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Chambers of Mark Cannon QC

Living Wage
LINCOLN'S INN, LONDON, WC2A 3RJ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7822 2000
Fax:
Fax 020 7822 2001
DX:
1041 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
Email:
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Ben Patten QC

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

Position

Ben specialises in professional negligence, construction and commercial litigation with particular expertise in cases involving construction professionals, solicitors, barristers, accountants, valuers and surveyors.

Career

Qualified 1986, Middle Temple, QC 2010. Called to Bar in Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Publications: ‘Professional Negligence in Construction, Co-editor of Jackson and Powell, chapter 9 “Construction Professionals”, Co-editor of Professional Liability Looseleaf, Chapter 9, “Solicitors”.

Member

COMBAR; PNBA; TECBAR; SCL; LCLCBA.

Education

Stonyhurst College; Oxford University; City University.


London Bar

Construction

Within: Leading Silks

Ben Patten QC - 4 New Square ‘ Eloquent and bright, very good in conference with clients ’

Within: Construction

4 New Square maintains a strong contractor clientbase and is 'excellent for construction disputes'. Roger Stewart QC provides 'wonderful advocacy' for his clients. He is instructed by Sir Robert McAlpine in Sir Robert McAlpine v David Chipperfield Associates and Hoare Lea, a £35m claim by designers and builders in respect of design inadequacies and consequent delays. Ben Patten QC acts for the engineers in Volkerfitzpatrick Ltd v Stewart & Harris Ltd: Keller Ltd v Stewart & Harris Ltd, a dispute in the TCC arising out of alleged defective design and construction of a facility in Bristol.

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Professional negligence

Within: Leading Silks

Ben Patten QC - 4 New Square ‘ Excellent judgement and very easy to deal with. ’

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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