Adrian Pay > New Square Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

New Square Chambers
New Square Chambers


Adrian Pay’s practice focuses on contentious chancery work, in particular, commercial chancery and property work. His commercial work includes commercial fraud (e.g. Weavering v Ernst & Young, a claim against auditors relating to the collapse of a fraudulently run hedge fund), company and insolvency matters and contractual disputes (including matters with an information technology aspect). He has particular expertise in shareholder disputes (e.g. Caldero v Beppler & Jacobson Ltd [2013] EWHC 2191 (Ch); [2014] EWCA Civ 935, a high-profile dispute relating to two prestigious hotels in Montenegro; Adrian is currently instructed on a high-value shareholder dispute concerning an investment fund in Vietnam). His property work includes, in particular, disputes arising out of property developments and deficient conveyancing:  cases include Angel Solicitors v Jenkins O’Dowd & Barth [2009] 1 WLR 1220; Clark v Lucas LLP [2010] 2 All ER 955; Kind v Northumberland County Council [2013] 1 WLR 743; R (Trail Riders Fellowship) v Dorset CC [2015] UKSC 18.


Call 1999; Inn: Middle Temple. Publications: ‘Enforcement’ in ‘Freedom of Information’ (OUP) eds McDonald QC, Crail and Jones. Called to the Bar of the British Virgin Islands 2016


Chancery Bar Association; COMBAR.


King’s Canterbury; Balliol, Oxford (1996 BA Classics); College of Law (London) (1997 CPE); ICSL (1998 BVC).


Motorsport, chess, classical literature.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Company and partnership

(Company - Leading juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Adrian PayNew Square ChambersA good choice for shareholder disputes and oppression claims. Excellent on the big picture (with a deep knowledge of the field) and very strong on drafting and presentation of evidence.

A great set, stuffed to the gunnels with super bright individuals‘, New Square Chambers‘ members cover the gamut of contentious and non-contentious company law work, with a stand-out offshore practice. Robin Hollington QC is known for shareholder disputes and regularly appears in the BVI, Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He is leading Adrian Pay in Re Compound Photonics, an unfair prejudice petition, on behalf of the minority shareholders. In (1)Elnur Aliyev (2) Pure Energy Developments SARL v (1) Panacea Resource Solutions Limited (2) Panacea PED LimitedJonathan Lopian is representing the first defendant in a contractual and unfair prejudice claim.

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 5

Adrian PayNew Square ChambersA good lawyer and a fighter. Extremely thorough. Provides good written work.