About Us

Welcome to New Square Chambers

“New Square Chambers have excellent strength and depth in chancery matters, with a good spread of expertise in traditional chancery trusts, company, insolvency, property and increasingly off shore capabilities.”
(Legal 500 UK Bar 2023)

“Very good. Commercial, understanding and able to provide flexibility on fees which is always important to clients. Also highly responsive.”
(Chambers UK Bar 2023)

Based in London’s Lincoln’s Inn, New Square Chambers boasts a leading team of  Commercial Chancery barristers.
Our 43 members, including five King’s Counsel, offer expertise and experience across a broad range of areas, conducted in the business and property courts.

This includes Trusts, Wills & EstatesPropertyCompany & PartnershipInsolvencyCommercial Litigation and Civil Fraud, as well as Alternative Dispute Resolution across several of these areas.

Whether appearing before the highest courts in the UK or the Caribbean, we’re recognised as experts in our field. Our work in offshore and international jurisdictions has been particularly singled out by Legal 500, reporting us as a ‘leading offshore set for both corporate clients and high net worth individuals’.

Our members have represented clients at all levels of the courts and tribunals in England and Wales, as well as inquiries, arbitrations and many off-shore jurisdictions including Jersey, the Isle of Man, Cayman, the Bahamas, the BVI and Bermuda.

This stellar track record is further reflected in the UK, with thirteen of our barristers reported as leaders in their fields, and New Square Chambers ranked as a Set for Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Chancery: Commercial, Chancery: Traditional, Commercial Dispute Resolution; and Offshore, in Chambers & Partners, and Agriculture; Private Client: Trusts & Probate; Company; Property Litigation; and Offshore in Legal 500.

Known for deep and broad expertise across our core areas of work, several members of New Square Chambers have authored and contributed to a number of seminal legal works, edited in Chambers. These include Lewin on Trusts, Williams, Mortimer & Sunnucks – Executors, Administrators and Probate, Theobald on Wills, and Hollington on Shareholders’ Rights, The Digital Estate and Assets of Community Value.

New Square Chambers stands out for its widely reported, excellent client care and practice management. Members of the Practice Management team are singled out for their skill in putting clients first, working collaboratively to navigate complex cases and to achieve the best possible outcomes for all parties. Members are similarly praised for their skill in delivering the very highest quality, most effective, robust advice, as well as clear analysis and pragmatic solutions. Across the board New Square Chambers is particularly well-known for its friendly and approachable manner.

Our history

Our history

New Square Chambers was formed in 2000 by the merger of two long-standing Chancery Chambers, 1 and 12 New Square. This new Set was jointly headed by their respective leaders, John Mowbray KC, (a well-respected Trusts lawyer of his generation and editor of Lewin on Trusts) and Eben Hamilton KC, (leading figure of the London Insolvency Bar). Since 2020, New Square Chambers has been headed by Nicholas Le Poidevin KC.

Before the merger, both Chambers had progressed from the traditional Chancery work – Property and Trusts  – into modern Business and Property practices. 1 New Square had a particular focus on Company and Insolvency work, while 12 New Square specialised in Trusts and Offshore. This merging together of complimentary disciplines, has enabled New Square Chambers to provide the outstanding Commercial Chancery services it is known and respected for today.

In 1964, when John Mowbray edited the sixteenth edition of Lewin on Trusts, little space was given to international aspects. However, when editing the seventeenth edition in 2000, as a nod to the times, a substantial new part on “Foreign Elements” was added, and has been significantly lengthened in subsequent editions.

Former New Square Chambers members that have gone on to the Bench include Jane Evans-Gordon, as a Circuit Judge, and Clive Jones and Sebastian Prentis as Judges of the Insolvency and Companies Court.

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Chambers UK Bar, 2023