Set Profile > 8 New Square Intellectual Property > London, England

8 New Square Intellectual Property
8 New Square

Intellectual property Tier 1

8 New Square is ‘one of the strongest IP sets in terms of depth of talent’, with barristers that are ‘very strong on all aspects of IP law, from the most junior to QC level’. The set is particularly known for complex patent litigation; Adrian Speck QC and Isabel Jamal are instructed by Unwired Planet while Andrew Lykiardopoulos QC is representing Huawei in high-profile litigation relating to FRAND terms for a global standard essential patent license that is set to be appealed to the Supreme Court next year. In recent Supreme Court cases, Speck QC acted for Actavis, Mylan and Teva, alongside new silk Mark Chacksfield QC in patent litigation against Eli Lilly, while Lindsay Lane QC, who also took silk this year, and Jaani Riordan represented British Telecommunications plc and EE against Cartier International AG in a dispute relating the conditions of an order requiring internet service providers to block or attempt to block access to websites infringing registered trademarks.

Leading Silks

Daniel Alexander QC - 8 New SquareOne of the top QCs for intellectual property, he is very persuasive in court.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Meade QC - 8 New SquareHe has a great grasp of detail and adapts a good strategy in cross-examination.
Ranked: Tier 1
Adrian Speck QC - 8 New SquareHe is at the top of his game.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Lykiardopoulos QC - 8 New SquareHe has the gift of the gab and is probably one of the best advocates at the IP Bar.
Ranked: Tier 2
Charlotte May QC - 8 New SquareShe is a strong and committed advocate, with a good feel for judicial sentiment.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Mellor QC - 8 New SquareHe is brilliant on technical patent issues.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Tappin QC - 8 New SquareHe is a great advocate, with particular experience in chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnological sector patents.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Abrahams QC - 8 New SquareAn annoyingly tough opponent to be against.
Ranked: Tier 4
Martin Howe QC - 8 New SquareHe is strong for passing off and trade mark disputes.
Ranked: Tier 4
Tom Moody-Stuart QC - 8 New SquareHe has experience across the range of IP rights.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

Mark Chacksfield QC - 8 New SquareHe is known for his patent litigation expertise, particularly in the pharmaceutical sector.
Lindsay Lane QC - 8 New SquareShe provides strategic advice to meet clients' commercial goals.

Leading Juniors

Isabel Jamal - 8 New SquareShe is very personable and wise beyond her years.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Whyte - 8 New SquareAn excellent junior with amazing intellect.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jonathan Hill - 8 New SquareHe is confident, good with clients and has excellent cross-examination skills.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jaani Riordan - 8 New SquareHe is an amazingly talented junior who is especially strong in the tech sector.
Ranked: Tier 3
Iona Berkeley - 8 New SquareShe is thorough, pragmatic and commercially minded.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jessie Bowhill - 8 New SquareShe is very clever and on top of her game for soft IP.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ashton Chantrielle - 8 New SquareShe is a really good junior with particular experience handling European trade mark appeals.
Ranked: Tier 4

Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property) Tier 3

8 New Square is 'full of talent' and offers 'quality that is invariably fantastic'. The set is known for being 'strong on all aspects of IP' and has a breadth of experience in television, film, print and online media, broadcasting, advertising, and gaming. In recent work highlights, Jonathan Hill defended the film companies that produced the film Florence Foster Jenkins against a claim for infringement of copyright and moral rights, while Jessie Bowhill acted for Bob Geldof in a copyright infringement claim relating to the song "I Don’t Like Mondays".

Media and entertainment - Leading Silks

Daniel Alexander QC - 8 New SquareHe is technically brilliant and particularly impressive for IP.
Ranked: Tier 3

Media and entertainment - 2019 Silks

Lindsay Lane QC - 8 New SquareShe is personable, approachable and provides strategic advice.

Media and entertainment - Leading Juniors

Jessie Bowhill - 8 New SquareShe is exceptional, very good with lay clients and very hard working.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jonathan Hill - 8 New SquareHe handles a range of intellectual property and contractual disputes across the film, television and gaming industries.
Ranked: Tier 4

IT and telecoms

8 New Square, which has been highlighted as ‘one of the best sets in the IP world’, is also considered ‘at the top of its game in IT’. The ‘excellent set’ has expertise in contractual disputes, as well as on those relating to domain names, and data rights and protection. High-profile instructions include Conversant Wireless Licensing Sarl v Huawei Technology Co Ltd, in which Jaani Riordan is instructed for Huawei and Adrian Speck QC for Conversant, and Argos Ltd v Argos Systems Inc, which includes Jonathan Hill for the claimant and Jaani Riordan for the defendant.

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Silks

Daniel Alexander QC - 8 New SquareHe is great for getting an overall sense of how a case would run and how a court would respond.
Ranked: Tier 1
Adrian Speck QC - 8 New SquareHe is particularly strong for FRAND licensing disputes relating to standards essential telecommunications patents.
Ranked: Tier 3
Martin Howe QC - 8 New SquareHe has experience in intellectual property disputes relating to the internet, computers and IT, broadcasting and telecommunications technology.
Ranked: Tier 4

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Juniors

James St Ville - 8 New SquareHe is extremely thorough and considered, and very good on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jaani Riordan - 8 New SquareHe is extremely bright and responsive with strong technical skills.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Hill - 8 New SquareHe is great for both intellectual property and IT licensing disputes.
Ranked: Tier 4

Set overviews: England and Wales

For patent litigation ‘you can’t go wrong’ with the intellectual property specialists housed at 8 New Square. From silk through to junior counsel, they offer ‘exceptional service’. Chambers news of note includes Lindsay Lane QC and Mark Chacksfield QC taking silk in 2019, while Charlotte May QC and Quentin Cregan are now accredited mediators. The ‘experienced’ senior clerk John Call is assisted by practice managers Nick Wise, Ben Newham, and Martin Williams. Tony Liddon is head of operations. Offices in: London

8 NEW SQUARE is the largest specialist intellectual property chambers in the United Kingdom. Chambers has 29 IP Barristers, including 13 QCs. We also have two former Judges as door tenants. 8 New Square’s depth of knowledge and breadth of experience in intellectual property law, media and entertainment and IT law is second to none. Chambers is involved in a significant proportion of all IP trials each year.

From our most senior silks to our most junior members, we can offer technical and scientific expertise over a wide variety of disciplines. Many members of Chambers have graduate or post-graduate level scientific qualifications and/or technical industrial experience. Chambers also offers a commercially focused service. We have market-leading experience in dealing with IP issues for large multinational commercial organisations, small to medium-size businesses, government departments and universities as well as individual inventors, artists and musicians. We value our friendly and approachable style and we are committed to achieving the best for our clients.

The set: All members of Chambers are at the forefront of intellectual property litigation, advising on and presenting cases with considerable technical detail. Most have at least an undergraduate science qualification and some have advanced science degrees. Chambers handles litigation for leading commercial organisations around the world and high-profile individuals, as well as small companies and individuals. Members appear in the major English courts and tribunals including the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, Privy Council and The Intellectual Property Office including trade marks and design registries, as well as in cases before the Copyright Tribunal and the Patents County Court. Several members have written leading textbooks on aspects of intellectual property. The Reports of Patent Cases and The Fleet Street Reports, the two main specialist intellectual property law reports, have been edited from these chambers for many years, as well as the most recent editions of Kerly on Trade Marks and Trade Names and The Modern Law of Copyright and Designs.

International: Not only do members act in the major European courts, they also act in domestic and international arbitrations and mediations. Some are qualified to practise and appear in various courts overseas, including the Far East and the West Indies.

Recruitment: Chambers offers up to two pupillages per year via Pupillage Gateway. Pupils with a scientific or technical background are strongly encouraged. Two-day selective mini pupillages are available during term time.

Types of work undertaken: Patents expertise covers every field of technology. A team from Chambers acted in the first ever biotechnology patent appeal to reach the House of Lords, Biogen v Medeva, and the subsequent cases of HGS v Lilly and Kirin v Amgen. Members act in cases concerning the validity, infringement and licensing of patents and know-how, including competition aspects. All members of Chambers have wide experience in trade mark infringement, validity and passing-off litigation as well as disputes concerning ownership of trade marks. Groundbreaking cases, such as Jif Lemon in the House of Lords and the long-running Budweiser trade mark dispute, have all been handled by members of 8 New Square. Copyright litigation and advice includes disputes over industrial design and artistic works, including fashion, as well as music and literary copyright. Breach of confidence is also an area of expertise, including employer/employee disputes. Entertainment and media related disputes form a large part of Chambers’ work. Cases have involved leading companies and prominent individuals. Work in this area covers film, music and other related media contracts, publishing and broadcasting disputes, and performers’ rights. Information technology is another major area of Chambers’ practice. This includes contractual disputes before the Technology and Construction Court, advice on internet and domain names database rights and data protection. Further information and news is available on the Chambers’ website:

Department Name Email Telephone
Head of Chambers James Mellor QC
Senior Clerk John Call
Head of Operations Tony Liddon
Practice Manager Nick Wise
Practice Manager Martin Williams
Practice Manager Ben Newham
Assistant Practice Manager Paul Worrall
Assistant Practice Manager Philip Taylor
Junior Clerk Charles Nicholls
Business Development Manager Harri Gibson
Marketing & Administration Executive Samantha Bunn
Head of Chambers MELLOR QC, James
Member of Chambers BALDWIN QC, John (1977)
Member of Chambers HOWE QC, Martin (1980)
Member of Chambers ALEXANDER QC, Daniel (1988)
Member of Chambers MEADE QC, Richard (1991)
Member of Chambers TAPPIN QC, Michael (1991)
Member of Chambers SPECK QC, Adrian (1993)
Member of Chambers LYKIARDOPOULOS QC, Andrew (2004)
Member of Chambers MAY QC, Charlotte (1995)
Member of Chambers MOODY-STUART QC, Tom (1995)
Member of Chambers ABRAHAMS QC, James (1997)
Member of Chambers LANE QC, Lindsay (1996)
Member of Chambers CHACKSFIELD QC, Mark (1999)
Member of Chambers CLARK, Fiona (1982)
Member of Chambers St VILLE, James (1995)
Member of Chambers BERKELEY, Iona (1999)
Member of Chambers WARD, Henry (2000)
Member of Chambers HILL, Jonathan (2000)
Member of Chambers BOWHILL, Jessie (2004)
Member of Chambers WHYTE, James (2005)
Member of Chambers CREGAN, Quentin (2003 Australia, 2013 UK)
Member of Chambers JAMAL, Isabel (2008)
Member of Chambers CHANTRIELLE, Ashton (2011)
Member of Chambers DUNCAN, William (2012)
Member of Chambers RIORDAN, Jaani (2009 Australia, 2012 UK)
Member of Chambers KEAY, Maxwell (2013)
Member of Chambers JONES, Tom (2013)
Member of Chambers CONWAY, Michael (2016)
Member of Chambers COLLETT, Beth (2016)
Photo Name Position Profile
 James Abrahams QC photo James Abrahams QC
 Daniel Alexander QC photo Daniel Alexander QC
 Iona Berkeley  photo Iona Berkeley
 Jessie Bowhill  photo Jessie Bowhill
 Mark Chacksfield QC photo Mark Chacksfield QC
 Ashton Chantrielle  photo Ashton Chantrielle
 Fiona Clark  photo Fiona Clark
Miss Beth Collett  photo Miss Beth Collett
 Quentin Cregan  photo Quentin Cregan
 William Duncan  photo William Duncan
 Jonathan Hill  photo Jonathan Hill
 Martin Howe QC photo Martin Howe QC
 Isabel Jamal  photo Isabel Jamal
 Thomas Jones  photo Thomas Jones
 Maxwell Keay  photo Maxwell Keay
 Lindsay Lane QC photo Lindsay Lane QC
 Andrew Lykiardopoulos QC photo Andrew Lykiardopoulos QC
 Charlotte May QC photo Charlotte May QC
 Richard Meade QC photo Richard Meade QC
 James Mellor QC photo James Mellor QC
 Thomas Moody-Stuart QC photo Thomas Moody-Stuart QC
 Jaani Riordan  photo Jaani Riordan
 Adrian Speck QC photo Adrian Speck QC
 James St Ville  photo James St Ville
 Michael Tappin QC photo Michael Tappin QC
 Henry Ward  photo Henry Ward
 James Whyte  photo James Whyte