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Ten Old Square
Ten Old Square > The Legal 500 Rankings
Ten Old Square ‘excels from top to bottom.’ The chambers is ‘the go-to place for trustee applications involving rectification, variation of trusts and other administrative court proceedings.’ In Investec Trust (Guernsey) v Glenalla Simon Taube QC successfully persuaded the Privy Council to hold that the trustee was not personally liable for losses. This was as a result of the terms of Jersey trust law and the adoption of a new rule of private international law that affected trusts. Overall it is an ‘excellent set of chambers.’
Property litigation Tier 5
Work undertaken by Ten Old Square includes commercial landlord and tenant disputes, rent review arbitrations, dilapidations, leasehold enfranchisement, estoppel, co-habitees, and trusts. In one instruction worthy of note, Samuel Laughton is currently representing the wife of a defendant in Latchworth Ltd & Ziya v Tilly & Tilly, a multimillion-pound fraud claim which the claimant is attempting to enforce against the matrimonial home.
Ten Old Square's members are veritable partnership and LLP law experts, instructed by both partnerships and individuals across a wide variety of sectors in disputes and advisory matters relating to sensitive internal issues. In a particular highlight, Gideon Roseman successfully acted for the claimant and first Part 20 defendant in Shah v Shah, the third trial in a partnership dispute between brothers who operated businesses in England and India, and involving the interaction of various debts with a non-partner and the ability of the debtor partner to seek a contribution from other partners. Also of note, Jeremy Callman regularly acts for managing partners of major law firms and accountancy firms in highly-sensitive internal issues, and has substantial experience in non-contentious matters including drafting and updating LLP agreements.
‘Excellent from top to bottom’, Ten Old Square is ‘a favourite set for complex, traditional Chancery matters’ and ‘the go-to set for trustee applications involving rectification, variation of trusts, and other administrative court proceedings’. Chambers has ‘technically able and user-friendly’ barristers who are considered ‘good value for money’. Senior clerk Keith Plowman leads a team which ‘goes out of its way to work calendars, ensure availability, and keep solicitors updated’. Plowman is supported by the ‘utterly reliable’ deputy senior clerk Marc Schofield and first junior clerk Fay Bennett. Offices in: London
Ten Old Square > Firm Profile
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 and was recognised as ‘Chambers of the Year’ at the STEP 2013/14 and 2015/16 Private Client Awards.
The set: Three QCs and 23 juniors form the 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 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 COM BAR. Ten Old Square is LawNet’s approved chambers for private client matters. It also offers annual training events and provides bespoke in-house seminars in its principal areas of practice for solicitors and professionals in related areas. Ten Old Square is a pleasingly traditional Chancery set that employs the latest technology and know how to deliver a modern and efficient client service. Keith Plowman is the senior clerk and, along with his colleague Marc Schofield, he manages chambers and co-ordinates the practices of each barrister. Keith has been the senior clerk at Ten Old Square for over 23 years and Marc is similarly qualified. Together they have a built up an enviable reputation for their professional yet candid 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 are well catered for, along with property litigation, 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 County Court and at planning inquiries and appeals, 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 trust work in the UK and in offshore jurisdictions. Capital taxes, wills, probate and the administration of estates, along with Court of Protection, family provision, matrimonial property and finance are also comprehensively covered.
Commercial Chancery: 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, land and real estate: planning inquiries and appeals, landlord and tenant, rent review, 1954 Act renewals, conveyancing, commercial property, leasehold enfranchisement, easements, intervener and third-party property claims, cohabitation claims, mortgages, manorial rights including mineral rights, construction and fracking matters.
International: the set has a number of barristers who have private client practices overseas in Bermuda, Munich and New Zealand. Other languages spoken: German, French
|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-WALLIS, Adam (2018)|
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