Formed over 60 years ago, Outer Temple’s journey is a story of growth and achievement. We are constantly building on our solid roots and core values to stay ahead and drive forward in the ever changing legal world. Read about our brand values and our journey below.
Outer Temple Chambers takes its name directly from its London premises – The Outer Temple, located close to the historic Temple Church and opposite the Royal Courts of Justice.
Steeped in legal history, the area is well known for housing some of the best barristers’ chambers in the world and we are proud to sit amongst those. Formed over 60 years ago, we have relocated within the area a few times, finally settling in The Outer Temple in 2003 to accommodate our ever-growing team. 2020 has witnessed profound change, accelerating the digital disruption of how we all work. We decided it was time to update our brand to reflect Chambers’ modernity and agility adapting to a fast-changing legal market, underpinned by a strong history and tradition of legal excellence.
We want our brand to reflect the way we work, the way we think and the way we act as a team. Brand research identified our core strengths. Amongst other traits, we are perceived as friendly, approachable, ambitious, forward-thinking and professional. We, therefore, focused our mind on what we see as our key values;
We are professional. Instruct us and you get our full attention. Our barristers are instructed on the biggest and most complex cases for our attention to detail and professionalism.
We are personable. Client service is paramount to us. We work for you and with you. Our teams take the time to get to know you in order to ensure you have the right people working on your case. Client feedback on our barristers and our practice management teams demonstrates this.
We are powerful. And proud to be so. Our work influences laws. Our advice shapes legal frameworks. Our world-class barristers know what they are doing. We are leaders in the fields in which we work. We boast a host of awards and legal acknowledgements.
In building our new brand we sought inspiration from our own front door. Literally. The ornate architecture, the portal window, the glorious koi carp guarding the entrance.
Nobody quite knows what exactly inspired the architects to incorporate koi into the doorway but we like to think that it was a nod to the architecture around the City of London and the River Thames running behind the building. The dolphin-adorned lampposts along the Embankment and the river itself complement the nautical theme to our doorway. The portal window above our doorway and intricate lattice carving provides a beautiful, meaningful icon for Outer Temple Chambers.
Koi carp are revered around the world for their power and strength, courage and perseverance. These values are synonymous with our team. The koi’s mystical qualities helped to inspire our new website and brand. When it came to the colour scheme, our black and gold elegant doorway already portrayed the quality and professionalism we offer. It was simple really. Visit us, look up at the beautiful architecture and you will see the power of our set. Professional, personable, powerful.
From humble roots as a tavern to the home of one of the leading legal chambers in the world, our building is integral to our brand.
As a set, we have continued to expand at pace and now boast over 100 barristers – with around 80 based in our namesake London building and other members based in our international office in Dubai and around the world, including the Americas. We continue on an important journey to greater diversity with our first female Head of Chambers, Sarah Crowther QC, appointed in 2020 and leadership from our first CEO, Rebecca Priestley, former City lawyer and HR Director, appointed in 2019.