Outer Temple Chambers has a large team of specialist commercial law barristers with expertise in all aspects of commercial litigation disputes and non-contentious and advisory work.

Our silks and juniors come from a wide range of backgrounds, with unique and diverse practices. As such, we can provide tailored teams of experts or individuals in cases, ranging from multi-jurisdictional cases to specialist crossover work.

We are frequently instructed in complex, high-profile and substantial commercial disputes, advising a wide range of clients, from directors, shareholders and joint venture partners to business professionals and ultra-high net worth individuals. Our work spans a range of sectors including finance, technology, energy & natural resources, transport (aviation, shipping, and travel), retail, property, construction, media, insurance and sport.

Members appear in a range of courts and tribunals, both in England and Wales and overseas, and often at the highest level. In addition, they are often instructed at short notice on urgent matters such as freezing injunctions.

Given our global reach, our work often has a significant international flavour. Not only do our barristers appear in overseas jurisdictions, but many of our clients are overseas, and our cases frequently involve foreign law and complex conflict of law and jurisdiction issues.

A number of our barristers also have expertise in general alternative dispute resolution, including acting as arbitrators, mediators, or advocates.

Commercial Litigation Experience

Some examples of our recent commercial litigation work include significant cases involving:

  • Matters relating to force majeure and material adverse change clauses arising out of the Covid pandemic
  • High-profile multi-jurisdictional proceedings concerning allegations of civil fraud in the context of corporate insolvencies
  • Claims arising out of cross-border financing transactions and securities in an insolvency context
  • Joint venture disputes, and most recently one with alleged losses of almost USD 1 billion, and another involving allegations of civil fraud and breach of confidentiality
  • High profile financial services regulatory cases
  • Massive multi-party professional negligence actions
  • Unfair prejudice petitions concerning raising novel valuation issues arising out of the Covid pandemic
  • Landmark cases on the interpretation and application of indexation provisions (in particular in trust documentation)
  • Complex claims for the rectification of trust deeds and contracts
  • Disputes concerning franchise agreements
  • Cross-border claims by insolvency practitioners against company directors involving novel disclosure issues
  • Cases concerning international supply contracts

The team includes members of COMBAR (Commercial Bar Association), Chancery Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Law Council of Australia, London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association,

The team boasts a number of members ranked in both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. Please view our barrister profiles for ranking details on individuals.

Outer Temple Chambers is a global set and the commercial team has vast experience of international litigation, with professional associates and door tenants based around the world. Our services include advisory work, advocacy and representation in courts and tribunals – globally. We also offer international mediation, arbitration, expert determination, and early neutral evaluation (ENE) where we provide an impartial assessment of the merits of your case before legal proceedings.

Various members are qualified to practice in other jurisdictions including Europe, Middle-East, US and Caribbean Asia-Pacific

Find out more about our global commercial team here.


“He always finds the right argument, and the right way to deliver it, he also knows when to step in and fits in very well to a client team.” Legal 500; Commercial Litigation (Andrew Spink QC)

“A phenomenal worker who is incredibly intelligent … He is all over every tiny detail.” “He is a truly excellent practitioner and a brilliant team player.” Chambers & Partners; Chancery Commercial (Nicolas Stallworthy QC)

“.. calm and sensible with a loyal client following. He has very good commercial judgement and is easy to work with.” Chambers & Partners; Chancery Commercial (David E Grant)

“Extremely bright, enthusiastic and commercial – she produces excellent written work and is able to both empathise with clients whilst providing well considered independent advice.” Legal 500; Commercial Litigation (Justina Stewart)

“Incredibly impressive and a force to be reckoned with” “Strong, dynamic and commercial. She’s a force and great to use on difficult insolvency claims.” Legal 500; Insolvency (Justina Stewart)

“A pleasure to work with. She has a great grasp of the detail and strikes a good commercial and pragmatic balance in her advice.” “Her grasp of the fine details and the quality of her work make her a real asset to any team.” Chambers & Partners; Commercial Dispute Resolution (Justina Stewart)

“She oozes quality, is meticulous and always engaging. She is very pragmatic and always delivers on her promises.” Legal 500 Insolvency (Helen Pugh)

“A silent assassin.” Legal 500; Insolvency (Elaine Palser)

‘A top choice for professional negligence claims against insolvency practitioners. Very efficient, thorough and clearly an expert in her field.’ Legal 500; Insolvency (Elaine Palser)

Commercial Litigation Barristers

Andrew Spink QC

Call: 1985 Silk: 2003

David Russell QC

Call: 1977 (Australia) Silk: 1986

Robert Rhodes QC

Call: 1968 Silk: 1989

Andrew Short QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2010

Nicolas Stallworthy QC

Call: 1993 Silk: 2011

Kate Davenport QC

Call: 1983 Silk: 2013

Richard Hitchcock QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2014

John McKendrick QC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2016

Teresa Rosen Peacocke

Call: 1982 (England & Wales); 2004 (New York)

Daniel Barnett

Call: 1993

Peter Linstead

Call: 1994

Louis Weston

Call: 1994

David Holloway

Call: 1996

Philip Stear

Call: 2018 (Solicitor since 1997)

David E Grant

Call: 1999

Elaine Palser

Call: 2002

Dr Ali Almihdar

Call: 2003

Claire van Overdijk

Call: 2003

Michael Uberoi

Call: 2004

Saul Margo

Call: 2005

Oliver Powell

Call: 2006

Clare Baker

Call: 2007

Jennifer Seaman

Call: 2007

Nicholas Hill

Call: 2008

Helen Pugh

Call: 2008

Alexander Line

Call: 2009

Justina Stewart

Call: 2010

Stephen Doherty

Call: 2013

Bianca Venkata

Call: 2014

Stephen Butler

Call: 2014

Victoria Brown

Call: 2014

Alex Cisneros

Call: 2015

Gus Baker

Call: 2015

Imogen Egan

Call: 2015

Chloë Bell

Call: 2015

Olinga Tahzib

Call: 2016

Elizabeth Grace

Call: 2017

Jeremy Scott-Joynt

Call: 2018

Joshua Hitchens

Joshua Hitchens

Call: 2018

Patrick Tomison

Call: 2018

Carin Hunt

Call: 2018

Peter Smith

Call: 2008

Gerard St Claire Farara QC

Gerard St Claire Farara QC

Call: 1979 Silk: 1996

Anthony Lo Surdo SC

Call: 1996 Silk: 2011

Joshua Cainer

Call: 2019

Anson Cheung

Call: 2019

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