Mr Conn MacEvilly > New Square Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Conn’s work focuses on three areas: insolvency, chancery commercial and offshore.


Qualified 1997, Lincoln’s Inn, Inner Temple. Conn is also a member of the Irish Bar (1999) and Gibraltar Bar (2005). Between completion of pupillage and his joining 9 Stone Buildings in February 2010, Conn was in employed practice as a barrister in government, the City and overseas. He has extensive experience of advisory and litigation work in both the public and private sectors. He joined New Square Chambers in February 2016.

Conn is regularly instructed in matters in the High Court and County Court, and has appeared twice in the last two years before the Privy Council. His most recent cases of interest in the appellate courts are Re MG Engineering & Consultancy Limited (Court of Appeal for Gibraltar, 21 April 2016, insolvency); Crawford Adjusters and others v Sagicor General Insurance (Cayman) Limited [2014] AC 366 (Privy Council, commercial); Prime Sight Limited v Lavarello [2014] AC 436 (Privy Council, insolvency); and Threlfall v ECD Insight Limited [2014] 2 Costs L.O. 129 (Court of Appeal, insolvency). Conn also provides advice in non-contentious matters to small and medium sized businesses. Recent examples include licensing and joint venture agreements in the biotechnology sector; client-facing service agreements for companies in the oil exploration and security sectors; and employment advice and contracts for a wide variety of businesses.

Conn returned to independent practice at the Bar after twelve years working for government, in the City and in Gibraltar.  A former Government Legal Service faststreamer, Conn has worked for the European Commission Legal Service in Brussels and the United Kingdom’s Department for Trade and Industry (now the Department for Business Innovation and Skills). He advised on European law, in particular concerning employment, consumer protection and the online sale of goods, and the implementation of the Human Rights Act in the commercial context. He spent four years in the antitrust and regulatory group at Linklaters LLP in London, conducting multijurisdictional merger control assessment and liaison with merger control authorities.  Prior to returning to England and the Bar, Conn was head of legal services at PricewaterhouseCoopers Gibraltar for three years, where he had handled large-scale defensive litigation in Gibraltar and New York.


French, German.


Bar of England & Wales (1997); Bar of Ireland (1999); Bar of Gibraltar (2005); Employment Law Association; Chancery Bar Association.


St Andrew’s College, Dublin, Ireland; Trinity College Dublin (1990-94 LLB (Hons)); London School of Economics (1994-95 LLM); Inns of Court School of Law (1996-97 BVC); King’s College London (2001-02 Dipl EC Comp Law).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Conn MacEvillyNew Square ChambersHe is clearly on top of the law in his specialist areas. His is courteous and assertive without being aggressive which gains the respective of his peers and the bench.