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Three New Square Intellectual Property
Three New Square

London Bar > Intellectual property Tier 1

One of the premier IP chambers‘, leading-edge patent disputes form a large proportion of Three New Square‘s instructions. Members of chambers additionally appear in a number of high-profile disputes involving trade marks and passing off, as well as copyright and design rights. Significant cases during 2021 for Guy Burkill KC included defending Apple and its distributors in Optis v Apple, a substantial and high-value telecoms patent dispute involving eight patents in four separate patent families. Within the set’s senior-junior pool, Tim Austen‘s recent highlights include appearing unled for Match Group large online dating business in major trade mark infringement proceedings against competitor Muzmatch; and one of the barristers who appears most frequently at UK Intellectual Property Office hearings, Denise McFarland, is a highly sought-out trade mark specialist. Alice Hart and Thomas Lunt are the set’s rising stars.

Rising stars

Thomas Lunt – Three New SquareExtremely hardworking and intellectually bright. Fastens onto details, and knows the law and procedure incredibly well. One of the sharpest juniors around, and his preparation and delivery are impressive – a future star of the IP bar.
Ranked: Tier 1
Alice Hart – Three New SquareOne of the best junior barristers at the IP Bar – incredibly smart, with the ability to distil even the most complicated of matters into easily digestible chunks. Very effective cross-examination style – a real rising star.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Tom Mitcheson KCThree New SquareTom is always meticulously prepared for hearings. In particular, he works hard to anticipate the most difficult questions from the bench.  He is also good with clients - personable but not afraid to tell it as it is - he presents an excellent shopfront for the English IP bar.
Ranked: Tier 1
Justin Turner KCThree New SquareA highly effective courtroom advocate!
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Waugh KCThree New SquareAndrew is among the most seasoned of IP barristers, but still brings enthusiasm and determination to every case. Andrew is a winner!
Ranked: Tier 1
Thomas Hinchliffe KC – Three New SquareA go-to patent silk - he is versatile and able to deal with technologies across a wide range of fields, and has an effective advocacy style (both in his submissions and in cross-examination).
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Douglas Campbell KCThree New SquareHe is always been a favourite with solicitors and clients. A great advocate, and brilliant on his feet – definitely someone that clients want on their side. He wins cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Stuart Baran - Three New SquareStuart is already established among the elite. Not only does he have a huge brain and a strategic mind, but he is excellent with clients - he'll do anything to help his clients achieve their goals.
Ranked: Tier 1
Miles CopelandThree New SquareMiles is adored by his clients. The reason for this is that he brings ingenious solutions to tough problems, and also because he rolls his sleeves up with the rest of the team.
Ranked: Tier 1
Denise McFarland - Three New SquareDenise is an intellectual powerhouse. Her knowledge is phenomenal, but she is able to convey that knowledge in a way that can be readily understood by clients; and her advice is clear and commercially focused on the outcomes to be achieved. Denise is also excellent at developing strategy.
Ranked: Tier 2
Geoffrey PritchardThree New SquareThe ability to convey difficult legal concepts in an easily understandable way for clients, which is such a benefit to have in a legal team. Geoffrey's technical knowledge is also very good, and he is of great assistance in strategy discussions. Very easy to work with and strongly defends clients' rights.
Ranked: Tier 2
Katherine MoggridgeThree New SquareOne of the best IP juniors at the Bar at the moment - commercial, good judgement and very hardworking.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tim AustenThree New SquareA very thoughtful and considered advocate, with a great instinct for strategy and prospects. He is also a genuine pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Jeremy Heald - Three New SquareOne of the leading juniors at the IP bar for both patents and non-patents. Very bright and thoughtful, excellent written work, and an impressive advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Daniel Selmi  – Three New SquareDaniel is phenomenally bright, and able to master complex technologies and tricky legal arguments with consummate ease. He wears his terrific expertise very lightly (and so is easy to work with), and he creates a collaborative atmosphere among those working with him. He also has a gently persuasive style, which is particularly suited to advocacy in a range of tribunals outside the High Court; and he is really passionate about getting the right results for clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Georgina Messenger - Three New SquareGeorgina is now well established as a highly competent junior. She is hugely knowledgeable, well regarded among her peers, and provides clear, commercial advice.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Dominic HughesThree New SquareDominic is a clear and concise lateral thinker, who is often able to bring a fresh perspective to a dispute.
Ranked: Tier 4



Three New square has real strength in depth.

One of the three top IP sets – it is rare to have a patent dispute without somebody from 3 New Square being instructed in some respect.

3 New Square is one of the premier IP chambers – from KCs to experienced juniors, it has a range and depth of expertise that allows it to take on any matter.

Very well regarded, with excellent specialists in the field at all levels. The set also offers training and broader-based support – a highly respected profile.

A go-to set for any trade mark/passing off claims, where it has huge strength. Its KC team is excellent, and it has a generation of brilliant juniors coming through.’


All interactions with the clerking team are smooth and easy. The clerks are very well organised, responsive and clear on fees – there are no weak links.

London Bar > IT and telecoms (infrastructure and contracts) Tier 3

With expertise in telecoms and IT infringement actions, the barristers at Three New Square represent multinational technology clients, digital service providers and software developers. Guy Burkill KC represented Apple and its distributors in Optis v Apple, a high-profile telecoms patent dispute. Also in Optis v Apple, Joe Delaney represented the defendant, while Thomas Hinchliffe KC acted for Optis. In addition, Delaney successfully acted for the patentee in InterDigital v Lenovo, a dispute revolving around standard-essential telecoms patents applicable to 4G/LTE mobile phone networks.

This set specialises in all aspects of intellectual property, including patents, trade marks, passing off, copyright and designs. Other areas of expertise include breach of confidence, malicious falsehood, franchising, restrictive covenants and all aspects of EU law relating to intellectual property.

The set: Chambers has focused on intellectual property litigation for more than 60 years and its 20 tenants, including six KCs, are all leading practitioners in this area. The set was located at 6 Pump Court, Temple, until April 1995. Former members of chambers include Birss J.

All members appear frequently in the High Court, Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (formerly Patents County Court) and Appellate Courts. They also engage in arbitration work, both as advocates and arbitrators, and in hearings before the UK Intellectual Property Office, the European Patent Office in Munich, the Community Trade Mark and Designs Office (OHIM) in Alicante and the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg.

Members of chambers receive instructions from solicitors, patent and trade mark attorneys, in-house lawyers and lawyers practicing overseas.

The majority of members are scientifically literate a useful background for the many disputes handled that involve technical subject matter. Members of chambers also contribute to Terrell on the Law of Patents, the leading textbook in patent law.

Types of work undertaken: Patent disputes form a large proportion of chambers work, mainly involving infringement or revocation proceedings. Much of the work is leading edge, embracing all major areas of technology including biotechnology, pharmacology, chemistry, mobile telephones, electronics, information technology and mechanical patents.

All members are involved in trade mark and passing off litigation, mainly in the High Court, but also in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, which hears trade mark matters as part of its special jurisdiction. Members also appear before the UK IPO in opposition and revocation proceedings relating to UK registered trade marks.

All areas of copyright and design right law are handled. Cases include literary, musical and artistic copyright in the fields of fashion, music, entertainment and literature. Computer software cases are also undertaken. Design right law includes both registered and unregistered designs, whether under community or national law.

Members also practice in the areas of breach of confidence, malicious falsehood, entertainment and media, restrictive covenants, franchising and the licensing of all intellectual property rights, as well as all aspects of EU law relating to intellectual property.

Senior Clerk Nicholas Hill
Clerk Tim Fairburn
Junior Clerk Georgia Onyett
Administrator Zena Robbins
Members of Chambers MILLER KC, Richard (1976)
Members of Chambers BURKILL KC, Guy (1981)
Members of Chambers WAUGH KC, Andrew (1982)
Members of Chambers MITCHESON KC, Thomas (1996)
Members of Chambers CAMPBELL KC, Douglas (1993)
Members of Chambers HINCHLIFFE KC, Thomas (1997)
Members of Chambers McFARLAND, Denise (1987)
Members of Chambers PRITCHARD, Geoffrey (1998)
Members of Chambers HUGHES, Dominic (2001)
Members of Chambers COPELAND, Miles (2004)
Members of Chambers DELANEY, Joe (2006)
Members of Chambers HEALD, Jeremy (2010)
Members of Chambers BARAN, Stuart (2011)
Members of Chambers AUSTEN, Tim (2012)
Members of Chambers MOGGRIDGE, Katherine (2012)
Members of Chambers SELMI, Daniel (2013)
Members of Chambers MESSENGER, Georgina (2015)
Members of Chambers BRABIN, Charles (2013)
Members of Chambers HART, Alice (2018)
Members of Chambers LUNT, Thomas (2018)
Tim Austen photoMr Tim AustenTim practises in all aspects of intellectual property law, with a particular…
Stuart Baran photoDr Stuart BaranStuart is currently Standing Counsel to the Comptroller-General, and was the Legal…
Charles Brabin photoDr Charles BrabinBarrister specialising in IP, including patents, copyright, trade marks, passing off and…
Guy Burkill photoMr Guy BurkillSpecialises in all intellectual property; particularly active in technology-oriented patent cases. Has…
Douglas Campbell photoMr Douglas CampbellBarrister specialising in all aspects of intellectual property and information technology law.…
Miles Copeland photoMr Miles CopelandIntellectual Property, Information Technology and related commercial disputes; patents, trademarks, passing off,…
Joe Delaney photoMr Joe DelaneyBarrister specialising in all aspects of intellectual property litigation, including patents, SPCs,…
Alice Hart photoMiss Alice HartBarrister specialising in all aspects of Intellectual Property law, including patents, SPCs,…
Jeremy Heald photoMr Jeremy HealdIntellectual property barrister specialising in patents, trade marks and passing off. Regularly…
Thomas Hinchliffe photoMr Thomas HinchliffeAll aspects of contentious intellectual property, with a particular emphasis on patent…
Dominic Hughes photoDr Dominic HughesBarrister specialising in all aspects of intellectual property. Appointed, following a selection competition,…
Thomas Lunt photoMr Thomas LuntThomas’ practice encompasses all areas in intellectual property. He has been instructed…
Denise McFarland photo Denise McFarlandBarrister and CEDR-qualified mediator, specialising in all aspects of intellectual property law,…
Georgina Messenger photoMiss Georgina MessengerBarrister specialising in all aspects of Intellectual Property law including patents, trade…
Richard Miller photoMr Richard MillerBarrister specialising in patents, trade marks, passing off, copyright, design rights, breach…
Tom Mitcheson photoMr Tom MitchesonBarrister specialising in all types of contentious intellectual property work, including patents,…
Katherine Moggridge photo Katherine MoggridgeBarrister specialising in all aspects of intellectual property law: patents, SPCs, trade…
Geoffrey Pritchard photoDr Geoffrey PritchardGeoffrey is a highly regarded senior junior with a practice covering all…
Daniel Selmi photoDr Daniel SelmiDaniel practises in all areas of intellectual property law and commercial disputes…
Andrew Waugh photoMr Andrew WaughLeading Counsel specialising in intellectual property law, as well as a commercial…