Set Profile > Ten Old Square > London, England

Ten Old Square
Ten Old Square

Property litigation

Leading Juniors

Samuel Laughton - Ten Old SquareHe provides a real thoroughness and is able to stand back and provide a calm assessment of the situations and options.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Gavaghan - Ten Old SquareHe is charming and has the ability to put clients at ease.
Ranked: Tier 4


Leading Silks

Simon Taube QC - Ten Old SquareIs very experienced and incisive and looks ahead as to what is likely to happen later in a case.
Ranked: Tier 1


Leading Juniors

Samuel Laughton - Ten Old SquareHe is super diligent and thorough in preparation.
Ranked: Tier 2

Private client: trusts and probate Tier 2

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 perceptiveJames MacDougald climbs this year's junior rankings, while the 'pragmaticJames Poole is recognised as a rising star of the Bar.

Rising stars

James Poole - Ten Old SquareHas an excellent bedside manner with clients. His research and advice is spot on. He is a safe pair of hands. He will always go the extra mile.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Francis Barlow QC - Ten Old SquareHugely experienced, very thoughtful and creative, a formidable presence in court. Good at finding practical solutions to intractable problems.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Taube QC - Ten Old SquareIs helpful, authoritative, logical, measured and commercial. He is attentive with clients and solicitors and directional (as opposed to abstract) in his advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Eason Rajah QC - Ten Old SquareIs an excellent all-rounder: top drawer advice, advocacy and commercially savvy delivery.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Georgia Bedworth - Ten Old SquareGets even the most difficult matters settled. She has the respect of her peers.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Dew - Ten Old SquareVery responsive counsel who is easy to work with can quickly identify the issues. Very good in-depth knowledge of trusts and probate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Susannah Meadway - Ten Old SquareThe complete package! Outstanding in every way. Well prepared, practical, highly capable and always seems to come up with solutions to thorny problems. Has developed huge expertise in Variation of Trust applications.
Ranked: Tier 2
James MacDougald - Ten Old SquareVery bright, excellent drafting and advocacy. Sound advice. Very good on less common procedural issues.
Ranked: Tier 3

Private client: personal tax

Leading Juniors

Robert Arnfield - Ten Old SquareIs extremely clear in the advice he gives. He is super bright, thinks very carefully about the questions put to him and then presents his views in a clear, succinct fashion. He comes up with helpful ideas and plans.
Ranked: Tier 3
Susannah Meadway - Ten Old SquareIs particularly outstanding and hugely practical.
Ranked: Tier 3

Court of Protection and community care

Leading Silks

Eason Rajah QC - Ten Old SquareAn excellent all-rounder. He gives excellent advice in a commercially savvy way. He is brilliant in court. He is a serious strategist.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Georgia Bedworth - Ten Old SquareHer Opinions are clearly written and presented and technical issues are explained in a succinct and precise manner.
Ranked: Tier 3
Leon Pickering - Ten Old SquareVery clever. Organised and smooth. Good advisor in conference and writing.
Ranked: Tier 3

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.

Leading Silks

Eason Rajah QC - Ten Old SquareAn excellent advisor with excellent courtroom presentation and commercially savvy.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Taube QC - Ten Old SquareHe has a calm and measured demeanour, coupled with technically brilliant advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 2
Francis Barlow QC - Ten Old SquareExcellent with broad expertise.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Leon Pickering - Ten Old SquareA top-drawer junior who charms the court.
Ranked: Tier 3
James MacDougald - Ten Old SquareHe processes and thinks through complicated issues in a very structured and forensic fashion.
Ranked: Tier 3

Commercial litigation

Leading Juniors

Jonathan Gavaghan - Ten Old SquareVery strategic and tactical, extremely well prepared and thorough in everything, astute with judges and witnesses, and a great Court room presence.
Ranked: Tier 5

Company and partnership

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 strategistJeremy 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.

Partnership - Leading juniors

Jeremy Callman - Ten Old SquareHe is simply brilliant. His knowledge of LLP and Partnership law is unsurpassed.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Gavaghan - Ten Old SquareHe is wonderful with clients and they are always impressed with his astonishing intellect and knowledge.
Ranked: Tier 2
Gideon Roseman - Ten Old SquareConsistently superb in terms of analysis and detail; leaves no stone unturned and gives every case his all leaving nothing on the field.
Ranked: Tier 2

Naomi Winston - Ten Old Square ‘Fantastic attention to detail and an absolute expert on the law.

Ranked: Tier 2

Set overviews: England and Wales

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.

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)
Photo Name Position Profile
 Robert Arnfield  photo Robert Arnfield Barrister in general Chancery/commercial practice. Particular expertise in relation to trusts, wills…
Mr Thomas Arnull  photo Mr Thomas Arnull
 Francis Barlow photo Francis Barlow Head of Chambers at Ten Old Square, Francis Barlow’s practice covers the…
 Georgia Bedworth  photo Georgia Bedworth A barrister whose practice encompasses litigation, drafting and advisory work across the…
 Jeremy Callman  photo Jeremy Callman Barrister specialising in Chancery – commercial litigation (partnership/LLP law, commercial disputes, banking/mortgage…
 Richard Dew  photo Richard Dew Richard Dew’s practice is focussed on Wills, Estates and Trusts and related…
Mr James Egan  photo Mr James Egan Barrister – Called 2015
Mr Jonathan Gavaghan  photo Mr Jonathan Gavaghan Jonathan Gavaghan has a busy chancery and commercial practice. He has particular…
 Gregory Hill  photo Gregory Hill Barrister in general Chancery practice, whose emphasis is on advisory work and…
Dr Philip Jenkins  photo Dr Philip Jenkins An experienced Chancery practitioner, Philip Jenkins’ practice encompasses the breadth of chancery…
Mr James Kirby  photo Mr James Kirby Barrister – Called 2017
 Samuel Laughton  photo Samuel Laughton Barrister specialising in Chancery, especially property litigation, landlord and tenant, commercial, company…
 James MacDougald  photo James MacDougald Barrister with a general Chancery practice including litigation, advice and drafting in…
 Susannah Meadway  photo Susannah Meadway Susannah Meadway’s practice encompasses advisory, drafting and litigation work in the fields…
 Leon Pickering  photo Leon Pickering Barrister and accredited mediator with a busy practice covering a wide range of…
Mr James Poole  photo Mr James Poole
 Evan Price  photo Evan Price Barrister specialising in general Chancery, commercial and property litigation, public and administrative…
 Eason Rajah photo Eason Rajah Chancery litigation and advisory work in the UK and offshore, including domestic,…
 Gideon Roseman  photo Gideon Roseman Barrister with a commercial and chancery practice including litigation, contentious and non-contentious…
 Sidney Ross  photo Sidney Ross Sidney Ross was called to the Bar in 1983 at the age…
 David Schmitz  photo David Schmitz Land, especially mortgages, landlord and tenant; and constructive trusts; professional negligence, insolvency…
 Matthew Slater  photo Matthew Slater Matthew Slater’s practice covers a wide range of Chancery, Commercial and (as…
Dr Paul Stafford  photo Dr Paul Stafford Barrister specialising in commercial and property-related issues of chancery work, including Lloyds’…
 Adam Stewart-Wallace  photo Adam Stewart-Wallace
 Simon Taube photo Simon Taube Barrister specialising in Chancery work (both litigation and advisory work) with special…
 Naomi Winston  photo Naomi Winston Naomi’s practice covers litigation, drafting and advisory work across the full range…