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Chambers of James Thom QC

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

New Square Chambers is a well-regarded Chancery set with expertise in commercial and private client litigation, as well as strength in other areas such as media, intellectual property and public law. In the clerks’ room, individuals are β€˜always willing to help’, β€˜very quick to respond’ and adopt β€˜a friendly manner with solicitors’. Head of clerking Phil Reeves is β€˜an excellent operator’, who β€˜runs a great team’. β€˜You can rely on his recommendations and solicitors have absolute faith in his advice.’ β€˜Helpful and commercial’ deputy head of clerking Michelle Greene is β€˜a delight to work with’, and β€˜goes the extra mile to assist and to find suitable counsel if the requested barrister is unavailable’. 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 has β€˜significant experience’ of the intersection between public law and property law, and is especially strong in cases involving public access to land. Indeed, in one particularly topical matter, George Laurence QC acted in relation to a preliminary hearing concerning the jurisdiction of the HS2 select committee to hear certain types of petitions.

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

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

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

Ross Crail - New Square Chambers β€˜A tenacious and persuasive advocate, demonstrating great clarity of thought and argument.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Simon Adamyk - New Square Chambers β€˜He has an easy and persuasive advocacy style; solicitors wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Eaton Turner - New Square Chambers β€˜Extremely user-friendly and very clever.’

Ranked: tier 3

Nigel Hood - New Square Chambers β€˜He does not cease to impress with his technical knowledge and commitment.’

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 stellar set, well-known to the commercial Chancery world, especially in the offshore context’. Barristers regularly appear for directors and shareholders in unfair prejudice, directors’ disqualification and breach of duty claims, and also advise on capital reduction and schemes of arrangement.

Company – Leading silks

Robin Hollington QC - New Square Chambers β€˜The go-to silk for shareholder disputes.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Thom QC - New Square Chambers β€˜A formidable and suave advocate, who has a keen sense of the mood in the courtroom.’

Ranked: tier 4
Company – Leading juniors

David Eaton Turner - New Square Chambers β€˜An excellent, measured and intellectually sound advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sebastian Prentis - New Square Chambers β€˜He has a winning combination of efficiency and practicality.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Adamyk - New Square Chambers β€˜His written work is superb, and he always has clients’ best interests in mind.’

Ranked: tier 3

Adrian Pay - New Square Chambers β€˜He can be relied on to provide incisive advice and presents his arguments very well.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Financial services
Financial services – Leading silks

Philip Hackett QC - New Square Chambers β€˜He has a truly excellent grasp of financial services and financial crime.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil – Leading juniors

Nigel Hood - New Square Chambers β€˜A brilliant professional, who can provide immediate strategic advice on any issue.’

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Adamyk - New Square Chambers β€˜Responsive, very good with clients and extremely thorough and well prepared.’

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Hubbard - New Square Chambers β€˜Ideal for offshore trust litigation, which often goes hand-in-hand with civil fraud work.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Insolvency
Insolvency – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

New Square Chambers

New Square Chambers is β€˜full of academically minded individuals, who are well known for insolvency and general commercial Chancery workβ€˜. Recent notable cases saw David Eaton Turner in the Court of Appeal in Goldtrail Travel v Black Pearl Investments, and Sebastian Prentis in the Supreme Court in the Olympic Airlines case.

Insolvency – Leading silks

Robin Hollington QC - New Square Chambers β€˜The go-to silk for shareholder disputes.’

Ranked: tier 3
Insolvency – Leading juniors

David Eaton Turner - New Square Chambers β€˜A calming influence.’

Ranked: tier 2

Sebastian Prentis - New Square Chambers β€˜He is efficient and clever, and a joy to deal with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Conn MacEvilly - New Square Chambers β€˜He is a very user-friendly β€Žand commercial junior with great potential.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jonathan Lopian - New Square Chambers β€˜A master of detail, and a focused and ferocious cross-examiner.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property – Leading juniors

Madeleine Heal - New Square Chambers β€˜She is thorough and always well prepared.’

Ranked: tier 4

Malcolm Chapple - New Square Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)
Media and entertainment – Leading juniors

Madeleine Heal - New Square Chambers β€˜A confident and client-focused advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Offshore
Offshore – Leading silks

Nicholas Le Poidevin QC - New Square Chambers β€˜He is accessible, quick to respond and has great judgement.’

Ranked: tier 1

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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 β€˜an excellent Chancery set’, where members’ strengths span contentious wills, trusts, probate and estate administration. Some also have experience in international private wealth cases.

Private client: trusts and probate – Leading silks

Nicholas Le Poidevin QC - New Square Chambers β€˜He is a very strong trusts lawyer, who provides excellent advice.’

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

Lynton Tucker - New Square Chambers β€˜Absolutely brilliant.’

Ranked: tier 1

Alexander Learmonth - New Square Chambers β€˜He has a very good client manner coupled with real intellect, strategic awareness and a desire to win.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Hubbard - New Square Chambers β€˜A talented advocate, who thinks well on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 3

Charlotte Ford - New Square Chambers β€˜She combines fierce intelligence with empathy and understanding.’

Ranked: tier 4

Charles Holbech - New Square Chambers β€˜Very meticulous and methodical.’

Ranked: tier 4

John Eidinow - New Square Chambers β€˜Highly recommended.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Schaw Miller - New Square Chambers β€˜He has a hugely analytical mind and a wealth of practical experience.’

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 leading set for access to the countryside and right of way cases, with efficient and approachable clerks’. Trail Riders Fellowship and Tilbury v Dorset County Council was an inter-chambers battle between Adrian Pay and George Laurence QC, which questioned whether digitally produced maps satisfy the requirements as to scale in the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981; Pay was successful for the respondents.

Property litigation – Leading silks

George Laurence QC - New Square Chambers β€˜A calm communicator and strategic thinker, he is clearly at the top of his game.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Thom QC - New Square Chambers β€˜A formidable and suave advocate, he accomplishes with great tact what others fail to accomplish with bluster.’

Ranked: tier 5
Agriculture – Leading juniors

David Warner - New Square Chambers β€˜His work is of the highest standard and he really comes into his own in the courtroom.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alexander Learmonth - New Square Chambers β€˜He has a real desire to win.’

Ranked: tier 3
Property litigation – Leading juniors

Adrian Pay - New Square Chambers β€˜He knows each case inside out and is a really approachable and genuinely decent person.’

Ranked: tier 4

Ross Crail - New Square Chambers β€˜She is a formidable barrister with a brilliant legal mind.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Schaw Miller - New Square Chambers β€˜He has a hugely analytical mind and a wealth of practical experience.’

Ranked: tier 4

Alexander Learmonth - New Square Chambers β€˜He has a very good client manner coupled with real intellect and strategic awareness.’

Ranked: tier 5

David Warner - New Square Chambers β€˜An incredibly bright and affable barrister, who leaves no stone unturned.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Set overviews: England and Wales

New Square Chambers is a well-regarded Chancery set with expertise in commercial and private client litigation, as well as strength in other areas such as media, intellectual property and public law. In the clerks’ room, individuals are β€˜always willing to help’, β€˜very quick to respond’ and adopt β€˜a friendly manner with solicitors’. Head of clerking Phil Reeves is β€˜an excellent operator’, who β€˜runs a great team’. β€˜You can rely on his recommendations and solicitors have absolute faith in his advice.’ β€˜Helpful and commercial’ deputy head of clerking Michelle Greene is β€˜a delight to work with’, and β€˜goes the extra mile to assist and to find suitable counsel if the requested barrister is unavailable’. Offices in: London

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