier 4

Peter Linstead - Outer Temple ChambersExtremely bright, thorough, competent and has an excellent manner with clients putting them at their ease.

Ranked: tier 4

Saul Margo - Outer Temple ChambersHighly able employment barrister who fights hard for his client and combines excellent judgement with attractive and forceful advocacy.

Ranked: tier 4

Will Young - Outer Temple ChambersHe is attentive, efficient, delivers on time and gets on extremely well with clients – showing sympathy to their case.

Ranked: tier 4

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Financial services regulation
Financial services regulation - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Outer Temple Chambers

Outer Temple Chambers has some excellent barristers, many of whom, including Michael Bowes QC, work in the cross-section between criminal, civil and regulatory law. Members have strong expertise advising on domestic and global regulatory investigations, both for and against the regulators.

Leading Silks

Michael Bowes QC - Outer Temple ChambersExtremely knowledgeable and very credible.

Ranked: tier 2

James Counsell QC - Outer Temple ChambersTerrific at cross-examination – you want to be on his side, not on the receiving end.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Andrew Maguire - Outer Temple ChambersHe has shown excellent knowledge and ability to apply complicated facts to the regulatory regime and case law.

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Uberoi - Outer Temple ChambersA very talented barrister who has a keen eye for detail.

Ranked: tier 3

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Health and safety
Leading Silks

Ben Compton QC - Outer Temple ChambersAn outstanding silk.

Ranked: tier 2
2018 Silks

Tim Nesbitt QC - Outer Temple ChambersIncredibly bright and great with clients.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

James Leonard - Outer Temple ChambersA skilled and persuasive advocate, respected by judges and liked by juries.

Ranked: tier 1

Oliver Powell - Outer Temple ChambersHe combines a methodical approach with an excellent work ethic.

Ranked: tier 2

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Inquests and inquiries
Leading Juniors

Harriet Jerram - Outer Temple ChambersA fantastic asset to any case with a fine eye for detail.

Ranked: tier 2

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Insolvency
Leading Juniors

Elaine Palser - Outer Temple ChambersShe is commercial, understands the bigger picture and is good at identifying the weaknesses in a case at an early stage.

Ranked: tier 5

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Pensions
Pensions - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Outer Temple Chambers

Outer Temple Chambers increasingly 'offers a competitive' alternative to Wilberforce Chambers, according to its clients, and is rated very highly for pensions litigation in particular. Andrew Spink QC and other members of chambers are involved in the Project Waltz proceedings (IBM UK Ltd & IBM Holdings Ltd v Dalgleish & Others), while Nicolas Stallworthy QC is acting for the trustees of the Barnado's Pension Scheme in the Supreme Court. Andrew Short QC is engaged in the important test case of Lloyds Banking Group Pension Trustees v Lloyds Bank Plc & Others with industry-wide implications which include a multitude of issues arising out of the equalisation of GMPs.

Leading Silks

Andrew Short QC - Outer Temple ChambersThe pre-eminent QC for pensions work where there is an employment element and a pleasure to work with.

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Spink QC - Outer Temple ChambersPersonable, great with clients and as an advocate; adopts a calm, knowledgeable and impressive approach.

Ranked: tier 1

Nicolas Stallworthy QC - Outer Temple ChambersTechnically excellent and full of ideas.

Ranked: tier 1

Keith Bryant QC - Outer Temple ChambersExceptional legal analysis combined with an accessible and client-friendly approach.

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Hitchcock QC - Outer Temple ChambersExtremely bright, brilliantly creative and masterful in court – his judgement is superb’

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

David Grant - Outer Temple ChambersA very impressive junior, who is very personable and works very hard.

Ranked: tier 1

Naomi Ling - Outer Temple ChambersFearless in litigation and does not sit on the fence.

Ranked: tier 3

Saul Margo - Outer Temple ChambersHis considerable intellect and personable manner make him well-suited to both complex employment and pensions cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Jennifer Seaman - Outer Temple ChambersA junior of real talent and ability; she provides superb support both as a junior and an able advocate in her own right.

Ranked: tier 4

Lydia Seymour - Outer Temple ChambersA go-to junior in the employment/pensions area.

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Uberoi - Outer Temple ChambersHis written and oral advocacy is clear and persuasive and he is a pleasure to work with.

Ranked: tier 4

Nicholas Hill - Outer Temple ChambersHe is a very good pensions junior.

Ranked: tier 4

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Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud
Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Outer Temple Chambers

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.

Industrial disease - Leading Silks

Matthew Phillips QC - Outer Temple ChambersExtremely experienced in asbestos disease claims, he is pragmatic, gets to the point and never loses sight of the target.

Ranked: tier 1
Personal Injury - Leading Silks

Gerard McDermott QC - Outer Temple ChambersHe is a highly skilled advocate who invariably succeeds in securing the best outcome for clients.

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Wilson-Smith QC - Outer Temple ChambersHis tenacity and gravitas are huge strengths, as is his ability to keep the big picture in focus.

Ranked: tier 3

James Counsell QC - Outer Temple ChambersHis forensic attention to detail leaves no stone unturned.

Ranked: tier 4
Industrial disease - 2018 Silks

Nathan Tavares QC - Outer Temple ChambersExtremely effective advocate in utmost severity cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Sarah Crowther QC - Outer Temple ChambersShe is ferocious when called for and has a razor-sharp mind.

Ranked: tier 1
Personal injury - 2018 Silks

Eliot Woolf QC - Outer Temple ChambersHis ability to construct cases and marshal the evidence accordingly is of the highest quality.

Ranked: tier 1

Nathan Tavares QC - Outer Temple ChambersExtremely effective advocate in utmost severity cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Sarah Crowther QC - Outer Temple ChambersShe is ferocious when called for and has a razor-sharp mind.

Ranked: tier 1
Personal injury - 2019 Silks

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

Ranked: tier 1
Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Alison McCormick - Outer Temple ChambersShe is able to translate complex legal issues into language readily understood by the lay client.

Ranked: tier 2

Harry Trusted - Outer Temple ChambersAlways gets right to the key points in the case. 

Ranked: tier 2

Patrick Sadd - Outer Temple ChambersHe is an expert in his field especially child abuse litigation.

Ranked: tier 3

Ben Bradley - Outer Temple ChambersHe shows a real passion for representing catastrophically injured claimants.

Ranked: tier 4

Christopher Kemp - Outer Temple ChambersA very experienced junior with an excellent manner with clients.

Ranked: tier 4

James Aldridge - Outer Temple ChambersHe is unflappable and acts with great sensitivity with vulnerable clients.

Ranked: tier 4

Daniel Clarke - Outer Temple ChambersHe is always helpful in discussing the merits of a claim in a friendly, yet professional, manner.

Ranked: tier 5

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Private client: trusts and probate
Leading Juniors

Elaine Palser - Outer Temple ChambersA very efficient and thorough junior.

Ranked: tier 4

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Product liability
Leading Silks

Nathan Tavares QC - Outer Temple ChambersHe is reliable, precise and well organised.

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional disciplinary and regulatory law
Professional disciplinary and regulatory law - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Outer Temple Chambers

Outer Temple Chambers' members handle a broad range of disciplinary and regulatory work, with a core strength in the healthcare, sport, legal services, and transport sectors. In one representative instruction, Fiona Horlick QC is defending a GP against over 50 charges of dishonesty, including disguising the prescription of opiates to vulnerable patients.

Leading Silks

James Counsell QC - Outer Temple ChambersA self-possessed and imperturbable silk.

Ranked: tier 4
2018 Silks

Tim Nesbitt QC - Outer Temple ChambersNoted for his expertise in solicitor disciplinary work.

Ranked: tier 1
2019 Silks

Fiona Horlick QC - Outer Temple ChambersShe is brilliant on her feet.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Matthew McDonagh - Outer Temple ChambersVery user-friendly and a heavyweight presence in court.

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Uberoi - Outer Temple ChambersAn excellent advocate, compelling and sensitive with clients.

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - Leading sets - ranked: tier 5

Outer Temple Chambers

Outer Temple Chambers is 'outstanding on pensions-related professional negligence claims' and its members are noted for their experience in disputes involving trusts and financial services professionals. Andrew Spink QC is acting for IB Maroc which brought a counterclaim in Dell Emerging Markets (EMEA) v IB Maroc, a case regarding alleged failings in Dell's design and implementation of a major IT project. Pensions-related professional negligence dispute Re CRAFT is a key case for Lydia Seymour.

Leading Silks

Andrew Spink QC - Outer Temple ChambersHe is highly skilled.

Ranked: tier 4

Nicolas Stallworthy QC - Outer Temple ChambersA first-rate silk.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

David E. Grant - Outer Temple ChambersHe is highly-regarded for pensions-related disputes.

Ranked: tier 6

Elaine Palser - Outer Temple ChambersGreat technical ability.

Ranked: tier 6

Lydia Seymour - Outer Temple ChambersShe is experienced in pensions-related professional negligence.

Ranked: tier 6

Nicholas Hill - Outer Temple ChambersA fantastic advocate.

Ranked: tier 6

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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

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Sport
Leading Juniors

Louis Weston - Outer Temple ChambersStrong intellect and easily able to identify the issues and formulate strategy to address them.

Ranked: tier 2

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Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)
Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Outer Temple Chambers

Outer Temple Chambers is a 'strong set for travel work' and it has a 'number of excellent barristers who are exceptional on cross-border personal injury claims'. Sarah Crowther QC is involved in Hutchinson v Ocean Beach Club, a Spanish law claim for spinal cord injury arising out of swimming pool incident in Ibiza. Elsewhere, Nathan Tavares QC was instructed by a Spanish national in Menendez v Metal Processing, who was injured in an accident at work in England.

Leading Silks

Gerard McDermott QC - Outer Temple ChambersHe is hugely experienced.

Ranked: tier 1
2018 Silks

Eliot Woolf QC - Outer Temple ChambersHe is noted for illness-related claims.

Ranked: tier 1

Nathan Tavares QC - Outer Temple ChambersHe is an experienced new silk.

Ranked: tier 1

Sarah Crowther QC - Outer Temple ChambersShe is very diligent and has exceptional knowledge.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Daniel Clarke - Outer Temple ChambersHe is exceptional on cross-border personal injury claims.

Ranked: tier 2

Ben Bradley - Outer Temple ChambersHe is experienced in cross-border personal injury cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Ian Denham - Outer Temple ChambersQuick thinking and good on his feet.

Ranked: tier 3

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