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Chambers of Mark Cannon QC

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Alison Padfield

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4 New Square (Chambers of Mark Cannon QC)


Alison specialises in commercial litigation and advisory work, with a particular emphasis on insurance and reinsurance, professional negligence, and regulatory/public law work including professional disciplinary proceedings. Alison’s recent court appearances include: O’Connor v Bar Standards Board [2016] EWCA Civ 775; Aspen Insurance UK Ltd v Adana Construction Ltd [2015] EWCA Civ 176 (with Colin Wynter QC); Prescott v Bar Council [2015] EWHC 1919 (Admin); Herridge v Parker and Allianz Insurance plc [2014] Lloyd’s Rep IR 177; and Teal v Berkley [2013] Lloyd’s Rep IR 56, SC (with Colin Edelman QC).


Called: 1992. Elected member of the Bar Council; Co-Chairman of the Bar Council Pro Bono Board; Chairman of the Combar Equality and Diversity Committee; Chairman of the South Eastern Circuit Access to Justice Working Group.  Author of ‘Insurance Claims’ (2016, 4th edition, Bloomsbury Professional).


Able to conduct conferences in French.


COMBAR; BILA; PNBA; ARDL; ARIAS Panel of Arbitrators.


BA (Oxon), Lic Sp Dr Eur (Brussels), BCL (Oxon).

London Bar

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – 2018 silks

Alison Padfield QC - 4 New SquareExudes intellectual and personal integrity; her promotion to silk was overdue.

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Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Insurance and reinsurance – 2018 silks

Alison Padfield QC - 4 New SquareA go-to barrister for insurance cases and her text book on insurance claims is the most user friendly on the market.

Within: Insurance and reinsurance

4 New Square is ‘still the go-to set for professional negligence claims,’ but with recent arrivals, such as new silk Alison Padfield QC, it has strengthened an offering already ‘strong in the insurance arena, particularly in coverage disputes relating to professional indemnity insurance’. Members are ‘most impressive, among the best in the profession, with fearsome intellects which instantly get to the nub of the issues’. Such issues as the landmark Supreme Court decision AIG Europe Ltd v Woodman, in which members appeared at all levels.

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence – 2018 silks

Alison Padfield QC - 4 New SquareIntellectually outstanding, extremely knowledgeable; great on tactics, always client focused and extremely commercial in her approach.

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