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Ten Old Square

London Bar > Partnership Tier 1

The experienced junior counsel at Ten Old Square are sought after for the range of matters in the area and barristers’ caseloads cover an array of sectors. The field of private equity and hedge funds has been an increasingly contentious market, providing a steady flow of work for the ‘tenaciousGideon Roseman. The very highly regarded senior junior Jeremy Callman has continued to be instructed on high-profile, sensitive disputes, but members are also regularly assist in drafting and amending LLP and partnership agreements, as well as other non-contentious documents.

Leading Juniors

Jeremy CallmanTen Old Square 'Tenacious, extremely knowledgeable, immersed in partnership/LLP law and extremely user friendly.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Naomi WinstonTen Old Square 'Naomi is exceptionally bright and hard working; and a genuine expert on partnership and limited liability partnership law.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Jonathan GavaghanTen Old Square 'Given the tendency for partnership matters to be arbitrated, Jonathan's dual specialisms of partnership law and being a qualified arbitrator are particularly helpful.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Gideon RosemanTen Old Square 'Gideon is a very bright barrister who always thinks outside of the box in order to put his clients in the best possible position in any litigation.'
Ranked: Tier 2



‘The set is one of the preeminent sets for partnership expertise.’

‘Ten Old Square have considerable strength in depth in the partnership and LLP field.’

‘Excellent strength in depth – from top to bottom they know their subject.’

‘Ten Old Square has the largest number of junior counsel who might properly be regarded as experts in partnership and limited liability partnership law.’

‘ Ten Old Square are very good in partnership law.’


‘The two senior clerks, Keith Plowman and Marc Schofield, are very responsive, very helpful and always willing to assist.’

London Bar > Private client: trusts and probate Tier 2

Ten Old Square is an ‘excellent set for trust disputes’, with a ‘strong bench of highly rated and capable barristers, from silks to juniors’. Francis Barlow KC is a ‘very thoughtful and experienced’ barrister who advises and represents clients in the full spectrum of contentious and non- contentious Chancery matters. Simon Taube KC is well known for his ‘clear and strategically astute advice’ and recently handled Re Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust:Fort & Balchin v ITGL, a matter before a seven person panel of the Privy Council involving questions of insolvent trusts. Eason Rajah KC has ‘exceptional grasp of the law’ and is currently handling Dawson-Damer v Grampian Trust Company, a high-value and long running breach of trust claim in the Bahamas. Leading junior Georgia Bedworth is praised for her ‘meticulous attention to detail’, while rising star James Poole is recommended for his ‘clear and concise advice that is easy for clients to understand’.

Rising stars

James PooleTen Old SquareJames is extremely intelligent and hard-working. He is a safe pair of hands which you can rely on.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Francis Barlow KCTen Old SquareFrancis is an exceptionally thoughtful barrister who comes up with eloquent solutions to seemingly intractable problems.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Taube KCTen Old SquareSimon is accessible and user-friendly. He provides clear and strategically astute advice in a way that clients both understand and value. He is one of the most experienced and well-thought-of Chancery silks.
Ranked: Tier 1
Eason Rajah KCTen Old Square ‘Eason is an extremely bright silk. He is an incredible support, and his ability to get on top of the detail is immensely impressive. He is incredibly sharp and has the fantastic ability to relay complicated aspects, creating a very powerful impact on the listener. His advocacy skills are utterly superb.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Georgia BedworthTen Old Square ‘Georgia has meticulous attention to detail and truly approaches her instructions from solicitors. She responds quickly and makes herself readily available to discuss the litigation.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard DewTen Old Square 'Richard has an excellent all-around knowledge of trusts law. He is very personable and persuasive with the court.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Susannah MeadwayTen Old Square ‘Susannah provides a pragmatic and creative response to the issues presented to her and is clear in her advice. She finds a way through most difficulties and presents achievable solutions.’
Ranked: Tier 2
James MacDougaldTen Old Square 'James is incredibly approachable and totally dependable. He is super bright and very committed. He can turn his hand to most things and his output really is excellent. He has good ideas on strategy and takes a practical approach. He is also very understanding of the role of a solicitor and generally is a jolly nice chap.'
Ranked: Tier 3



‘Ten Old Square is a well respected set with strength-in-depth across their junior counsel.’

‘Ten Old Square is the “go-to” set for trust disputes. It a strong bench of capable barristers.’

‘Ten Old Square is a very well-reputed set and has a number of the best chancery barristers.’

‘Chambers is approachable and generally have counsel who are able to assist. It offers a yearly trust conference, which is always well attended.’

‘Ten Old Square is a very capable set in terms of domestic and international trusts.’


‘The clerks are second to none. Keith Plowman and Fay Bennett particularly impress and are excellent dealing with queries and client relations.’

Work highlights

    London Bar > Property litigation

    Rising stars

    James PooleTen Old SquareA compelling advocate and good with technical arguments, James produces written work to an excellent standard.
    Ranked: Tier 1

    Leading Juniors

    Samuel LaughtonTen Old Square ‘Sam knows the answers to almost all the problems you throw at him. He is ferociously bright and adopts an extremely efficient working methodology.
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Jonathan GavaghanTen Old SquareJonathan’s obvious strength is his mind. He thinks outside the box and relishes a challenge, making him great fun to work with.
    Ranked: Tier 4

    London Bar > Charities

    Leading Silks

    Simon Taube KCTen Old Square ‘Exceptional clarity of thought and strategy. Took meticulous care over every detail.'
    Ranked: Tier 1

    London Bar > Court of Protection and community care

    Leading Silks

    Eason Rajah KCTen Old SquareEason is exceptionally clever, commercially and emotionally astute and has the oversight and ability to make extremely difficult judgement calls when the chips are down. He is supportive of his junior barristers and instructing solicitors and instils confidence in everyone on the team.
    Ranked: Tier 3

    Leading Juniors

    Georgia Bedworth - Ten Old SquareGeorgia is a very approachable barrister, and provides very strategic advice.
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Leon Pickering - Ten Old SquareLeon is a very intelligent junior. His advice is clear, reassuring and friendly.
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Richard Dew Ten Old Square ‘Richard is excellent in his writing and advocacy, and his knowledge of this area shines through.’
    Ranked: Tier 5

    London Bar > Agriculture

    Leading Juniors

    Samuel LaughtonTen Old SquareHe is a reliable pair of hands, approaching matters in a calm and measured way. 
    Ranked: Tier 2

    London Bar > Private client: personal tax

    Leading Juniors

    Ranked: Tier 3
    Georgia Bedworth  –Ten Old Square ‘Georgia is very knowledgeable and gives very clear opinions.'
    Ranked: Tier 3
    James MacDougaldTen Old SquareJames is exceptionally bright and very astute. He is able to explain complex issues clearly and has a keen focus on finding pragmatic, client focused solutions.
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Ranked: Tier 3

    London Bar > Commercial litigation

    Leading Juniors

    Jonathan GavaghanTen Old Square ‘Extremely friendly and good with clients. Very charming advocate and technically excellent.'
    Ranked: Tier 5

    The English Bar Offshore > The English Bar Offshore Tier 4

    Head of Chambers: Simon Taube KC

    Senior Clerk: Keith Plowman

    Deputy Senior Clerk: Marc Schofield

    First Junior Clerk: Fay Bennett

    Junior Clerk: George Gamble

    Chambers Administrator: Debbie Thomas

    Marketing & Events Executive: Emily Overett

    THE CHAMBERS Universally acknowledged as one of the finest, full-service Chancery sets, containing many outstanding barristers, Ten Old Square has an excellent reputation for traditional and commercial Chancery work.

    THE SET Two KCs and 23 juniors form the wealth of specialist talent available at this niche set of chambers. The head of chambers is Simon Taube KC and contains many distinguished experts in the private client Chancery disciplines. The set boasts many highly-regarded juniors with very busy Chancery practices. Many are authors or editors of some of the foremost textbooks on Chancery law including the authoritative ‘Williams on Wills’. All members belong to the Chancery Bar Association and many also belong to STEP, ACTAPS, APP, FLBA, PBA and COMBAR. Ten Old Square offers annual training events and provides bespoke in-house seminars in its principal areas of practice for legal professionals.

    Ten Old Square is a Chancery set that employs the latest digital technology and know-how to deliver a modern and efficient client service. Keith Plowman has been the set’s Senior Clerk for over 30 years and, along with his colleagues Marc Schofield and Fay Bennett, he manages Chambers and co-ordinates the practices of each barrister. Together they have all built up an enviable reputation for their professional yet candid approach to their work.

    WORK UNDERTAKEN The balance of traditional and commercial Chancery work at Ten Old Square is evenly distributed and compliments the demand from clients within the sector. Along with a significant amount of private client work the commercial Chancery disciplines are well catered for, along with property litigation (including a significant amount of landlord and tenant work), planning and land law. Additionally, Ten Old Square is now the foremost set for Partnership/LLP disputes and advice. The set handles a wide range of diverse cases, including major litigation in the Chancery and commercial divisions of the High Court and the Appellate courts. It has a significant presence in many offshore jurisdictions, as well as in the Court of Protection, County Court, the Administrative Court, and other tribunals. A substantial amount of ADR (arbitration and mediation) is also undertaken. As a general guide, the principal areas of work undertaken are:

    Private Client: Ten Old Square is one of the leading sets for contentious and non-contentious trusts work in the UK and in offshore jurisdictions. Capital taxes, inheritance, wills, probate and the administration of estates, along with Court of Protection and family provision are also comprehensively covered.

    Commercial Chancery: Partnership (including dissolution, expulsions, compulsory retirement, LLPs, MDPs restrictive covenants and partnership accounts), joint ventures, asset recovery, business litigation, company, insolvency, and professional negligence.

    Property, Land & Real Estate: Contentious property work, landlord and tenant disputes, rent reviews, 1954 Act renewals, conveyancing, commercial property, leasehold enfranchisement, easements, intervener and third party property claims, cohabitation claims, mortgages and manorial rights including mineral rights.

    INTERNATIONAL The set has a number of barristers who have substantial private client practices overseas including Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Guernsey and Jersey.

    LANGUAGES French, German, Bislama.

    Senior clerk Keith Plowman
    Deputy senior clerk Marc Schofield
    First junior clerk Fay Bennett
    Marketing Executive Emily Overett
    Members of Chambers TAUBE KC, Simon (1980) (2000 KC)
    Members of Chambers RAJAH KC, Eason (1989) (2011 KC)
    Members of Chambers HILL, Gregory (1972)
    Members of Chambers SCHMITZ, David (1976)
    Members of Chambers ROSS, Sidney (1983)
    Members of Chambers STAFFORD, Paul (1987)
    Members of Chambers ROBERTS, Julian (1987)
    Members of Chambers MEADWAY, Susannah (1988)
    Members of Chambers CALLMAN, Jeremy (1991)
    Members of Chambers GAVAGHAN, Jonathan (1992)
    Members of Chambers LAUGHTON, Samuel (1993)
    Members of Chambers ARNFIELD, Robert (1996)
    Members of Chambers PRICE, Evan (1997)
    Members of Chambers DEW, Richard (1999)
    Members of Chambers BEDWORTH, Georgia (2001)
    Members of Chambers JENKINS, Philip (2003)
    Members of Chambers SLATER, Matthew (2005)
    Members of Chambers WINSTON, Naomi (2006)
    Members of Chambers ROSEMAN, Gideon (2007)
    Members of Chambers PICKERING, Leon (2010)
    Members of Chambers MACDOUGALD, James (2011)
    Members of Chambers EGAN, James (2015)
    Members of Chambers POOLE, James (2016)
    Members of Chambers KIRBY, James (2017)
    Members of Chambers STEWART-WALLACE, Adam (2018)
    Members of Chambers ARNULL, Thomas (2019)
    JAMES, Thomas (2018)
    ATKINSON, Elizabeth (2021)
    Robert Arnfield photo Robert ArnfieldBarrister in general Chancery/commercial practice. Particular expertise in relation to trusts, wills…
    Thomas Arnull photoMr Thomas Arnull
    Elizabeth Atkinson photoMiss Elizabeth Atkinson
    Francis Barlow photo Francis BarlowHead of Chambers at Ten Old Square, Francis Barlow’s practice covers the…
    Georgia Bedworth photo Georgia BedworthA barrister whose practice encompasses litigation, drafting and advisory work across the…
    Jeremy Callman photo Jeremy CallmanBarrister specialising in Chancery – commercial litigation (partnership/LLP law, commercial disputes, banking/mortgage…
    Richard Dew photo Richard DewRichard Dew’s practice is focussed on Wills, Estates and Trusts and related…
    James Egan photoMr James EganBarrister – Called 2015
    Jonathan Gavaghan photoMr Jonathan GavaghanJonathan Gavaghan has a busy chancery and commercial practice. He has particular…
    Gregory Hill photo Gregory HillBarrister in general Chancery practice, whose emphasis is on advisory work and…
    Thomas James photoMr Thomas James
    Philip Jenkins photoDr Philip JenkinsAn experienced Chancery practitioner, Philip Jenkins’ practice encompasses the breadth of chancery…
    James Kirby photoMr James KirbyBarrister – Called 2017
    Samuel Laughton photo Samuel LaughtonBarrister specialising in Chancery, especially property litigation, landlord and tenant, commercial, company…
    James MacDougald photo James MacDougaldBarrister with a general Chancery practice including litigation, advice and drafting in…
    Susannah Meadway photo Susannah MeadwaySusannah Meadway’s practice encompasses advisory, drafting and litigation work in the fields…
    Leon Pickering photo Leon PickeringBarrister and accredited mediator with a busy practice covering a wide range of…
    James Poole photoMr James Poole
    Evan Price photo Evan PriceBarrister specialising in general Chancery, commercial and property litigation, public and administrative…
    Eason Rajah photo Eason RajahChancery litigation and advisory work in the UK and offshore, including domestic,…
    Gideon Roseman photo Gideon RosemanBarrister with a commercial and chancery practice including litigation, contentious and non-contentious…
    Sidney Ross photo Sidney RossSidney Ross was called to the Bar in 1983 at the age…
    David Schmitz photo David SchmitzLand, especially mortgages, landlord and tenant; and constructive trusts; professional negligence, insolvency…
    Matthew Slater photo Matthew SlaterMatthew Slater’s practice covers a wide range of Chancery, Commercial and (as…
    Paul Stafford photoDr Paul StaffordBarrister specialising in commercial and property-related issues of chancery work, including Lloyds’…
    Adam Stewart-Wallace photo Adam Stewart-Wallace
    Simon Taube photo Simon TaubeBarrister specialising in Chancery work (both litigation and advisory work) with special…
    Naomi Winston photo Naomi WinstonNaomi’s practice covers litigation, drafting and advisory work across the full range…