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The Chambers of Rodney Stewart Smith and David Fisher

12 NEW SQUARE, LINCOLN'S INN, LONDON, WC2A 3SW, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7419 8000
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Fax 020 7419 8050
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1056 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
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www.newsquarechambers.co.uk

London Bar

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

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London Bar

Agriculture
Agriculture - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

New Square Chambers

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 Silks

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

Ranked: tier 2
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

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Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
Leading Juniors

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

Ranked: tier 3

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Commercial litigation
Leading Juniors

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

Ranked: tier 2

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

Ranked: tier 2

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

Ranked: tier 3

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Company and partnership
Company - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

New Square Chambers

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 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
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

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Fraud: civil
Leading Juniors

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

Ranked: tier 2

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

Ranked: tier 3

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

Ranked: tier 4

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Insolvency
Insolvency - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

New Square Chambers

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 Silks

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

Ranked: tier 3
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

Conn MacEvilly - New Square ChambersVery responsive and user-friendly.

Ranked: tier 4

Jonathan Lopian - New Square ChambersA suitably forceful barrister and quick on his feet.

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

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Offshore
Leading Silks

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

Ranked: tier 1

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

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

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

Ranked: tier 2

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

Ranked: tier 2

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Private client: trusts and probate
Private client: trusts and probate - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

New Square Chambers

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 Silks

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

Ranked: tier 1
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

Rodney Stewart Smith - New Square ChambersA well-regarded junior.

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Schaw Miller - New Square ChambersIs calm and gives clear and concise advice.

Ranked: tier 4

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Property litigation
Property litigation - Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

New Square Chambers

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 who seeks to prevent an order of 44 new footbaths that would criss-cross upon their land.

Leading Silks

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

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

David Warner - New Square ChambersVery robust when it comes to giving advice to clients and is a very commanding presence in the courtroom.

Ranked: tier 4

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

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

Ranked: tier 5

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

Ranked: tier 5

Jeff Hardman - New Square ChambersA sharp and tenacious junior with real nous.

Ranked: tier 5

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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

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