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Chambers of Mark Cannon QC

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Work 020 7822 2000
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Neil Hext QC

Work 020 7822 2000
4 New Square (Chambers of Mark Cannon QC)

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Barrister specialising in commercial litigation, insurance and professional negligence.  He appears regularly in the High Court, particularly in the Commercial Court, TCC and Chancery Division, and in arbitration proceedings.  He has substantial appellate experience in the Court of Appeal.  He has expertise in all aspects of insurance/reinsurance, acting for both insurers and insureds.  In the commercial field he focuses particularly on commercial fraud, including claims for misappropriation of corporate assets, and is regularly instructed in relation to matters requiring urgent interlocutory relief.  In professional negligence his work covers lawyers, insurance brokers, construction professionals, surveyors and accountants.  He edits the chapter on surveyors in Jackson & Powell on Professional Liability.


Called 1995, Gray’s Inn.  Queen’s Counsel 2015.


French (working knowledge).


Commercial Bar Association; Professional Negligence Bar Association.


Lawrence Sheriff School, Rugby; Bristol University/Leuven University, Belgium (1992 LLB European Legal Studies).

London Bar

Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Leading Silks

Neil Hext QC - 4 New Square ‚Äė Straightforward, highly analytical and impressive on his feet. ‚Äô

Within: Insurance and reinsurance

4 New Square has 'good strength-in-depth' for insurance and reinsurance disputes, is 'outstanding on professional negligence disputes', and has a 'good number of excellent general insurance counsel' boasting an 'excellent blend of technical ability, approachability and commerciality of service delivery'. Coverage dispute Europools v RSA, which involved Ben Elkington QC, Jonathan Hough QC and George Spalton, was a notable matter for the set. Elsewhere, Graham Eklund QC appeared in Spire Healthcare v RSA which upheld a judgment in favour of insurers on whether numerous claims arising from the misconduct of a consultant breast surgeon fell to be aggregated under a policy of liability insurance. Neil Hext QC successfully acted for the defendant insurance broker in the Court of Appeal in Channon v Ward.

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Professional negligence

Within: Leading Silks

Neil Hext QC - 4 New Square ‚Äė Tackles difficult issues and difficult clients with aplomb. ‚Äô

Within: Professional negligence

4 New Square is 'top of the tree for professional negligence work' thanks to its 'wide range of experience and expertise meaning it is able to provide suitably experienced counsel for a range of claims and subject matters.' Key highlights for the 'user-friendly' set includes Justin Fenwick QC acting for the appellant in Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton, which examined the application of SAAMCO in auditors’ negligence cases, while Ben Patten QC and David Halpern QC represented parties on both sides in Dreamvar (UK) Ltd v Mishcon de Reya, the leading case on liability for identity fraud in conveyancing. Elsewhere, Jonathan Hough QC, Miles Harris and Jamie Smith QC appeared in Accident Exchange v McLean, which examined the scope of legal professional privilege. Fenwick QC and George Spalton acted for PwC in Premier MotorAuctions v PwC & Lloyds, a £50m claim involving allegations of negligence and conspiracy, while Neil Hext QC and Alison Padfield QC acted on either side of a claim against insurance brokers arising from a fire at a popular East London bar.

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