Head of chambers
Mr Rodney Stewart Smith Mr David Fisher
New Square Chambers is a leading commercial chancery set, based in Lincoln’s Inn. Members of Chambers are ranked in the legal directories in all of Chambers’ areas of specialism, and are well known for their expertise both in England and Wales, and a number of offshore jurisdictions.
Trusts, wills and estates: Chambers is the go-to set for trusts and estates disputes. Members of Chambers edit the leading practitioner texts in this area: Lewin on Trusts, Theobald on Wills, and Williams Mortimer and Sunnucks – Executors Administrators and Probate. Chambers is instructed in all forms of trust claims, including charitable, governmental, pension and commercial trusts. Members of Chambers acts in contentious and non-contentious probate cases, and advise on the drafting and effect of wills.
Commercial litigation and civil fraud: Chambers has extensive experience of commercial and civil fraud cases, and the conflicts of laws and jurisdictional issues that they often involve. Members of Chambers pioneered the development of worldwide freezing and tracing orders, and continue to work at the cutting edge of the development of interim remedies and enforcement. Members of Chambers are instructed in a broad range of financial crime and commercial disputes, including pure contract, commercial agency, partnership and remedial trusts matters.
Company and insolvency: Members of Chambers are instructed in every aspect of company law, with a noted expertise in shareholder disputes. Chambers is home to Hollington on Shareholders’ Rights.
Members of Chambers have acted in many high-profile insolvency cases. Chambers is noted in the most recent edition of the Legal 500 UK Bar as “fast becoming the go-to set for insolvency work at the junior end”, and was shortlisted for Insolvency and Restructuring Chambers of the Year at the 2020 TRI Awards.
Property: Chambers’ expertise covers the full range of real property and landlord and tenant work, including commercial, residential, agricultural, public and private matters. Members of Chambers are particularly noted for their expertise in agricultural matters, and rights of way cases, regularly appearing in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court in relation to such issues.
We are a leading commercial chancery set, known for our expertise in trusts, wills and estates, civil fraud, commercial disputes, insolvency and real property. Many of our members are ranked as leaders in their specialist fields, and appear in significant cases both in England and Wales, and in offshore jurisdictions.
We are committed to increasing diversity and inclusion at the Bar through recruitment. We run a number of initiatives specifically targeted to prospective pupillage applicants, including our Social Mobility Mini-Pupillage and our Gateway to the Chancery Bar seminar programme. We strongly encourage applications from female, BAME, disabled and socially mobile candidates.
New Square Chambers is a collegiate and friendly set, with a strong track record of recruiting pupils who go on to have successful careers at the Bar. We are looking to recruit one pupil for a 12-month pupillage starting in October 2021. Our pupil are exposed to a broad range of Chambers’ work through undertaking four “seats” with different pupillage supervisors throughout the pupillage year. Further, there is ample opportunity for pupils to be instructed and appear in Court in their own right in the second six-months of pupillage.
We recruit through the Bar Council’s Pupillage Gateway: https://www.pupillagegateway.com/applicants. We do not accept, and will not consider, applications made other than through the Bar Council’s Pupillage Gateway, unless candidates request a reasonable adjustment.
The submission window for applications for pupillage commencing in October 2021 will open on 4 January 2021 at 11:00, and will close on 8 February 2021 at 11:00. Two rounds of interviews will take place between 8 February 2021 and 6 May 2021; successful candidates will be notified through Pupillage Gateway of the status of their application.
Any offer of pupillage will be made on 7 May 2021.
Additional correspondence regarding pupillage, including any requests for reasonable adjustments, should be made to Jeff Hardman on +44 (0)20 419 8000 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We offer a generous pupillage award of £65,000, which is paid in monthly instalments across the full 12 months of pupillage. A proportion of the award may be drawn down in the year preceding pupillage.
Administrative & public law
The public law Bar spans the full range of administrative, public and constitutional law.
Traditional chancery includes trusts, probate, real property and tax, while commercial chancery covers a range of finance and business disputes.
Commercial dispute resolution
The commercial Bar covers a range of areas, including banking, sale of goods and shipping, insolvency, civil fraud, and insurance/reinsurance.
Landlord & tenant/housing
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