What the Directories say...


Legal 500 2020


‘Personable, diligent, very organised, and proactive; they build a personal relationship with you, value your custom, and always go the extra mile. ’Set Overview.


"New Square Chambers is hailed by clients as being ‘incredibly strong’ in agricultural matters and is particularly reputed for disputes concerning public access to land, specifically in relation to town and village green cases, as well as those involving highways law"Agriculture


"Members of New Square Chambers have 'an eclectic skill-set, centred around corporate matters', which they combine with 'an excellent commercial litigation practice' to advise on contentious and non-contentious company law matters."- Company and Partnership


"Members of New Square Chambers have considerable off- and onshore insolvency experience including in administrations, receiverships, government inquiries, and voluntary arrangements." – Insolvency


"New Square Chambers has an ‘excellent reputation for private client, trusts, and probate work.’ This 'excellent Chancery set' is praised by clients for having ‘skilled people who do not charge the earth and who are responsive and available’, and is routinely instructed on the full range of traditional Chancery work and is particularly strong on trusts litigation." – Private client: Trust and Probate


"New Square Chambers is a set that can be ‘relied upon for high-quality property-related advice’. Chambers' strengths lie in landlord and tenant work, disputes with a public law element, and public access to land, in addition to town and village green cases." - Property Litigation


Chambers UK Bar 2020


"The clerks are proactive and good at giving a wider service. They're the sort of clerks I would trust if I was trying to instruct a barrister I didn't know." Client Service


"The head of clerking, Phil Reeves, is brilliant. The benefit of him is that he understands the way the barristers work and he is adaptable to changes in the market. He's a great asset to that set." Client Service


"New Square Chambers continues to demonstrate a solid pedigree in commercial chancery matters, with its members being regularly instructed in complex domestic and offshore disputes as well as handling wider advisory work." – Chancery: Commercial 


"Members of New Square Chambers adroitly handle a host of agricultural and rural affairs issues. The set acts for clients including local authorities and other public bodies as well as landowners and developers."  -Agriculture & Rural Affairs 


"New Square Chambers garners plaudits for its solid company practice. Barristers at the set regularly receive instructions to advise in connection with both contentious and non-contentious matters. Typical work includes acting in relation to unfair prejudice claims, directors' disqualification, capital reduction matters and schemes of arrangement." Company 


"New Square Chambers is described as a "a real powerhouse chambers" by one source. The set is highly sought after for trusts, wills, charities and international matters. Both juniors and silks are frequently instructed on complex and high-value matters. "The set has a number of really popular silks and juniors," comments one market source, while another notes: "I always see them in the big stuff, and they have some really impressive people." – Chancery: Traditional 


New Square Chambers continues to handle a wide range of offshore cases, including trusts, fraud and insolvency disputes, for corporate clients and wealthy individuals. - Offshore 


Chambers UK Bar 2018


“Phil Reeves is head of the ‘very prompt, efficient and helpful’ clerking team.” Client Service


"The clerks are responsive and flexible. If there's a problem with fees, they'll take it on board." Client Service


"The clerks are always very friendly and useful. They turn things around well, make sure the right barristers are available and are very efficient." Client Service


"The clerks, led by Phil Reeves, have a commercial mindset and recognise the value of long-term relationships." Client Service


"The clerks are helpful, responsive and happy to negotiate fees." "They are very friendly, useful and always turn things around well. They always make sure the right barristers are available and are highly efficient." Client Service


“New Square Chambers is well known for housing some of the London Bar's most highly regarded experts when it comes to questions of public access. Its members are lauded for their academic rigour and often appear in landmark cases” Agriculture & Rural Affairs


“New Square Chambers is a respected commercial chancery set that fields a number of well-regarded specialists. Commentators say: ‘It is a very strong chambers’ that has ‘fine barristers who are very good value for money.’” Chancery: Commercial


“New Square Chambers is a well-known name at the Chancery Bar whose barristers are instructed in the full range of traditional chancery work. Instructing solicitors say of New Square: ‘It is a set with strong young barristers coming through’ who are ‘clear and concise in their advice.’” Chancery: Traditional


“New Square Chambers houses an experienced and highly regarded roster of company law experts. Solicitors reveal that they turn to New Square for the ‘considerable skill set’ on offer, and because ‘its barristers have demonstrated their worth in many successful cases over the years.’” Company


“New Square Chambers provides a broad range of offshore expertise in company, insolvency and trust law. Its members have appeared in a number of the most significant offshore disputes in recent years.” Offshore


Legal 500 2017


“New Square Chambers is a well-regarded Chancery set with expertise in commercial and private client litigation, as well as strength in other areas such as media, intellectual property and public law. In the clerks’ room, individuals are ‘always willing to help’, ‘very quick to respond’ and adopt ‘a friendly manner with solicitors’. Head of clerking Phil Reeves is ‘an excellent operator’, who ‘runs a great team’. ‘You can rely on his recommendations and solicitors have absolute faith in his advice.’ ‘Helpful and commercial’ deputy head of clerking Michelle Greene is ‘a delight to work with’, and ‘goes the extra mile to assist and to find suitable counsel if the requested barrister is unavailable’.” Set Overview


“New Square Chambers has ‘significant experience’ of the intersection between public law and property law, and is especially strong in cases involving public access to land.” Administrative & Public Law (including Local Government)


“New Square Chambers is ‘a stellar set, well-known to the commercial Chancery world, especially in the offshore context’.” Company & Partnership


“New Square Chambers is ‘full of academically minded individuals, who are well known for insolvency and general commercial Chancery work‘.” Insolvency


“New Square Chambers is ‘an excellent Chancery set’, where members’ strengths span contentious wills, trusts, probate and estate administration. Some also have experience in international private wealth cases.” Private Client: Trusts & Probate


“New Square Chambers is ‘a leading set for access to the countryside and right of way cases, with efficient and approachable clerks’.” Property Litigation and Agriculture


Chambers UK Bar 2017

New Square Chambers has noted strength when it comes to public access and highways law, with its members being expert in cases concerning rights of way and village greens. The frequency with which members appear in Supreme Court cases is noteworthy. Agriculture & Rural Affairs

Those instructing say: "This is a set that is strong at all levels and has people who can tackle cases however large or complex they may be. The individuals here are very good at finding solutions to problems, however intractable those problems may seem." Chancery Commercial

Head of clerking Phil Reeves and his team win praise for their agile approach. "The clerks are ace and are very good at finding a solution to the many problems I present them with."

"They are always there and approachable and have a good rapport with the courts. If you have an issue they seem to be able to get you the information." Client Service

An "ambitious set" with a strong presence in traditional chancery work. One source reporting: "Clients don't like it when you are over-legalistic, but this doesn't happen at New Square Chambers, where the barristers are open to more commercial approaches." Chancery Traditional

"The clerks are very responsive with regard to conference calls, fee quotes and estimated timetables for work requested." Client Service

New Square Chambers has a solid profile in company law. Commentators say the barristers are "great to deal with" and "easily accessible." Company

A highly popular choice for commercial litigation work across the Caribbean and UK Crown dependencies. The set continues to attract high-profile roles in landmark matters. Offshore

"We greatly appreciate the time and trouble that the clerks take with us." Client Service

New Square Chambers provides high-calibre counsel and representation to both corporations and private individuals in complex insolvency cases. Restructuring/Insolvency

"I can't fault the clerks at all - they're very, very good." "The clerks at New Square get back to you quickly." Client Service


Legal 500 2016


New Square Chambers has ‘strength in depth for commercial work’ and is ‘a first port of call for contentious trusts and probate matters’. The set fields ‘specialists in all areas of Chancery law’, as well as expertise in media, intellectual property and public law, and provides ‘a friendly, pragmatic service’. According to some, ‘the promotion of Phil Reeves to Head of Clerking should prove to be a significant step forward for a set which appears to be moving forward with determination’. Gary Collins also joined in 2016, working alongside Michelle Greene and Ben Rippengale, who ‘go the extra mile to assist’. Set Overview

New Square Chambers is recognised for its expertise in the public law aspects of property issuesAdministrative & Public Law (Including Local Government)

At New Square Chambers, the ‘efficient and pragmatic’ members are particularly well known for their international expertise spanning the Caribbean, the Channel Islands and Hong Kong.” “At New Square Chambers, members are ‘dedicated to achieving the best result for their clients’. The set is praised as ‘forward-thinking’ and growing its insolvency work is a key part of this drive.Company

New Square Chambers is highly recommended for contentious trusts and probate barristers. Nicholas Le Poidevin QC led Alexander Learmonth in the Supreme Court case of Marley v Rawlings.” Private Client: Trusts & Probate
The Chancery practice is ‘first-class’ at New Square Chambers.Property Litigation


Chambers UK Bar 2016

"The clerks are quick to respond and eager to assist in arranging where the original counsel is, for whatever reason, unavailable." "The clerks always fit me in and do what I need them to do. They are very good with the papers too." Chancery

"It's a proper collegiate job when you work with these guys. They're good quality barristers who you can work with, rather than under." "The clerks, led by head of clerking Phil Reeves, couldn't do more to help you. They help with fee quotes, liaising with and getting papers to the court, always respond and go above their role." Company

"It is an absolutely first-class set. The clerks really help you and get everything sorted out. They are clerks you can deal with." Offshore