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Chambers of Mark Cannon QC

LINCOLN'S INN, LONDON, WC2A 3RJ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7822 2000
Fax:
Fax 020 7822 2001
DX:
1041 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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Web:
www.4newsquare.com

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

With the aptitude to β€˜cover just about any sort of issue of any size’, 4 New Square has β€˜tremendous strength and depth’ in areas such as professional negligence, commercial, construction, costs, product liability and sports law. In fact, some say this is, β€˜without doubt, one of the best chambers in England and Wales, unrivalled in the experience and abilities of its barristers’. The support side of chambers is also praised for being β€˜incredibly professional’ and β€˜moving with the times’; β€˜from the receptionists and clerks to its client meeting rooms and recently updated website, the set is a very sleek organisation, where personal service is the hallmark’. Led by the β€˜first-class’ Lizzy Stewart, the clerks are β€˜some of the most experienced and helpful one can have the pleasure to work with’. The deputy senior clerks are often singled out as β€˜outstanding’: Alex Dolby is β€˜always accommodating and a pleasure to work with’, and Dennis Peck is β€˜goes the extra mile to provide a solution to whatever is thrown at him’. Senior team clerk Andrew Call is β€˜very approachable and efficient’. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading silks

Jonathan Hough QC - 4 New Square β€˜Combines clear and persuasive drafting with fearsome advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 5
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading juniors

Can Yeginsu - 4 New Square β€˜Insightful, sharp and a pleasure to work with; he always goes above and beyond.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading juniors

Alex Hall Taylor - 4 New Square β€˜A super operator, who is very user friendly.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Asquith - 4 New Square β€˜Commercial, clever, a great advocate, and good at finding persuasive slants.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading juniors

Can Yeginsu - 4 New Square β€˜Rightly instructed in a number of the highest profile cases in the field.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Justin Fenwick QC - 4 New Square β€˜He sets and demands high standards, which greatly aid a first-rate product.’

Ranked: tier 4

Ben Elkington QC - 4 New Square β€˜His oral advocacy is superb – crisp and to the point.’

Ranked: tier 6

Graham Chapman QC - 4 New Square β€˜A tough and no-nonsense operator, and extremely user friendly and supportive.’

Ranked: tier 6
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Alison Padfield - 4 New Square β€˜Calm, measured, robust and responsive; her advice is invaluable.’

Ranked: tier 4

Can Yeginsu - 4 New Square β€˜Insightful and sharp with excellent strategic and legal drafting skills.’

Ranked: tier 5

George Spalton - 4 New Square β€˜He has a very effective style of advocacy as well as being strong on paper.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Construction
Construction – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

4 New Square

4 New Square’s expertise lies in construction disputes with an insurance element, for example, Mark Cannon QC handles coverage and negligence disputes arising from residential and commercial projects. Roger Stewart QC appeared in a claim against the architects and engineers responsible for a Β£600m residential development in Knightsbridge.

Construction – Leading silks

Roger Stewart QC - 4 New Square β€˜A top-of-the-ladder silk with a busy practice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Cannon QC - 4 New Square β€˜His phenomenal brain enables him to cut through the most complex cases with ease.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ben Patten QC - 4 New Square β€˜Commended for his strategic vision and excellent judgement.’

Ranked: tier 4
Construction – Leading juniors

Paul Cowan - 4 New Square β€˜Pragmatic, commercial and razor-sharp.’

Ranked: tier 3

Annabel Shaw - 4 New Square β€˜She absorbs complex material quickly.’

Ranked: tier 4

Cyril Chern - 4 New Square β€˜His superb depth of knowledge and cross-examination skills put him in the upper echelon of barristers.’

Ranked: tier 4

Katie Powell - 4 New Square β€˜An exceptionally able junior who displays first-class analytical skills in difficult cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Liddell - 4 New Square β€˜He has an excellent manner with clients and is very knowledgeable.’

Ranked: tier 4

Timothy Chelmick - 4 New Square β€˜A name to note for construction arbitration and litigation.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Consumer
Consumer – Leading silks

Benjamin Williams QC - 4 New Square β€˜There is no one brighter at the Bar.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Costs
Costs – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

4 New Square

4 New Square houses members of β€˜unrivalled experience, knowledge and ability’; for example, the renowned Nicholas Bacon QC acted in Sean Philips v Carol Willis and Qader v Esure, while Benjamin Williams QC represented the claimants in Broadhurst v Tan. Roger Mallalieu appeared against Bacon without a leader in a leapfrog appeal pertaining to the construction and application of the fixed costs rules.

Costs – Leading silks

Nicholas Bacon QC - 4 New Square β€˜A leading silk, who plays hard and is respected by judges and opponents alike.’

Ranked: tier 1

Benjamin Williams QC - 4 New Square β€˜A tenacious cross-examiner, who quickly gets on top of the facts.’

Ranked: tier 2

Justin Fenwick QC - 4 New Square β€˜A versatile commercial silk with appellate experience.’

Ranked: tier 3
Costs – Leading juniors

Robert Marven - 4 New Square β€˜Highly regarded for his litigation funding expertise.’

Ranked: tier 1

Roger Mallalieu - 4 New Square β€˜A persuasive advocate, who is head and shoulders above the competition.’

Ranked: tier 1

Daniel Saoul - 4 New Square β€˜He does not focus myopically on the letter of the law but keeps it in the commercial context.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ben Smiley - 4 New Square β€˜An up-and-coming star, who has a keen mind and an engaging approach.’

Ranked: tier 4

George McDonald - 4 New Square β€˜Highly sought-after for group claims.’

Ranked: tier 4

Pippa Manby - 4 New Square β€˜A rising star, who achieves good results against more experienced opponents.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Innes - 4 New Square β€˜A dynamic thinker, who is extremely approachable and superbly knowledgeable.’

Ranked: tier 4

Shail Patel - 4 New Square β€˜Impressive on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 4

Timothy Chelmick - 4 New Square β€˜An excellent advocate with an uncanny ability to grasp the rules under strict timeline.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Financial services
Financial services – Leading juniors

Professor Eva Lomnicka - 4 New Square β€˜An intelligent, thoughtful adviser, who is very responsive.’

Ranked: tier 1

Alex Hall Taylor - 4 New Square β€˜Stunningly quick-witted and fast to grasp the details of a complex matter.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Asquith - 4 New Square β€˜He is very well prepared, thinks well on his feet and leaves no room for challenge.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Justin Fenwick QC - 4 New Square β€˜Vastly experienced in the arena of complex civil fraud matters.’

Ranked: tier 2

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IT and telecoms (including data protection)
IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – Leading silks

Roger Stewart QC - 4 New Square β€˜He is confident, reliable and has a good track record.’

Ranked: tier 4
IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – Leading juniors

Thomas Ogden - 4 New Square β€˜Very strong on the technical points.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Inquests and inquiries
Inquests and inquiries – Leading silks

Jonathan Hough QC - 4 New Square β€˜A leader in coronial law and an extremely compelling advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Insurance and reinsurance
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading sets - ranked: tier 5

4 New Square

4 New Square’s barristers β€˜understand how insurers work’ and are β€˜well known for their professional indemnity expertise’. Headline instructions included AIG Europe v Woodman and others, and Teal Assurance Co v WR Berkley Insurance (Europe). Alison Padfield, who was involved in the latter case, joined from Devereux.

Insurance and reinsurance – Leading silks

Graeme McPherson QC - 4 New Square β€˜A leading light for professional negligence cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Graham Eklund QC - 4 New Square β€˜A clear thinker, who inspires calm confidence in clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

Justin Fenwick QC - 4 New Square β€˜A professional indemnity specialist.’

Ranked: tier 4

Roger Stewart QC - 4 New Square β€˜First-rate for construction-related claims and a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

Mark Cannon QC - 4 New Square β€˜He integrates well within the team and has a very hands-on approach.’

Ranked: tier 5
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading juniors

Alison Padfield - 4 New Square β€˜Unflappable, attentive to detail and an absolute pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Amanda Savage - 4 New Square β€˜A go-to junior for insurance claims.’

Ranked: tier 4

Clare Dixon - 4 New Square β€˜Hardworking, timely in her responses and strong in her analysis.’

Ranked: tier 4

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Roger Stewart QC - 4 New Square β€˜A fantastic cross-examiner with remarkable skills as an advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2
International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

Dr Cyril Chern - 4 New Square β€˜Absolutely superb in complex international high-value matters.’

Ranked: tier 2

George Spalton - 4 New Square β€˜An excellent advocate, who makes submissions clearly and concisely.’

Ranked: tier 2

Daniel Saoul - 4 New Square β€˜Very commercial, imaginative and solution-oriented.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Pensions
Pensions – Leading juniors

Nigel Burroughs - 4 New Square β€˜He maintains a busy and varied practice.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Product liability
Product liability – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

4 New Square

4 New Square members are β€˜instructed in a wide range of commercial product liability cases’, and are β€˜very experienced in handling complex and high-value claims’. Recent work includes the closely followed Concept 70 v Cape Intermediate Holdings litigation, arising out of injury caused by exposure to asbestos products.

Product liability – Leading silks

Justin Fenwick QC - 4 New Square β€˜A strategic and dependable advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Graham Eklund QC - 4 New Square β€˜He is an excellent communicator and is good with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3
Product liability – Leading juniors

Dr Peter Feldschreiber - 4 New Square β€˜He is incredibly knowledgeable and has a unique skill-set.’

Ranked: tier 1

Katie Powell - 4 New Square β€˜She is excellent with clients and gets to grips with difficult technical evidence quickly.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional discipline and regulatory law
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

4 New Square

4 New Square is β€˜a friendly set, full of extremely capable and adaptable lawyers’, with strength in matters concerning accountancy, architecture, actuarial and solicitors’ regulation. Patrick Lawrence QC represented solicitor Peter Williams in a successful judicial review of a Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) decision to strike him off for an alleged role in mis-selling loans to farmers.

Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading silks

Ben Hubble QC - 4 New Square β€˜He is hardworking, bright and responsive; a delight to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2

Graeme McPherson QC - 4 New Square β€˜His broad range of experience in tribunals is apparent from the outset.’

Ranked: tier 3

Patrick Lawrence QC - 4 New Square β€˜An excellent barrister, who combines outstanding intelligence with perceptiveness.’

Ranked: tier 3

Nicholas Bacon QC - 4 New Square β€˜A go-to silk for costs and professional conduct-related advice.’

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Monty QC - 4 New Square β€˜Instructed to defend in Bar and solicitors’ disciplinary proceedings.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading juniors

Scott Allen - 4 New Square β€˜He has a very measured and firm manner with clients, and gives clear and practical advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

George Spalton - 4 New Square β€˜Instructed, primarily to defend, in professional services cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Paul Parker - 4 New Square β€˜He cuts through prosecution material to achieve exceptional results.’

Ranked: tier 4

SiΓ’n Mirchandani - 4 New Square β€˜A former vet, who is excellent for equine health cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

4 New Square

4 New Square is β€˜an outstanding chambers for professional negligence work, with huge strength in depth’; β€˜it is known as a specialist set for this and it shows’ – β€˜there is always somebody available, no matter what the problem’. Members act for both claimants and defendants the most high-profile litigation and arbitration. For example, Roger Stewart QC appeared against David Halpern QC in solicitors’ negligence case Gabriel v Little, concerning scope of duty, and Nicholas Davidson QC was opposite Justin Fenwick QC and George Spalton in Wright v Lewis Silkin LLP, a case examining jurisdiction and judgment enforcement issues. Gemini v CBRE was another recent highlight that involved five members; a Β£100m claim regarding the alleged the over-valuation of a 37-property portfolio and related loan securitisation.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

Ben Hubble QC - 4 New Square β€˜Absolutely at the top of his game and excellent to work with.’

Ranked: tier 1

Graeme McPherson QC - 4 New Square β€˜A very good advocate, who is very thorough and has an excellent way with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Justin Fenwick QC - 4 New Square β€˜An excellent all-round silk in this field, and an excellent court advocate with very good judgement.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nicholas Davidson QC - 4 New Square β€˜Extremely clever and has a very friendly approach with lay clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Patrick Lawrence QC - 4 New Square β€˜Very charismatic and very good with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Roger Stewart QC - 4 New Square β€˜Tough, practical, commercial and clever.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ben Patten QC - 4 New Square β€˜Extremely bright, hands-on and unstuffy, and splendid in court.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ben Elkington QC - 4 New Square β€˜Incisive, hardworking and great to deal with.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Halpern QC - 4 New Square β€˜Very impressive.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Cannon QC - 4 New Square β€˜Super-bright, commercially astute and a very strong advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Turner QC - 4 New Square β€˜A superb advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Graham Eklund QC - 4 New Square β€˜Determined, relentless and robust.’

Ranked: tier 3

Graham Chapman QC - 4 New Square β€˜Technically excellent and very client-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jamie Smith QC - 4 New Square β€˜Able to see through complicated legal issues and distil down to the essential points.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Hough QC - 4 New Square β€˜He has excellent commercial awareness and provides advice on how to achieve practical resolutions.’

Ranked: tier 4

Neil Hext QC - 4 New Square β€˜Highly analytical, very bright and a great asset for the most complex of cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Monty QC - 4 New Square β€˜He has the ability to stand back from the case to see where it might go and look at all the angles.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional negligence – 2016 silks

Paul Mitchell QC - 4 New Square β€˜A very good advocate, who is able to hammer home the strong points of case.’

Ranked: tier 1
Professional negligence – Leading juniors

Alex Hall Taylor - 4 New Square β€˜He is great with clients, works hard and knows how to win a case.’

Ranked: tier 1

Charles Phipps - 4 New Square β€˜His advice is always very concise, easy to understand and commercial, even when the subject matter is complex.’

Ranked: tier 1

Amanda Savage - 4 New Square β€˜Very clever, very thorough, hardworking, confident, not fazed by anything, and great with clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Hugh Evans - 4 New Square β€˜Excellent.’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Liddell - 4 New Square β€˜He has an ability to get to the heart of complicated issues quickly and provide clear advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Scott Allen - 4 New Square β€˜Not afraid of rolling his sleeves up and getting stuck into the detail.’

Ranked: tier 2

SiΓ’n Mirchandani - 4 New Square β€˜She really gets into the detail and owns a case.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Nicol - 4 New Square β€˜First-rate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Carl Troman - 4 New Square β€˜He exudes a confidence and charm, which puts clients at ease.’

Ranked: tier 3

Miles Harris - 4 New Square β€˜Extremely likeable and user friendly.’

Ranked: tier 3

Benjamin Wood - 4 New Square β€˜Gets the facts under his fingertips quickly and he has a real nose for identifying innovative arguments.’

Ranked: tier 4

Clare Dixon - 4 New Square β€˜She provides robust and commercial advice, and is very tenacious.’

Ranked: tier 4

George Spalton - 4 New Square β€˜Commercial and clever.’

Ranked: tier 4

Helen Evans - 4 New Square β€˜Very responsive and extremely good on her feet.’

Ranked: tier 4

Katie Powell - 4 New Square β€˜She is very determined and not fazed by the unexpected.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Bowmer - 4 New Square β€˜Hardworking and has good judgement.’

Ranked: tier 4

Paul Parker - 4 New Square β€˜He has a remarkable ability to persuade judges on difficult points.’

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Hale - 4 New Square β€˜He has an excellent ability to deliver the goods.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Innes - 4 New Square β€˜Extremely proficient.’

Ranked: tier 4

Timothy Chelmick - 4 New Square β€˜He genuinely understands the technical side and can give you strategic angles that few would spot.’

Ranked: tier 4

Alison Padfield - 4 New Square β€˜Intellectually very able, extremely knowledgeable on case law, great attention to detail and always prepared.’

Ranked: tier 5

Lucy Colter - 4 New Square β€˜Very able.’

Ranked: tier 5

Nicole Sandells - 4 New Square β€˜Great.’

Ranked: tier 5

Shail Patel - 4 New Square β€˜Always impresses.’

Ranked: tier 5

Daniel Saoul - 4 New Square β€˜Very responsive, bright and dependable.’

Ranked: tier 6

Thomas Ogden - 4 New Square β€˜He has a keen eye for detail while delivering good strategic advice for the client.’

Ranked: tier 6

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Property litigation and agriculture
Property litigation – Leading silks

David Halpern QC - 4 New Square β€˜His knowledge is encyclopaedic, and he attacks even the most intractable legal problems with zeal and gusto.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

With the aptitude to β€˜cover just about any sort of issue of any size’, 4 New Square has β€˜tremendous strength and depth’ in areas such as professional negligence, commercial, construction, costs, product liability and sports law. In fact, some say this is, β€˜without doubt, one of the best chambers in England and Wales, unrivalled in the experience and abilities of its barristers’. The support side of chambers is also praised for being β€˜incredibly professional’ and β€˜moving with the times’; β€˜from the receptionists and clerks to its client meeting rooms and recently updated website, the set is a very sleek organisation, where personal service is the hallmark’. Led by the β€˜first-class’ Lizzy Stewart, the clerks are β€˜some of the most experienced and helpful one can have the pleasure to work with’. The deputy senior clerks are often singled out as β€˜outstanding’: Alex Dolby is β€˜always accommodating and a pleasure to work with’, and Dennis Peck is β€˜goes the extra mile to provide a solution to whatever is thrown at him’. Senior team clerk Andrew Call is β€˜very approachable and efficient’. Offices in: London

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Sport
Sport – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

4 New Square

4 New Square handles a range of sports work, but with a particular strength in equestrianism. Indeed, Graeme McPherson QC brings his experience as a racehorse trainer to cases. Outside this space, his recent work includes representing Anthony McGann, former coach and manager of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Michael Bisping, regarding allegations that the fighter owes him Β£270,000 for expenses and fees. Among the β€˜very good juniors’, Daniel Saoul represented former Springbok Chiliboy Ralepelle in a doping case.

Sport – Leading silks

Graeme McPherson QC - 4 New Square β€˜He has a day-to-day understanding of the equestrian business and equestrianism.’

Ranked: tier 2
Sport – Leading juniors

Daniel Saoul - 4 New Square β€˜Incredibly responsive, clever, personable and very sensible.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Liddell - 4 New Square β€˜His ability to assess, understand and take action on situations is outstanding.’

Ranked: tier 2

George Spalton - 4 New Square β€˜Easy to work with; sharp and committed.’

Ranked: tier 4

Pippa Manby - 4 New Square β€˜Efficient at understanding the brief – she has no weaknesses.’

Ranked: tier 4

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