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Ten Old Square > The Legal 500 Rankings
Ten Old Square is a ‘smaller excellent set’ that is often described as a ‘go-to chambers for trust and general private client work. The barristers give rounded and practical advice and are very user friendly’ and are 'extremely responsive.' Simon Taube QC acted for the estate in a claim by an equitable tenant in common for the partition of approximately 250 acres of trust land on Teeside. The case is particularly complex as it raises interesting issues about the valuation of land with hope value, residential values, and on Red Book definitions of market value. The 'reliable and perceptive' James MacDougald climbs this year's junior rankings, while the 'pragmatic' James Poole is recognised as a rising star of the Bar.
Offshore Tier 3
A 'smaller excellent Chancery set', Ten Old Square's members have been active working with Channel Island firms in cases there. Eason Rajah QC and Leon Pickering continue to assist Cristiana Crociani in the Crociani litigation in Jersey, and on the other side of the water Rajah QC and James MacDougald assisted the new trustees in the Pilatus PTC v RBC Trustees case in Guernsey.
Praised for being 'as good as it gets for partnership issues' members of Ten Old Square have a strong reputation for partnership disputes and advisory work. 'Clever strategist' Jeremy Callman focuses on litigating partnership and LLP disputes, as well as advising managing partners on internal issues. Naomi Winston represents firms and individuals and partners, and has developed a strong advisory practice, in relation to internal issues and partnership documentation.
Ten Old Square is a well-regarded Chancery and commercial law set, where members' workloads also include property, private client, charity law and Court of Protection matters.
Excellent Marc is superb very experienced and honest about what he can and cannot do.
First class service – in particular from Keith Plowman and Marc Schofield, who are excellent: they are highly responsive, sensible, commercial, helpful – they really look after you.
The clerking team is led by Keith Plowman; an honest and forthright individual who goes far beyond the call of duty to help his instructions solicitors and manage the cordial relationship between solicitor and counsel. Unlike many clerks, Keith adds significantly to the efficiency of the experience of using Ten Old Square and the commercial realities of instructing a barrister.
Very efficient and will try their best to assist even at short notice.
10 Old Square is an excellent set. Everyone I have come across (about 8 barristers) is extremely capable and super bright.
10 Old Square is an excellent set. It is managed by clerks who are responsive. Which ever barrister is instructed, you know that they know the law and are team players. An excellent set overall.
A good set we work closely with in commercial litigation work.
A very strong Chancery set with an excellent reputation for practical and helpful advice.
All barristers I have used have been able to deal with matters speedily and well. I have great confidence in sending the instructions to the clerks and leaving them to find the most suitable counsel to deal with the matter.
Excellent clerks and excellent strength and depth in property and trusts law with some really superb Juniors coming through.
Exceptional advisers for offshore trusts disputes.
They are a small set but they have all been excellent. The clerks are very easy to work with and knowledgeable. They attract a lot of great work and deservedly so.
My go to chambers for general private client work. The barristers all seem to give rounded advice and are very user friendly.
Smaller excellent chancery set. I have enjoyed working with them. All of the juniors have been excellent and the clerks are knowledgeable and user friendly.
Undoubtedly one of the two leading sets in this area, they have real strength in depth.
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 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.
|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)|
|Robert Arnfield||Barrister in general Chancery/commercial practice. Particular expertise in relation to trusts, wills…||View Profile|
|Mr Thomas Arnull||View Profile|
|Francis Barlow QC||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 QC||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 QC||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|
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