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Shail has a broad commercial disputes practice with particular emphasis on financial services, insurance, professional liability work and costs. He is ranked in the leading directories in his areas of interest. Shail prides himself on being able to quickly identify the heart of a dispute and provide practical and commercial advice leading to its resolution. Recent reported cases in which Shail has appeared include Orb and ors v Fiddler and Anciano  EWHC 361 (Comm), E.Surv Limited v Goldsmith Williams  EWCA Civ 1147, Mathiesen v Clintons  EWHC 3056.
A commercial litigation barrister with experience in financial services, insurance, professional indemnity and costs. Shail also acts in construction and property damage cases.
Qualified 2006; Inner Temple.
Harvard Law School, LLM (2004-05). Merton College, Oxford (BA); ranked 2nd in year (2001-2004). Merchant Taylors School Northwood.
Shail’s main interests are rock climbing and spending time with friends and family.
Lawyer Rankings(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2
Shail Patel – 4 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.’
A a leading player in insurance and reinsurance work 4 New Square is a ‘go-to chambers for its excellence of barristers and depth of skilled counsel‘. In a case brought under the Financial Markets Test Case Scheme by the FCA to establish the response of non-damage business interruption insurance extensions to the COVID-19 pandemic, David Turner KC led 2021-appointed silk Clare Dixon KC, and senior juniors Shail Patel and Anthony Jones, in the set’s representation of Royal & Sun Alliance. Elsewhere in chambers, Alison Padfield KC‘s advice is sought in relation to the insurance or reinsurance aspects of high-profile incidents, recent examples including the Grenfell Tower disaster, as well as the insurance issues surrounding COVID-19. Additional growth at the top end saw Helen Evans KC take silk in the 2022 round.
An ‘excellent set with a speciality in costs‘, 4 New Square is ‘a collection of barristers operating in the modern era‘ that are frequently seen in Supreme Court and Court of Appeal costs cases, with representation from silk to junior level. October 2021 saw the conclusion of Ho v Adelekun, the leading Supreme Court appeal case on the question of qualified one-way costs shifting and set-off of costs. The set had representation on both sides, including renowned costs silk Nicholas Bacon KC for Ho, and Roger Mallalieu KC acting for the successful appellant. Benjamin Williams KC also acted in that appeal for the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and in another appeal heard in October 2021, represented the former in GEHC v Rosenblatt, the longest ever costs trial relating to alleged misconduct by a commercial firm of solicitors. In another long-running costs assessment Vik v Deutsche Bank, Pippa Manby led by Bacon KC, was on the opposing side to Williams; her busy costs practice has her instructed in inter partes disputes and solicitor-client disputes in the County Courts, High Court and Senior Courts Costs Office. Daniel Saoul KC has a strong costs litigation practice and particular experience offshore, while Robert Marven KC is often brought into major group and commercial litigation on specific costs issues. Matthew Waszak joined the set from Temple Garden Chambers in March 2022 and adds to an impressive crop of juniors that includes regular sole costs counsel George McDonald, and Shail Patel, whose established commercial practice means he can advise on costs issues and take the lead in costs arguments as part of substantial commercial cases.
Shail Patel –4 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.’(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3 (Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1
Shail Patel –4 New Square ‘Very good on the technical side, with the level of rigour on the details that you would expect. Works very well as part of a team, and is excellent with clients. A measured advocacy style, Shail\’s ability to adapt his approach to reflect the difference preferences of the Bench is impressive.’