Outer Temple is one of the leading chambers in Fintech, particularly the law relating to blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies, cryptoassets, smart contracts and open banking. We have expertise in cryptoasset recovery, FCA regulation of cryptoassets and the developing law relating to cryptoassets and smart contracts in English courts. Our barristers have developed specialisms in these areas over a number of years in the anticipation that these assets and contracts would play an important role in modern commercial transactions and legal systems.

Our barristers are involved not only in the practice of this area of law advising and representing clients, legislators and regulators (both nationally and internationally) but also in law reform and academic discussions. Our barristers have lectured widely on cryptoassets and smart contracts, produced podcasts and have contributed to Law Commission consultations on behalf of COMBAR and ChBa.

Outer Temple recognises the importance of collaboration with other specialists and asset tracers to ensure clients can receive a full service when they receive legal advice and representation from our barristers. We have an established partnership with the Oxford University Deep Tech Dispute Resolution Lab and have collaborated on numerous projects together. Professional Associate, Mark Beer OBE, is an internationally renowned lawyer, speaker and advisor on the future of legal systems, smart contracts, AI and digital assets. Members of our team also contribute to and sit on the steering committees of leading Fintech market groups such as the Tech Disputes Network.

Fintech Experience

  • Cryptoasset recovery
  • FCA regulation of cryptoassets
  • The developing law relating to cryptoassets
  • Smart contracts in English courts

Examples of work in these areas:

  • Obtaining worldwide freezing injunctions, asset preservation orders, Norwich Pharmacal and Banker’s Trust Orders in cases involving cryptoasset misappropriation, including ‘Persons Unknown’ cases
  • Cryptoasset trading disputes
  • Enforcement of judgments in cryptoasset cases
  • Advising a foreign jurisdiction about law reform so that its legal system was fit for purpose and could accommodate smart contracts, cryptoassets and open banking
  • Arbitration clauses in agreements between intermediaries and individual investors
  • FCA regulation of cryptoassets and trading in cryptoassets
  • Algorithmic trading disputes

Fintech Barristers

Andrew Spink QC

Call: 1985 Silk: 2003

Richard Hitchcock QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2014

John McKendrick QC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2016

Justina Stewart

Call: 2010

Bianca Venkata

Call: 2014

Stephen Butler

Call: 2014

Chloë Bell

Call: 2015

Joshua Cainer

Call: 2019

Anson Cheung

Call: 2019

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