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8 New Square Intellectual Property
8 New Square

Intellectual property Tier 1

Patents, copyright and trade mark disputes are the mainstays of 8 New Square's members who regularly appear before the Supreme Court, as well as in other higher court litigation. In one of 2019's largest IP cases, Martin Howe QC led in the long-running Glaxo v Sandoz, which concerned the alleged passing off of pharmaceutical inhalers for asthma treatment, while Andrew Lykiardopoulos QC appeared for Huawei in the Supreme Court in the first contested FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms) case in the UK. Also of note, Michael Tappin QC has a leading telecoms IP practice, and is a go-to counsel on pharmaceuticals and biotechnology work. In recent news, Richard Meade QC has taken up an appointment as a High Court judge as of 7 September 2020.

Rising stars

Thomas Jones - 8 New SquareA rising star of the IP Bar.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Daniel Alexander QC - 8 New SquareDaniel is incredibly thorough. He turns every argument upside down to really test them, spot the pitfalls and work out ways to avoid them.
Ranked: Tier 1
Adrian Speck QC - 8 New SquareA standout QC who is highly rated by clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Lykiardopoulos QC - 8 New SquareA truly fantastic IP Bar advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Charlotte May QC - 8 New SquareShe is an excellent advocate, particularly good at judging the attitude of the judge to the points she makes and adapting her presentation accordingly. She also has a fine eye for detail in the drafting of pleadings. User friendly, accessible and incredibly bright.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Mellor QC - 8 New SquareHe exhibits the level of professionalism, dedication and proficiency that you would come to expect from this pre-eminent set's barristers.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Tappin QC - 8 New SquareA class act who works really hard and gets into the detail. Fearless but also knows when to pursue and when not to pursue a point.
Ranked: Tier 2
Martin Howe QC - 8 New SquareQuick to distill the most significant points about a brief that is before him and his vast knowledge on various areas of IP law allows him to bring a global perspective immediately to any brief.
Ranked: Tier 3
James Abrahams QC - 8 New SquareHighly regarded for IP matters.
Ranked: Tier 4
Tom Moody-Stuart QC - 8 New SquareA very impressive silk.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

Mark Chacksfield QC - 8 New SquareVery impressive and highly recommended new silk, who added additional gravitas in the middle of proceedings.
Lindsay Lane QC - 8 New Square An excellent advocate, very personable, with an excellent grasp on the law, procedure and the technology. Highly capable barrister who is great for trade mark matters.

Leading Juniors

Isabel Jamal - 8 New SquareA very strong leading junior.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Whyte - 8 New SquareAn impressive junior who is highly rated by clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jonathan Hill - 8 New SquareVery confident, good with clients, effective at cross-examination, and good on his feet in court.
Ranked: Tier 3

Jaani Riordan - 8 New Square ‘Jaani is very bright, very hardworking and has great ease and familiarity with IT issues. An exceptional talent.

Ranked: Tier 3
Iona Berkeley - 8 New SquareExcellent, knowledgeable, decisive and collaborative, with great communication skills.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jessie Bowhill - 8 New SquareExcellent, skilful and very driven.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ashton Chantrielle - 8 New SquareThorough, hardworking and bright, with a great can-do attitude.
Ranked: Tier 4
William Duncan - 8 New SquareVery bright and he always has good ideas.
Ranked: Tier 4

James St. Ville - 8 New Square ‘James is exceptionally thorough and helpful and puts everything into his instructions. He is a pleasure to work with and is able to win clients' trust.

Ranked: Tier 4

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

8 New Square combines intellectual property expertise with know-how of television, film, online media, broadcasting, gaming and VR. A particular focus lies on matters related to the broadcast of sporting events such as football and boxing: 2019 silk Lindsay Lane QC has handled various cases for the Football Association Premier League concerning copyright infringement of logos and films used in broadcasts of football matches. Jessie Bowhill is a go-to junior for musical copyright cases and her recent work highlights include representing Ed Sheeran and the remaining claimants in a dispute about the authorship of Sheeran's hit song 'Shape of You'.

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 SquareClear in her advice and sticks to it.

Media and entertainment - Leading Juniors

Jessie Bowhill - 8 New SquareVery clever and on top of her game.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ashton Chantrielle - 8 New SquareShe gives sound, practical advice and has the personality to stand up to difficult opponents.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jonathan Hill - 8 New SquareFine intellect, thorough and very good to work with.
Ranked: Tier 4

IT and telecoms

At 8 New Square, barristers balance IP and IT expertise to handle a wide range of technology and telecoms disputes. In a notable highlight, Daniel Alexander QC is representing the defendants and Adrian Speck QC is acting for the claimants in Unwired Planet/Conversant v Huawei/ZTE in the Supreme Court relating to FRAND determinations in the telecoms sector. Other key instructions include Martin Howe QC and Jaani Riordan acting for Argos Systems in the Court of Appeal in Argos Ltd v Argos Systems Inc relating to the targeting of website advertisements operated by a company outside the UK and related trade mark issues; Jonathan Hill is acting for the claimant.

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 SquareA standout silk.
Ranked: Tier 3
Martin Howe QC - 8 New SquareHe has a friendly, efficient and personable attitude.
Ranked: Tier 4
Charlotte May QC - 8 New SquareKnowledgeable and very clever, Charlotte is a very user-friendly barrister who is commercial in her outlook and understands clients' needs. She is organised, efficient and clear in her advice and is a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 4

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - 2019 Silks

Lindsay Lane QC - 8 New SquareLindsay is great to work with – she is personable, approachable and provides strategic advice seeking to meet client commercial goals without the need to resort to litigation if that is possible. She is clear in her advice and sticks to it.

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Juniors

Jaani Riordan - 8 New SquareJaani is extremely bright and responsive. His attention to detail is first-rate and his communications are clear and personable. He is very client friendly.
Ranked: Tier 2
James St Ville - 8 New SquareHe is extremely thorough and considered, and very good on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jonathan Hill - 8 New SquareHe is great for both intellectual property and IT licensing disputes.
Ranked: Tier 4

Set overviews: England and Wales

8 New Square is a premier chambers for intellectual property matters. In recent news, Richard Meade QC has been appointed a Justice of the High Court (Chancery Division). And, after 48 years with chambers, senior clerk John Call has announced his retirement effective the end of 2020.



Absolutely superb; second to none.

Clerking highly efficient under the influence and experience of John Call.

Clerks are always available and willing to help. Nick Wise is a standout, who will go the extra yard to assist you and your client.

Friendly, professional they get to know their clients. They are very efficient at billing. Martin Williams is particularly pleasant to work with.

Good clerks who are highly responsive.

John Call is an exceptional clerk who always goes out of his way to help and find solutions. However, the rest of the clerking team is also highly recommended.

John Call leads a very efficient team.

The clerks are exceptional, particularly John Call and Ben Newham. They are always available and responsive to our needs.

Very friendly and effective. Ben Newham stands out for me. He gets results on important listing issues and is always responsive

Very good service from the clerks. John Call is fantastic. Very perceptive and manages barristers and solicitors very well. He addresses any difficulties on availability, time or fees head-on and resolves matters. Nick Wise is also very good and Tony Liddon.

Very good. They are very helpful. They understand the nature of IP cases and always recommend the right person for the job.


8 New Square are our go-to set for IP work. All of the counsel I have worked with have been exceptional: Jessie Bowhill, Jaani Riordan, Ashton Chantrielle and Charlotte May QC. They are user friendly, accessible and incredibly bright.

8 New Square are undoubtedly the leading IP chambers now.

8 New Square has a stellar reputation for contentious patent and SPC matters. Many of my go-to barristers are at 8 New Square.

8 New Square has real strength in depth, with all members being very capable in patent litigation.

8 New Square is a very strong set in patent litigation.

8 New Square is always a pleasure to deal with. A great set of chambers with an effective clerking team and huge strength in depth of IP barristers.

8 New Square is the go-to set for IP. We have used a number of barristers from the chambers over the years, including James Mellor QC, John Baldwin QC, Tom Jones and Beth Collett. Each has exhibited the same level of professionalism, dedication and proficiency that you would come to expect from such a pre-eminent set.

8 New Square is, without doubt, the leading IP set.

8 New Square probably the pre-eminent IP set with counsel of the highest calibre at all levels of seniority.

Excellent set which is always able to offer a range of counsel.

An excellent set with top QCs and juniors.

They are specialist chambers and would I am sure to have strength in depth though I have not needed it.

They are extremely efficient, polite and a delight to work with.

This set is immensely strong in IP matters at all levels

Very good set. I work with Lindsay Lane QC a lot on trademark matters and have also worked with Jessie Bowhill this year on a design infringement matter. The wider IP team at this firm works with some of the more junior barristers (eg Beth Collett) who seem to be very capable.

8 NEW SQUARE is the largest specialist intellectual property chambers in the United Kingdom. Chambers has 30 IP Barristers, including 12 QCs. We have two former Judges as door tenants as well as two active Judges sitting in the Supreme and High Courts. 8 New Square’s depth of knowledge and breadth of experience in intellectual property, media & entertainment and IT law is second to none. Chambers is involved in a significant proportion of all IP related trials each year, with members appearing in the majority of recent landmark cases before the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and specialised patent division of the High Court.
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 Intellectual Property Enterprise 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, The Modern Law of Copyright and Designs and Russell-Clarke and Howe on Industrial 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. Chambers are proud of their commitment to improving diversity and equality at the IP Bar. In 2019, two of Chamber’s silks formed an all-female leading team in a patent trial for the first time in history.
Types of work undertaken: Patents expertise covers every field of technology. Members act in cases concerning the validity, infringement and licensing of patents and know-how, including competition aspects. A team from Chambers acted in the first ever biotechnology patent appeal to reach what is now known as the Supreme Court and a total of 5 counsel appeared before the same court in the recent landmark case of Unwired Planet v. Huawei and Ors – a telecommunications dispute concerning worldwide FRAND licenses. Other noteworthy patent cases involving members of Chambers over the last 12 months include the Supreme Court’s decision in Regeneron v Kymab and the Court of Appeal cases of Philips v. HTC and Teva v. Gilead.
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. High profile cases over recent years include: The plain packaging dispute between the Secretary of State and tobacco corporations; Thomas Pink v. Victoria’s Secret and Rihanna v. Topshop.
Copyright litigation and advice includes disputes over industrial design and artistic works, fashion designs, music and literary copyright. Breach of confidence is also an area of expertise, with members of Chambers involved in major employer/employee disputes such as the Shanks v. Unilever action recently before the Supreme Court.
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 which has included appearances at the Supreme Court – most notably the Cartier International v. British Sky Broadcasting Ltd action. This area of expertise 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
(Retiring Senior Clerk Dec 2020) John Call
Head of Operations Tony Liddon
Chambers Director Ben Newham
Senior Clerk Nick Wise
Practice Manager Martin Williams
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 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 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)
Member of Chambers DIXON, Jennifer (2017)
Member of Chambers EDWARDS, Henry (2018)
Member of Chambers EUSTACE, Edmund (2019)
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 James Abrahams photo James Abrahams Barrister specialising in all areas of intellectual property law, including patents; registered…
 Daniel Alexander photo Daniel Alexander Head of Chambers. Barrister specialising principally in intellectual property, information technology, competition,…
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 Fiona Clark  photo Fiona Clark Barrister specialising in all aspects of intellectual property law including related contractual…
Miss Beth Collett  photo Miss Beth Collett Barrister specialising in all areas of intellectual property law, including patents, trade…
Mr Michael Conway  photo Mr Michael Conway Barrister specialising in all areas of intellectual property law, including patents, copyright,…
 William Duncan  photo William Duncan Barrister with specialism in all areas of intellectual property law. In particular…
Mr Henry Edwards  photo Mr Henry Edwards Barrister specialising in all areas of intellectual property law, including patents, trade…
Mr Edmund Eustace  photo Mr Edmund Eustace Barrister specialising in all aspects of intellectual property law including patents, trade…
 Jonathan Hill  photo Jonathan Hill Barrister specialising in all areas of intellectual property law including patents; registered…
 Martin Howe photo Martin Howe Barrister specialising in all aspects of intellectual property (patents, trade marks, copyrights,…
 Isabel Jamal  photo Isabel Jamal Isabel’s practice focuses particularly on large and technically complex patent cases and…
 Thomas Jones  photo Thomas Jones Barrister specialising in all areas of intellectual property law, including patents, trade…
 Maxwell Keay  photo Maxwell Keay Barrister specialising in all areas of intellectual property law, including patents, trade…
 Lindsay Lane photo Lindsay Lane Barrister specialising in all areas of IP and media and entertainment. Recent patent…
 Andrew Lykiardopoulos photo Andrew Lykiardopoulos Barrister specialising in all areas of intellectual property law, including patents; registered…
 Charlotte May photo Charlotte May Barrister specialising in all areas of intellectual property law and scientific commercial…
 Thomas Moody-Stuart photo Thomas Moody-Stuart Barrister specialising in all areas of intellectual property including patents, copyright, registered/unregistered…
 Jaani Riordan  photo Jaani Riordan Barrister specialising in all aspects of intellectual property, information technology and media…
 Adrian Speck photo Adrian Speck Barrister (QC) specialising in all aspects of intellectual property, media and entertainment,…
 James St Ville  photo James St Ville James St.Ville is a barrister specialising in intellectual property and IT law,…
 Michael Tappin photo Michael Tappin Barrister specialising in all aspects of intellectual property law, but with a…
 Henry Ward  photo Henry Ward Barrister specialising in all areas of intellectual property law including patents; registered…
 James Whyte  photo James Whyte Barrister specialising in intellectual property law, with a particular emphasis on technically…