Stephen Innes > 4 New Square Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

4 New Square Chambers
4 New Square

Living Wage


Stephen’s practice is in commercial dispute resolution, with his main areas of specialism being professional liability, professional discipline/regulatory and costs. Experience of particular types of litigation, such in employment, personal injury, insurance, consumer credit and chancery, proves invaluable in the context of professional liability work.

A key area of expertise, on which Stephen lectures with Ben Patten QC, is property fraud claims against solicitors, involving in particular cyber and “Friday afternoon” fraud.

In costs, Stephen specialises in solicitor client disputes. He is frequently brought into large commercial litigation to deal with discrete costs issues such as budgeting and CCMCs, security for costs, third party costs and wasted costs orders.

Stephen is a member of the Executive Committee of the Professional Negligence Bar Association and a member of the London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association. Stephen is a Bencher of Gray’s Inn and an advocacy trainer. He is a member of the Wellbeing at the Bar Working Group.

Mediation and adjudication

Stephen Innes is an accredited mediator and conducts mediations in his specialist areas of professional liability and costs. He also carries out determinations in costs. He is a trained and accredited adjudicator, part of the PNBA’s panel.

Direct Access

Stephen accepts clients under the Bar’s direct access scheme, and further details can be found on his direct access website


In appropriate cases, Stephen accepts instructions under Conditional Fee Agreements.


Qualified 2000, Gray’s Inn.


Commercial Bar Association, Professional Negligence Bar Association.


Oundle School, Peterborough, 1993; New College, Oxford, (Classics, 1997); City University London (CPE 1999); ICSL (BVC, 2000).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Costs

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Stephen Innes4 New SquareStephen is very knowledgeable and quick to get to the crux of the matter. He has deep knowledge of costs law.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Stephen Innes4 New SquareGood knowledge, clearly a specialist and able to think creatively to assist his clients to achieve their aims.’