Set Profile > New Square Chambers > London, England

New Square Chambers
New Square Chambers
12 NEW SQUARE, LINCOLN'S INN
LONDON
WC2A 3SW
England

Offshore

Leading Silks

Nicholas Le Poidevin QC - New Square ChambersWise and technically superb with excellent judgement and a nice persuasive advocacy style.
Ranked: Tier 1

2021 Silks

Alexander Learmonth QC - New Square ChambersHe is able to grapple with complicated facts quickly and advise at short notice.

Leading Juniors

Mark Hubbard - New Square ChambersExtremely knowledgeable and hard-working, he is an expert on issues relating to protectors and offshore trusts.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Adamyk - New Square ChambersHe has an eye for detail like no other and engages with every aspect of the case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Lynton Tucker - New Square ChambersHe gets into details and has an impressive global view of the case he is handling.
Ranked: Tier 2

Company and insolvency

Leading Juniors

Justin Perring - New Square ChambersJustin is approachable, thorough and prompt. He has a meticulous eye.
Ranked: Tier 1

Commercial litigation

Leading Juniors

Justin Perring - New Square ChambersJustin is extremely efficient and professional. Pleadings are meticulous, accurate and succinct where required. He provides sound legal advice.
Ranked: Tier 1

Chancery, probate, and tax

Leading Juniors

Justin Perring - New Square ChambersJustin is sensible and frank with the facts. He is very approachable and provides clear, meaningful advice.
Ranked: Tier 1

Insolvency

Leading Juniors

David Eaton Turner - New Square ChambersA really wise head and assured voice for clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Lopian - New Square ChambersHas a very close eye for detail, is very thorough in his preparation, and is also a fearless advocate in court.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 5
Jessica Powers - New Square ChambersVery bright, very thorough and a superb advocate.
Ranked: Tier 5

Commercial litigation

Leading Juniors

William Hopkin - New Square ChambersIn court, he is able to readily get to the crux of the issue and his well-reasoned and sensible litigation style is well-received by the judge and opposition alike. He is exceptionally talented at offering pragmatic and cost-effective advice.
Ranked: Tier 1

Agriculture Tier 2

New Square Chambers is best known for its members' leading work on public access to land cases, including town and village green cases, alongside issues relating to highways law. George Laurence QC led on NHS Property Services Limited v Surrey County Council and Jones before the Court of Appeal, challenging the registration of hospital land in Surrey as a town green, with Simon Adamyk also involved. Paul Wilmshurst combines agricultural and real estate expertise, representing in cases relating to land access and development. Alexander Learmonth QC took silk in 2021, and is particularly known for his work on succession and agricultural estates.

Leading Silks

George Laurence QC - New Square ChambersEncyclopaedic knowledge and understanding of the relevant law (the interface between property law and public law in fields such as highways, village greens and open spaces). Warm and engaging personality. Humility. Gravitas. A reassuring demeanour and cool head.
Ranked: Tier 2

2021 Silks

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Adamyk - New Square ChambersA forensic legal mind, totally across the detail on even the most complex of cases. Always makes well-founded points. Well respected by judges.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

The set has substantial in-depth expertise in a number of areas, including agriculture, property disputes (both public and private) and administrative law. New Square Chambers can field individuals with expertise in any aspect of those areas. Members of Chambers have appeared in this field at all levels of the hierarchy, from public inquiries to County Court to High Court to Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court and Privy Council. They offer a remarkable pool of knowledge and expertise.

Clerking

The clerks have outstanding knowledge of practice and procedure and are always available.

The clerks’ room provided a first-class support service to George Laurence whilst he was working in Newcastle.

Fraud: civil

Leading Juniors

Nigel Hood - New Square ChambersA formidable barrister, tenacious with a strong tactical awareness. He has a good idea of where he wants the case to get to. He gets on with the case, inscrutable, cool and calm under pressure, but unafraid to roll his sleeves up and scrap for a result where necessary.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Adamyk - New Square ChambersAn eye for detail like no other. Simon engages with every aspect of the case.
Ranked: Tier 3
Mark Hubbard - New Square ChambersHighly intelligent and able. Mark provides first-class tactical advice.
Ranked: Tier 4

Commercial litigation

Leading Juniors

Simon Adamyk - New Square ChambersHe provides extremely good written work - when Simon says something is the position, it is the position. Hugely thorough.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Eaton Turner - New Square ChambersA really wise head and assured voice for clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nigel Hood - New Square ChambersHis strengths are excellent communication skills. He is very proactive and accessible, and works hard to get the right result for the client. Great court presence.
Ranked: Tier 3

Private client: trusts and probate Tier 2

At New Square Chambers Alexander Learmonth QC took silk in 2021. In Moaven v Texeira, he made a successful application to have his client’s brother-in-law removed as trustee of her late husband’s will trust, and an order for costs. In another substantive matter, Mark Hubbard is acting as sole English counsel for the claimant in a dispute between brothers about the ownership and control of a Manx company which holds a substantial property portfolio.

Leading Silks

Nicholas Le Poidevin QC - New Square ChambersNick grasps the issues quickly and provides sound advice.
Ranked: Tier 1

2021 Silks

Alexander Learmonth QC - New Square ChambersAlex's recent appointment to Silk shows that he is really an outstanding barrister. He is excellent with clients because he is incredibly bright but also an arch-strategist. He is very user friendly and always willing to help out.

Leading Juniors

Lynton Tucker - New Square ChambersTechnically very strong but also pragmatic. He provides practical solutions to very technical questions.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark Hubbard - New Square ChambersHe contributes supreme legal knowledge in his specialist area of wills and trusts. Excellent on his feet and also willing to roll up his sleeves and get stuck in with drafting. Well liked by clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Aidan Briggs - New Square ChambersAnalytical and articulate, with excellent client and solicitor-handling skills. Also, a personable and decent person.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘Strong reputation in the trust & probate dispute resolution field.

The set is well renowned and justly so for its expertise in Chancery matters. I find the clerks helpful and Counsel approachable, hardworking and knowledgeable.’

High quality set of experts and have never had an issue with availability of counsel.’

I am grateful that the Barristers I am working with are always available to deal with my matters in a very satisfactory way.’

‘New Square Chambers has fantastic collection of experienced private client practitioners. The Chambers has done a lot this year to move its training/CPD seminars online. This has been invaluable to me.’

Clerking

‘Welcoming and helpful to our clients at conferences. They have a commercial sense when it comes to fees, always realistic and approachable keeping in mind client budget and expectations. When time was tight for an urgent injunction, the clerks at New Square Chambers joined in the effort to get the case ready for court on time. Michelle Greene understands how to help solicitors best serve their clients, and Nathan Hitchman is insightful, helpful and pragmatic.’

Clerks have always been very helpful – Michelle Greene in particular was very responsive.’

Phil Reeves is the Senior Clerk and is very helpful, responsive and eminently commercial. They are lucky to have him.’

‘I think the clerking team is well run and that is thanks to the expert leadership given in Phil Reeves. I also think that the role played by John Campbell can’t be underestimated. He has done a fantastic job in promoting the services that are offered by New Square.

Property litigation Tier 4

New Square Chambers has a strong focus on real property and landlord-tenant litigation, with members also regularly working on public law cases, professional negligence, and trusts claims in the proprety space. George Laurence QC is vastly experienced, having argued a number of precedent-setting cases before the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, with one standout involvement being his leading role in Hampshire County Council v Secretary of State for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs, in which he represented Hampshire County Council, and secured an order quashing a decision of the Secretary of State ordering deregistration of 0.5km² area of common land under to the Commons Act 2006. Paul Wilmshurst handles boundary and easements, landlord-tenant, and negligence proceedings, and has a strong niche in harassment-related property cases including the high-profile L&Q v Tate County Court case, in which a leading housing association failed to support a young female tenant forced to flee her home following nine months of racist abuse from neighbours. Alexander Learmonth QC took silk in 2021, and is involved in a number of estates disputes. Senior junior Gary Pryce focuses on real property disputes, alongside commercial and residential landlord and tenant work, representing the under lessor in a high-value residential landlord and tenant claim, counterclaim and additional claim concerning a Marble Arch maisonette overlooking Hyde Park. Simon Adamyk has great expertise in rural property cases, and has experience of cases both in England and the British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies.

Leading Silks

George Laurence QC - New Square ChambersEnormously hard-working, excellent insight into difficult legal problems, a rare ability to elucidate and articulate the key points in issue in a case, an encyclopaedic knowledge of this area, and extremely personable too.
Ranked: Tier 2

2021 Silks

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 4
Jeff Hardman - New Square ChambersApproachable and down to earth, responsive and accommodating, knowledgeable and analytical. no nonsense approach.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Gary Pryce - New Square ChambersGary accepted a trial brief at the 11th hour in relation to a complex and demanding commercial right of way dispute, due to unavoidable listing difficulties with earlier retained counsel. He familiarised himself with the technical and tactical aspects of the matter in a remarkably short time frame. He conducted the trial with a superb grasp of the situation, and handled the court and his opponent brilliantly. Technically excellent, with an open and approachable style valued by the clients. Tactically astute to a very high degree.
Ranked: Tier 4
Simon Adamyk - New Square ChambersA forensic yet charming opponent. Always across the detail in even the most complex of cases. Well respected by Judges for well founded submissions. A real asset to have on your side.
Ranked: Tier 5
Paul Wilmshurst - New Square ChambersAttention to detail, good knowledge of procedure and law, very pleasant to work with.
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

Set

The team work together smoothly and effectively, with great support available whenever needed from the clerking team. Strength in depth and availability are excellent. 

New Square Chambers is a well-rounded set with a lot of strength in depth. The junior barristers are extremely competent and hard-working.

The set has substantial in-depth expertise in a number of areas, including property litigation. New Square Chambers can field individuals with expertise in any aspect of those areas. Members of Chambers have appeared in this field at all levels of the hierarchy, from public inquiries to County Court to High Court to Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court and Privy Council. They offer a remarkable pool of knowledge and expertise.

Welcoming and helpful to our clients at conferences. They have a commercial sense when it comes to fees, always realistic and approachable keeping in mind client budget and expectations. When time was tight for an urgent injunction, the clerks New Square Chambers joined in the effort to get the case ready for court on time.

Clerking

The clerks are a friendly bunch who do their best to accommodate. They will offer a range of counsel, usually tailored to meet the client’s wallet, and are generally quick to get back to you.’

Very friendly and super efficient clerks. A professional and well-run set.

The clerks have outstanding knowledge of practice and procedure and are always available.

The clerks’ room provided a first-class support service to George Laurence whilst he was working in Newcastle.

Company and partnership

Strong-all-round Chancery setNew Square Chambers handles the breadth of company law disputes, including those pertaining to civil fraud and insolvency. A particular specialism is unfair prejudice petitions under section 994 of the Companies Act; Adrian Pay conducted a remote 18-day liability trial for the minority shareholders in Faulkner and ors v Vollin Holdings Ltd and ors - in this case it is alleged that that that two of the company's founders were ejected in violation of an obligation of good faith, and other directors appointed by the investors acted in breach of the duties. In addition, Robin Hollington QC is active in shareholder litigation in a number of offshore jurisdictions.

Company - Leading Silks

Robin Hollington QC - New Square ChambersRobin is the go-to QC for shareholder disputes. As well as being the leader in his field, he is a real pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2

Company - Leading Juniors

David Eaton Turner - New Square ChambersA wise head and assured voice for clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Adamyk - New Square ChambersSimon is very bright and thorough with an exceptional attention to details.
Ranked: Tier 3
Mark Hubbard - New Square ChambersMark is very pragmatic in terms of seeing the bigger picture of resolution versus legal possibility.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jonathan Lopian - New Square ChambersA fearless advocate in court.
Ranked: Tier 4
Adrian Pay - New Square ChambersVery thorough and really knows his field of practice.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

A good set of junior barristers complemented by the more experienced senior barristers who have, over the years, helped with some of the more complex litigation matters.

Very good.

My first port of call for company law advice/shareholder issues.

A strong all round chancery set.

Clerking

Very user friendly.

Charlie Sherwood is quick and approachable.

John Campbell is doing a good job of raising the set’s profile and is one of the more proactive BD managers at a barrister’s chambers.

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Commercial litigation

Leading Juniors

William Hopkin - New Square ChambersIn court, he is able to readily get to the crux of the issue and his well-reasoned and sensible litigation style is well-received by the judge and opposition alike. He is exceptionally talented at offering pragmatic and cost-effective advice.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Company and insolvency

Leading Juniors

Justin Perring - New Square ChambersJustin is approachable, thorough and prompt. He has a meticulous eye.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Commercial litigation

Leading Juniors

Justin Perring - New Square ChambersJustin is extremely efficient and professional. Pleadings are meticulous, accurate and succinct where required. He provides sound legal advice.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Chancery, probate, and tax

Leading Juniors

Justin Perring - New Square ChambersJustin is sensible and frank with the facts. He is very approachable and provides clear, meaningful advice.
Ranked: Tier 1

New Square Chambers is based in Lincoln’s Inn and has 43 members of whom five are QCs and is one of the leading commercial chancery sets in London.

The set: In addition to members’ strengths as advisers and advocates in matters before the courts of England and Wales, Chambers is well known for its work in offshore and international jurisdictions.

Types of work undertaken: Commercial litigation and civil fraud: Chambers has extensive experience of commercial and civil fraud cases, and the conflicts of laws and jurisdictional issues that they often involve. Members of Chambers pioneered the development of worldwide freezing and tracing orders and continue to work at the cutting edge of the development of interim remedies and enforcement. Members are also familiar with civil claims relating to financial crime and a wide range of commercial disputes, including pure contract, commercial agency, partnership and remedial trusts. Members also practise in the field of professional negligence.

Company and insolvency: Chambers deals with every aspect of company law, particularly shareholders’ disputes involving unfair prejudice petitions under s994 of the Companies Act. New Square members conduct litigation about public share issues, listing particulars, derivative actions and similar matters. Members have acted in many high-profile insolvency cases. The set’s insolvency expertise extends from bankruptcy and liquidation to administrations, receiverships, DTI inquiries, voluntary arrangements, the adjustment of prior transactions and malpractice in and before insolvency.

Trusts, wills and estates: Chambers has been involved in a substantial amount of trust litigation in recent years. Members have extensive experience in both attacking and defending trusts, trustees and protectors. Members act as advocates in relation to all forms of trust claims before the courts of England and Wales, including in the context of divorce. It deals extensively with the drafting of and advice on wills and on trusts of all kinds, including charitable, governmental, pension and commercial trusts, acting in contentious and non-contentious probate cases. New Square also regularly deals with claims by and against personal representatives and family provision claims. Members advise on the tax consequences of complex trust arrangements at home and offshore.

International and offshore: Chambers has a large offshore presence and its work includes trusts and estates litigation, civil fraud, commercial litigation, company law, insolvency matters, proceeds of crime and property claims. Chambers has a long-standing reputation in many jurisdictions including Antigua, the Bahamas, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, the Channel Islands, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, the Isle of Man and Singapore.

Property: Chambers’ work includes all forms of real property disputes, including easement and boundary disputes, nuisance, trespass, mortgages and related fraud or negligence. Chambers’ expertise covers the full range of landlord and tenant work, including commercial, residential, agricultural, private and public. Members act in contentious and non-contentious matters for landlords, tenants and lenders, as well as advising and drafting documents for a wide variety of leasehold transactions, including those involving unrealised development value. Chambers’ property practice also covers public and administrative law, including commons and rights of way and property rights.

Department Name Email Telephone
Head of clerking Phil Reeves
Deputy head of clerking Michelle Greene
Business development director John Campbell
Members of Chambers STEWART SMITH, Rodney (1964)
Members of Chambers FISHER, David (1985)
Members of Chambers MACDONALD QC, John (1955)
Members of Chambers LAURENCE QC, George (1972)
Members of Chambers HOLLINGTON QC, Robin (1979)
Members of Chambers BOOTH QC, Michael (1981)
Members of Chambers LE POIDEVIN QC, Nicholas (1975)
Members of Chambers TUCKER, Lynton (1971)
Members of Chambers HILL-SMITH, Alexander (1978)
Members of Chambers SAGAR, Leigh (1983)
Members of Chambers EATON TURNER, David (1984)
Members of Chambers GRAHAM, Thomas (1985)
Members of Chambers STADDON, Claire (1985)
Members of Chambers CRAIL, Ross (1986)
Members of Chambers SAHONTE, Raj (1987)
Members of Chambers SCHAW MILLER, Stephen (1988)
Members of Chambers ADAMS, Guy (1989)
Members of Chambers SIMPSON, Edwin (1990)
Members of Chambers VAN TONDER, Gerard (1990)
Members of Chambers ADAMYK, Simon (1991)
Members of Chambers HUBBARD, Mark (1991)
Members of Chambers EIDINOW, John (1992)
Members of Chambers HOOD, Nigel (1993)
Members of Chambers LOPIAN, Jonathan (1994)
Members of Chambers ARMSTRONG, Stuart (1995)
Members of Chambers MACEVILLY, Conn (1997)
Members of Chambers PRYCE, Gary (1997)
Members of Chambers PAY, Adrian (1999)
Members of Chambers LEARMONTH, Alexander (2000)
Members of Chambers DAVIES, James (2004)
Members of Chambers WILMSHURST, Paul (2007)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMS, Hermione (2008)
Members of Chambers BRIGGS, Aidan (2009)
Members of Chambers SNELL, Christopher (2010)
Members of Chambers HARDMAN, Jeff (2012)
Members of Chambers POWERS, Jessica (2012)
Members of Chambers KARIA, Amit (2013)
Members of Chambers COLCLOUGH, Jon (2015)
Members of Chambers MCKEAN, James (2017)
Members of Chambers SAUNDERS, James (2017)
Photo Name Position Profile
 Simon Adamyk  photo Simon Adamyk Barrister with considerable experience of a broad range of Chancery and commercial…
Mr Michael Booth  photo Mr Michael Booth
 Ross Crail  photo Ross Crail Barrister with experience of litigation and advisory work in a wide range…
 David Eaton Turner  photo David Eaton Turner Barrister specialising in company, corporate and personal insolvency, banking and commercial law…
 John SC Eidinow  photo John SC Eidinow Barrister specialising in litigation and advisory work in wills and probate, trusts…
 David Fisher  photo David Fisher David Fisher is a commercial litigator whose practice embraces fraud, partnership and…
 Thomas Graham  photo Thomas Graham Thomas is an extremely experienced specialist in commercial law, company law and…
 Alexander Hill-Smith  photo Alexander Hill-Smith Landlord and tenant; professional negligence; commercial; consumer credit. Recent cases include Aldermore…
 Robin Hollington photo Robin Hollington Barrister specialising in company law, shareholders’ disputes, insolvency, and general Chancery litigation;…
 Nigel Hood  photo Nigel Hood Instructed in some of the largest civil fraud claims in recent years,…
 Mark Hubbard  photo Mark Hubbard Mark is a Chancery barrister with a reputation as a litigator in…
 George Laurence photo George Laurence Specialises in real property disputes; also has special interest and expertise in…
 Nicholas Le Poidevin photo Nicholas Le Poidevin Barrister specialising in litigation: trusts, wills and estates, all forms of property,…
 Alexander Learmonth  photo Alexander Learmonth Specialises in succession – contentious probate, will construction, estate administration disputes, and…
 Jonathan Lopian  photo Jonathan Lopian A commercial chancery barrister, called in 1994, with an advisory and litigation…
Mr Conn MacEvilly  photo Mr Conn MacEvilly Conn’s work focuses on three areas: insolvency, chancery commercial and offshore.
 John Macdonald photo John Macdonald John Macdonald is a skilful cross examiner, a persuasive advocate and a…
 Gabriella McNicholas  photo Gabriella McNicholas Gabriella is developing a commercial and chancery practise focused on contractual disputes,…
 Adrian Pay  photo Adrian Pay Adrian Pay’s practice focuses on contentious chancery work, in particular, commercial chancery…
 Justin Perring photo Justin Perring Justin Perring is a commercial and chancery barrister whose practice includes commercial…
 Gary Pryce  photo Gary Pryce Chancery litigation, landlord and tenant litigation, real property litigation and related professional…
 Leigh Sagar  photo Leigh Sagar National and international trusts and estates, commercial advice and litigation and Court…
 Stephen Schaw Miller  photo Stephen Schaw Miller Barrister practising in chancery and commercial law, property litigation, insolvency, company law,…
 Edwin Simpson  photo Edwin Simpson Barrister specialising in appearing at public inquiries and applications for judicial and…
 Claire Staddon  photo Claire Staddon Recent years have seen increased focus on Claire’s property practice, in the…
 Rodney Stewart Smith  photo Rodney Stewart Smith A traditional Chancery practice with a particular flair for unusual areas of…
 Lynton Tucker  photo Lynton Tucker Practice is primarily trusts-based and includes related tax work; advises on and…
 Gerard Van Tonder  photo Gerard Van Tonder Barrister with general Chancery and commercial practice comprising litigation and advisory work…
Mr Paul Wilmshurst  photo Mr Paul Wilmshurst Paul Wilmshurst is ranked by the Legal 500 as a leading junior…