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Firm Profile

New Square Chambers

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • 12 New Square
  • Lincoln's Inn
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • WC2A 3SW

Firm profile submitted by New Square Chambers

Heads of Chambers: Rodney Stewart Smith, David Fisher
Head of Clerking: Phil Reeves
Number of tenants: 41

The Chambers:
New Square Chambers is a leading set of commercial chancery barristers based in Lincoln’s Inn, London. Specialist practice areas include trusts and estates, commercial litigation, civil fraud, company, insolvency and property, as well as a number of related areas. The set has extensive experience of offshore and international work in all areas of practice. Its 41 members, including 5 QCs, provide comprehensive expertise and experience in representing and advising clients in England, Wales and offshore.

Practice Areas:
Civil Fraud
Commercial Litigation
Regulatory & Business Crime
Trusts & Estates

  • Silks
  • John Macdonald QC (1955) (QC 1976)
  • George Laurence QC (1972) (QC 1991)
  • Robin Hollington QC (1979) (QC 1999)
  • Michael Booth QC (1981) (QC 1999)
  • Nicholas Le Poidevin QC (1975) (QC 2010)
  • Juniors
  • Rodney Stewart Smith (1964)
  • David Fisher (1985)
  • Lynton Tucker (1971)
  • Malcolm Chapple (1975)
  • Christopher Semken (1977)
  •  Alexander Hill-Smith (1978)
  • Leigh Sagar (1983)
  • David Eaton Turner (1984)
  • Claire Staddon (1985)
  • Thomas Graham (1985)
  • Ross Crail (1986)
  • Charles Holbech (1988)
  • Stephen Schaw Miller (1988)
  • Gerard van Tonder (1990)
  • Edwin Simpson (1990)
  • Simon Adamyk (1991)
  • Mark Hubbard (1991)
  • John Eidinow (1992)
  • Nigel Hood (1993)
  • Jonathan Lopian (1994)
  • Stuart Armstrong (1995)
  • Sebastian Prentis (1996)
  • David Warner (1996)
  • Gary Pryce (1997)
  • Conn MacEvilly (1997)
  • Adrian Pay (1999)
  • Alexander Learmonth (2000)
  • Charlotte Ford (2007)
  • Hermione Williams (2008)
  • Aidan Briggs (2009)
  • Justina Stewart (2010)
  • Francesca Perselli (2011)
  • Jeff Hardman (2012)
  • Gabriella McNicholas (2013)
  • Jon Colclough (2015)
  • Kristina Lukacova (2015)

New Square Chambers’ main fields of work are commercial litigation (including civil fraud, freezing injunctions, search and other interim orders), company and insolvency (including individual and corporate insolvency, voluntary arrangements, receiverships and administrations, claims relating to shareholders, directors and partnerships), trusts and estates (including contentious matters, offshore trusts, probate claims, commercial and pension trusts) and property law (including landlord and tenant, mortgages, enfranchisement, conveyancing and real property rights).
Members also practice in public and administrative law, particularly where relating to property rights (including public enquiries, local government and planning law, judicial review and constitutional law). The set also deals with professional negligence and regulatory matters. Licensed Access work is accepted and a number of members accept Public Access instructions. New Square Chambers acts in mediations and before arbitrators.

Offshore & International
Much of Chambers work has an international element and involves jurisdictions in which the set has long-standing reputations, such as Antigua, the Bahamas, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey, Hong Kong, the Isle of Man, Liechtenstein, Singapore and Switzerland. Chambers offshore work includes: trust and estates litigation, civil fraud, commercial litigation, insolvency, company law, financial crime and property claims. In these and other cases Chambers also routinely deals with conflict of laws issues and challenges to jurisdiction.
Members are used to working with lawyers in other jurisdictions either directly or through solicitors in England and Wales and in the large litigation teams that major multinational litigation often requires. They are among the first choices for the really complex cross-border cases that proceed in London or offshore or (often) both. Much advisory work from offshore also flows through Chambers and it acts as advocate in those jurisdictions where it has or may obtain rights of audience.

Application for pupillage to be made directly to Chambers via its website. Applications for tenancy to be made to Head of Clerking, Phil Reeves.
Email: [email protected]