Outer Temple Chambers is a leading global barristers’ chambers with our head office in London. Our barristers (also known as our members) are self-employed, independent practitioners operating in chambers. They share premises and administration but are separate and independent from one another. Every barrister remains ultimately responsible to the client for the work they are instructed to deliver.
As well as our members operating in chambers, we boast a number of door tenants and professional associates around the world. Our door tenants are barristers that are also affiliated to, and practise out of, another chambers. Our professional associates are either qualified lawyers (in a non-UK jurisdiction) or legal academics.
Barristers are regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) to provide legal services in England and Wales. Their professional details are recorded in the online Barristers’ Register maintained by the Bar Standards Board. The Register includes information about their practising status, practising address, the reserved legal activities they are authorised to undertake and whether they have been the subject of any disciplinary findings. Particulars of other professional bodies or similar institutions with which members of chambers are registered can be provided by the practice management team if required.
Chambers and barristers are governed by latest edition of the BSB Handbook and its Code of Conduct, available from the Bar Standards Board website.
Bar Standards Board
Address: 289-293 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7HZ
Phone: +44 (0)20 7611 1444
Fax: +44 (0)20 7831 9217
Unless otherwise agreed, the English courts will have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any claim, dispute or difference concerning our services and any matter arising from it.
Our practice management team (traditionally known as ‘clerks‘) manage instructions and the busy diaries of a specific group of barristers. The group of barristers are generally offering a similar set of skills and potential clients can discuss fees, suitability and availability with the practice management team. They have an in-depth knowledge of their barristers and excel in matching barristers to clients’ needs. They aim to provide fee quotations promptly, and within the 14 day period indicated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).
Our fees team have good relationships with solicitor clients and are always happy to discuss payment arrangements and terms, whether they involve complex fee arrangements or general enquiries. Direct access clients can make payments by credit card or BACS.
The following information is provided by Outer Temple Chambers in line with the requirements of The Provision of Services Regulations 2009 (‘the Regulations’). Any other required information is included in the letter of engagement, service contract and/or terms of business to clients.
|Business Name||Outer Temple Chambers|
|Legal Status||Barristers Chambers|
|Tax Status||Trade Protection Association|
|Contact Details||Outer Temple Chambers
Tel: +44 (0)20 7353 6381
DX: 351 London www.outertemple.com
|VAT Number||243 5466 61|
|Heads of Chambers||James Counsell QC (Head of Governance)
Sarah Crowther QC (Head of the Health Department)
Andrew Spink QC (Head of the Business Department)
|Treasury||Harry Trusted (Treasurer) Nicholas Hill (Deputy Treasurer)|
All of our barristers must have professional indemnity insurance, provided by Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF). The minimum limit of cover is £500,000 but a significant number of barristers also have additional professional indemnity insurance in light of the value of the work undertaken. Bar Mutual provides cover for claims brought anywhere in the world (subject to the terms of the cover). They can be contacted through the Managers of BMIF: 90 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 4ST. Telephone: +44 (0)20 7621 0405.
Our barristers also have additional professional indemnity top up cover provided by TLO. Their contact details are: TLO Insurance Services Limited, 62 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5HZ. Telephone: +44 (0)20 7839 0472. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outer Temple Chambers is separately insured with the National Insurance and Guarantee Corporation Ltd (NIG), registered in England & Wales number 42133. Their address is: Crown House, 145 City Road, London, EC1V 1LP. Policy Number SEC4766046.
Each barrister is VAT registered. For further details contact your barrister’s practice management team.
Complaints can be made in the first instance to our HR & Regulatory Manager, Rhonda Murkin.