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4 New Square Chambers
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LONDON
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London Bar > Costs Tier 1

Offering a ‘costs team that is second to none’, 4 New Square Chambers continue to be the pre-eminent set in this area, offering an unparalleled depth of expertise at both silk and junior level and regularly appearing on significant Court of Appeal and Supreme Court cases. Nicholas Bacon KC has recently acted in BSV Claims v Bittylicious Ltd and others, a major CAT class action and the UK’s first crypto-related collective proceedings, with the claim of collusion alleging to have caused close to £10bn in losses. In Belsner v Cam Legal, Benjamin Williams KC led George McDonald , with the pair successfully appealing to reverse the High Court’s decision that solicitors were subject to fiduciary duties when negotiating their own terms and business, entitling solicitors to deduct full reasonable costs from lower value personal injury claims. Both Robert Marven KC and Matthew Waszak acted in AKC v Barking, a significant test case before the Court of Appeal regarding the information bills of costs must contain in order to comply with CPR requirements. Theo Barclay, being led by Bacon KC, represented the Danish Customs and Tax Administration in the highly publicised SKAT litigation, where the costs bill in favour of the defendants on the indemnity basis totalled £46m.

Leading Silks

Nicholas Bacon KC4 New Square ‘Suave and sharp in court, Nicholas will constantly work the argument to find a way, if at all possible, to make it chime with the bench. He is a force that you want on your side.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Benjamin Williams KC4 New Square ‘Benjamin is a go-to counsel on anything to do with costs. He is able to say in one sentence what other counsel often take a page over.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Roger Mallalieu KC – 4 New Square ‘Quite simply, the go-to silk for costs litigation.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Robert Marven KC4 New Square ‘Absolutely on top of his field of practice, Robert  provides very commercial advice in an area which still surprises even the most experienced litigators.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3

2024 Silks

Leading Juniors

George McDonald4 New Square ‘George is an excellent communicator. He identifies the weaknesses in his opponents arguments and holds them to task.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Pippa Manby4 New Square ‘If you are not instructing Pippa you are missing out on one of the sharpest, smartest and steadiest costs barristers currently practising.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Theo Barclay4 New Square ‘Theo is incredibly bright, but also very friendly and approachable. He turns things around very quickly and is a joy to work with.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Stephen Innes4 New Square ‘Stephen's advocacy is clear, forceful and highly persuasive.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Matthew Waszak4 New Square ‘Utterly brilliant. Matthew knows costs inside-out and gives clear, practical and strategically savvy advice.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Simon Teasdale4 New Square ‘Simon is leagues ahead of others juniors, his written advocacy is what one would expect from silks. In court, he is five steps ahead of anyone else in that room.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

‘Excellent service, great relationships with the clerks. Chambers meeting rooms are made available on the day of a hearing providing conferences room, before, at lunch and after the hearing. The service is impeccable.’

‘James Barras and Jack Boggins in particular are utterly fantastic and the model of what a modern clerk should be. They are attentive, sensible and good fun.’

‘Excellent service form the clerking team throughout. Perry Allen is a joy to work with.’

‘Denis Peck will go out of his way to accommodate and find solutions to any issues.’ 

‘4NS are simply the number one costs set in the country – bar none.’ 

‘4 New Square are the go-to chambers in costs disputes. I have known the clerks and many of the barristers for a number of years and having them on your side is a massive boost in any case.’

‘4NS is the premier costs set.

‘The Costs team at 4 New Square is second to none.

London Bar > Professional negligence Tier 1

4 New Square Chambers is one of the market leading sets in this area, straddling both white-collar areas and the construction industry, including work for defendant clients without the backing of insurers. Justin Fenwick KC has experience in all areas of professional negligence; he currently acts for the administrators in a £250 million claim whereby the liquidators of a company allege that the administrators negligently sold the assets of the company at a substantial undervalue. Ben Hubble KC specialises in professional negligence claims against many financial and legal professionals; he recently successfully acted for a former partner of EY Dubai against the main EY head company whereby the former partner alleged that EY colluded with the regulator in Dubai to suppress the audit findings which the claimant had uncovered.  

Leading Silks

Ben Elkington KC4 New Square ‘Ben is excellent and turns round matters quickly. He is always reliable and a very strong advocate; an excellent cross examiner who gets to the heart of issues.'  
Ranked: Tier 1
Justin Fenwick KC –4 New Square ‘Justin has an astonishing grasp of figures and facts. He has very sound judgement  and gives very clear advice.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Hough KC4 New SquareJonathan is very easy to work with for solicitors and very clear and reassuring to clients. His written work is clear and precise.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Ben Hubble KC4 New Square ‘Ben is a phenomenal lawyer a KC of choice for professional negligence matters. He is calm and unflappable in times of high stress, cuts through impenetrable detail easily and always impressive on his feet.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Patrick Lawrence KC4 New Square 'Patrick gives you the feeling of a really top class service in every aspect of his work, including dealings with the client and other parties. Having him on board gives you the winning edge.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Graeme McPherson KC4 New SquareGreat team player - gets stuck in.  Clients trust him and he's a well organised and nimble advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Jamie Smith KC4 New Square 'Jamie is a joy to work with. He is incredibly diligent and careful in the advice he provides. One is never in doubt that Jamie cares deeply about getting the best result for the client.'
Ranked: Tier 1
David Turner KC4 New Square 'David is exceptionally able, focused and clear. As an advocate he does not waste words and is realistic about the strengths and weaknesses of his case.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Roger Stewart KC4 New Square 'Roger is a formidable and pugnacious opponent, but with clients he is helpful and practical. His work is obviously excellent, and despite how busy he is, he is good with deadlines.'
Ranked: Tier 1
David Halpern KC4 New Square ‘David has useful insight into how judges are likely to approach questions of law and evidence. An astute tactician who holds sound judgement and is strong on the law.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Siân Mirchandani KC4 New Square ‘Siân is an excellent advocate. Very clear and persuasive. Her advice is always excellent gets to the nub of the issue. She provides practical solutions to complex issues.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ben Patten KC4 New Square ‘Ben is extremely thorough is giving his advice and has an excellent feel for the merits of difficult points. An extremely strong advocate, he is a go-to for complex professional negligence claims.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Graham Chapman KC4 New SquareGraham is tremendously clever, lightning fast on his feet, well-liked by judges and clients, a brilliant legal mind and thoroughly commercial – in short, the complete package.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Richard Liddell KC4 New SquareRichard is flexible, easy to work with, and accessible.’  
Ranked: Tier 3
Neil Hext KC4 New SquareNeil is very thorough, hard-working, bright, an excellent lawyer, and a very good cross-examiner – a tough opponent whom it is a pleasure to be against.’
Ranked: Tier 3
George Spalton KC4 New Square Chambers  ‘George is a highly accomplished performer. His skill on the professional negligence side of pensions litigation fills an essential need in these types of high value claims.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Paul Mitchell KC4 New Square ‘A very skilled, knowledge and effective advocate. Very user friendly and pragmatic.’    
Ranked: Tier 4
Alison Padfield KC4 New SquareAlison is an absolute pleasure to work with. She is always prepared, calm and unflappable and has a very easy manner that puts clients from all walks of life entirely at their ease. Not only is she intellectually outstanding, great on tactics, but you can always rely on the fact that she will work with you seamlessly as part of the team.'  
Ranked: Tier 4
Amanda Savage KC4 New SquareExcellent. Bright, hard working, realistic, frank in her advice, a good team player and a pleasure to work with.  She is particularly good at team working with the associates on her cases.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Clare Dixon KC4 New Square ‘Clare is really approachable and good with clients. She communicates with clarity, is responsive and always has time for questions.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Daniel Saoul KC4 New SquareHe provides clear, commercial and pragmatic advice.’
Ranked: Tier 4

2022 Silks

Helen Evans KC –4 New Square Chambers   ‘Helen is very sharp. She is always on top of the detail and produces clear, precise and user-friendly drafting. She is a pleasure to work with.’
Helen Evans KC4 New SquareHelen is very hands on and approachable. Her technical skills are exceptional. She is able to make the judge see exactly what she wants.’

2024 Silks

Shail Patel KC4 New Square ‘Forensic, very clever, strategic and knowledgeable. Great with clients and one of the best juniors to work with.’

Leading Juniors

Scott Allen4 New SquareA fighter.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Isabel Barter4 New Square Chambers ‘Isabel is an absolute star. Her attention to detail and grasp of the issues is exemplary, and she is calm and reassuring with clients.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Hugh Evans4 New Square ‘Hugh is an all rounder with strengths in advocacy and drafting but in particular his knowledge of authorities is unbeatable. He is a walking encyclopedia.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Charles Phipps4 New Square ‘Charles' attention to detail is exemplary.  He knows the law and his papers inside out.  He is proactive and commercially aware.  He has a very good manner with the client.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Carl Troman4 New Square 'Carl is clever and very direct and clear in his advice. He is easy to work with and very responsive.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Miles Harris4 New SquareMiles is extremely bright and he gives practical advice in relation to complex cases.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Tim Chelmick4 New Square ‘Tim is a delight to work with.  He is thorough, confident and knowledgeable.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Bowmer4 New SquareMichael is meticulous in approach, very good on law and has great judgement about cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicholas Broomfield4 New SquareAll over the detail, great tactical mind, assured and very user friendly. Would recommend highly.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Nicol4 New Square ‘Very considered and thorough, concise and to the point. A popular person to work with.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Benjamin Wood4 New Square ‘Ben is unique in my view and standout. He lives and breathes the principles of active case management forged from a deep understanding of the workings of the court and his experience on both sides of the bench: a contribution that is, frankly invaluable and unrivalled, amongst his peers.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Ben Smiley4 New Square ‘Ben is fantastic – he is easy to work with, great with clients, clear and responsive in his advice. Clients really appreciate his strategy input as well as his drafting and technical work, and find him to be commercial and tuned-into the requirements of clients. He has fast become my number one choice at senior junior level.’  
Ranked: Tier 3
Lucy Colter4 New Square 'Brilliant. Works hard to cover every angle. Lucy is one to watch.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Tom Asquith4 New SquareTom is a fantastic barrister. He is very easy to work with, his drafting is impeccable and he feels a part of the legal team offering concise, candid and practical advice.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Christopher Greenwood4 New SquareChris’s attention to detail is excellent, as is his drafting. His advocacy is good and he is a pleasure to work with.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Stephen Innes4 New Square ‘Very easy to work with and very personable. First rate knowledge and application of the law and a pragmatic approach.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Pippa Manby4 New SquareVery well prepared and happy to take on work in new areas that expand on her already good knowledge.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Paul Parker4 New Square  ‘Paul is hugely experienced and a calming presence in conference.  His advice is always lucid and well-reasoned.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Thomas Ogden4 New Square  'Thoughtful with a very good client manner.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Tom Shepherd4 New SquareTom’s cross-examination is brilliant – well thought out, well put and forceful without being aggressive.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Benjamin Fowler4 New Square ‘Benjamin is extremely thorough in his work, and is very user friendly and commercial with his advice, cutting through the most difficult points on a case to get to the crux. He is a stand-out amongst his peers.’
Ranked: Tier 5
Anthony Jones4 New SquareAnthony’s oral and written advocacy skills are first-class. He is a creative thinker who thinks of the most fantastic arguments, always with an eye on how best to win the case.’
Ranked: Tier 5
Jack Steer - 4 New Square ChambersTop choice of counsel for tricky interlocutory hearings and strike out applications against difficult litigants in person.’
Ranked: Tier 5
Theo Barclay  – 4 New Square Chambers ‘Theo is a slick and accomplished trial advocate, always prepared for every eventuality with an uncanny ability to read the court room. He is destined for greatness.’
Ranked: Tier 5
Mark Cullen  – 4 New Square 'Mark is prompt, responsive and hard-working. His advice is comprehensive and pragmatic. He is a pleasure to work with.'
Ranked: Tier 5
William Harman  – 4 New Square Chambers ‘Will is meticulous, and I am always confident he is on top of the detail. He is also a very good advocate.’
Ranked: Tier 6
Saaman Pourghadiri4 New Square Chambers ‘Very good at swift and accurate views on matters and his assessment is accurate and reasonable. In particular, his mastery of the figures and how to use them is crucial, though his skills go far beyond that.’  
Ranked: Tier 6
Hannah Daly4 New Square Chambers  ‘Very user-friendly, excellent attention to detail. Hannah can advocate to challenging clients effectively and efficiently – a future star without doubt.’
Ranked: Tier 6
Diarmuid Laffan 4 New Square Chambers  ‘Diarmuid provides clear and strategic advice. His legwork while preparing for arguments in outstanding.’
Ranked: Tier 6

Testimonials

‘The clerks are prompt, helpful, and efficient. We have dealt with Dennis Peck for many years and find him excellent. We also get good service from Jack Crowhurst.’

‘Excellent modern chambers, with flexibility on fees and a great clerking team.’

‘The clerks do an exceptional job. I am confident that whoever I speak to, I will get the same level of service. They should be super proud of their team. They are great.’

‘Very responsive and helpful service from the clerks at all levels.’

‘The clerks are responsive and we have a good relationship with them.’

‘Very good chambers. Top chambers for professional negligence.’

‘The top set in the country by a country mile for insurance work.’

‘Good all round quality and good value compared with many other leading sets.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance Tier 2

One of the ‘leading sets in the fields of insurance coverage,’ 4 New Square Chambers continue to receive instructions across many classes of insurance and reinsurance, including employers’ liability, public liability and business interruption. Members of the chambers, such as David Turner KC, Clare Dixon KC, Shail Patel KC and Anthony Jones  have been involved in numerous cases including those involving business interruption test cases, alongside cases of contingency over-redemption policies. One such example is Opia Limited v CFC Underwriting Limited & Others, in which Turner KC acted for the insured in related to circumstances in which insurers might be liable for late payment of indemnity under s.13 of the Insurance Act 2015. Jonathan Hough KC has been involved in major litigation and arbitration over insurance coverage issues and in commercial disputes between insurers, while Justin Fenwick KC has a strong cross-border practice in this space including the Caribbean and the Far East.

Leading Silks

David Turner KC4 New SquareDavid remains an impressive and quick-thinking KC. He is very client friendly, and provides incisive advice and has an impressive and diverse church of knowledge and experience to call upon in diverse situations.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ben Elkington KC4 New SquareHe is exceptionally bright and very friendly to work with. He sees what points will have traction with judges and reads the mood of the court very well, and also explains issues very well to clients.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ben Hubble KC4 New SquareBen is a hugely experienced barrister at the top of his game.  He offers considered advice in a calm manner, and is always meticulously prepared.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Jonathan Hough KC4 New SquareJonathan is an exceptional barrister, fantastically intelligent and producing opinions of the very highest quality. He is great with clients and gracious with it. It is an absolute pleasure to work with Jonathan.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Alison Padfield KC4 New SquareAlison is an absolute pleasure to work with.  With Alison there is never anything less than 100% effort.   She is always prepared, calm and unflappable and has a very easy manner that puts clients from all walks of life entirely at their ease.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Justin Fenwick KC4 New Square ‘Astonishing grasp of figures and facts , very sound judgment, very clear advice.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Roger Stewart KC4 New Square 'Roger's strength is he sees the big picture very well and is highly respected. He is a strong advocate and a good team player.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Neil Hext KC4 New SquareNeil is super smart, pragmatic, commercial and calm. As well as being very technically able, Neil also has superb client-facing skills and delivers clear and well-analysed advice in complex cases. He is a measured and effective advocate who can draw on a wealth of knowledge and expertise in insurance disputes.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Jamie Smith KC4 New Square 'Jamie is great to work with, smart, personable, forceful where needed, client focused and friendly and very good on paper and in court. He is a real expert in this area of law.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Clare Dixon KC – 4 New Square Chambers ‘Clare is calm and unflappable.  She is incredibly helpful and rolls up her sleeves to become part of the team.  She is great to work with and is always well prepared.  On her feet she is methodical and persuasive.’
Ranked: Tier 5
George Spalton KC – 4 New Square Chambers ‘George is fabulous to work alongside. His written opinions are unerringly correct and an examplar of clarity.’
Ranked: Tier 5
Amanda Savage KC4 New Square 'Super intelligent and extremely user friendly. Amanda is a superb advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 5

2022 Silks

2024 Silks

Shail Patel KC4 New SquareShail continues to provide very solid advice and has a wide range of expertise.'

Leading Juniors

Nicholas Broomfield4 New SquareVery bright and incisive, good at getting out of a hole and cutting through to the heart of the matter.  Excellent analysis and comes up with novel points.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Miles Harris4 New SquareMiles is simply superb. His mastery of the developing law in this area is nothing short of astonishing.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Carl Troman4 New SquareCarl is extremely user-friendly. He is accessible and provides speedy, well considered and straightforward advice.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Ben Smiley4 New SquareBen is commercial, pragmatic and efficient. He is incredibly responsive and produces written work of a very high standard. He’s very user-friendly and accessible and provides succinct advice on complex issues.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Tom Asquith  – 4 New Square ChambersTom has an impressive knowledge of insurance law and expertise in policy coverage analysis.  He provides advice on complex policy coverage points in a manner that is clear, succinct and easily digestible, yet is very clearly on top of the detail.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Anthony Jones – 4 New Square 'Anthony provides clear and well-reasoned advice and is a pleasure to work with.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Diarmuid Laffan4 New SquareDiarmuid provides clear and strategic advice. His legwork while preparing for arguments in outstanding. Given the time restrictions in arbitrations, he ensures time is utilised wisely, focusing on the primary points.  He is effective in his verbal presentations and gauges what the arbitrator sees as concerning issues, and deals with them in an entirely simple and cogent manner.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

‘Prompt and professional service from the clerks’ room. Alex Dolby and Chris Ebdon are a pleasure to deal with.’

‘4 New Square have for many years and continue to be the go to set for professional indemnity advice and advocacy.’

‘4 New Square are great to work with and deservedly the pre-eminent set of Chambers for professional and insurance disputes.’

‘An excellent set with a real depth of experience, our “go to” set for insurance litigation and professional negligence claims.’

‘Excellent strength in depth, good range of senior juniors as well as silks.’

‘A very strong set.  A go to set for insurance matters.’

 

Work highlights

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law Tier 2

4 New Square is ‘a go-to set for disciplinary and regulatory work‘, primarily in white-collar professional services. Graeme McPherson KC is sought out to defend proceedings brought against barristers by the Bar Standards Board, while also in legal regulation Ben Hubble KC‘s recent experience includes successfully acting for former Law Society president David Greene, who was cleared of misconduct by the SDT in December 2022. The practice of 2022-appointed silk Helen Evans KC incorporates high-profile Financial Reporting Council proceedings, having represented a KMPG audit partner who carried out the 2016 audit of noted PFI company Carillion shortly before its high-profile collapse. Turning to the set’s juniors, Scott Allen appears regularly in the SDT, as well as disciplinary fora for accountancy and tax professionals.

Leading Silks

Ben Hubble KC4 New SquareBen is a true specialist in accountancy-related matters. He is utterly reliable in his legal judgement and analysis.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Patrick Lawrence KC4 New SquareHe is incredibly authoritative, easy to work with, and has great tactical nous.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Jamie Smith KC4 New SquareJamie has a great ability to put clients at ease in stressful circumstances. In court, he presents his arguments in a compelling and always serene manner.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Alison Padfield KC4 New SquareAlison is insightful, pragmatic and unflappable.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
George Spalton KC – 4 New Square ChambersAn expert in this field. He provides sound and reliable advice. Great with clients and very approachable.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Clare Dixon KC – 4 New Square ChambersShe is a skilled, persuasive and thorough advocate. She leaves no stone unturned.’
Ranked: Tier 4

2022 Silks

Leading Juniors

Scott Allen4 New SquareA quick thinker on his feet, and he is able to read the court well.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Parker4 New SquarePaul has a forensic approach to unpicking the regulator’s case.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Excellent. Perry Allen is particularly helpful.

James Barrass is very helpful , responsive and accommodating.

Good set, with strength in professional disciplinary work.

The barristers are all of fantastic quality.

A go-to set for disciplinary and regulatory work.

Commercially minded and responsive.

Barristers are very easy to work with, and work well with solicitors.

London Bar > Sport Tier 2

4 New Square Chambers acts ‘at the top of the field on high-profile sports disputes‘, in particular representing national and international sports governing bodies. For example, Pippa Manby managed to prosecuted former Northampton Saints player Chris Mayor, who was banned for four years for trafficking human growth hormone, while Kendrah Potts acted as sole counsel to the ICC in bringing corruption charges against the former West Indies player Marlon Samuels. Potts also led William Harman for the International Tennis Integrity Agency, bringing 107 charges for match-fixing against six professional tennis players. Turning to defence work, Richard Liddell KC acted for race horse trainer Richard Hannon in a BHA case after a race horse’s urine sample was found to contain arsenic. Members of the set sit as well – Graeme McPherson KC chaired the determination of the EFL’s Financial Fair Play charges against Derby County FC.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
Daniel Saoul KC4 New Square ‘Superb advocate, amazing on cross-examination. Superbly intelligent; a leader in the field of sports law.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Liddell KC4 New Square ‘Richard is the complete package. His advocacy and particularly his cross-examination is fearsome, and his written work is always spot-on. A class act.’
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Kendrah Potts4 New Square ‘Kendrah is fantastic to work with. She is extremely practical, a skilful oral advocate, knows the case inside out and is great with clients.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Pippa Manby4 New Square ‘Pippa is very quick to pick up on the complexities of a matter, very clear in her advice and also very calm under pressure.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Theo Barclay  – 4 New Square ‘He is no longer a rookie and is becoming a seasoned pro. A team player of fierce intellect. First name on the team sheet for me.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Diarmuid Laffan4 New Square ‘Diarmuid has many strengths and is an excellent barrister. He is able to see the wood for the trees and has a very good commercial brain.’
Ranked: Tier 4
William Harman4 New Square ‘Super smart, a first-class drafter, very personable and great with lay clients. A barrister who is all over the detail from the very beginning. A real creative mind.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

‘Clerks coordinate very well. Dennis Peck, Alex Dolby and Jack Boggans are all truly great. ‘

‘The clerks are very helpful. Dennis Peck is particularly knowledgeable.’

‘Dennis Peck does a great job of staying close to the subject matter expertise of his sports members, and the set generally is up there with the best in terms of clerking.’

‘Dennis Peck and Andrew Call are particularly user friendly.’

‘The clerks are very professional and good to work with.’

‘A very strong set, who are commercial, a pleasure to worth with, and don’t have the airs and graces of other sets.’

‘4 New Square have a strong sports set, with some impressive junior barristers who can support senior counsel or take on cases on their own.’

‘The are a very good set with some exceptional barristers and juniors.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Commercial litigation Tier 3

A go-to set for high-end work‘, 4 New Square is consistently sought out by Magic Circle firms and litigation boutiques to handle complex, high-value business disputes that frequently incorporate cross-border issues. In TRW Pension Trust Ltd v Indesit & Others, Ben Elkington KC acted for Askoll TR, the supplier of a component of dishwashers, in a multi-party sale of goods case, where it was alleged that a component was faulty, causing a catastrophic fire in an office block. Elsewhere in chambers, Daniel Saoul KC acted for claimant CMC Spreadbet in a High Court financial trading-related claim against property investor Robert Tchenguiz.

Rising stars

Usman Roohani – 4 New Square ChambersA thorough and commercially astute junior. Usman is exceptionally hardworking, bright and impressive, and his output is outstanding.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 4
Ben Elkington KC4 New Square ‘Shows consistency and brilliance. He is one of the strongest KCs around.’
Ranked: Tier 5
Daniel Saoul KC – 4 New SquareImpeccable judgement, both in his advice and advocacy. He is definitely one of the best silks to have on a team for complex commercial litigation - really easy to work with and a fantastic team player.’
Ranked: Tier 5
George Spalton KC4 New SquareGeorge is an exceptional advocate, who is able to navigate complex lines of questioning in a persuasive yet tenacious manner. He can adapt his style as required, eliciting praise from judges who are impressed with the careful manner in which he conducts difficult cross-examinations.’
Ranked: Tier 6
Hugh Jory KC4 New Square ‘Hugh's attention to detail and preparation is second to none and he is able to manage large cases with complete ease. Hugh's advocacy is second to absolutely none - his presence, ownership and confidence in advocating is evident from the outset.’
Ranked: Tier 6

2022 Silks

Matthew Bradley KC4 New Square ‘An outstanding litigator, whose manner and advocacy in court are just right.’

2024 Silks

Shail Patel KC4 New Square ‘Shail's pleadings are beautifully crafted and a delight to read. A calm, authoritative and respectful advocate, who does not engage in unnecessary grandstanding or unprofessional tactics, and his manner and delivery are superb.'

Leading Juniors

Kendrah Potts4 New SquareShe is hands on and understands how to support solicitors and be a real team player. She combines this with extremely strong written and oral advocacy, and a pragmatic and commercial approach.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Lucy Colter4 New SquareLucy is very responsive, incredibly hardworking, and a fantastic team player. She is a real pleasure to work alongside and to instruct.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Saaman Pourghadiri – 4 New Square Chambers 'Saaman is totally on top of his brief, and combines an energetic, dynamic approach with technical excellence and creative, practical thinking. He is a real team player, whose performance in the courtroom suggests that he is far more experienced than he really is.'
Ranked: Tier 5
Marie-Claire O’Kane – 4 New Square Chambers 'Good analysis, good with clients, and commercial.'
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

‘Lizzy Stewart is sensible and approachable.’

‘The clerks are first rate – Nick Angliss deserves particular mention.’

‘All the clerks are very good, particularly Christopher Ebdon who is always immensely helpful.’

4 New Square is a go-to set for high-end work.

4 New Square is a very strong set.

Very affable clerks and they know how to deliver service.

The clerks go the extra mile.

A very strong clerking team.

Work highlights

London Bar > Construction Tier 3

Demonstrating ‘expertise across all levels’, 4 New Square offers representation on a variety of construction-related issues, with a particular focus on defending contractors in cases framed as professional negligence claims. Roger Stewart KC and George McDonald are acting on Sudlows Limited v Global Switch Estates 1 Limited, a series of disputes centred on a project to upgrade a data centre. The set has marked its presence in high-value cladding claims, including Hugh Saunders‘s representation of Broadway Malyan against Balfour Beatty in a dispute concerning a student accommodation development in east London. Additionally, Ben Patten KC is defending cladding consultant Cladtech Associates in Shepherd Construction Limited v Kingspan and Others, a substantial damages claim concerning fire safety and structural defects in a major London development.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
Neil Hext KC4 New Square ‘Neil is absolutely first-rate – very well-prepared, bright, hard-working and an extremely good advocate and cross-examiner.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Ben Patten KC – 4 New Square ‘Exceptionally bright, commercial, good with clients, a real team player, very hard working. Goes the extra mile to deliver.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Siân Mirchandani KC4 New Square ‘Sian is extremely thorough and likes to get into the detail of her cases. She is an integral part of the defence team and is excellent to work with.'
Ranked: Tier 5
Richard Liddell KC – 4 New Square ‘Rick is exceptionally hard-working and client-focused. His advice is clear, concise and commercial. He is easy to work with and clients love his approach.’
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Juniors

Cyril Chern 4 New Square ‘Cyril’s strengths include his highly skilled knowledge of commercial needs both in terms of business and the lay client’s needs.  He is truly a pre-eminent advocate and possesses one of the finest combinations of style, legal knowledge, and cutting-edge cross-examination skills.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Tim Chelmick4 New Square ‘Tim is a delight to work with.  He is thorough, confident and knowledgeable. Tim is an outstanding advocate and, in particular, cross-examination.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Hugh Saunders 4 New Square ‘Hugh is outstanding. As an advocate, he is masterful on his feet. As an expert in the field of construction, his knowledge of the law and ability to master the technical issues in a case is second-to-none. He always goes the extra mile.’  
Ranked: Tier 3
Paul Cowan 4 New Square ‘Paul’s attention to detail is second-to-none. He finds every thread of a case and pulls on it. As an advocate, he is highly persuasive and thoroughly prepared. Paul remains a go-to for construction disputes.’
Ranked: Tier 3
George McDonald 4 New Square ‘George is very bright. He is particularly good at cases where there is an element of data interpretation required, and at reviewing the evidence with experts. Clients and solicitors like him for his amiable charm.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Lucy Colter 4 New Square ‘Brilliant. Works hard to cover every angle - she is one to watch.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Christopher Greenwood 4 New Square ‘Chris's attention to detail is excellent, as is his drafting. His advocacy is good, and he is a pleasure to work with.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Thomas Ogden 4 New Square 'Tom is a fantastic trial advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Tom Asquith 4 New Square ‘Tom is an excellent barrister. He has in-depth technical knowledge and an understanding of the construction profession. Tom is a strong advocate who is able to present a case in a clear and persuasive manner. He is friendly, polite, approachable, positive but robust and able to elicit key information from clients even on more sensitive aspects of a case.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Paul Fisher 4 New Square 'Paul is incredibly responsive, commercial and pragmatic, easy to deal with and, most importantly, client-friendly. He fits in seamlessly as one of the team, drafts superbly, and can really probe in cross-examination.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Benjamin Fowler  – 4 New Square ‘Benjamin is excellent at cutting to the core of an issue. First-class drafting skills. He is a confident, coherent and charismatic advocate.  He is adept on his feet and intuitively knows when to seek instruction.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

‘Denis Peck is a superb clerk. Lizzie Stewart is also really good.’

‘4 New Square is an excellent set. From the front desk to the KCs, everybody is pragmatic and willing to help.’

‘They are one of the best chambers to work with for construction and professional negligence. They are responsive, down to earth, get the work done and get good results. They are also very nice people to work with.’

‘Highly dependable in all respects.’

‘4 New Square is a great chambers. They have a varied range of skills and expertise across all levels and are able to offer the right person for the right matter.’

‘4 New Square is always my ‘go to’ chambers.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Fraud: civil Tier 3

4 New Square Chambers is ‘a strong set with some stellar individuals among its ranks‘. In a complex $2bn fraud claim brought by a Thai businessman, Justin Fenwick KCGeorge Spalton KC and Kendrah Potts acted for the claimant, who alleges that one of Thailand’s largest financial institutions, together with its CEO, engaged in a fraudulent conspiracy to deprive him of his interest in a renewable energy company. Elsewhere in chambers, Daniel Saoul KC represents the Serious Fraud Office, KPMG, Harbour Litigation Funding, Quantuma, and a law firm in the high-stakes Orb litigation, which involves the rights to assets that are worth over £100m and the proceeds of complex frauds.

Rising stars

Hannah Daly- 4 New Square Chambers 'Ruthless efficiency and attention to detail. Hannah is commercial in her approach, but with the kind of eye for detail and important points that is vital in a civil fraud lawyer at the highest level.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Seohyung Kim – 4 New Square Chambers 'Produces excellent written work under significant pressure and always prepared to go the extra mile for clients.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Justin Fenwick KC –4 New Square ‘One of the big beasts of the fraud defence Bar.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Graham Chapman KC4 New Square ‘Graham is scarily bright, excellent on his feet, and commercially savvy. He is one of the true superstars of the Bar.’
Ranked: Tier 3
George Spalton KC – 4 New Square ChambersGeorge has an incredible calmness and delivers pragmatic commercial advice, cutting through the issues and grasping the core of the case. His advocacy is incredibly smooth and reassuring, and demands the attention of the court in a unique way.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4

2022 Silks

Matthew Bradley KC4 New Square ‘Absolutely excellent on his feet. Says it how it is and has the ear of the court.’

Leading Juniors

Saaman Pourghadiri - 4 New Square Chambers 'Exceptionally strong advocate, who takes a considered and effective approach to his cases.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Mark Cullen - 4 New Square Chambers 'Mark is very calm under pressure and a real team player. He is unflappable and always adds value.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Kendrah Potts4 New Square ‘Very pleasant to work with, great written work, and very solicitor and user-friendly.‘  
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

‘The clerks are first-class, particularly Lizzy Stewart, who is excellent.’

‘Dennis Peck and Lizzie Stewart do a great job.’

‘Lizzie Stewart, Alex Dolby and Dennis Peck are probably the strongest clerking team around. Very commercial and astute at steering useful juniors in the client’s direction.’

Very good. They have some real stars, who are not only brilliant but user-friendly and loved by clients and judges.

Some extremely capable KCs and juniors.

Very professional and responsive clerks.

A strong set with some stellar individuals among its ranks.

The clerking is excellent – responsive, highly-skilled in managing barristers, and very commercial.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel Tier 3

The barristers at 4 New Square Chambers focus primarily on the international construction sector, with an emphasis on large-scale projects with expertise in oil and gas, energy, as well as infrastructure disputes particularly in the Middle East. With ‘great strength in depth’ the set enjoys a good reputation in investment treaty disputes, commercial arbitrations and enforcement proceedings and challenges. Key members of the set in this area include Roger Stewart KC whose expertise lies in IT, insurance, commercial, construction and engineering arbitrations, Justin Fenwick KC whose recent arbitration work included matters concerning the business of sport, pipelines in the Middle East, housing developments in Hong Kong and shipping disputes in the Far East. Lionel Nichols joined in October 2022 from CANDEY .

Leading Silks

Roger Stewart KC4 New Square ‘Roger is brilliant at distilling complex issues to their true essence and then communicating them in such a way that his clients are able to take effective and prompt decisions.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Justin Fenwick KC –4 New Square ‘He has seen it all over his years of practice – nothing fazes him. His advocacy is very smooth and accomplished – he knows just what the arbitrator needs to hear.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Daniel Saoul KC – 4 New Square ‘Dan is the complete package, and an absolute go-to barrister. He is persuasive and commands trust in the courtroom. He possesses the skill of focusing the court’s mind on the core issues. He is approachable and available, ensuring his instructing solicitors are immediately at ease. Without question, he is amongst the top.’
Ranked: Tier 4
George Spalton KC4 New Square ‘George practices law with a style and elegance that always impresses. He is a KC on the rise and rise. George is a compelling advocate and delivers exactly what clients need.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Tim Chelmick4 New Square ‘Very commercial, excellent with clients, completely unflappable, an absolutely go-to barrister for the most challenging cases. Tim’s advocacy is crisp, to the point and nuanced. An underrated advocate.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Cyril Chern4 New Square ‘Cyril is absolutely outstanding as a advocate and is both a commanding presence in trial but also commands respect due to his in-depth knowledge of international arbitration nuances, his truly exceptional cross-examination and advocacy skills coupled with his gravitas, tact and diplomacy. He is also concise, grasps complex information rapidly and puts it all together in a way that makes the complex simple to understand.’
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

‘Excellent clerking team. Highly responsive and endlessly accommodating.’

‘Excellent. Without a doubt one of the best clerked sets in London.’

‘The clerking team possesses a “get-it-done” attitude and are quick to respond.’

‘4 New Square is a very good set and easy to deal with and with a broad range of barristers well represented by their clerks.’

‘They are a wonderful set to work with and have strength in construction and litigation matters as well as costs.’

‘4 New Square have great strength in depth and offer a number of good options.’

‘4 New Square is a great set that is modern, friendly and unstuffy in their approach.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Product liability Tier 3

4 New Square Chambers offers product liability experience across consumer, commercial and regulatory matters in both group action and individual cases. David Turner KC is particularly well-versed in claims pertaining to fires, acting for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on the Grenfell tower fire litigation. Matthew Bradley KC acts for claimants against a variety of different manufacturers of medical devices for alleged defects. Isabel Barter has joined from 2 Temple Gardens.

2022 Silks

Matthew Bradley KC4 New SquareA pragmatic and user-friendly barrister who can advise on civil and regulatory product liability issues.

Leading Juniors

Isabel Barter4 New Square Chambers ‘Isabel is massively hard working, with a keen eye for detail and extraordinary depth of knowledge of the law relating to defective products.’
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

‘Very good, amazing clerks, great breath of expertise.’

Dispute resolution > Mediators Tier 5

Cyril Chern - 4 New Square Chambers  The mediation workload of 4 New Square Chambers' Cyril Chern is a natural adjunct to his substantial arbitration practice. Chern acts in significant mediations across the globe, his experience including mediating a dispute involving the construction of a large undersea tunnel connecting Germany and Denmark.

London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators

Leading arbitrators

Nicholas Fletcher KC –4 New Square Chambers ‘He is bright, on the ball, conscientious, hard working, well balanced, commercial, with sound judgement, very good with the parties and an excellent drafter of awards. Completely impartial, incisive but also very sensible and is easy to work with.’
Ranked: Tier 1

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

Leading Silks

Jonathan Hough KC4 New Square 'Jonathan has laser-like focus on every aspect of the case. He is tremendously easy to work with, combining a formidable intellect with tactical nous and approachability. On his feet he commands the room, and the ear of the judge, with a calm and measured gravitas.'
Ranked: Tier 1

2024 Silks

Richard O'Brien KC – 4 New Square 'A junior with a very sharp mind.'

London Bar > Employment

Leading Silks

Paul Nicholls KC4 New Square 'Paul is a highly intelligent silk. His advocacy is wonderfully effective.'
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > Administrative law and human rights

Leading Silks

Jonathan Hough KC4 New SquareJonathan is completely unflappable. He is extremely user-friendly and a rare combination of robustness and empathy. He has an incredible eye for detail and leaves no stone unturned for clients.’
Ranked: Tier 3

2024 Silks

Richard O’Brien KC –4 New Square 'A vastly experienced senior junior with a particular focus on handling difficult government cases.'

Leading Juniors

Anthony Jones4 New Square 'Anthony is supremely bright. He is accessible and combines a colossal brain with an easy manner and charm. He inspires trust and can be relied upon to deliver.'
Ranked: Tier 1

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Leading Silks

Daniel Saoul KC4 New Square ChambersDan is excellent – he is incredibly bright, very commercial and always brings a sense of calm and reassurance to the client and their team. Dan quickly digests information and his written work is excellent.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Hough KC4 New Square ChambersHe’s practical, precise, and good with understanding the broader context.’
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > IT and telecoms (infrastructure and contracts)

Leading Silks

Roger Stewart KC4 New SquareHe has an incredible grasp of strategy and big-picture points.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Thomas Ogden4 New Square 'Very clear thought; hard working and extremely pleasant. Tremendous barrister; good advocate and gets his point across with ease; highly recommended.'
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > Pensions

Leading Silks

Ben Hubble KC4 New SquareBen is an excellent barrister and a pleasure to work with. He is responsive and gives clear strategic advice, and is a calm and clear advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Saaman Pourghadiri 4 New Square 'He is a very effective junior: bright and personable with a real ability to get across detail quickly and propose well thought through strategies.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Nigel Burroughs4 New Square 'Nigel is always incredibly responsive and clear in his advice, and is on top of the issues and the current case law.'
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Insolvency

Leading Silks

Hugh Jory KC4 New Square Hugh is a stand-out advocate. His preparation and ability to grasp oversight and understanding of the issues is second-to-none.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Tom Shepherd4 New Square ‘Tom is highly astute and extremely intelligent. He is able to cut through complex issues and get to the heart of the matter, filling clients with confidence in his knowledge and understanding. Tom is confident on his feet and reads the room well.'
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Property litigation

London Bar > Financial services regulation

2024 Silks

Shail Patel KC4 New Square ‘Shail is a very intelligent and thorough counsel with a real ability to give clients clear commercial advice. A pleasure to work with, responsive and creative in his approach.'

London Bar > Group litigation

2024 Silks

Shail Patel KC  – 4 New Square Chambers 'Legally sound and very pragmatic in difficult collective actions requiring both judgement and common sense.'  

Leading Juniors

George McDonald4 New Square ‘George is very knowledgeable and astute, able to give advice on even the most technical points in a clear, concise and practically useful way.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Isabel Barter4 New Square Chambers ‘Isabel is sharp minded and tackles all work with precision. She has an impressive knowledge of the relevant case law and uses this to provide practical solutions to legal problems.’
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > European Union law

Leading Juniors

Jonathan Worboys4 New Square 'Jonathan has a quick, sharp intelligence, and an impressive ability to devise an effective response to awkward points.'
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > International crime and extradition

Leading Juniors

Jonathan Worboys 4 New Square ‘Jonathan has a wonderful ability to see to the heart of the matter and to explain the key questions process clearly, bringing the team and the clients together in agreeing upon key strategic points.’
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Public international law

Leading Juniors

Jonathan Worboys4 New Square ‘Jonathan is highly sought after practitioner for international law matters for good reason: he has a wonderful ability to see to the heart of the matter and to explain the key questions clearly. He is also excellent at bringing the team and the ultimate client together in agreeing upon important strategic points.’ 
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Intellectual property

Leading Juniors

Theo Barclay – 4 New Square Chambers ‘Theo is detail orientated, personable, and a brilliant advocate. He is collaborative and strategic with a firm grip on the legal issues, but he also has a real awareness of the commercial background and client relationships.’
Ranked: Tier 4

India - Senior Advocates > Commercial disputes Tier 2

London commercial set 4 New Square Chambers has Arvind Nayar as a door tenant. He regularly acts for clients in arbitration proceedings in multiple jurisdictions, including Dubai, India, Singapore and the United Kingdom. In India, he appears before various High Courts, the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal and the Supreme Court in matters involving contractual disputes and issues related to arbitral awards both on appeal and at first instance, and is well-praised for his ‘articulative and meticulous preparation’.

The English Bar Offshore > The English Bar Offshore Tier 2

4 New Square Chambers‘ members frequently handle high-profile, high-value and complex cases pertaining to finance, fraud and shareholder disputes, to name a few, and many instructions fit within the set’s particular area of professional negligence litigation. Heavyweight litigator Justin Fenwick KC is acting for the first defendant in AML Creditor v Madison Pacific & Ors, in which the Bermudian claimant alleges that the defendants conspired to misappropriate companies active in West Africa. ‘Fantastic advocate’ Graham Chapman KC runs a broad commercial offshore practice which emphasizes negligence claims involving trustees, directors, officeholders alongside professionals including auditors, fund managers and lawyers. Daniel Saoul KC remains a key name for business disputes and commercial fraud cases, particularly those spanning multiple jurisdictions.

Leading Silks

Justin Fenwick KC4 New Square Chambers ‘Very smart, incisive and strategic. Excellent at cross-examination.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Graham Chapman KC4 New Square Chambers 'Graham is incredibly user-friendly and excellent with both clients and the judiciary. He has a razor-sharp intellect and is a fantastic advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Daniel Saoul KC4 New Square Chambers 'Daniel has an incredible grasp of the law across a number of distinct fields. He is very measured and thoughtful and thinks hard about developing the right strategy for the client.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Ben Hubble KC4 New Square Chambers 'Ben is a reassuring silk to have on your side. His advice is invariably measured, sensible, and tactically sound, with a firm eye on the underlying commerciality of the case.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Graeme McPherson KC4 New Square Chambers 'Thoroughly prepared, extremely intelligent and able to digest and make sense of huge volumes of material.'
Ranked: Tier 3
George Spalton KC - 4 New Square Chambers  'George's advocacy is very strong and he handles both factual and expert witnesses very well. He gets very quickly to the key points in a case and keeps them in focus. His bedside manner is fantastic and clients love him.'
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Cullen  – 4 New Square Chambers 'Mark is a brilliant junior. Keen, energetic with a first rate intellect and unmatched knowledge of law and procedure. He is a joy to work with and an invaluable member of any team.'
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

‘Dennis Peck is the best clerk in London.’

‘4 New Square are becoming more and more visible in the major litigation offshore with a well-known easy to work with and savvy group of advocates.’

‘4 New Square are a good set, reliable and consistent in quality.’

‘Exceptional chambers. Always able to offer high quality juniors at short notice on urgent matters.’

‘Real strength in depth for offshore work.’

Work highlights

Middle East: The English Bar > Commercial Tier 3

4 New Square Chambers members have been involved in a wide array of claims, often acting in international arbitration centres and the local UAE courts. Most recently, its members have been involved in insurance, contractual, joint venture, professional negligence, and wrongful termination disputes, as well as large real estate and energy construction contentions. Richard Liddell KC is a ‘master of the detail’ and handles substantial DIFC, LCIA and ICC Arbitration claims – amongst others. Tim Chelmick is ‘unflappable in the face of the most overwhelming issues’, and in recent months has been instructed in multi-faceted shareholder disputes and wrongful termination claims. David Turner KC and Paul Fisher are further names of note in the set.

Leading silks

Richard Liddell KC4 New Square Chambers ‘Richard is a pleasure to work with. He becomes part of the team on matters we have instructed him on and is very responsive. Richard's key strengths include his meticulous attention to detail and his advocacy skills.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading juniors

Tim Chelmick4 New Square Chambers ‘Without a shadow of doubt, one of the real superstars of the English Bar in the Middle East. Timothy has excellent understanding of the nuances of the region and is always able to assist. Instructing him would be placing the matter in the hands of a very capable barrister.’
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

‘Efficient clerk room. Denis Peck, Alex Dolby and Nick Angliss are a pleasure to deal with. Nick Angliss in particular goes out of his way to ensure comfort of any instructing solicitor.’

‘The clerks are excellent. If Dennis Peck can’t make something happen, it cannot be done!’   

‘All clerks are very helpful.’

‘The clerks are easy to work with and very responsive to queries regarding billing, training sessions, and other matters.’   

‘4 New Square Chambers has excellent availability of Counsel, and its barristers appear to be very approachable and pleasant to work with.’   

‘Very good set all around, some excellent heavy-weights and really promising juniors. Good availability.’   

‘Excellent set for professional liability and insurance coverage matters. Several barristers have expertise in the Middle East.’   

‘Go to set for Insurance and Reinsurance related issues and matters, especially those of an international nature.’   

Work highlights

Middle East: The English Bar > Construction Tier 3

Often instructed by major contractors, 4 New Square Chambers is well-regarded for its construction dispute capabilities, notably claims involving delay and disruption. Roger Stewart KC’s broad caseload encompasses international arbitration, and he is particularly proficient in oil and gas facility disputes. Tim Chelmick is primarily engaged in sizeable infrastructure projects, including airports, oil refineries, and power stations.

Leading silks

Roger Stewart KC4 New Square Chambers ‘Roger has excellent judgement, and his very hard work makes him a go-to silk.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Neil Hext KC4 New Square Chambers ‘Bright, hard-working, well-prepared, persuasive, and an excellent cross-examiner.’
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading juniors

Tim Chelmick4 New Square Chambers ‘Tim is very pragmatic, understands complex legal and factual issues, and is superb on his feet. He is also willing to propose both traditional and more nuanced strategies.’
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

‘Dennis Peck is excellent, if he can’t make something happen, it cannot be done.’

‘The clerks are easy to work with and are very responsive to queries.’

‘Good service from clerks.’

‘All set members were very helpful and proactive.’

‘A very good set all around, with some excellent heavy-weights and promising juniors. Good availability.’

‘4 New Square Chambers has excellent availability; the barristers are very approachable and pleasant to work with.’

 

Work highlights

 

4 New Square Chambers is one of the UK’s leading sets of commercial barristers’ chambers.

The set: 4 New Square Chambers is a leading commercial barristers’ chambers based in Lincoln’s Inn, London and specialises in international and domestic commercial dispute resolution. Chambers has 87 independent barrister practitioners, of whom 33 are King’s Counsel. The size of Chambers and the range of experience of its members enables 4 New Square to put together balanced teams of counsel to suit the requirements of each individual case.  The set has numerous international as well as academic connections.

Types of work undertaken: Members are consistently recommended for all types of commercial disputes, often with an international element. The reputation of Chambers is particularly strong in relation to claims involving professionals and insurance work as well as in respect of construction disputes, costs, financial services and banking, international arbitration, product liability, sports law as well as regulatory public law and human rights law. Chambers’ expertise in professional liability covers the full range of claims against professionals, not just for negligence but for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of trust, and disciplinary and regulatory proceedings. All main professions are covered by chambers. Chambers has considerable experience in multi-party litigation in the context of civil fraud, product liability, professional negligence and disaster claims. In all those areas members of chambers appear as advocates in the courts and arbitrations at home and in overseas jurisdictions.

Publications: Many members have written or contributed to legal textbooks and other published works. Highlights include the following: ’Insurance Claims’ 2nd ed. 2016 written by Alison Padfield KC. ‘Jackson & Powell on Professional Liability’, written by members of the professional liability team, is in its 8th edition and remains a leading authority. Charles Phipps is author, with the late Lord Toulson SCJ, of ‘Confidentiality’ (2013) while Nicholas Bacon KC is a contributing editor of ‘Cook on Costs’ (2013) as well as Halsbury’s Laws of England.

Department Name Email Telephone
CEO and Senior Clerk Lizzy Stewart
Members of Chambers BACON KC, Nicholas (1992)
Members of Chambers HOUGH KC, Jonathan (1997)
Door Tenant JACKSON, Sir Rupert (1987)
Members of Chambers FENWICK KC, Justin (1980)
Members of Chambers ROSEN KC, Murray (1976)
Members of Chambers STEWART KC, Roger (1986)
Members of Chambers LAWRENCE KC, Patrick (1985)
Members of Chambers HALPERN KC, David (1978)
Members of Chambers McPHERSON KC, Graeme (1993)
Members of Chambers HUBBLE KC, Ben (1992)
Members of Chambers TURNER KC, David (1992)
Members of Chambers PATTEN KC, Ben (1986)
Members of Chambers NICHOLLS KC, Paul (1992)
Members of Chambers ELKINGTON KC, Ben (1996)
Members of Chambers FLETCHER KC, Nicholas (1982)
Members of Chambers JORY KC, Hugh (1992)
Members of Chambers CHAPMAN KC, Graham (1998)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMS KC, Benjamin (1994)
Members of Chambers HEXT KC, Neil (1995)
Members of Chambers SMITH KC, Jamie (1995)
Members of Chambers MITCHELL KC, Paul (1999)
Members of Chambers PADFIELD KC, Alison (1992)
Members of Chambers MARVEN KC, Robert (1994)
Members of Chambers SANDELLS KC, Nicole (1994)
Members of Chambers MIRCHANDANI KC, Siân (1997)
Members of Chambers SAOUL KC, Daniel (2008)
Members of Chambers MALLALIEU KC, Roger (1998)
Members of Chambers LIDDELL KC, Richard (1999)
Members of Chambers SAVAGE KC, Amanda (1999)
Members of Chambers DIXON KC, Clare (2002)
Members of Chambers SPALTON KC, George (2004)
Members of Chambers EVANS KC, Helen (2001)
Members of Chambers BRADLEY KC, Matthew (2004)
Members of Chambers CHERN, FCIArb, Dr Cyril (1972)
Door Tenant BELLHOUSE, John*
Members of Chambers PARKER, Paul (1986)
Members of Chambers EVANS, Hugh (1987)
Members of Chambers BURROUGHS, Nigel (1991)
Members of Chambers NICOL, Andrew (1991)
Members of Chambers PHIPPS, Charles (1982)
Members of Chambers SHALDON, Nicola (1994)
Door Tenant BENZ, Jeffrey (1994)*
Members of Chambers COWAN, Paul (1996)
Members of Chambers BOWMER, Michael (1997)
Members of Chambers ALLEN, Scott (2000)
Members of Chambers INNES, Stephen (2000)
Door Tenant BORLAND, Garry (2000)*
Members of Chambers TROMAN, Carl (2001)
Members of Chambers HARRIS, Miles (2003)
Members of Chambers CHELMICK, Tim (2004)
Members of Chambers O'BRIEN, Richard (2005)
Members of Chambers WOOD, Benjamin (2005)
Members of Chambers PATEL, Shail (2006)
Members of Chambers POTTS, Kendrah (2017) (Solicitor 2006)
Members of Chambers SAUNDERS, Hugh (2006)
Members of Chambers ASQUITH, Tom (2007)
Members of Chambers MCDONALD, George (2007)
Members of Chambers COLTER, Lucy (2008)
Members of Chambers OGDEN, Tom (2008)
Members of Chambers SHEPHERD, Tom (2008)
Members of Chambers NICHOLS, Lionel (2008)
Members of Chambers GREENWOOD, Christopher (2009)
Members of Chambers SMILEY, Ben (2009)
Members of Chambers BARTER, Isabel (2010)
Members of Chambers BROOMFIELD, Nicholas (2010)
Members of Chambers MANBY, Pippa (2010)
Members of Chambers WORBOYS, Jonathan (2010)
Members of Chambers FOWLER, Benjamin (2011)
Members of Chambers JONES, Anthony (2011)
Members of Chambers FISHER, Paul (2012)
Members of Chambers POURGHADIRI, Saaman (2012)
Members of Chambers WASZAK, Matthew (2012)
Members of Chambers O'KANE, Marie-Claire (2013)
Member of Chambers BARCLAY, Theo (2013)
Members of Chambers CULLEN, Mark (2013)
Members of Chambers STEER, Jack (2013)
Members of Chambers LAFFAN, Diarmuid (2014)
Members of Chambers TEASDALE, Simon (2015)
Members of Chambers HARMAN, William (2016)
Members of Chambers KIM, Seohyung (2016)
Members of Chambers ROOHANI, Usman (2016)
Members of Chambers ARCHER, Dr Benjamin (2017)
Members of Chambers DALY, Hannah (2017)
Members of Chambers MCDONALD, Ian (2017)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMS, John (2017)
Members of Chambers CUTHBERT, Samuel (2018)
Members of Chambers HADFIELD, Melody (2018)
Members of Chambers CHEUNG, Anson (2019)
Members of Chambers BINNEY, Carola (2019)
Members of Chambers EWING, Conor (2020)
Members of Chambers COOK, Will (2019)
Members of Chambers BIRCH, William (2021)
Members of Chambers GRIGG, Ed (2021)
Members of Chambers COCKERILL, Camilla (2022)
FORZANI, Alex (2022) (Solicitor 2017)
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Richard Liddell photo Richard Liddell Rick took silk in 2020. He has a wide-ranging practice with particular…
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Pippa Manby photo Pippa Manby Pippa has a broad commercial practice evenly spread across commercial disputes; professional…
Robert Marven photo Robert Marven Robert Marven is a specialist in all areas of costs law. He is…
George McDonald photo George McDonald George has extensive experience of commercial disputes with a real focus on…
Graeme McPherson photo Graeme McPherson Principal areas of practice are (1) professional liability (in particular claims involving…
Sian Mirchandani photo Sian Mirchandani Siân Mirchandani QC has established a broad commercial practice encompassing construction/engineering, professional…
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Andrew R Nicol photo Andrew R Nicol Barrister specialising in professional indemnity, banking, employment, general commercial; insurance/reinsurance.
Richard O Richard O"Brien KC Richard practises predominantly in the fields of commercial, professional negligence, and public…
Marie-Claire O'Kane photo Marie-Claire O'Kane Barrister practising in commercial litigation, international arbitration, professional liability, construction and public…
Thomas Ogden photo Thomas Ogden
Alison Padfield photo Alison Padfield Alison is a commercial silk with particular expertise in insurance and reinsurance,…
Paul A Parker photo Paul A Parker Barrister specialising in professional negligence, professional discipline, insurance, general chancery and commercial;…
Shail Patel KC photo Shail Patel KC A commercial litigation barrister with experience in financial services, insurance, professional indemnity…
Ben Patten photo Ben Patten Ben specialises in professional negligence, construction and commercial litigation with particular expertise in…
Charles Phipps photo Charles Phipps Barrister specialising in professional liability, disputes concerning confidentiality, and insurance.
Kendrah Potts photo Kendrah Potts Kendrah was called to the Bar after working as a solicitor for…
Saaman  Pourghadiri photo Saaman Pourghadiri Barrister, 4 New Square Chambers
Murray Rosen photo Murray Rosen Murray Rosen QC is an international arbitrator (qualified FCIArb) and mediator (accredited…
Nicole Sandells photo Nicole Sandells Nicole Sandells specialises in unjust enrichment, civil fraud, and equitable remedies and recoveries,…
Daniel Saoul photo Daniel Saoul
Hugh Saunders photo Hugh Saunders Hugh is ranked as a leading junior in construction, engineering and technology…
Amanda Savage photo Amanda Savage Practises across the range of chambers work, including commercial litigation and professional…
Nicola Shaldon photo Nicola Shaldon Barrister specialising in professional liability, construction and commercial litigation.
Tom Shepherd photo Tom Shepherd Barrister
Ben Smiley photo Ben Smiley Litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution in core areas: commercial, insurance, professional liability,…
Jamie Smith photo Jamie Smith Principal areas of practice are professional liability (with particular emphasis on auditors…
George Spalton photo George Spalton George’s practice falls into five principal areas: Commercial litigation, international commercial arbitration,…
Roger Stewart photo Roger Stewart Has a broad commercial practice with particular specialisation in international arbitration, insurance…
Simon Teasdale photo Simon Teasdale Simon has a specialist costs & litigation funding practice. In addition to…
Carl Troman photo Carl Troman Commercial litigation with particular emphasis on claims against professionals including solicitors, accountants,…
David Turner photo David Turner David specialises in commercial insurance and reinsurance as well as professional indemnity and…
Benjamin Williams photo Benjamin Williams Barrister with a common law and commercial practice, specialising in insurance related…
Benjamin Wood photo Benjamin Wood Practises in all core areas of chambers’ work, with a particular interest…
Jonathan Worboys photo Jonathan Worboys Jonathan has an international and domestic practice focusing on public international law,…
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COMPANY/FIRM: Mayer Brown International
TESTIMONIAL: 4 New Square is our ‘go to’ chambers for professional liability disputes, across the spectrum of professionals, including solicitors, actuaries, barristers and surveyors. They have a breadth of expertise and consistency in quality that is not matched at any other set, both in civil claims and in professional disciplinary matters. Increasingly, we also turn to 4 New Square for commercial fraud cases, and for their growing niche in costs and litigation funding. There is a nice, human touch to their clerking and support tea


COMPANY/FIRM: Clyde & Co LLP
TESTIMONIAL: The fact that my team uses 4 New Square more than any other Chambers probably speaks for itself, but it is for a combination of reasons. First the superb quality and range of the barristers, second the truly first class service provided by both them and the clerks and third the innate understanding of the market we operate within. Chambers appreciates the economics of working for Insurers and charges realistic rates accordingly which makes a real difference.


COMPANY/FIRM: DAC Beachcroft LLP
TESTIMONIAL: Both I and a number of my colleagues regularly instruct a number of barristers at all levels at 4 New Square and have done for some time.

They are our chambers of choice for professional indemnity and insurance work because of the quality of the work that they produce, their commitment to meeting deadlines and generally the overall cost effective and efficient, friendly service they provide.

We have found that at all times they cannot do enough to support us and work with us as a team. All of the barristers who we instruct are true experts in their field but the down to earth and helpful way in which they approach their instructions means that they are all, without exception, a pleasure to work with.


COMPANY/FIRM: Byrne & Partners
TESTIMONIAL: We use 4 New Square for our most complicated and difficult cases, particularly for fraud and off-shore issues. The clerks take a commercial approach and can be relied upon to organise the right expertise in an emergency.

The set has a lot of excellent advocates and strength in depth at the junior level. They are an excellent set: exceptional lawyers who also manage to be supportive and friendly.


COMPANY/FIRM: Ogier
TESTIMONIAL: We have been consistently impressed with the quality of the service we have received from 4 New Square – both in terms of the quality of the legal advice provided by the barrister team but also the efficient way in which the clerking team handles our inquiries. We have used counsel at all levels within chambers and on occasion we have needed a recommendation as to who within chambers is best placed to assist. Our matters have always been referred to counsel who have impressed and provided practical legal advice within (often short) timeframes that are helpful to our clients.