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Members of Outer Temple ranked in Legal 500 EMEA

Following the release of The Legal 500 EMEA 2021 results, Outer Temple is proud to announce that several of our members have been ranked in the Middle East Guide for commercial law. Outer Temple has also been recognised as a Recommended Set of Chambers for commercial law.

These rankings reflect our competency in providing expert advisory and advocacy services and facilities for our contract and commercial, financial, regulatory, taxation and trusts, employment and arbitration work in the UAE and across the Middle East.

As the first and only set of barristers’ chambers to registered office within the Dubai International Financial Centre (Part 1), members have had a busy year working with DIFCA and the Dubai Financial Services Authority. The Legal 500 editorial on Outer Temple commented that our “Middle East presence is most visible in the UAE, where it is well-connected with free zone authorities. David Russell QC has expertise in the trusts law of the DIFC, including representing the DIFC Authority in representations to the DIFC Courts on such themes, and Andrew Spink QC has been involved in legislative drafting projects for the DIFC Authority. Among the set’s juniors, Ali Almihdar is also qualified in Saudi Arabia, a jurisdiction where he is well-connected. Cementing the set’s connections to the region, Peter Smith of Al Tamimi & Company in Dubai became a door tenant in April 2020.”

Ranked members

David Russell QC – Leading Silk, Tier 1: ‘Solicitors appreciate his practicality – and he always seems to have an answer ready. ’

Andrew Spink QC – Leading Silk, Tier 2: ‘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.

Dr Ali Almihdar –  Leading Junior, Tier 1: ‘ Extremely knowledgeable of matters of Saudi law, he has a keen understanding of international arbitration. ’

David Holloway – Leading Junior, Tier 2: ‘ He is seriously clever and a true expert on matters of international trade, oil and gas and the procedure and tactics in high value international arbitration matters.

Peter Linstead – Leading Junior, Tier 2: ‘Incisive, gets to the heart of an issue and technically excellent; he is also very practical and generous with his time.

The rankings

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 have offices in the United Arab Emirates in Dubai and Abu Dhabi 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 David Smith on (+44 (0)20 7427 4905) or Colin Bunyan on +44 (0)20 7427 4886 for a confidential discussion.

News 16 Apr, 2021


David Russell KC

Call: 1977 (Australia) Silk: 1986

Andrew Spink KC

Call: 1985 Silk: 2003

Peter Linstead

Call: 1994

Dr Ali Almihdar

Call: 2003

David Holloway

Call: 1996

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