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Ten Old Square > The Legal 500 Rankings
The ‘vastly wise and experienced’ Francis Barlow QC at Ten Old Square is advising on four concurrent applications under the Variation of Trusts Act 1958 for the variation of a number of settlements worth over a billion pounds. In another key matter the ‘very knowledgeable and user-friendly’ Simon Taube QC was instructed by Taylor Wessing in the Dawson-Damer v Taylor Wessing case, which went to the Court of Appeal on a point concerning subject access requests for data which under common law is covered by trustees’ duties of confidentiality. Also at silk level Eason Rajah QC is an ‘extremely polished advocate.’
‘Excellent chambers, with real strength-in-depth. Availability of counsel at all levels. Those seminars I have attended have always been both informative and enjoyable. ‘
‘Great strength in CT&P at all levels.’
‘Ten Old Square is a hidden gem in the trusts field.’
’10 Old Square has excellent depth particularly with its juniors. If somebody is unavailable, it is always quick to provide suitable cover. You can be confident that whoever is available will be easy to deal with and do an excellent job.‘
‘Keith Plowman and Marc Schofield give a superb service, and are always extremely pleasant to deal with.’
‘Strong and commercial, pragmatic.’
‘The clerks are exceptional. I enjoy working with them.‘
‘Clerks are top notch, especially Marc Schofield who responds quickly, is easy to deal with and really makes an effort to assist however he can.‘
‘Clerks room is exceptional.’
Offshore Tier 3
'Very strong at all levels in the contentious trusts and probate areas', Ten Old Square's members focus their offshore work on private client, trusts and partnerships. A team of Simon Taube QC, Eason Rajah QC and James MacDougald have been acting for the latter party in Dawson-Damer v Grampian Trustee Company in the Bahamian courts, a case which has in the past featured issues about trustees' duties of confidentiality meshing with data protection law. Head of chambers Francis Barlow QC has particular expertise in drafting Offshore trusts.
‘Excellent chambers punching well over its weight in terms of its size.‘
‘Extremely strong team. From top to bottom one of the best trust chambers in England.‘
‘Ten Old Square is a hidden gem of exceptional barristers.‘
‘A strong set, with many well-known and respected names. A go to Chambers in the chancery field.‘
‘Responsive and efficient. Marc Schofield is easy to deal with and helpful.‘
‘The clerks are exceptional and my favourite set of clerks out there.‘
‘Marc Schofield is invariably pleasant, flexible and straightforward.‘
‘The clerks are, frankly, a joy.‘
Ten Old Square is well equipped to handle private equity, accountancy, PATMA and law firm bust ups through the expertise of the ‘tenacious advocate’ Gideon Roseman, the ‘very approachable and collaborative and calm’ Jonathan Gavaghan and 'undisputed leader' Jeremy Callman. One niche for the set is its handling of farming and estates partnerships disputes; Naomi Winston is key for such mandates. Regular instructions are also received from medical partnerships, including doctors, dentists and veterinarians.
A very reliable set with real strength in depth and undoubtedly a first port of call for us on partnership- and LLP-related matters.
Excellent set. Their partnership offering as a whole is very strong.
Very efficient, responsive and obliging.
Ten Old Square is without doubt the leading set in the law of partnerships and LLPs.
Keith Plowman is the senior clerk and is a pleasure to work with. He is creative, proactive and provides and excellent service to all clients and customers of Ten Old Square.
Excellent. Helpful, pleasant and efficient.
I have a great relationship with the clerks including especially Marc Schofield. The service is quick and efficient, as it needs to be.
Ten Old Square > Set Profile
Acknowledged as one of the finest, full-service Chancery sets, containing many outstanding barristers and experienced clerks, Ten Old Square has an excellent reputation for traditional and commercial Chancery work and has won two ‘Chambers of the Year’ awards at the STEP Private Client Awards and many individual “Barrister of the Year” awards from the leading legal directories.
The set: There is a wealth of specialist talent available at this set. The head of chambers is Francis Barlow QC, and all three silks in chambers are distinguished experts in the private client Chancery disciplines.
The set also boasts many highly regarded juniors with busy, niche 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. Chambers also offers high-quality training seminars and provides bespoke in-house and online webinars in its principal areas of practice for solicitors and other professionals.
Ten Old Square is a pleasingly traditional Chancery set that utilises the latest, secure technology and know-how to deliver modern and efficient client service. The venerable Keith Plowman is the senior clerk and, along with his colleagues Marc Schofield and Fay Bennett, they manage chambers and co-ordinate the practices of each barrister. Keith has been the senior clerk at Ten Old Square for 30 years and Marc is similarly qualified. Together all three clerks have a built up an enviable reputation for their professional yet candid and affable approach to their work.
Types of work undertaken: The balance of traditional and commercial Chancery work at Ten Old Square is evenly distributed and complements the demand from clients within the sector. Along with private client work the commercial Chancery disciplines relating to businesses are well catered for, along with real property matters. Additionally, Ten Old Square is the foremost set for partnership/LLP disputes and advice.
The set handles a wide range of diverse cases, including major litigation in the Business and Property Courts at the High Court and the appellate courts. It has a significant presence in many offshore jurisdictions, as well as in the County Court.
A substantial amount of ADR (arbitration and mediation) is also undertaken. As a general guide, the principal areas of work undertaken are:
Private client law: Ten Old Square is one of the leading sets for contentious and non-contentious trusts work in the UK and in offshore jurisdictions. VTAs are a speciality along with capital taxes, wills, probate and the administration of estates, along with Court of Protection and family provision.
Business law: Partnership (including dissolution, expulsions, compulsory retirement, LLPs, MDPs restrictive covenants and partnership accounts), banking and financial services, insurance and reinsurance, commercial litigation, financial regulation, company, insolvency, professional negligence, and public procurement.
Property law: Land and real estate, landlord and tenant, rent reviews, 1954 Act renewals, conveyancing, commercial property, leasehold enfranchisement, easements, intervener and third-party property claims, TOLATA and cohabitation claims, mortgages, manorial rights including mineral rights.
|Senior clerk||Keith Plowman|
|Deputy senior clerk||Marc Schofield|
|First junior clerk||Fay Bennett|
|Marketing and Events Executive||Toni Sansom|
|Members of Chambers||BARLOW QC, Francis (1965) (2006 QC)|
|Members of Chambers||TAUBE QC, Simon (1980) (2000 QC)|
|Members of Chambers||RAJAH QC, Eason (1989) (2011 QC)|
|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)|
|Robert Arnfield||Barrister in general Chancery/commercial practice. Particular expertise in relation to trusts, wills…||View Profile|
|Mr Thomas Arnull||View Profile|
|Francis Barlow||Head of Chambers at Ten Old Square, Francis Barlow’s practice covers the…||View Profile|
|Georgia Bedworth||A barrister whose practice encompasses litigation, drafting and advisory work across the…||View Profile|
|Jeremy Callman||Barrister specialising in Chancery – commercial litigation (partnership/LLP law, commercial disputes, banking/mortgage…||View Profile|
|Richard Dew||Richard Dew’s practice is focussed on Wills, Estates and Trusts and related…||View Profile|
|Mr James Egan||Barrister – Called 2015||View Profile|
|Mr Jonathan Gavaghan||Jonathan Gavaghan has a busy chancery and commercial practice. He has particular…||View Profile|
|Gregory Hill||Barrister in general Chancery practice, whose emphasis is on advisory work and…||View Profile|
|Dr Philip Jenkins||An experienced Chancery practitioner, Philip Jenkins’ practice encompasses the breadth of chancery…||View Profile|
|Mr James Kirby||Barrister – Called 2017||View Profile|
|Samuel Laughton||Barrister specialising in Chancery, especially property litigation, landlord and tenant, commercial, company…||View Profile|
|James MacDougald||Barrister with a general Chancery practice including litigation, advice and drafting in…||View Profile|
|Susannah Meadway||Susannah Meadway’s practice encompasses advisory, drafting and litigation work in the fields…||View Profile|
|Leon Pickering||Barrister and accredited mediator with a busy practice covering a wide range of…||View Profile|
|Mr James Poole||View Profile|
|Evan Price||Barrister specialising in general Chancery, commercial and property litigation, public and administrative…||View Profile|
|Eason Rajah||Chancery litigation and advisory work in the UK and offshore, including domestic,…||View Profile|
|Gideon Roseman||Barrister with a commercial and chancery practice including litigation, contentious and non-contentious…||View Profile|
|Sidney Ross||Sidney Ross was called to the Bar in 1983 at the age…||View Profile|
|David Schmitz||Land, especially mortgages, landlord and tenant; and constructive trusts; professional negligence, insolvency…||View Profile|
|Matthew Slater||Matthew Slater’s practice covers a wide range of Chancery, Commercial and (as…||View Profile|
|Dr Paul Stafford||Barrister specialising in commercial and property-related issues of chancery work, including Lloyds’…||View Profile|
|Adam Stewart-Wallace||View Profile|
|Simon Taube||Barrister specialising in Chancery work (both litigation and advisory work) with special…||View Profile|
|Naomi Winston||Naomi’s practice covers litigation, drafting and advisory work across the full range…||View Profile|