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

London Bar > Agriculture Tier 2

Members of New Square Chambers‘ agricultural team are regularly instructed in cases involving easements, common land and access to the countryside, and the group has notable expertise in advising on issues concerning public access to land. George Laurence KC and Simon Adamyk appeared in a Court of Appeal case in which a decision by the Secretary of State to deregister 115 acres of common land was quashed; the case involved the clarification of the phrase “the curtilage of a building” in the Commons Act 2006. In another matter, Laurence KC and Paul Wilmshurst are appearing in a case concerning the legality of downgrading restricted byways, specifically the two constituting access to Morghew Park Estate.

Leading Silks

George Laurence KCNew Square ChambersGeorge possesses unrivalled knowledge in his field. He is an exceptional advocate whose style is always structured and measured, clearly commanding the attention and respect of the court, whether in the Court of Appeal or in the Supreme Court.
Ranked: Tier 2

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Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 2
Simon AdamykNew Square ChambersHis clear and focused style wins him the attention and confidence of the court.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ross CrailNew Square Chambers ‘Ross possesses an outstanding level of knowledge and is able to provide clear and concise advice as to why some strands of a case are perhaps unsustainable, whilst also putting forward key points and arguments to improve the likelihood of success.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set 

‘Great set of chambers.

‘Very efficient and professional in everything they do.

Clerking

‘Supported by excellent clerks. Michelle Green is particularly good. ’

‘The clerks are always very helpful and efficient.

London Bar > Private client: trusts and probate Tier 2

New Square Chambers is ‘a great set of chambers’ with a ‘good contentious probate offering’ and a deep bench of trust practitioners, both silks and juniors. Nicholas Le Poidevin KC is ‘held in high regard by his peers, clients, and judges’ and is well known for contentious trusts, will and estates practice. Lynton Tucker is ‘always very up to date with current trends in the field of trusts’ and recently advised on Hawksford Trustees Jersey Ltd v P Ltd, a matter relating to scope of the remedy for which could be granted for a mistake in the Jersey Court of Appeal. Mark Hubbard is described as ‘a clever junior’, while Aidan Briggs is ‘extremely bright, responsive and very personable’ and is currently handling The estate of Israel Perry, a complex case for which litigation is ongoing in three jurisdictions between beneficiaries and trustees.

Leading Silks

Nicholas Le Poidevin KCNew Square ChambersNick is a true expert in his field and has strength in depth. He is thorough, clear and commercial.
Ranked: Tier 1

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Alexander Learmonth KCNew Square ChambersAlexander has clear thinking, is proactive and has great advocacy and cross-examination skills.

Leading Juniors

Lynton TuckerNew Square ChambersLynton is phenomenally clever and effective. He is very good at strategy and knows every piece of the file. He has intellectual rigour and a hands-on approach. His highly persuasive advocacy and ability to master and control very large scale and often cross-jurisdictional litigation is impressive.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark HubbardNew Square Chambers ‘Mark is one of the best juniors at the Chancery Bar. He is devilishly clever and great to work with.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Aidan BriggsNew Square Chambers ‘Aidan quickly gets to grip with instructions and comes up with effective solutions. He is user-friendly and goes through everything in a clear and logical way. His turn around time is quick, and can meet short deadlines. He is very persuasive in his advocacy and quickly gets judges on his side.’
Ranked: Tier 3
James McKeanNew Square Chambers ‘James is superb. He has a unique style particularly suited to this area of work. He presents arguments in a logical, engaging and relatable manner. He reads judges well and knows what points matter. His ability to find a decisive case authority that makes the difference is remarkable. He is a junior that performs well beyond that which is expected for of his call.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Stephen Schaw MillerNew Square Chambers ‘Stephen is an excellent lawyer. He has a huge amount of knowledge but also gives sound practical advice. He is extremely thorough and always prepares meticulously. His advocacy is all about content and logical presentation.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set 

‘New Square Chambers is a broad set with an in depth knowledge of trust related issues.’

‘New Square Chambers is a very strong set with strong juniors.’

‘New Square Chambers is one of the top chambers for contentious trusts and probate work. It has a fantastic mix of barristers at all levels. Availability of counsel is very good, although mostly on the junior end because their more established barristers are in such high demand.’

‘New Square Chambers has fantastic collection of experienced private client practitioners.’

‘New Square Chambers is proactive and are stealing a march on some of the more traditional chancery sets with ease of interaction, willingness to provide added value and in speed of response.’

Clerking

‘Effective service by the clerk. Michelle Green is always available to assist.’

Work highlights

    London Bar > Company Tier 3

    Barristers at New Square Chambershave excellent strength and depth in chancery matters‘ with a company law offering that covers both contentious and advisory matters. In Al Assam and nine others v Tsouvelekakis, Simon Adamyk is instructed by the former party in a case involving a number of different systems of law, novel legal issues and complex issues of jurisdiction and enforcement. Mark Hubbard is another experienced junior whose recent highlights include cases in Singapore, the Isle of Man and Guernsey.

    Leading Juniors

    David Eaton TurnerNew Square Chambers ‘There will be few who have a better grasp of the chancery jurisdiction and his careful and measured assessments are sound and greatly valued by clients.’
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Simon Adamyk - New Square Chambers 'Simon is able to master the most complex and involved legal documents, and his drafting is absolutely superb.'
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Mark HubbardNew Square Chambers 'Devilishly clever and great to work with too.'
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Jonathan Lopian - New Square Chambers 'Jonathan is a fantastic junior. He is highly technical and has a meticulous eye for detail and is highly commercial and innovative in his approach to cases.'
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Ranked: Tier 4

    Testimonials

    Set

    ‘New Square Chambers have excellent strength and depth in chancery matters, with a good spread of expertise in traditional chancery trusts, company, insolvency, property and increasingly off shore capabilities.’

    Clerking

    ‘Michelle Greene is exceptional. Responsive, commercial and supremely well organised, it is fantastic that she is now the new senior clerk and the first female, non-white senior clerk at the Chancery Bar.’

    ‘Very good. Commercial, understanding and able to provide flexibility on fees which is always important to clients. Also highly responsive.’

    London Bar > Property litigation Tier 4

    New Square Chambers enjoys a strong reputation for expertise in both commercial and residential property litigation; with areas of focus spanning from the core real property and landlord-tenant disputes, to the more specialist leasehold enfranchisement and disputes concerning public access to land. The set’s members have a particularly diverse client base, ranging from London landowning estates and local authorities to private individuals and developers. George Laurence KC led Simon Adamyk in the significant Court of Appeal decision Blackbushe Airport Ltd v Hampshire County Council, successfully representing the respondent in a case which clarified over a century of jurisprudential development surrounding the meaning in law of the term “curtilage”. Paul Wilmshurst utilised his expertise in boundary disputes in a complex case before the High Court, with Gibson & Anor v New & Anor calling into question a long standing principle that boundary agreements are binding on successors-in-title. Jeff Hardman acted for the landlord in Dhadwal v Heathrow Inn Hotel Ltd, a novel case as the High Court decision concerning the distinction between a restaurant and a shisha lounge as regards to the interpretation of a common user clause found in a commercial lease.

    Leading Silks

    George Laurence KCNew Square ChambersA silk possessing unrivalled knowledge in this field, George has appeared in an astonishing number of leading cases in this area. He is capable of unpicking the various layers of an argument with outstanding clarity, with his ability to identify the winning arguments and present them with cogency making him an exquisite advocate.
    Ranked: Tier 2

    2021 Silks

    Leading Juniors

    Jeff HardmanNew Square ChambersJeff is gifted at getting to grips with an issue quickly and finding appropriate, pragmatic and, where relevant, commercial solutions. He is a relentless litigator and generally unflappable in the courtroom, assertive in his submissions and a skilled cross-examiner.
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Ross CrailNew Square ChambersRoss has an impressive knowledge and understanding of public rights of way issues and is able to get straight to the heart of an issue. She provides clear and concise arguments as to the merits of a particular approach, advancing key points to improve the case in question.
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Stephen Schaw MillerNew Square Chambers ‘Stephen is the barrister to go to when you have a particularly difficult legal problem as he thrives on these cases. He is an utterly thorough and prepared advocate who focuses on the content rather than a showy performance, consequently being well received by judges.
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Gary PryceNew Square ChambersHis tenacity and ability to tackle the details can often mean the difference between winning and losing. Gary’s thoroughness is not only commendable but results in an advocate who can effortlessly glide around the papers and deliver strong and confident submissions in court, making him a force to be reckoned with.
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Simon AdamykNew Square ChambersSimon is a particularly well regarded property barrister, with particular expertise in rights of way, commons and village greens. His clear and focused style wins him the confidence and attention of the court.
    Ranked: Tier 5
    Paul WilmshurstNew Square ChambersPaul is extremely knowledgeable and adept at considering how different rights intersect on a given case.
    Ranked: Tier 5
    Stuart David Armstrong – New Square Chambers ‘Stuart is a fantastic advocate; precise, persuasive and totally measured in his submissions.
    Ranked: Tier 5

    Testimonials

    Set

    ‘A well regarded traditional chancery and property law set, with a depth of expertise in those fields.

    ‘New Square are a first-class set. I use many of their juniors, all of which are extremely experienced and knowledgable. ’

    ‘I find the set particularly accessible and have been using them for many years. I am always able to access counsel and their clerks, both being extremely responsive and helpful. ’

    ‘We have always found dealing with New Square Chambers easy and hassle-free. The clerks are engaging and helpful and the set has a particular strength in property litigation. Our perception is that their set is dynamic and forward thinking in their approach to client care and PR. ’

    Clerks 

    ‘Clerks at New Square are very helpful, taking the time to understand what clients and their solicitors need. Michelle Green especially is quick, efficient and effective. ’

    ‘The clerks are a pleasure to deal with and Nathan Hitchman is effective and pragmatic. ’

    London Bar > Insolvency

    Leading Juniors

    David Eaton TurnerNew Square Chambers 'David clearly has a wealth of insolvency knowledge and brought a calming presence to a couple of tricky situations, which were expertly navigated.'
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Jonathan LopianNew Square Chambers 'Jonathan is a very smart barrister with a firm grasp of legal principles and authorities at his fingertips.'
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Ranked: Tier 5
    Jessica PowersNew Square Chambers ‘She is clear and decisive in her advice.'
    Ranked: Tier 5

    South Eastern Circuit > Chancery, probate, and tax

    South Eastern Circuit > Commercial litigation

    South Eastern Circuit > Company and insolvency

    South Eastern Circuit > Property and construction

    Western Circuit > Chancery, probate, and tax

    Leading Juniors

    Amy BerryNew Square Chambers ‘Amy is practical, knowledgeable, gets to the crux of the problem quickly and has an excellent client manner. Her advice is clear, robust and pragmatic.’
    Ranked: Tier 1

    Western Circuit > Commercial litigation

    Leading Juniors

    William Hopkin - New Square Chambers 'William is intellectually outstanding. He is strategically perceptive, assimilates facts and complex law quickly, and provides high level advice. A personable barrister who can relate to clients.'
    Ranked: Tier 1

    London Bar > Commercial litigation

    Leading Juniors

    Simon AdamykNew Square Chambers ‘His advocacy is extremely good. He is always very thoroughly prepared and has a very strong sense of the way arguments should be pitched to appeal to the judge.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    David Eaton TurnerNew Square Chambers ‘David is a good choice: always a pleasure to work with, very experienced and highly responsive.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Nigel HoodNew Square Chambers ‘He has immense ability and intellect which he wears very lightly. It makes for an extremely compelling package of ability and competence along with him being a great pleasure to work with. I am sure he will, imminently, take silk, he deserves it.'
    Ranked: Tier 3

    London Bar > Fraud: civil

    Leading Juniors

    Nigel HoodNew Square ChambersExcellent, incisive, great client skills and a strategic thinker.’
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Simon AdamykNew Square Chambers ‘He is always very thoroughly prepared and has a very strong sense of the way arguments should be pitched to appeal to the judge. He can make absolute mincemeat of silks in freezing injunction applications.’
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Mark HubbardNew Square Chambers ‘Mark is an expert in all things trusts. He advises in a straightforward and concise way no matter how complex the issues. Easy to deal with.'
    Ranked: Tier 4

    London Bar > Charities

    Leading Juniors

    William Hopkin – New Square ChambersExcellent knowledge of charity law.’
    Ranked: Tier 3

    The English Bar Offshore > The English Bar Offshore Tier 4

    New Square Chambers are a leading offshore set for both corporate clients and high net worth individuals, acting in jurisdictions such as Anguilla, Bahamas, Bermuda, BVI, Cayman Islands and Gibraltar. Members of chambers are frequently instructed on a wide variety of cases involving offshore trust matters, civil fraud, commercial contracts, insolvency and property claims. Nicholas Le Poidevin KC is well regarded for his practice involving contentious trusts, will and estates practice. Lynton Tucker is regarded as a leading traditional Chancery junior for his work involving offshore trusts in multiple offshore jurisdictions, with standout case being Hawksford Trustees Jersey Ltd v P Ltd, in which he advised at first instance involving a transaction concerning a trust on the ground of a mistake and raised questions as to the scope of the remedy which could be granted under the Jersey court’s statutory jurisdiction. Alexander Learmonth KC has a busy practice in the field of trusts and estate litigation.

    Testimonials

    Set

    ‘New Square Chambers has fantastic collection of experienced private client practitioners. We’ve worked with Rodney Stewart Smith and Lynton Tucker in the past. The Chambers also provides training/CPD seminars of a range of topics (including the annual Lewin Conference, which is excellent). I regularly attend their conferences).’

    ‘New Square have a great strength in depth and their role in Lewin is well known.’

    Clerking

    ‘I’ve always found the clerks to be eminently helpful and polite.’ 

    ‘Very helpful and proactive.’

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

    Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Commercial litigation

    Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Company and insolvency

    Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Property and construction

    Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Chancery, probate, and tax

    Leading Juniors

    Amy BerryNew Square Chambers ‘Amy is practical, knowledgeable, gets to the crux of the problem quickly and has an excellent client manner. Her advice is clear, robust and pragmatic.’
    Ranked: Tier 1

    Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Commercial litigation

    Leading Juniors

    William Hopkin - New Square Chambers 'William is intellectually outstanding. He is strategically perceptive, assimilates facts and complex law quickly, and provides high level advice. A personable barrister who can relate to clients.'
    Ranked: Tier 1
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    Simon Adamyk photo Simon AdamykBarrister with considerable experience of a broad range of Chancery and commercial…
    Amy Berry photo Amy BerryAmy Berry’s practice is focused on trusts, wills, estates, equitable remedies and…
    Michael Booth photoMr Michael BoothMichael is an experienced barrister with a recognised expertise in advocacy. Michael’s…
    Aidan Briggs photo Aidan BriggsDescribed by Chambers & Partners as ‘an exceptional barrister’, Aidan Briggs has established…
    Jon Colclough photo Jon ColcloughJon is a commercial chancery practitioner, who specialises in insolvency and company…
    Ross Crail photo Ross CrailBarrister with experience of litigation and advisory work in a wide range…
    Stuart  David Armstrong  photo Stuart David Armstrong Stuart is a property specialist with more than 20 years’ experience. His…
    James Davies photo James DaviesJames Davies is an experienced commercial and traditional chancery barrister with an…
    David Eaton Turner photo David Eaton TurnerBarrister specialising in company, corporate and personal insolvency, banking and commercial law…
    Sarah Egan photoDr Sarah EganSarah is a specialist Wills, Trusts, and Estates barrister. Sarah’s expertise extends…
    David Fisher photo David FisherDavid Fisher is a commercial litigator whose practice embraces fraud, partnership and…
    Thomas Graham photo Thomas GrahamThomas is an extremely experienced specialist in commercial law, company law and…
    Jeff Hardman photo Jeff HardmanJeff Hardman has a very busy modern chancery practice specialising in all…
    Alexander Hill-Smith photo Alexander Hill-SmithLandlord and tenant; professional negligence; commercial; consumer credit. Recent cases include Aldermore…
    Robin Hollington photo Robin HollingtonBarrister specialising in company law, shareholders’ disputes, insolvency, and general Chancery litigation;…
    Nigel Hood photo Nigel HoodInstructed in some of the largest civil fraud claims in recent years,…
    Mark Hubbard photo Mark HubbardMark is a Chancery barrister with a reputation as a litigator in…
    Amit Karia photo Amit KariaA mit’s practice spans commercial litigation/arbitration, insolvency and company work. He has…
    George Laurence photo George LaurenceSpecialises in real property disputes; also has special interest and expertise in…
    Nicholas Le Poidevin photo Nicholas Le PoidevinBarrister specialising in litigation: trusts, wills and estates, all forms of property,…
    Alexander Learmonth photo Alexander LearmonthSpecialises in succession – contentious probate, will construction, estate administration disputes, and…
    Jian Jun (JJ) Liew photo Jian Jun (JJ) LiewJJ’s commercial chancery practice spans the full breadth of Chambers’ practice area.…
    Jonathan Lopian photo Jonathan LopianA commercial chancery barrister, called in 1994, with an advisory and litigation…
    John Macdonald photo John MacdonaldJohn Macdonald is a skilful cross examiner, a persuasive advocate and a…
    James McKean photo James McKeanJames’ practice focuses on trusts, estates, and commercial litigation. He has appeared…
    Adrian Pay photo Adrian PayAdrian Pay’s practice focuses on contentious chancery work, in particular, commercial chancery…
    Justin Perring photo Justin Perringis a commercial chancery barrister with a focus on commercial litigation, civil…
    Jessica Powers photo Jessica PowersJessica “is fast developing a strong commercial chancery practice, with a focus on…
    Gary Pryce photo Gary PryceChancery litigation, landlord and tenant litigation, real property litigation and related professional…
    Millie Rai photo Millie RaiFollowing successful completion of her pupillage in October 2022, Millie is building…
    Leigh Sagar photo Leigh SagarNational and international trusts and estates, commercial advice and litigation and Court…
    Raj Sahonte photo Raj SahonteRaj is a chancery practitioner with a focus on real property, probate…
    James Saunders photo James SaundersJames’ busy commercial chancery practice spans Chambers’ practice areas and he is…
    Stephen Schaw Miller photo Stephen Schaw MillerBarrister practising in chancery and commercial law, property litigation, insolvency, company law,…
    Edwin Simpson photo Edwin SimpsonBarrister specialising in appearing at public inquiries and applications for judicial and…
    Christopher Snell photo Christopher SnellChris has a broad practice encompassing, primarily, commercial litigation, banking and financial…
    Claire Staddon photo Claire StaddonRecent years have seen increased focus on Claire’s property practice, in the…
    Rodney Stewart Smith photo Rodney Stewart SmithA traditional Chancery practice with a particular flair for unusual areas of…
    Lynton Tucker photo Lynton TuckerPractice is primarily trusts-based and includes related tax work; advises on and…
    Gerard Van Tonder photo Gerard Van TonderBarrister with general Chancery and commercial practice comprising litigation and advisory work…
    Laura Webster photo Laura WebsterLaura became a tenant in April 2021 following a period of six…
    Hermione Williams photo Hermione WilliamsHermione has a multi-faceted chancery commercial practice. Her areas of practice comprise…
    Paul Wilmshurst photoMr Paul WilmshurstPaul Wilmshurst is ranked by the Legal 500 as a leading junior…