What others say

We are continually recognised in the industry directories for our expertise and the quality of work we do, at all levels of seniority across junior and KC ranks, and our top ranking year after year reflects this. Below you will find a snapshot of comments extracted from recent directory entries.


“Very strong for all contentious IP work.”

“8 New Square is one of the strongest IP sets at present – good depth and breadth.”

“A well-known IP set with a deep bench.”

“Excellent barristers at all levels of qualification.”

“The set has the greatest strength in depth of any of the IP sets.”

Legal 500 (Intellectual Property – Set Overview)

“Nick Wise and Ben Newham are always happy to help, try to make things work with their barristers to deliver against deadlines, and take on feedback.”

Legal 500 (Intellectual Property – Clerking)

“Good range of barristers.”

“Excellent set and brilliant clerks.”

Legal 500 (IT & Telecoms – Clerking)

“8 New Square is an excellent set with brilliant clerks. Martin Williams, one of the practice managers, is fantastic to work with.”

“The clerk team, with Nick Wise as the senior clerk, is very professional and helpful.”

“8 New Square’s clerks are very good. They have very good connections with the courts and can get things done for you.”

Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property – Client Service)

“The clerks make sure that you receive a response in good time and are highly organised.”

Chambers & Partners (Media & Entertainment – Client Service)


“A pre-eminent IP set, with strength in depth from the top QCs to very competent juniors.”  “8 New Square have an excellent range of barristers, from senior QCs down to new junior tenants. Although they are often extremely busy, they make time for new cases.” “A quality set with strength throughout.” “They continue to be one of the very leading IP chambers.”
Legal 500 (Intellectual Property – Set Overview)

“I have used this set for nearly 30 years, and have always had a first- rate and friendly service from the clerks, in particular Nick Wise, Martin Williams and Ben Newham.” “8 New Square’s clerking service is impeccable – a combination of responsiveness and clarity on fees makes them a favoured choice. Ben Newham is always available to co-ordinate and facilitate client-specific requests.” “The clerks at 8 New Square are very capable and understand the needs of clients. They are friendly and always willing to assist.” “The clerks are friendly and co-operative.” “Very good and responsive. Nick Wise is very helpful.”
Legal 500 (Intellectual Property – Clerking)

“We have been very impressed with its service.”
Legal 500 (Media & Entertainment – Set Overview)

“Excellent set.”
Legal 500 (IT & Telecoms – Set Overview)


Excellent and friendly.”
Legal 500 (IT & Telecoms – Clerking)


“8 New Square is the complete package: it is home to a wealth of talent, both senior and junior, possessing expertise covering all intellectual property rights”.
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property)

“The clerking is first-rate.” “They are very good at problem solving and are very amenable to sensible negotiation on fees.”
Chambers & Partners (IT & Telecoms)

“8 New Square is a well-established set which houses “an excellent team of barristers.” Sources say that the barristers at 8 New Square are “among the best in a highly competitive market.”
Chambers & Partners (Media & Entertainment)


“For patent litigation ‘you can’t go wrong’ with the intellectual property specialists housed at 8 New Square.  From silk through to junior counsel, they offer ‘exceptional’ service”.
Legal 500 (Set Overview)

“8 New Square is one of the strongest IP sets in terms of depth of talent, with barristers that are very strong on all aspects of IP law, from the most junior to QC level”
Legal 500 (Intellectual Property)

“8 New Square, which has been highlighted as ‘one of the best sets in the IP world’, is also considered at the top of its game in IT”.
Legal 500 (IT & Telecoms)

“8 New Square is full of talent and offers quality that is invariably fantastic”.
Legal 500 (Media & Entertainment)


“Boasts a truly impressive stable of IP silks and other counsel who appear in trailblazing cases at all levels of courts internationally.”
Chambers & Partners 2019

“The clerks are approachable and responsive and they understand the pressures we’re under.” “The clerks are excellent, very helpful and prepared to go the extra mile.”
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual property) 2019

“A highly regarded set for media and entertainment work, housing a strong bench of senior and junior counsel experienced in the representation of a wide range of media clients.”
Chambers & Partners (Media & Entertainment) 2019

“The clerks are professional, well organised and always approachable.”
Chambers & Partners 2019

8 New Square is a chambers noted for its strength in both IP and IT that houses a raft of talented lawyers, including a number of the leading silks in the field.”
Chambers & Partners 2019

“The clerks are good at dealing with conditional fee agreements and so on, and are very proactive, flexible and commercial.”
Chambers & Partners (Information Technology) 2019

‘Perhaps the main repository of intellectual property and media barristers’.
Legal 500 2019

‘The standard of work is of universally high quality and they somehow keep turning out great young new talent to add to the ranks.’
Legal 500 2019

The ‘immensely experienced’ and ‘wise’ senior clerk John Call, ‘runs a tight ship’ that is ‘a commercial, modern outfit’ and ‘supports clients’ needs’.
Legal 500 2019


“A Much in demand set that stands out in the market due to its impressive bench of talented silks and Juniors”
Chambers and Partners ( Intellectual Property) 2018

“The exemplary clerking team led by John Call provide quick turnaround times and are very knowledgeable and responsive.”
Chambers and Partners (Intellectual Property) 2018

“The set is particularly strong in the IP aspects of IT, and has members working on some of the most significant software and hardware disputes in the sector”.
Chambers and Partners (Information Technology) 2018

” A Chambers with a distinguished media practice built upon its reputation as a pre-eminent intellectual property set.”
Chambers and Partners (Media and Entertainment) 2018

“All of the barristers and clerks I have dealt with have been professional and at the top of their game. They are client-friendly, approachable and good team players”.
Chambers and Partners (Media and Entertainment) 2018

‘Perhaps the main repository of intellectual property and media barristers’.
Legal 500 2018

‘The standard of work is of universally high quality and they somehow keep turning out great young new talent to add to the ranks.’
Legal 500 2018

The ‘immensely experienced’ and ‘wise’ senior clerk John Call, ‘runs a tight ship’ that is ‘a commercial, modern outfit’ and ‘supports clients’ needs’.
Legal 500 2018


“Fantastic roster of talent” it is recommended for being “very modern, forward-thinking and providing sound commercial advice” as well as offering solicitors ” a very broad skill set in the soft IP space.”
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2017

“Members are noted for the technical expertise they bring to bear when handling complex cases regarding software licensing or matters concerning data protection or cyber security”
Chambers & Partners (Information technology) 2017

“Members of the set have a variety of sector-specific expertise”
Chambers & Partners (Media & Entertainment) 2017


“The standout intellectual property chambers” “Has strength from top to bottom, and always has a barrister at the right level to suit all cases”
Legal 500  (Intellectual Property) 2016

“A set with an unrivalled number of silks dedicated to rights protection whose expertise taken together spans all conceivable creative and scientific disciplines”
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2016

“Highly respected intellectual property and media set, many of whose members rank among the most accomplished silks ands juniors at the IT bar.”

“They have a really great depth of talent, which is reassuring when the person you want you can’t get hold of- they have a bench you know you can trust”
Chambers & Partners (Information technology) 2016

“Its members are experts in handling matters concerning trade marks, performing rights and licensing. The set regularly represents print media entities, well-known artists in the music industry and television content providers”
Chambers & Partners (Media & Entertainment) 2016


“By some measure the IP set with the most firepower. The level of scientific and legal expertise on hand here is staggering”
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2015

“Instructing solicitors find themselves presented with an all but unrivalled choice with respect to all areas of IP law and levels of call”
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2015

“Advocates continue to impress in media and entertainment industry disputes. Individuals here are frequently instructed on highly technical copyright and passing-off cases in the music, broadcast and publishing sectors.”
Chambers & Partners (Media & Entertainment) 2015

“A power house for IP-heavy technology cases. A number of its members have scientific qualifications and previous programming experience, making them highly suitable for these type of cases. Clients seek them out for formidably technical matters.”
Chambers & Partners (Information technology) 2015

“A number of sources remark on the quality of service in chambers, praising its “highly efficient and accommodating clerks”
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual property) 2015

“8 New Square is the largest specialist intellectual property chambers in the UK, with related expertise in technology and media law, and sector strengths in the telecoms and pharmaceutical industries”
Legal 500 2015

“8 New Square provides ‘strength in depth’, and its counsel are consistently rated highly by peers and clients alike. Adept across the full spectrum of IP matters, the set was bolstered at senior level through two 2014 silk appointments in Charlotte May QC and Andrew Lykiardopoulos QC. High- profile recent work saw members appear in HTC v Nokia and SAS Institute v World Programming.”
Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2015

“8 New Square is a ‘standout set’ in this area, with great strength in matters involving a heavy IP element.”
Legal 500 (Information Technology) 2015

“Although 8 New Square is primarily known for Intellectual property work, it also has a well-regarded media and entertainment practice”
Legal 500 (Media & Entertainment) 2015