5 New Square

5 New Square was a peculiar set because it was located in Lincoln’s Inn while the majority of patent chambers were still situated in the Temple. Their different location was also accompanied by differences in practice. The chamber’s work did not particularly consist of patent-related issues, but other legal branches considered today as intellectual property: copyright law and the law of passing off. Less aggressive than its Temple counterparts, the set acquired a significant reputation mainly in relation to the law of copyright, particularly focusing on advisory work and contractual issues. Such reputation was surely due to the expertise of its heads of chambers, Francis Edmund Skone James, and his son, Edmund Purcell, who took on the job of writing Copinger, the main treatise on the law of copyright. In the late twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first century, the set also merged with other barristers from 3 Pump Court and Essex Court, becoming ‘Hogarth Chambers’.


Lincoln’s Inn


FE Skone James; EP Skone James; Mervyn Davies; John Mummery; Kevin Garnett; Gillian Davies


Ian Duggan; Ian Bowie