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Ten Old Square’s expertise highlighted by Legal 500 2017 rankings

11th Oct 2017

Ten Old Square is recognised as a leading Commercial and Chancery set by the Legal 500 2017 Directory.

We are described as ‘a small but dynamic set’, which is ‘a very strong choice for Chancery work at all levels’, and ‘punches above its weight in terms of quality of counsel and quality of cases members are involved in’.

All the clerks are ‘commercial’, ‘responsive’, ‘efficient’ and ‘do what they say they will do’. In particular, senior clerk Keith Plowman is ‘always fully engaged in working with instructing solicitors and his barristers to ensure the best possible service is provided’. Also recommended are deputy senior clerk Marc Schofield, who ‘ensures that cases and arrangements for hearings run smoothly’, and first junior Fay Bennett, who is ‘a pleasure to deal with’.

A number of Ten Old Square’s barristers are singled out for their expertise across a broad range of specialist practice areas:

Charities – Leading silks
Simon Taube KC – ‘A really clever lawyer, who knows his stuff.’

Commercial litigation – Leading juniors
Jonathan Gavaghan – ‘A really sharp mind and a naturally persuasive advocate.’

Company and partnership
Partnership – Leading sets – ranked: tier 1
Ten Old Square is ‘an excellent all-round Chancery set, with clerks who take a sensible approach.’  The Directory further writes: ‘Members regularly advise managing partners of law firms and accountancy firms and consistently appear in high-profile partnership disputes’.

Partnership – Leading juniors
Jeremy Callman –  ‘He has an amazing bedside manner with instructing solicitors and clients alike.’
Jonathan Gavaghan –  ‘A genuine expert on LLP and partnership law.’
Gideon Roseman –  ‘He has an impressive aura in court, and is respected by judges in the Chancery division.’
Naomi Winston –  ‘Her energy is infectious and she inspires confidence.’

Court of Protection and community care – Leading juniors
Georgia Bedworth – ‘She is very astute, technically sound and a pleasure to work with.’

Offshore – Leading silks
Eason Rajah KC – ‘He is enormously clever, always helpful and his views are tremendously respected.’

Private client: personal tax – Leading juniors
Robert Arnfield – ‘Clear and responsive; highly regarded by tax solicitors.’

Private client: trusts and probate – Leading sets – ranked: tier 2
Ten Old Square is ‘strong on trust advice and the related tax issues, and has very competent barristers at all levels‘.  Also, ‘The practice encompasses wills and probate, administration of estates, and trusts disputes relating to professional negligence’.

 Private client: trusts and probate – Leading silks
Francis Barlow KC –  ‘A real heavyweight and an assuring presence in court.’
Simon Taube KC –  ‘Excellent with clients.’
Eason Rajah KC –  ‘He is enormously clever and always helpful.’

Private client: trusts and probate – Leading juniors
Georgia Bedworth – ‘Very astute and technically strong.’
Susannah Meadway – ‘She is simply superb; always extremely well prepared and persuasive in court.’
Richard Dew – ‘He really appreciates things from the solicitor’s perspective.’

Property litigation – Leading sets
Ten Old Square is ‘a friendly set with a good selection of landlord and tenant specialists’. Members are known for their expertise in rent review arbitrations, high-value leasehold enfranchisement matters, agricultural tenancy disputes and proprietary estoppels’.

Samuel Laughton – ‘Very persuasive in court.’

Agriculture – Leading juniors
Georgia Bedworth – ‘She is very astute and technically strong.’
Jonathan Gavaghan –  ‘Fabulous with clients.’

Property litigation – Leading juniors
Jonathan Gavaghan –  ‘Fabulous with clients, and extremely imaginative and forthright in his strategic thinking.’
Samuel Laughton – ‘Without parallel at his level.’
Evan Price – ‘Recommended for landlord and tenant and insolvency-related property matters.’



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