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New Square Chambers
New Square Chambers

Offshore Tier 1

Nicholas Le Poidevin QC - New Square ChambersIntellectually outstanding, but also approachable and accommodating.

Offshore Tier 1

Mark Hubbard - New Square ChambersIncredibly clever, very experienced and a pleasure to work with.

Agriculture Tier 2

New Square Chambers is hailed by clients as being ‘incredibly strong’ in agricultural matters and is particularly reputed for disputes concerning public access to land, specifically in relation to town and village green cases, as well as those involving highways law. In one representative instruction, George Laurence QC is currently acting in Roxlena Ltd v Cumbria County Council in which he seeks to restrain the defendant from making a modification order under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to the effect of establishing 44 new footpaths across his client’s land.

Leading Juniors

Alexander Learmonth - New Square ChambersHe has an amazing ability to cut straight to the important points in a case and his written advice is very clear and focused.
Ranked: Tier 2

Paul Wilmshurst - New Square ChambersProvides clear advice and an exceptional knowledge of the law of commons.
Ranked: Tier 3

Guy Adams - New Square ChambersAn experienced practitioner who has a good manner in court and enjoys running novel arguments.
Ranked: Tier 4

Ross Crail - New Square ChambersHer knowledge of rights of way law is encyclopaedic.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Silks

George Laurence QC - New Square ChambersLeaves no stone unturned, is collaborative, and delights in a challenge.
Ranked: Tier 2

Offshore Tier 2

Lynton Tucker - New Square ChambersHe has a great depth of experience and expertise, and ability to analyse issues and identify solutions.

Offshore Tier 2

Simon Adamyk - New Square ChambersReally difficult legal issues are massively in his comfort zone – he can easily churn through them.

Commercial litigation Tier 2

David Eaton Turner - New Square ChambersHe is technically strong, has an in-depth knowledge of commercial matters and exudes a calm authority.

Commercial litigation Tier 2

Simon Adamyk - New Square ChambersA very good man to have on your side – a nice person and always very enthusiastic.

Fraud: civil Tier 2

Nigel Hood - New Square ChambersExtremely down to earth, but authoritative and knowledgeable.

Private client: trusts and probate Tier 2

New Square Chambers has an ‘excellent reputation for private client, trusts, and probate work.’ This 'excellent Chancery set' is praised by clients for having ‘skilled people who do not charge the earth and who are responsive and available’, and is routinely instructed on the full range of traditional Chancery work and is particularly strong on trusts litigation. As an example, Nicholas Le Poidevin QC led the advice to the trustees in a case where the court had to consider if it could order the removal of a trust company's directors.

Leading Juniors

Alexander Learmonth - New Square ChambersIs an excellent trial lawyer, cerebral but assertive and takes the judge with him – he is a true team player who rolls up his sleeves.
Ranked: Tier 1

Lynton Tucker - New Square ChambersIs an excellent Chancery lawyer with a wide knowledge of trust law and tax issues.
Ranked: Tier 1

Mark Hubbard - New Square ChambersIncredibly helpful and very experienced.
Ranked: Tier 3

Aidan Briggs - New Square ChambersIncredibly bright with an approachable down-to-earth manner.
Ranked: Tier 4

Stephen Schaw Miller - New Square ChambersIs calm and gives clear and concise advice.
Ranked: Tier 4

Rodney Stewart Smith - New Square ChambersA well-regarded junior.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Silks

Nicholas Le Poidevin QC - New Square ChambersIs very cerebral and an exceptionally good trusts litigator.
Ranked: Tier 1

Insolvency Tier 3

Members of New Square Chambers have considerable off- and onshore insolvency experience including in administrations, receiverships, government inquiries, and voluntary arrangements. 'Outstanding' senior junior David Eaton Turner is acting for the trustees in Re Estate in Bankruptcy of Gregory King; a matter that encompasses cross-border issues in Gibraltar, Spain and Scotland. Robin Hollington QC stands out for his offshore and international insolvency experience. He is leading Adrian Pay for the petitioner and its litigation funders in TOC Investments v Beppler & Jacobson; and following success in the substantive proceedings, the pair are instructed by the funder in its recovery of the costs of the provisional liquidation.

Leading Juniors

David Eaton Turner - New Square ChambersGets to grips with cases very quickly, he is technically strong has an in-depth knowledge of commercial matters; exudes a calm authority.
Ranked: Tier 1

Jonathan Lopian - New Square ChambersA suitably forceful barrister and quick on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 4

Conn MacEvilly - New Square ChambersVery responsive and user-friendly.
Ranked: Tier 4

Justina Stewart - New Square ChambersIncredibly impressive and a force to be reckoned with.
Ranked: Tier 4

Adrian Pay - New Square ChambersCan reduce complex analysis to a short, but accurate summary.
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Silks

Robin Hollington QC - New Square ChambersSees the overall picture both as a matter of law and pragmatism.
Ranked: Tier 3

Commercial litigation Tier 3

Nigel Hood - New Square ChambersAn excellent and well-prepared advocate.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) Tier 3

Justina Stewart - New Square ChambersA highly intelligent and tenacious litigator, she is also far more financially literate than most barristers.

Fraud: civil Tier 3

Simon Adamyk - New Square ChambersStrong enthusiasm, intellect, and immense attention to detail.

Fraud: civil Tier 4

Mark Hubbard - New Square ChambersHe has a great reputation and a real knack for knowing how to present a case.

Property litigation Tier 4

New Square Chambers is a set that can be ‘relied upon for high-quality property-related advice’. Chambers' strengths lie in landlord and tenant work, disputes with a public law element, and public access to land, in addition to town and village green cases. Of note, George Laurence QC is currently acting for the claimant in Roxlena Ltd v Cumbria County Council, which seeks to prevent an order of 44 new footpaths that would criss-cross upon its land.

Leading Juniors

Ross Crail - New Square ChambersShe has an uncanny ability to correctly predict the outcome of a case.
Ranked: Tier 4

Stephen Schaw Miller - New Square ChambersRecommended for work on restrictive covenants and easements.
Ranked: Tier 4

Alexander Learmonth - New Square ChambersHe has an amazing ability to cut straight to the important points in a case and his written advice is very clear and focused.
Ranked: Tier 5

Jeff Hardman - New Square ChambersA sharp and tenacious junior with real nous.
Ranked: Tier 5

Gary Pryce - New Square ChambersCan be relied upon to identify what the true issues are.
Ranked: Tier 5

Adrian Pay - New Square ChambersStrong on development disputes, estoppel and landlord and tenant issues.
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Silks

George Laurence QC - New Square ChambersHe has an extraordinary ability to parse legislation to discern its true meaning.
Ranked: Tier 2

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

New Square Chambers saw the recent arrival of commercial litigation specialist James Davies from 3PB, who maintains his regional work following the move.

Leading Juniors

James Davies - New Square ChambersA strong advocate, meticulous and systematic in cross examination.
Ranked: Tier 1

Company and partnership

Members of New Square Chambers have 'an eclectic skill-set, centred around corporate matters', which they combine with 'an excellent commercial litigation practice' to advise on contentious and non-contentious company law matters. Recent highlights for Robin Hollington QC included the appeals in minority shareholder disputes Cosmetic v Warriors v Gerrie and TOC v Beppler & Jacobson. David Eaton Turner is representing Juno Nominees and Juno Fund Services in Fondation Rennes v DVP; Juno Nominees Ltd and Juno Fund Services Ltd; two defendants in multi-party claims brought by investors in relation to shares in protected cell investment companies. Sebastian Prentis has been appointed a full-time Insolvency and Companies Court judge.

Company - Leading Juniors

David Eaton Turner - New Square ChambersHe is a details man but at the same time an extremely able and polished advocate in an understated manner which judges like.
Ranked: Tier 1

Simon Adamyk - New Square ChambersHe has an exceptional ability to grasp and elucidate the principles at the heart of any issue.
Ranked: Tier 3

Adrian Pay - New Square ChambersAlways extremely thorough and prepared. Good in court; good broad range of knowledge.
Ranked: Tier 4

Jonathan Lopian - New Square ChambersHe is a suitably forceful barrister and is quick on his feet; he also has a keen eye for detail and will leave no stone unturned.
Ranked: Tier 5

Company - Leading Silks

Robin Hollington QC - New Square ChambersHe is a fearless advocate and I have heard him described as a “battle tank” when in court.
Ranked: Tier 2

Set overviews: England and Wales

A leading Chancery set for trust-related commercial work’, New Square Chambers also has ‘an eclectic skill set centred around corporate matters and contains great offshore expertise’. Solicitors say ‘the set has some excellent seniors as well as a crop of brilliant younger barristers coming through and making names for themselves’. Also of note is the set’s impressive new initiative, New Square Consulting, which enables law firms to have a barrister in their offices at no cost, at a time which is most convenient for them. Solicitors say this is ‘a good way of getting to know different barristers in the set’. In recent news, James Davies joined from 3PB, Paul Wilmshurst arrived from 9 Stone Buildings, while Sebastian Prentis has been appointed a full-time Insolvency and Companies Court judge. The clerks, led by head of clerking Phil Reeves, are collectively described as ‘personable, diligent, very organised, and proactive; they build a personal relationship with you, value your custom, and always go the extra mile’. Deputy senior clerk Michelle Greene (‘amazing’), and practice managers Cameron Grant and Charlie Sherwood (‘the quality of service is unbeatable’) all draw particular praise. Practice manager Nathan Hitchman has joined from 39 Essex Chambers. Though not a clerk, John Campbell, the set’s business development director, ‘should be mentioned as he is doing a great job in raising the set’s profile’. Former senior practice manager Gary Collins has joined Matrix Chambers. Offices in: London

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 SEMKEN, Christopher (1977)
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 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 PRENTIS, Sebastian (1996)
Members of Chambers WARNER, David (1996)
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 FORD, Charlotte (2007)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMS, Hermione (2008)
Members of Chambers BRIGGS, Aidan (2009)
Members of Chambers STEWART, Justina (2010)
Members of Chambers SNELL, Christopher (2010)
Members of Chambers PERSELLI, Francesca (2011)
Members of Chambers HARDMAN, Jeff (2012)
Members of Chambers POWERS, Jessica (2012)
Members of Chambers COLCLOUGH, Jon (2015)
Members of Chambers LUKACOVA, Kristina (2015)
Members of Chambers MCKEAN, James (2017)
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