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Outer Temple Chambers

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Heads of Chambers: Michael Bowes QC, Andrew Spink QC, Sarah Crowther QC
Chief Executive:
Rebecca Priestley 
Practice Directors: David Smith, Matt Sale, Nick Levett, Graham Woods, Paul Barton
Tenants: 91

Outer Temple Chambers is a large leading global civil and commercial chambers, involved in some of the most cutting-edge litigation and advisory work undertaken by the Bar. It is renowned for its forward-thinking approach to legal issues and it’s personable, highly specialist barristers. The set is led by Chief Executive, Rebecca Priestley, an impressive former City HR Executive and senior lawyer, who joined in 2019.

As well as its London office opposite the Royal Courts of Justice, it has offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai and representatives around the world including Australia, Far East, US and the Caribbean. It is the only UK Chambers with registered offices in the DIFC and the Abu Dhabi Global Market. Outer Temple covers a comprehensive spectrum of business and health services, with deep specialism and recognised expertise. Its size and range of specialisms, international footprint and modern, client-focused approach make it well placed to offer UK and international clients comprehensive tailored advice and representation. It has many high profile cases and a broad and loyal client base including magic circle firms.

Outer Temple is a leading set for pensions and employment work, being awarded Chambers UK “Employment Set of the Year” 2020. It offers deep expertise in professional negligence, financial services, business crime and regulatory enforcement, boosted by the 2019 recruitment of Nick Johnson QC, a Band 1 Silk. The team also includes members with unrivalled experience in the laws, systems and frameworks of international organisations. It has a rapidly growing commercial practice and many experienced mediators and arbitrators around the globe.

Outer Temple has an outstanding reputation in personal injury and clinical negligence with one of the most experienced catastrophic injury teams in the UK. It was named “Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury Set of the Year” 2017. Cases include almost all of the largest health and safety investigations and public inquiries of the last decade. Education, sports law, Court of Protection, tax and trusts are other areas of specialism. It won the “Chambers of the Year” category at the STEP Private Client Awards 2018.

Outer Temple Chambers is home to some of the most impressive QCs and exceptional junior talent who are ranked highly in numerous directories. The management team are recognised as ‘thought leaders’ on the future of the legal industry; forward thinking and proactive in promoting diversity and mental wellbeing across the Bar.


Christopher Wilson-Smith QC (1965) (QC-1986)

David Russell QC (1977) Australia QC (QC-1986)

Robert Rhodes QC (1968) (QC-1989)

Gerard McDermott QC (1978) (QC-1999)

Michael Bowes QC (1980) (QC-2001)

Gordon Bebb QC (1975) (QC-2002)

Andrew Spink QC (1985) (QC-2003)

Andrew Short QC (1990) (QC-2010)

Ben Compton QC (1979) (QC-2011)

Nicolas Stallworthy QC (1993) (QC-2011)

Keith Bryant QC (1991) (QC-2013)

Richard Hitchcock QC (1990 (QC-2014)

Nicholas Johnson QC (1994) (QC-2016)

John McKendrick QC (1999) (QC-2016)

James Counsell QC (1984) (QC-2017)

Matthew Phillips QC (1993) (QC-2017)

Timothy Nesbitt QC (1991) (QC-2018)

Nathan Tavares QC (1992) (QC-2018)

Eliot Woolf QC (1993) (QC-2018)

Sarah Crowther QC (1999) (QC-2018)

Jonathan Hand QC (1990) (QC-2019)

Fiona Horlick QC (1992) (QC-2019)

Andrew Allen QC (1995) (QC-2020)

Richard Mawhinney (1977)

Teresa Rosen Peacocke (1982)

Christopher Kemp (1984)

Patrick Sadd (1984)

Harry Trusted (1985)

James Aldridge (1987)

Alison McCormick (1988)

Mark Mullins (1988)

Paul Rogers (1989)

James Leonard (1989)

Rachel Vickers (1992)

Daniel Barnett (1993)

Peter Linstead (1994)

Naomi Cunningham (1994)

Matthew McDonagh (1994)

David Holloway (1996)

Andrew Allen (1995)

Lydia Seymour (1997)

Harriet Jerram (1998)

David E Grant (1999)

James Arnold (2000)

Samantha Presland (2001)

Naomi Ling (2001)

Elaine Palser (2002)

Dr Ali Almihdar (2003)

Claire van Overdijk (2003)

Ian Denham (2003)

Michael Uberoi (2004)

Tim Aron (2004)

Daniel Clarke (2005)

Saul Margo (2005)

Oliver Powell (2006)

Alex Haines (2007)

Ben Bradley (2007)

Clare Baker (2007)

Robert Dickason (2007)

Jennifer Seaman (2007)

Emily Gordon Walker (2007)

Nicholas Hill (2008)

Will Young (2008)

Justina Stewart (2010)

Alexander Line (2009)

Thomas Gibson (2010)

Sophie O’Sullivan (2011)

Katarina Sydow (2012)

Saaman Pourghadiri (2012)

Paul Livingston (2012)

Stephen Doherty (2013)

Bianca Venkata (2014)

Stephen Butler (2014)

Victoria Brown (2014)

Chloe Bell (2015)

Gabor Bognar (2015)

Gus Baker (2015)

Alex Cisneros (2015)

Alex Cisneros (2015)

Imogen Egan (2015)

Alexandra Baumgart (2015)

Olinga Tahzib (2016)

Elizabeth Grace (2017)

Paul Bates (2018)

Carin Hunt (2018)

Jeremy Scott-Joynt (2018)

Patrick Tomison (2018)

Joshua Cainer (2019)

Courtney Marsden (2019)