Outer Temple Chambers is to become the first barristers’ set to have a physical presence in the Middle East with a launch in Abu Dhabi next Monday (12 November).

The 64-barrister set’s annexe, which will be in the centre of Abu Dhabi, will act as a hub for its commercial and regulatory work in the United Arab Emirates.

Richard Lissack QC of Outer Temple, who jointly spearheaded the opening with the set’s business development director Derek Jenkins, said the new outpost complements the set’s current associations, including that with law firm Farara Kerins in the British Virgin Islands.

It will provide a base for meetings and seminars as well as conferences, but no barristers will be permanently based in the yet.

“This will give us a unique place in the market,” said Lissack. “We’ll be the only chambers with a physical presence in the Middle East and our connections there will be a huge advantage to us.”