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Ten Old Square

Chancery: Traditional

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Ten Old Square is notable for the high quality of its barristers and their chancery work. "They've had a very good year, taking on some excellent work at the moment," observes another barrister. A solicitor says that it is "one of the very best chancery sets around," and another source states: "They all have an exceptional knowledge of trust law as well as how the courts work, and excellent depth of knowledge about tax law. They are absolutely first-class minds."

"We like Ten Old Square, they are our go-to chambers. They have a fantastic selection of high-quality barristers," notes an interviewee, adding: "Their clerking service is always excellent." Another source describes the clerks as "very easy to deal with and highly responsive." Senior clerk Keith Plowman leads the clerking team.

Eason Rajah QC is "absolutely brilliant on his feet and as a strategist," states an interviewee, who adds that "he's my go-to guy." He is regularly instructed in significant private client matters, including Court of Protection cases, and works on offshore disputes. "He is just incredible, the top chancery silk of his generation," says a source, adding: "He is excellent in consultation, gives clients comfort, he's measured and even in demanding circumstances he remains calm."

Francis Barlow QC is "a go-to for knotty problems," according to a source. His work includes offshore and onshore trust matters, including variations, and conflict of laws issues. "Francis has decades of accumulated wisdom and experience and is the doyen of the Variation of Trust jurisdiction," observes a commentator.

Georgia Bedworth is "superb, absolutely everything you'd want in a senior junior. I'd recommend her very highly," says a commentator. She advises clients on contentious and non-contentious trusts and estates matters, and is adept at handling cases involving real property. A barrister describes Bedworth as "calm, authoritative and bright," and adds that "she truly has the ear of the court."

James MacDougald handles disputes concerning wills, trusts, probate and estate administration. A source says that he is "so easy to get on with and tactically astute," and another commentator describes him as "highly bright."

Leon Pickering is "down to earth, straightforward in his advice and extremely pragmatic," according to a source. Another commentator says that "he's very, very smart, very good in court and a pleasure to work with." His work includes the full range of traditional chancery and Court of Protection cases, as well as advising charities on legacies.

Philip Jenkins is notable for being "very easy to communicate with and very user-friendly" and having "a very pragmatic approach." He advises on wills, probate and trust and estate administration matters.

Richard Dew is a go-to junior for difficult trusts and estates cases. "Richard is the best senior junior I have ever come across for chancery work," says an interviewee, adding: "His intellect is phenomenal, his advice is always clear and concise and he is incredibly practical too." Another commentator says that Dew is "absolutely a star - someone who is so competent that he makes everything look easy."

Robert Arnfield advises clients on wills, trusts and probate matters, and handles disputes involving Inheritance Act claims, will contests and trusts. "He's excellent. He is really technical, his attention to detail is terrific and he is very responsive too," reports an interviewee.

Simon Taube QC has a superb reputation among barristers and solicitors for his handling of trusts matters. "He is an outstanding silk at the chancery Bar – one of the handful of leaders whom you expect to be involved, almost as of right, in any major piece of trust work, whether advisory or contentious," observes an interviewee. Another barrister says: "He really has that knowledge of trust law as well as a practical knowledge of what the courts will do - an astonishingly clever lawyer who is terribly good at finding clever solutions to problems."

Susannah Meadway is "absolutely the most brilliant junior - measured, highly intelligent, and deeply calm. She has a constructive, highly practical approach and knows her trust law backward and forward," according to a commentator. Meadway advises on contentious and non-contentious trusts, probate and wills matters, and is regularly involved in variations of trusts.

Chancery: Traditional

Ten Old Square

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10 Old Square

Lincoln's Inn

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Greater London

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Chancery: Traditional


Eason Rajah QC
Band 1
Francis Barlow QC
Band 1
Simon Taube QC
Star Individuals

Juniors

London (Bar)

Chancery: Traditional


Georgia Bedworth
Band 1
James MacDougald
Band 4
Leon Pickering
Band 3

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