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

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THE OUTER TEMPLE, 222 STRAND, LONDON, WC2R 1BA, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7353 6381
Fax:
Fax 020 7583 1786
DX:
351 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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Web:
www.outertemple.com

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Having established itself as β€˜a leading set across a wide range of disciplines’, β€˜strong and modern’ Outer Temple Chambers β€˜offers a one-stop shop for solicitors’ thanks to its β€˜fairly eclectic set of barristers’ who have expertise in personal injury, clinical negligence, pensions, employment and financial services. For travel law work it is described as β€˜a rising, up-and-coming set’. Business development directors David Smith and David Scothern run β€˜a very slick machine’. β€˜No problem is too big, and I always feel like I can call on them for help’, said one solicitor. The business team’s senior clerk, Matt Sale, β€˜is realistic when working with client budgets’; β€˜excellent’ first junior Peter Foad’s β€˜depth of experience, friendly manner and effortless charm make him a very popular clerk to work with’. Key contacts in the health team are business development directors Graham Woods (β€˜ensures the provision of great service’) and Paul Barton (β€˜the go-to guy to get things done’ and β€˜extremely knowledgeable of the PI market’). Second juniors of note are the β€˜very client-focused’Adam Macdonald and Chris Rowe. Steve Graham and Christine Kings lead the staff. Offices in: London, Manchester

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London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 5

Outer Temple Chambers

Outer Temple Chambers fields several highly rated silks and juniors with a strong background in commercial and regulatory banking disputes, including Michael Bowes QC and James Counsell QC, while at the junior end, Andrew Maguire is noted for his strong track record in mis-selling claims. Farhaz Khan left to join 3 Verulam Buildings in 2018.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Michael Bowes QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜Easy to work with, has good attention to detail, and is a good team player.’

Ranked: tier 4
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – 2017 silks

James Counsell QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜Highly recommended for banking litigation work.’

Ranked: tier 1
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading juniors

Andrew Maguire - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜Excellent with clients and coasts through the complexities of the law.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading silks

Michael Bowes QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜A very good silk in this area.’

Ranked: tier 1
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading juniors

Oliver Powell - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜A very effective advocate in the criminal courts.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

Outer Temple Chambers

Outer Temple Chambers has β€˜great strength in depth’ and is β€˜especially strong at silk level’. Two of its leading juniors have taken silk in the past year – Eliot Woolf QC and Nathan Tavares QC – providing the set with additional strength. Members are β€˜often against leading, recognised counsel’ in β€˜claims of the highest value’, such as birth injury cases.

Clinical negligence – Leading silks

David Westcott QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜Fiercely intelligent and very good at analysing negotiating positions.’

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Gibson QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜He is excellent with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Wilson-Smith QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜He is excellent at the forensic detail in cases and is a formidable negotiator at settlement meetings.’

Ranked: tier 3

Gordon Bebb QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜He is able to identify the evidence and issues quickly.’

Ranked: tier 5
Clinical negligence – 2017 silks

Matthew Phillips QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜Practical and down to earth, really good with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1
Clinical negligence – 2018 silks

Eliot Woolf QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜A charming and delightful man and also a very effective advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nathan Tavares QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜Analytical with a fast turnaround of instructions and in depth knowledge of quantum issues.’

Ranked: tier 1
Clinical negligence – Leading juniors

Cara Guthrie - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜Decisive, focused, efficient and excellent with complex cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Harry Trusted - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜Excellent at identifying issues and giving clear advice and guidance.’

Ranked: tier 1

Alison McCormick - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜She has a great attention to detail and is liked and appreciated by clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Kemp - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜A very experienced and senior junior with a lovely way with clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jonathan Hand - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜He is a very clever and provides effective leadership of his team of client, solicitor and experts.’

Ranked: tier 2

Rachel Vickers - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜Excellent.’

Ranked: tier 2

Harriet Jerram - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜She is extremely thorough and is a reassuring presence on any case.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Aldridge - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜Practical.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ben Bradley - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜He is very intelligent and personable, and gives solid clear advice.’

Ranked: tier 4

Robert Dickason - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜Especially good with clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Consumer
Consumer – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Outer Temple Chambers

Outer Temple Chambers regularly represents claimants on consumer-related cases pertaining to travel law or personal injury. Gerard McDermott QC is highly experienced in personal injury cases, as are newly made silks Sarah Crowther QC and Eliot Woolf QC.

Consumer – Leading silks

Gerard McDermott QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜Renowned for personal injury work.’

Ranked: tier 2
Consumer – 2018 silks

Eliot Woolf QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜Recommended for consumer injury claims.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sarah Crowther QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜Recommended for catastrophic injury cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Employment
Employment – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Outer Temple Chambers

As β€˜a strong set with plenty of employment law experience’, Outer Temple Chambers has β€˜a good mix of characters to suit each case and client’. Members handle a variety of employment issues including equal pay clams, pensions mandates and international work. The set also regularly acts for public sector clients and trade unions.

Employment – Leading silks

Andrew Short QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜A brilliant silk who is unafraid to take a stance.’

Ranked: tier 2
Employment – 2018 Silks

Sarah Crowther QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜She has a first-class grasp of the law and applies it effectively.’

Ranked: tier 1
Employment – Leading juniors

Andrew Allen - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜He is vastly experienced and inspires complete confidence.’

Ranked: tier 2

Benjimin Burgher - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜He regularly handles discrimination and whistleblowing claims.’

Ranked: tier 3

Daniel Barnett - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜He is meticulous in his preparation and ruthless with his cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 3

Naomi Ling - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜She is highly intelligent and works relentlessly for her clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Naomi Cunningham - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜She has rare expertise in discrimination cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Emily Gordon Walker - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜She has a smooth style of advocacy with a steely streak when needed.’

Ranked: tier 4

Lydia Seymour - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜She is excellent and incredibly hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 4

Peter Linstead - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜He has an excellent grasp of the law.’

Ranked: tier 4

Saul Margo - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜He provides clear and confident advice that is commercially sensible.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

Outer Temple Chambers

Outer Temple Chambers is a top choice for the increasing overlap between financial regulatory and criminal investigations, where silks such as Michael Bowes QC remains a leading figure. James Counsell QC is noted for his expertise in broader banking and insurance regulation. Farhaz Khan has joined 3 Verulam Buildings, though OTC still has several other leading silks and juniors.

Financial services – Leading silks

Michael Bowes QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜Friendly, authoritative and commercial; he brings good insight.’

Ranked: tier 2
Financial services – 2017 silks

James Counsell QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜All round, he is always available and helpful; his cross-examination is a considerable strength.’

Ranked: tier 1
Financial services – Leading juniors

Andrew Maguire - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜Excellent with clients and always keen to go the extra mile.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Health and safety
Health and safety – Leading silks

Ben Compton QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜He is undeniably a safe pair of hands and extremely accomplished.’

Ranked: tier 2
Health and safety – Leading juniors

James Leonard - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜He has a fantastic way of presenting in court and fights in the most effective way.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Inquests and inquiries
Inquests and inquiries – Leading juniors

Harriet Jerram - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜She is extremely thorough and an extremely reassuring presence on any case.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Uberoi - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜First class at public inquiries – impresses everyone with his depth of knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Pensions
Pensions – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Outer Temple Chambers

Outer Temple Chambers β€˜has a number of frighteningly bright barristers to call upon’ for its pensions work and often β€˜bridges the gap between pensions law and wider issues’. Recent case highlights include several members acting in the Project Waltz proceedings (IBM UK and IBM Holdings v Dalgleish and others) in the Court of Appeal; Andrew Short QC acting in Safeway v Newton and another in a substantial equalisation claim; and Nicolas Stallworthy QC handling the Box Clever Pension Scheme proceedings.

Pensions – Leading silks

Andrew Spink QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜He is very bright and user friendly with excellent technical knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nicolas Stallworthy QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜He has an extremely sparky intellect and can always find the silver-bullet argument.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Short QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜He is measured, determined and unafraid to give decisive guidance.’

Ranked: tier 2

Keith Bryant QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜He has exceptional legal analysis paired with a client-friendly approach.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Hitchcock QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜He provides robust advice and is very approachable.’

Ranked: tier 3
Pensions – Leading juniors

David Grant - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜A leading junior counsel who is clever, practical and user friendly.’

Ranked: tier 1

Naomi Ling - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜She receives praise for her public sector pensions knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 3

Saul Margo - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜A calm and well-prepared advocate who gives clear and confident advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jennifer Seaman - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜An up-and-coming junior.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

Outer Temple Chambers

Outer Temple Chambers is a β€˜first-rate set in terms of the breadth of knowledge and experience for catastrophic PI claimants’. The depth of knowledge and suitable counsel available is β€˜second to none’. In recent years the set has expanded with more juniors specialising in asbestos-related disease work and β€˜offering extremely efficient and outstanding service’. Chambers is praised for having β€˜strengths at all levels of practice’, especially in high-value cases.

Personal injury – Leading silks

Gerard McDermott QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜He is first class, superb on his feet, great at analysing problems.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Westcott QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜He is a master tactician who has a superb manner with clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Wilson-Smith QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜A real character at the Bar, he is enormously experienced, seemingly tireless and has great attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 3
Industrial disease – 2017 silks

Matthew Phillips QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜He is a forceful advocate and is able to get to grips with difficult issues quickly.’

Ranked: tier 1
Industrial disease – 2018 silks

Nathan Tavares QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜Analytical with a fast turnaround of instructions and in depth knowledge of quantum issues.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sarah Crowther QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜She has a great manner and is an unassuming advocate who secures wins that are not always the most obvious.’

Ranked: tier 1
Personal injury – 2017 silks

James Counsell QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜There are no noticeable weaknesses; his main strengths are his approach to clients and his positive outlook on cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Matthew Phillips QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜His advocacy is clear and persuasive, his advice is always pragmatic and he has sound judgement on liability and quantum.’

Ranked: tier 1
Personal injury – 2018 silks

Eliot Woolf QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜He is superb with clients and his attention to detail and ability to distil the issues impresses every time.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nathan Tavares QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜A good negotiator with great client care and knowledge on traumatic brain injury cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sarah Crowther QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜She is very thorough and sound in her pleadings and excellent on her feet.’

Ranked: tier 1
Industrial disease – Leading juniors

Alison McCormick - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜She has a detailed knowledge of the law; is empathic but remains professional at all times.’

Ranked: tier 1
Personal injury – Leading juniors

Alison McCormick - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜Her strengths are conscientiousness, thoroughness, responsiveness, expertise and client friendliness.’

Ranked: tier 2

Harry Trusted - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜He is a fantastic enthusiast who will give everything to achieve the best outcome for the client.’

Ranked: tier 2

Patrick Sadd - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜His strengths are dealing with clients and medical experts.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ben Bradley - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜He has an enthusiasm and willingness to go above and beyond and advise the client properly.’

Ranked: tier 4

Christopher Kemp - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜Good negotiator who gives thoughtful and pragmatic advice and has a calm presence.’

Ranked: tier 4

James Aldridge - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜A superb advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Daniel Clarke - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜Excellent in minor cases.’

Ranked: tier 5

Jonathan Hand - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜He is very clever, provides effective leadership and quickly identifies the strengths and weaknesses of a case.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Professional discipline and regulatory law
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Outer Temple Chambers

At Outer Temple Chambers, James Counsell QC represented a barrister who had an altercation with a respondent outside the Royal Courts of Justice following an appeal hearing. The matter resulted in an acquittal after a two-day hearing.

Professional discipline and regulatory law – 2017 silks

James Counsell QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜Instructed in medical and legal cases.’

Ranked: tier 1
Professional discipline and regulatory law – 2018 silks

Tim Nesbitt QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜Willing to do things out of the box, he is not stuffy in any way.’

Ranked: tier 1
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading juniors

Fiona Horlick - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜Persuasive and appropriately firm in her advocacy, making her a fearsome opponent.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Uberoi - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜His practice includes dental and FRC cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew McDonagh - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜His practice includes optical, solicitors and dental cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence – Leading silks

Andrew Spink QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜A reliable silk.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nicolas Stallworthy QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜Excellent with clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Having established itself as β€˜a leading set across a wide range of disciplines’, β€˜strong and modern’ Outer Temple Chambers β€˜offers a one-stop shop for solicitors’ thanks to its β€˜fairly eclectic set of barristers’ who have expertise in personal injury, clinical negligence, pensions, employment and financial services. For travel law work it is described as β€˜a rising, up-and-coming set’. Business development directors David Smith and David Scothern run β€˜a very slick machine’. β€˜No problem is too big, and I always feel like I can call on them for help’, said one solicitor. The business team’s senior clerk, Matt Sale, β€˜is realistic when working with client budgets’; β€˜excellent’ first junior Peter Foad’s β€˜depth of experience, friendly manner and effortless charm make him a very popular clerk to work with’. Key contacts in the health team are business development directors Graham Woods (β€˜ensures the provision of great service’) and Paul Barton (β€˜the go-to guy to get things done’ and β€˜extremely knowledgeable of the PI market’). Second juniors of note are the β€˜very client-focused’Adam Macdonald and Chris Rowe. Steve Graham and Christine Kings lead the staff. Offices in: London, Manchester

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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 β€˜an excellent set’ which is still β€˜rising up’ in travel law. The set took another step forward this year with three members obtaining silk – Sarah Crowther QC, Nathan Tavares QC and Eliot Woolf QC. The team has a β€˜high level of expertise in travel law in all levels of call’ and provides β€˜quick turnaround’ in claims of β€˜high complexity and value’, including package travel regulations and multi-jurisdictional cases.

Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) – Leading silks

Gerard McDermott QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜His client handling skills are second to none and is the go-to leader for travel law claims.’

Ranked: tier 1
Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) – 2018 silks

Eliot Woolf QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜He is a very strong advocate with a great manner and understanding of the law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nathan Tavares QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜His strengths are client care, negotiation skills and great knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sarah Crowther QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜She is a first-class legal mind, an expert in the field of international law, and an advocate who secures wins that are not always the most obvious.’

Ranked: tier 1
Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) – Leading juniors

Daniel Clarke - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜He is great at dealing with vulnerable clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

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