Set Profile > Ten Old Square > London, England

Ten Old Square
Ten Old Square

Charities Tier 1

Leading Silks

Simon Taube QC - Ten Old Square A supremely clever silk
Ranked: Tier 1

Agriculture Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Samuel Laughton - Ten Old SquareRecommended for a variety of agricultural-related matters.
Ranked: Tier 2
Georgia Bedworth - Ten Old SquareThe real beauty of her advice is its clarity.
Ranked: Tier 3

Offshore Tier 2

Leading Silks

Eason Rajah QC - Ten Old SquareVery good with clients and very user-friendly.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Taube QC - Ten Old SquareAn immensely bright and vastly experienced silk.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Leon Pickering - Ten Old SquareHe provides very clear advice and analysis.
Ranked: Tier 3

Private client: trusts and probate Tier 2

Ten Old Squareexcels 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.

Leading Silks

Francis Barlow QC - Ten Old SquareHas huge experience of complex trust issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Taube QC - Ten Old SquareIs very much a go-to counsel for serious trust law issues where the court is being asked to consider novel points or enters uncharted territory.
Ranked: Tier 1
Eason Rajah QC - Ten Old SquareIs very clever and knows his trust law inside out. He is also a good tactician and can explain the options to clients very well.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Georgia Bedworth - Ten Old SquareA very thorough junior.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Dew - Ten Old SquareIs a skilled advocate and fights fiercely for his clients – drives a hard bargain.
Ranked: Tier 2
Susannah Meadway - Ten Old SquareExtremely knowledgeable and very clear in the advice she gives.
Ranked: Tier 2
James MacDougald - Ten Old SquareHas a keen eye for detail and knows trusts inside out.
Ranked: Tier 4

Court of Protection and community care Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Georgia Bedworth - Ten Old SquareIs a reassuring voice and she will not hesitate to stand firm on matters and fight her corner.
Ranked: Tier 3
Leon Pickering - Ten Old SquareHis technical knowledge is excellent and he has a good manner of explaining this to the client in a way they understand.
Ranked: Tier 3

Private client: personal tax Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Robert Arnfield - Ten Old SquareAn excellent junior counsel.
Ranked: Tier 3

Commercial litigation Tier 5

Leading Juniors

Jonathan Gavaghan - Ten Old SquareWell respected for his commercial Chancery expertise.
Ranked: Tier 5

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.

Leading Juniors

Samuel Laughton - Ten Old SquareA first-rate advocate who is skilled in multidisciplinary litigation.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Gavaghan - Ten Old SquareHighly recommended for property litigation matters.
Ranked: Tier 4
Evan Price - Ten Old SquareKnowledgeable of equitable interests, boundary disputes and restrictive covenants.
Ranked: Tier 5

Company and partnership

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.

Partnership - Leading juniors

Jeremy Callman - Ten Old SquareHe is the standout barrister on all things partnership.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Gavaghan - Ten Old SquareHe is a superb and persuasive advocate as well as an excellent cross-examiner, where he manages to be both aggressive and charming at the same time.
Ranked: Tier 2
Gideon Roseman - Ten Old SquareHe has incredible tenacity and a will to win.
Ranked: Tier 2
Naomi Winston - Ten Old SquareShe is at the top of the game for partnership and LLP work, and a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2

Set overviews: England and Wales

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

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 journals.

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. It also offers annual training events and provides bespoke in-house and online 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. 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 over 28 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 & 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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)
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 Georgia Bedworth  photo Georgia Bedworth
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 Richard Dew  photo Richard Dew
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Mr Jonathan Gavaghan  photo Mr Jonathan Gavaghan
 Gregory Hill  photo Gregory Hill
Dr Philip Jenkins  photo Dr Philip Jenkins
Mr James Kirby  photo Mr James Kirby
 Samuel Laughton  photo Samuel Laughton
 James MacDougald  photo James MacDougald
 Susannah Meadway  photo Susannah Meadway
 Leon Pickering  photo Leon Pickering
Mr James Poole  photo Mr James Poole
 Evan Price  photo Evan Price
 Eason Rajah QC photo Eason Rajah QC
 Gideon Roseman  photo Gideon Roseman
 Sidney Ross  photo Sidney Ross
 David Schmitz  photo David Schmitz
 Matthew Slater  photo Matthew Slater
Dr Paul Stafford  photo Dr Paul Stafford
 Simon Taube QC photo Simon Taube QC
 Naomi Winston  photo Naomi Winston