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Members excel in Legal 500 EMEA 2022 Commercial Law rankings

Legal 500 have just announced their EMEA results and we are proud to announce that Outer Temple and a number of our members have been ranked for commercial expertise in the Middle East.

These rankings reflect competency in providing expert advisory and advocacy services and facilities for contract and commercial, financial, regulatory, taxation and trusts, employment and arbitration work in the UAE and across the Middle East. Outer Temple Chambers is the first and only set of barristers’ chambers to have a registered office within the Dubai International Financial Centre (Part 1).

Tier 2 Set

Outer Temple Chambers has been ranked as Tier 2 set in the Middle East: The English Bar: Commercial guide. Testimonials provided to Legal 500 included:

‘Every barrister I have had the pleasure with at Outer Temple has been extremely impressive. They are very approachable and I appreciate their focus on maintaining relationships with solicitors.’

Strong and impressive presence in the Dubai International Financial Centre and the international legal community there. One of the foremost chambers in the jurisdiction.’

OTC has an excellent stable of barristers with impressive performances in the Middle East.’

‘Frequently delivers training programmes in the UAE, including the DIFC and ADGM. Offers strength in depth in matters requiring both lead and junior counsel. Several members of chambers have spent time in the Middle East and have a very good understanding on the legal landscape in onshore and offshore UAE jurisdictions.’

The clerking team also received glowing reviews with Sam Carter described as ‘first class. Easy to deal with and very efficient.’ and Colin Bunyanalways very helpful and responsive.’

Ranked members

David Russell QC – Leading Silk, Tier 1
Tax and trusts specialist David Russell QC is described as a key individual to note; ‘David is an outstanding lawyer with an enormous reputation that goes beyond national boundaries. As such, he is very well connected within the international legal community. When working together on an assignment, David always manages to make sure matters are viewed from various perspectives.’

Andrew Spink QC – Leading Silk, Tier 2
Andrew Spink QC is described as having an extensive company law practice, demonstrated through his involvement in advising on new DIFC company law and legislation.

Stephen Doherty – Leading Junior, Tier 1
‘Stephen is a pleasure to work with. He is commercially minded, reliable and also delivers a calm and considered approach to advocacy.’

Ali Almihdar – Leading Junior, Tier 1

Ali Almihdar is described as the ‘The go-to expert on Saudi law. He is eloquent, commercially minded, has a deep and practical understanding of the arbitration process, produces clear well-written expert reports and can explain to the tribunal complicated issues of Saudi law in a simple and persuasive manner.

Justina Stewart – Leading Junior, Tier 2

Justina is a hard-hitting litigator. She is able to parachute into a dispute and turn it 180 degrees in favour of her clients.’

David Holloway – Leading Junior, Tier 2

David has a very clear mind and quickly identifies relevant issues. He is also a strategic and commercial thinker who can provide relevant legal advice in context. David is unflappable and persists to advocate persuasively even in hostile settings.’

Peter Linstead – Leading Junior, Tier 2

Peter has always been highly accessible and responsive when working together. He has a calm and reassuring manner.’

The complete rankings can be found here.

Find out more

Outer Temple Chambers  is a leading set of expert, global barristers who are known for being specialists in commercial litigation and arbitration, company and employment law-multinational and cross-border law, regulatory issues, Islamic Finance and wealth management, and work in the world’s leading courts, including in DIFC Courts. Outer Temple has offices in London and Dubai with a wide variety of barristers and professional associates permanently based in the Middle East to ensure our established presence in the region.

To find out more about our expertise or to instruct a member of out team, please contact Sam Carter on +44 (0)203 989 6669 or Colin Bunyan on +44 (0)20 7427 4886 for a confidential discussion.

News 13 Apr, 2022


David Russell KC

Call: 1977 (Australia) Silk: 1986

Andrew Spink KC

Call: 1985 Silk: 2003

Peter Linstead

Call: 1994

Dr Ali Almihdar

Call: 2003

Justina Stewart

Call: 2010

Stephen Doherty

Call: 2013

David Holloway

Call: 1996

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