New Square Chambers

Chancery: Traditional Department

London (Bar)
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The strong team of silks and juniors at New Square Chambers regularly handles a wide array of traditional chancery matters, including trusts, wills, estates and probate matters. "They have some excellent people," comments one market insider.

"The clerking service is brilliant," says an interviewee. The team is led by head of clerking Phil Reeves, and a source says that practice manager Charlie Sherwood is "very quick, approachable" and "always on the ball."

Alexander Learmonth
is "really, really good on his feet, and never afraid to take out-there points of law," says a fellow barrister, who adds: "I rate him enormously." Learmonth has "that fabulous combination of very technical and very pragmatic," according to another interviewee, who also says that he "always gives such sensible advice and comfort to clients." He is an expert on wills and trusts disputes, and also handles Court of Protection and professional negligence cases.

Charlotte Ford
handles a wide array of chancery matters, including both advisory and contentious work. A source describes her as "very good indeed."

George Laurence QC
"can do anything well," says a fellow barrister. He advises clients on property matters and is especially well known for rights of way and village green cases.

Lynton Tucker
is an exceptionally well-respected practitioner in this field, and is especially well known among interviewees for his knowledge of trusts. "No one knows as much about the technical aspects of trusts. He is the traditional chancery barrister par excellence," says an interviewee. Another source describes Tucker as "a clear thinker who is client-friendly."

Mark Hubbard
is "an excellent guy to have on your team," says a source, and another states: "He is clearly an expert in this area - his knowledge and expertise in the trusts sector is very apparent. I wouldn't hesitate to go back to him." His well-established traditional chancery practice includes handling cross-border and offshore matters.

Nicholas Le Poidevin QC
remains a hugely respected figure at the chancery Bar.  "He is the best, absolutely first-class - a leading chancery silk in every way. He's exceptionally able, responsive and accessible," says a commentator. Another says: "He's tremendously knowledgeable - a brilliant choice for complicated trust provisions and so clever about international work. He works in such a logical way."