Awards & Rankings

Outer Temple Chambers is proud to have been recognised by numerous directories and professional bodies over the years. Below is a chronology of some of our achievements.

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2021 Awards & Accolades

Rachel Vickers appointed Queen’s Counsel in March 2021.

Rachel Vickers wins Clinical Negligence Junior of the Year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards.

Outer Temple Chambers nominated for Client Service Set of the Year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards.

Naomi Cunningham named ‘Lawyer of the Week’ by The Lawyer.

Rachel Vickers appointed Queen’s Counsel in March 2021.

Rachel Vickers wins Clinical Negligence Junior of the Year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards.

Outer Temple Chambers nominated for Client Service Set of the Year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards.

Naomi Cunningham named ‘Lawyer of the Week’ by The Lawyer.

  • Andrew Allen appointed Queen’s Counsel in March 2020
  • Andrew Short QC awarded Employment Silk of the Year for The Legal 500 UK Awards 2020

  • Jonathan Hand and Fiona Horlick appointed Queen’s Counsel
  • Claire van Overdijk shortlisted for “Advocate of the Year” at the 2019/2020 STEP Private Client Awards
  • Andrew Short QC shortlisted for Employment Silk of the Year and Outer Temple Chambers won Employment Set of the Year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards
  • Andrew Short QC shortlisted in the ‘Barrister of the Year’ category at The Lawyer Awards.

  • Outer Temple Chambers won the Chambers of the Year category at the STEP Private Client Awards
  • Christine Kings, then CEO, received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chambers UK Bar Awards
  • Fiona Horlick is shortlisted for Professional Discipline: Junior of the Year Award at the Chambers UK Bar Awards
  • Outer Temple Chambers was shortlisted for 2018/2019 STEP Private Client ‘Chambers of the Year’ at the STEP Private Client Awards
  • Outer Temple Chambers becomes a proud Silver Sponsor of the SIA
  • Outer Temple Chambers achieves Investors in People Platinum
  • Tim Nesbitt, Nathan Tavares, Eliot Woolf and Sarah Crowther appointed Queen’s Counsel

  • Outer Temple achieved ‘Highly commended’ in the Modern Law Awards Chambers of the Year
  • Outer Temple shortlisted in Legal Week’s British Legal Awards – ‘Chambers of the Year’ category
  • David Russell QC was awarded ‘Lifetime Achievement’ at the WealthBriefing GCC Region Awards
  • Outer Temple awarded ‘Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Set of the Year’ at the Chambers UK Bar Awards
  • James Leonard wins ‘Health & Safety Junior of the Year’ Award at the Chambers UK Bar Awards
  • James Counsell and Matthew Phillips appointed Queen’s Counsel

  • Employment Team nominated for Employment Set of the Year at the Legal 500 UK Awards
  • Fiona Horlick nominated for Professional Discipline Junior of the Year Chambers UK Bar Awards
  • John McKendrick appointed Queen’s Counsel

  • Outer Temple was awarded the Chambers Innovation Award by Legal Week
  • Outer Temple was runner up in The Lawyer Award for Chambers of the Year 2015
  • Ben Compton QC awarded ‘Health & Safety Silk of the Year’ at the Chambers Bar Awards
  • Christopher Wilson Smith QC won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chambers Bar Awards

  • Outer Temple has been commended in the FT’s Innovative Lawyers 2014 Report. Identified as a ‘Legal Industry Pioneer’, the FT noted that Outer Temple, the only traditional Chambers featured, had been restructured to meet the challenges of a changing legal market
  • Outer Temple recommended as a Top Tier Set in Business and Regulatory Crime at the Legal 500 UK Awards
  • James Leonard won ‘Professional Discipline Junior of the Year’ at the Chambers UK Bar Awards
  • Ben Compton shortlisted as ‘Silk of the Year in Health & Safety’ at the Chambers UK Bar Awards
  • Gerard McDermott QC won the award of ‘Excellence in Legal Care’ at the SIA’s ‘Rebuilding Lives After Spinal Cord Injury’ Awards
  • David Russell QC won ‘Chartered Tax Adviser of the Year’ at The Tax Institute’s 29th National Convention

  • Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Teams won ‘Set of the Year’ at the Chambers UK Bar Awards
  • Professional Discipline Team shortlisted for ‘Set of the Year’ at the Chambers UK Bar Awards
  • Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Teams won ‘Set of the Year’ at the Legal 500 UK Awards
  • John McKendrick was featured in The Times Lawyer of the week column
  • Winner of ‘Employment Team the Year’, jointly nominated with Leigh Day at The Lawyer Awards
  • Daniel Barnett was shortlisted for the 2013 Legal Journalism Award

  • Professional Discipline Team won ‘Set of the Year’ at the Chambers UK Bar Awards
  • Gerard McDermott QC won Personal Injury Silk of the Year 2012 at the Personal Injury Awards
  • Outer Temple Chambers awarded ‘Friends in Law 2012’ for providing finance and support to FRU and the Bar Pro Bono Unit

  • David Westcott QC won ‘Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence Silk of the Year’ at the Chambers UK Bar Awards
  • Richard Hitchcock QC was featured in The Times Lawyer of the week column

  • Black Solicitor Network Awards – Outer Temple won awards for Retaining Talent and for Promoting Talent. Chambers was also one of the three finalists in the Attracting Talent category
  • The Pensions team at Outer Temple Chambers was short listed for the Professional Pensions, Pensions Awards, in the category of Pension Lawyers of the Year

"Outer Temple Chambers houses considerable expertise in serious criminal matters, and is well regarded in the market for its handling of the region's most high-profile and complex cases."


Chambers & Partners - Band 1 - Crime

"The barristers at Outer Temple Chambers are well regarded for their expert handling of prosecutions arising from a wide range of health and safety offences."


Chambers & Partners - Band 2 - Health & Safety

"Outer Temple Chambers as a "very modern and organised set... members are very professional and the quality of the work they produce is amazing."


Chambers & Partners - Band 3 - Clinical Negligence

"An excellent set of chambers, with a great collection of barristers' who are 'technically brilliant'. The set offers 'not merely the numbers to provide strength in depth, but also a range of sub-specialisms, which gives them a real edge'."


Legal 500 - Tier 2 - Clinical Negligence

Outer Temple Chambers is 'extremely efficient and all the clerks are helpful when looking for suitable counsel at affordable fees'.


Legal 500 - Tier 2 - Employment

The set is well known for its involvement at the epicentre of ground-breaking mass equal pay litigation.


Chambers & Partners - Band 2 - Employment

"Outer Temple Chambers has 'strength and depth across the gamut of financial services' and is 'generous in offering insights and education and training programmes'."


Legal 500 - Tier 2 - Financial Services Regulation

"Outer Temple Chambers is consistently rated as 'one of the top' pensions teams."


Legal 500 - Tier 2 - Pensions

"Outer Temple Chambers demonstrates notable expertise... with sources commenting on the "breadth of expertise" at the set."


Chambers & Partners - Tier 2 - Pensions

"Outer Temple Chambers' 'excellent reputation' comes from its 'huge breadth of expertise relating to accident and injury types'... 'great number of silks at the top of their game' and 'juniors who complete work well beyond their call'."


Legal 500 - Tier 2 - Personal Injury, Industrial Disease and Insurance Fraud

"Instructing solicitors praise the "quality of counsel" available within the set and note that "whenever you instruct Outer Temple Chambers you know your case will be dealt with professionally and efficiently."


Chambers & Partners - Band 2 - Personal Injury

"The set has excellent capability across a broad spread of regulated professions. Commentators observe that the set "devotes real energy to professional discipline, without seeing it as an add-on."


Chambers & Partners - Band 3 - Professional Discipline

"Outer Temple Chambers stands out for its 'strength in depth in pensions professional indemnity work', frequently advising on claims against solicitors, barristers, actuaries, financial services professionals and insolvency practitioners."


legal 500 UK - Tier 4 - Professional Negligence

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