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Three New Square Intellectual Property
Three New Square

London Bar > Intellectual property Tier 1

The members of Three New Square are sought after for their skills in complex patent disputes, in addition to cases involving copyright, passing off, trade marks, and design rights. Guy Burkill KC focuses on patent litigation in the technology and telecoms sectors – he represented Apple and its distributors in a high-value telecoms-related patent dispute involving eight patents in four patent families against Optis, which claimed that Apple was using its technology without an appropriate license.  Douglas Campbell KC‘s practice encompasses both patent and non-patent work, and Thomas Hinchliffe KC has expertise in the pharmaceutical and electronics sectors.  Tim Austen regularly appears before the Patents Court, the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, and the Court of Appeal he was also instructed by Match Group in successful trade mark infringement and passing off proceedings against Muzmatch, a Muslim dating app that claimed it had a defence of honest concurrent to be able to use the term ‘match’ in its branding. Charles Brabin is skilled in patent work regarding electronics, as is Joe Delaney.

Rising stars

Alice Hart – Three New Square ‘Alice is very detailed and thorough. She is an excellent team player.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Thomas Lunt – Three New SquareThomas is razor-sharp, enthusiastic, and works hard. He practises with a degree of competence far beyond his year.’
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Tom Mitcheson KC – Three New Square 'Tom is a go-to barrister on technically difficult life sciences cases. He has a very good background in the life sciences and is able to distil cases into simple concepts easily and speedily, he provides cutting edge advice and his advocacy is smooth like butter, and he is very credible before the bench.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Waugh KC – Three New SquareAndrew is hard working and rigorous. He is always well prepared and willing to go the extra mile to get a good result.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Thomas Hinchliffe KC – Three New Square 'Tom is adept at both life sciences and technology cases, making him very versatile. He is very involved in his matters and provides excellent and timely advice, and on his feet, he has a great manner with the bench and is persuasive in his advocacy.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Stuart BaranThree New SquareStuart is a fantastic junior and a top choice as one of the best at the Bar. He provides well-thought-out and timely advice, has a strategic input, and works well within a team setting.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Miles Copeland – Three New Square 'Cool, calm, and collected, and razor-sharp, he is lovely to work with.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Denise McFarlandThree New SquareDenise communicates clearly with clients and is a compelling advocate who builds a logical and persuasive case.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Geoffrey Pritchard – Three New Square ‘Geoffrey is a deep thinker and believable in front of a judge. He is one of the most hardworking juniors and he gets his points across because of a fundamental honesty of demeanour.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Katherine Moggridge – Three New Square ‘Katherine is an extremely bright and enthusiastic junior barrister who understands the best way of working with a team. She has fantastic experience and is rightly considered to be one of the leading junior patent barristers.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Tim Austen – Three New Square 'Tim is very thoughtful and provides plenty of good ideas and solutions.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Joe Delaney – Three New Square 'Joe is a strategic thinker and a great member of the team. He comes up with creative points and is not afraid to take a different position from the leader if he thinks it is the right thing to do.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Jeremy HealdThree New Square 'Jeremy is extremely bright and has a mastery of the technical and legal detail in patent cases. He is one of the most adept barristers at stress-testing a case to overcome difficult issues.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Daniel Selmi – Three New Square ‘Daniel is very responsive and pragmatic in dealing with the build up to cases. He gets stuck into the detail immediately.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Georgina MessengerThree New Square 'Georgina understands matters very quickly with a very fast processing power. She has excellent attention to detail, is very efficient on trade mark matters, and an extremely useful resource.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Dominic Hughes – Three New SquareDominic has a very good grasp of the detail and technical aspects of cases and he reads around the technology in question so that he understands it and the market in which it is used. He is very good with clients and explains matters clearly, and he has excellent commercial awareness and always has an eye on the clients’ objectives.’
Ranked: Tier 4


‘Tim Fairburn is excellent; communicative, honest, and always flexible on brief fees and timings.’

‘Excellent; Nick Hill is always very easy to work with.’

‘Nick Hill is brilliant and a go-to clerk.’

‘Three New Square is an excellent set with great depth.’

‘Excellent chambers with lots of highly recommended barristers.’

‘Great strength in depth, including a good spread of experience.’

‘Three New Square is the chambers of choice as the barristers there are first-rate.’

‘There are extremely competent juniors there.’

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

The barristers at Three New Square are regularly instructed to act on behalf of technology and software developers and telecoms clients, smartphone sector clients in particular. With highly technical expertise, Guy Burkill KC continues to have a busy IP and IT practice, often instructed in high-value telecoms patent infringement actions. Most recently acting for Apple in the long-running piece of litigation in relation to Optis’ patent portfolio and Apple’s failure to pay any royalties in respect of it. Thomas Hinchliffe KC acted as leading counsel for Optis in the fourth of the technical trials. Joe Delaney successfully represented Nokia in the first of a number of technical trials involving Nokia’s standard essential patents pertaining to 3G, 4G and 5G technology in Nokia v OnePlus & others. Douglas Campbell KC acted in a case relating to computer software and financial trading strategy in which breach of confidence, copyright and contract was alleged.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
Thomas Hinchliffe KCThree New Square 'Tom is excellent to work with, very much a team player and someone who is keen to understand the details, to ensure they present the best case possible.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Douglas Campbell KCThree New Square 'A hugely impressive all-rounder and great team player.'
Ranked: Tier 4


‘The service and the clerks are usually excellent and reliable.’

‘A good set of knowledgeable barristers who make themselves available to meet client needs.’

Work highlights

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 and restrictive covenants.

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 LJ.

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 and The Hague.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Clerk Nicholas Hill
Clerk Tim Fairburn
Clerk Owen Beedle
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)
Photo Name Position Profile
Tim Austen photo Mr Tim Austen Tim practises in all aspects of intellectual property law, with a particular…
Stuart Baran photo Dr Stuart Baran Stuart is currently Standing Counsel to the Comptroller-General, and was the Legal…
Charles Brabin photo Dr Charles Brabin Charles’ practice is in line with Chambers’ specialisms; he has been involved…
Guy Burkill photo Mr Guy Burkill Specialises in all intellectual property; particularly active in technology-oriented patent cases. Has…
Douglas Campbell photo Mr Douglas Campbell Barrister specialising in all aspects of intellectual property and information technology law.…
Miles Copeland photo Mr Miles Copeland Intellectual Property, Information Technology and related commercial disputes including arbitrations; patents, trademarks,…
Joe Delaney photo Mr Joe Delaney Barrister specialising in patent and SPC litigation across various technical fields (in…
Alice Hart photo Miss Alice Hart Barrister specialising in all aspects of Intellectual Property law, including patents, SPCs,…
Jeremy Heald photo Mr Jeremy Heald Intellectual property barrister specialising in patents, trade marks and passing off. Regularly…
Thomas Hinchliffe photo Mr Thomas Hinchliffe All aspects of contentious intellectual property, with a particular emphasis on patent…
Dominic Hughes photo Dr Dominic Hughes Barrister specialising in all aspects of intellectual property. Appointed, following a selection competition,…
Denise McFarland photo Denise McFarland Barrister and CEDR-qualified mediator, Joint Head of Chambers at Three New Square…
Georgina Messenger photo Miss Georgina Messenger Barrister specialising in all aspects of Intellectual Property law including patents, trade…
Richard Miller photo Mr Richard Miller Barrister specialising in patents, trade marks, passing off, copyright, design rights, breach…
Tom Mitcheson photo Mr Tom Mitcheson Barrister specialising in all types of contentious intellectual property work, including patents,…
Katherine Moggridge photo Katherine Moggridge Barrister specialising in all aspects of intellectual property law: patents, SPCs, trade…
Geoffrey Pritchard photo Dr Geoffrey Pritchard Geoffrey is a highly regarded senior junior with a practice covering all…
Andrew Waugh photo Mr Andrew Waugh Leading Counsel specialising in intellectual property law, as well as a commercial…