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The Chambers of Rodney Stewart Smith and David Fisher

12 NEW SQUARE, LINCOLN'S INN, LONDON, WC2A 3SW, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7419 8000
Fax:
Fax 020 7419 8050
DX:
1056 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
Email:
Web:
www.newsquarechambers.co.uk

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

A β€˜strong commercial set’, New Square Chambers β€˜continues to go from strength to strength’. The Chancery set has expertise in commercial and private client litigation, as well as media, intellectual property and public law. The clerks are described as β€˜efficient and helpful’, β€˜as one would expect with any strong commercial set’, but they also possess β€˜a surprising amount of legal knowledge’, which places them β€˜ahead of the pack’, according to some solicitors. Phil Reeves is head of clerking and he is assisted by deputy head of clerking Michelle Greene. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 5

New Square Chambers

New Square Chambers combines expertise in public law and real estate, handling disputes relating to public access to land and rights of way. The hugely experienced George Laurence QC was instructed on a dispute concerning rights of navigation in Brighton Marina, and has also dealt with appeals over public rights of way of railway lines and the registration of village greens.

Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading silks

George Laurence QC - New Square Chambers β€˜In the field of public rights of way he is undoubtedly a leading member of the Bar.’

Ranked: tier 3
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading juniors

Ross Crail - New Square Chambers β€˜She is intellectually one of the best lawyers of her generation.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading juniors

Justina Stewart - New Square Chambers β€˜Has a very good commercial application and a way with lay clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Simon Adamyk - New Square Chambers β€˜A top choice for commercial and fraud-related litigation.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Eaton Turner - New Square Chambers β€˜Offers practical and insightful advice on complex issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

Nigel Hood - New Square Chambers β€˜He has an understated and down-to-earth style that is a joy to work with and deeply reassuring.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Company and partnership
Company – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

New Square Chambers

New Square Chambers is β€˜a strong Chancery set’ with a number of β€˜very good’ juniors and silks, supported by β€˜exceptionally organised’ clerks. Members have expertise in all areas of company law. Typical instructions include issues arising out of commercial litigation and advisory work and litigation in relation to restructuring issues, corporate governance, and transactions. Robin Hollington QC is noted for minority shareholder cases and has a significant offshore practice.

Company – Leading silks

Robin Hollington QC - New Square Chambers β€˜Of note for Companies Act disputes.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Thom QC - New Square Chambers β€˜He is able to deal with challenging clients and difficult opponents.’

Ranked: tier 4
Company – Leading juniors

David Eaton Turner - New Square Chambers β€˜He is both brilliant and approachable.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sebastian Prentis - New Square Chambers β€˜Exemplary attention to detail and is superb in court.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Adamyk - New Square Chambers β€˜He leaves no stone unturned and has a phenomenal eye for detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

Adrian Pay - New Square Chambers β€˜An excellent junior who provides considered, robust advice.’

Ranked: tier 5

Jonathan Lopian - New Square Chambers β€˜He has exceptional advocacy skills; always well prepared for trial.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil – Leading juniors

Nigel Hood - New Square Chambers β€˜Brings a rare mix of commercial fraud and criminal expertise, which offers clients real benefit.’

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Adamyk - New Square Chambers β€˜A highly rated junior for civil fraud work.’

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Hubbard - New Square Chambers β€˜His drafting is particularly notable; he is very knowledgeable and works well in a team.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Insolvency
Insolvency – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

New Square Chambers

β€˜An excellent set for insolvency’, New Square Chambers’ clerks β€˜can always find a suitable barrister, even at short notice’. The insolvency practice is active in both on- and offshore mandates and has considerable experience in administrations, receiverships, DTI inquiries, voluntary arrangements and malpractice in and before insolvency. In a significant victory, Jonathan Lopian represented the successful appellant in JCAM Commercial Real Estate XV Limited v Davis Haulage Limited.

Insolvency – Leading silks

Robin Hollington QC - New Square Chambers β€˜A walking brain.’

Ranked: tier 3
Insolvency – Leading juniors

David Eaton Turner - New Square Chambers β€˜User friendly and a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2

Sebastian Prentis - New Square Chambers β€˜He always connects well with the judges he appears before.’

Ranked: tier 3

Conn MacEvilly - New Square Chambers β€˜An experienced junior in insolvency cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jonathan Lopian - New Square Chambers β€˜He is a wickedly sharp cross-examiner.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property – Leading juniors

Madeleine Heal - New Square Chambers β€˜She is an effective advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Malcolm Chapple - New Square Chambers β€˜He is a good IP counsel, who has a grasp of linked areas of law as well as a practical understanding of business needs over and above the purely legal issues.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Offshore
Offshore – Leading silks

Nicholas Le Poidevin QC - New Square Chambers β€˜He advises on offshore matters in the Crown Dependancies and the British Overseas Territories.’

Ranked: tier 1

Robin Hollington QC - New Square Chambers β€˜His work includes challenging funds cases.’

Ranked: tier 3
Offshore – Leading juniors

Mark Hubbard - New Square Chambers β€˜He combines sound academic ability and common sense.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Adamyk - New Square Chambers β€˜His phenomenal eye for detail is matched by his output.’

Ranked: tier 2

Lynton Tucker - New Square Chambers β€˜He advises on offshore company and trust issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Private client: trusts and probate
Private client: trusts and probate – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

New Square Chambers

New Square Chambers is strong across the board with an increasing focus on international private wealth matters. In Crociani v Crociani, Nicholas Le Poidevin QC appeared in the Privy Council, a case considering whether a common term in offshore trusts amounted to a jurisdiction clause.

Private client: trusts and probate – Leading silks

Nicholas Le Poidevin QC - New Square Chambers β€˜He has a persuasive and charming style of advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 1
Private client: trusts and probate – Leading juniors

Lynton Tucker - New Square Chambers β€˜Has an encyclopaedic knowledge of trust law and of personal taxation matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Alexander Learmonth - New Square Chambers β€˜He is very intelligent.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Hubbard - New Square Chambers β€˜A gifted advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Charlotte Ford - New Square Chambers β€˜Very clever.’

Ranked: tier 4

Charles Holbech - New Square Chambers β€˜Has very detailed knowledge of his cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

John Eidinow - New Square Chambers β€˜Very highly rated.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rodney Stewart Smith - New Square Chambers β€˜Highly rated.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Schaw Miller - New Square Chambers β€˜Very experienced.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Property litigation and agriculture
Property litigation – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

New Square Chambers

New Square Chambers is β€˜a set with a real depth of expertise’ where the clerks β€˜go above and beyond to provide a first-class service.’ Areas of specialism for the members include landlord and tenant disputes, trust claims, insolvency and matters with a public law element. George Laurence QC acted in R(Powell) v Marine Management Organisation and Anor, a matter pertaining to public rights of navigation in Brighton Marina.

Property litigation – Leading silks

George Laurence QC - New Square Chambers β€˜His knowledge is unsurpassed and his insight is deeply impressive.’

Ranked: tier 2
Agriculture – Leading juniors

Alexander Learmonth - New Square Chambers β€˜He is a rising star.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Warner - New Square Chambers β€˜His pleadings are a joy to read and he is commanding in the courtroom.’

Ranked: tier 3
Property litigation – Leading juniors

Adrian Pay - New Square Chambers β€˜A very persuasive advocate and has a good rapport with clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Warner - New Square Chambers β€˜Judges listen to this incredibly bright barrister.’

Ranked: tier 4

Ross Crail - New Square Chambers β€˜She is an excellent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Schaw Miller - New Square Chambers β€˜He has an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of property litigation.’

Ranked: tier 4

Alexander Learmonth - New Square Chambers β€˜He is a rising star.’

Ranked: tier 5

Gary Pryce - New Square Chambers β€˜Good at thinking on his feet and tackling unexpected obstacles.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Set overviews: England and Wales

A β€˜strong commercial set’, New Square Chambers β€˜continues to go from strength to strength’. The Chancery set has expertise in commercial and private client litigation, as well as media, intellectual property and public law. The clerks are described as β€˜efficient and helpful’, β€˜as one would expect with any strong commercial set’, but they also possess β€˜a surprising amount of legal knowledge’, which places them β€˜ahead of the pack’, according to some solicitors. Phil Reeves is head of clerking and he is assisted by deputy head of clerking Michelle Greene. Offices in: London

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