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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

Head of Chambers: Rodney Stewart Smith and David Fisher
Senior Clerk: Phil Reeves
Number of tenants: 42

The Chambers:
New Square Chambers is a leading set of commercial chancery barristers based in Lincoln’s Inn, London. Its specialist practice areas are trusts and estates, commercial litigation, civil fraud, company, insolvency and property, as well as a number of related areas. Its extensive experience of offshore and international work in all areas of practice.
Chambers has 42 members, including seven QCs, provide comprehensive expertise and experience in representing and advising clients in England, Wales and offshore.

  • Silks
  • James Thom QC (1974) (QC 2003)
  • John Macdonald QC (1955) (QC 1976)
  • George Laurence QC (1972) (QC 1991)
  • Philip Hackett QC (1978) (QC 1999)
  • Robin Hollington QC (1979) (QC 1999)
  • Michael Booth QC (1981) (QC 1999)
  • Nicholas Le Poidevin QC (1975) (QC 2010)
  • Juniors
  • Rodney Stewart Smith (1964)
  • 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)
  • David Fisher (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)
  • 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 Work:
Much of Chambers work has an international element and involves jurisdictions in which they have 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 deal 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 they act as advocates in those jurisdictions where they have or may obtain rights of audience.

Applications 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]