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Ten Old Square

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Head of Chambers: Francis Barlow QC
Senior Clerk: Keith Plowman
Clerks: Marc Schofield, Fay Bennett, George Gamble
Number of Tenants: 25
Languages:French, German

The Chambers:
Ten Old Square is a multi award-winning barristers’ chambers and acknowledged as one of the finest Chancery sets in the UK. With an excellent reputation for both traditional and commercial Chancery work, the set is twice winner of the STEP Private Client ‘Chambers of the Year’ Award. Membership is made up of notable QCs and barristers as well as members who are also individually recognised and highly-ranked in the current, leading legal directories and guides. The combined practices of the members form a wealth of talent covering three principal areas of law; contentious and non-contentious private client, commercial chancery and commercial and residential property law.

Main Areas of Practice:

Contentious & Non-Contentious Private Client:
■ Trusts & Trustees
■ Probate & the Administration of Estates
■ Court of Protection
■ Offshore & Cross Border
■ Matrimonial Finance & Conveyancing
■ Tax
■ Wills

The set excels in the fields of trusts, estates, wills and probate and associated taxation. All three QCs are private client specialists and they are all at the pinnacle of their profession. Chambers also has a plethora of specialist juniors with formidable reputations and burgeoning practices whose instructions come from myriad sources, including all the leading private client firms in the UK and offshore. Throughout 2017/18 barristers argued and presented high-profile cases in all the major appellate Courts in the UK and in many foreign jurisdictions.

Members acted in Dawson-Damer v Taylor Wessing LLP [2017] EWCA Civ 74 the leading case on disclosure of trustees’ confidential information under the Data Protection Act 1998, Shergill & Ors v Khaira & Ors [2017] EWHC 883, Davidson & Anor v Seelig & Ors [2016] EWHC 549, Labrouche v Frey [2016] EWHC 268 and led the Crociani litigation in Jersey ([2014] UKPC 40. Members also acted in The Nizam of Hyderabad in the Pakistan v Natwest litigation ([2015] EWHC 55); the Davidson litigation regarding the actions of a protector ([2016] EWHC 549); the Dellal litigation, involving the estate of one of India’s richest men ([2015] EWHC 907) and in the Glenfinnan claim involving data protection and breaches of trust in the Bahamas ([2015] EWHC 2366).

Members have acted in all of the significant variation of trusts act applications before the UK courts and have therefore dealt with trusts of very great size and have established new law. Members have acted in the variations of a number of famous and large estates including the Portman Estate ([2015] EWHC 536) and in doing so they have established that the court has the power to vary foreign trusts (C v C [2015] EWHC 2699) and that it is possible to exclude beneficiaries for the purposes only of the variation (A v B [2016] EWHC 340).

Other Related Areas of Work:

Commercial & Residential Property:

Landlord and tenant; real property; planning; leasehold enfranchisement; rent review and arbitration; boundary disputes; land registration; mortgages; manorial rights; proprietary estoppel, beneficial interest and the rights of co-habitees; conveyancing. Ten Old Square deals with a substantial volume of litigation arising out of real estate.

The barristers’ clients include developers, investment companies, local authorities, large commercial landlords and household names. Mainstream property work undertaken has included appeals to the Court of Appeal (Buzzoni v Commissioners for HM Revenue and Customs [2013] EWCA Civ 1684) as well as High Court proceedings (Brake v Brehme, Brake v Patley Wood and Re Salaft Properties).

Commercial Chancery:
Partnership and LLPs; commercial dispute resolution; company law; banking and financial services ; arbitration; freezing and other injunctions; cross border and international litigation; insolvency; insurance; regulatory; joint ventures; professional negligence. Ten Old Square is an established Chancery set that deals with commercial and traditional Chancery work. The barristers conduct commercial cases in the Court of Appeal, Chancery Division, the Commercial Court, the TCC as well as ‘business law’ matters in various tribunals and in arbitrations and mediations. Ten Old Square has pioneered partnership/LLP law as a stand-out, specialist field of law and has, in turn, forged its reputation as the leading set for lawyers, accountants, doctors and other professionals, as well as hedge funds, property investors, farmers and many others who are experiencing contentious issues arising from partnership/LLP disputes.

Client service is exceptional with the Clerks attracting significant praise for their professional, friendly and candid approach. Ten Old Square also offers regular high-end training events for its clients to keep them informed of relevant legal developments and to keep them appraised of the specialist services that Chambers offers.


Francis Barlow QC (1965)(QC-2006)

Simon Taube QC (1980) (QC-2000)

Eason Rajah QC (1989)(QC-2011)

Gregory Hill (1972)

David Schmitz (1976)

Sidney Ross (1983)

Paul Stafford (1987)

Julian Roberts (1987)

Susannah Meadway (1988)

Jeremy Callman (1991)

Jonathan Gavaghan (1992)S

amuel Laughton (1993)

Robert Arnfield (1996)

Evan Price (1997)

Richard Dew (1999)

Georgia Bedworth (2001)

Philip Jenkins (2003)

Matthew Slater (2005)

Naomi Winston (2006)

Gideon Roseman (2007)

Leon Pickering (2010)

James MacDougald (2011)

Bryony Robinson (2013)

James Egan (2015)

James Poole (2016)