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Chambers of Mark Cannon QC
4 New Square
LINCOLN'S INN
LONDON
WC2A 3RJ
England

Living Wage

Fraud: civil

Leading Silks

Justin Fenwick QC - 4 New SquareA razor-sharp intellect and as a strategist he is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 2
Graham Chapman QC - 4 New SquareIncredibly user friendly and very down to earth, approachable and has a wonderful brain.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

Daniel Saoul QC - 4 New SquareTechnically excellent and very user friendly – he creates solutions to complex problems.

Costs Tier 1

'Quite simply the number one costs set', 4 New Square is the 'first place to look for competent costs counsel'. Its members are often instructed in high-profile cases, including those in the appellate courts. In recent examples, Robert Marven QC acted for the successful claimant in Plevin v Paragon Personal Finance Ltd, a Supreme Court appeal that considered LASPO transitional provisions, and Roger Mallalieu represented the successful claimant in Tuson v Murphy, a Court of Appeal case concerning a costs penalty on a dishonest claimant which had accepted a Part 36 offer. In a 14-day hearing in the Central London County Court, Pippa Manby acted for costs draftsmen in Jagjit Bamrah v (1) Gempride Limited and (2) Lawlords of London Limited, an appeal relating to a misconduct application made against a solicitor.  

Leading Silks

Nicholas Bacon QC - 4 New SquareA formidable advocate. His ability to cross-examine sets the standard for all to follow.
Ranked: Tier 1
Benjamin Williams QC - 4 New SquareExceptionally bright and very thorough – a standout advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1

2018 Silks

Robert Marven QC - 4 New SquareVery capable at analysing complex, detailed assessment proceedings and understanding strategy.

2019 Silks

Daniel Saoul QC - 4 New SquareA great team player and very bright.

Leading Juniors

Roger Mallalieu - 4 New SquareThe best costs advocate of the junior Bar.
Ranked: Tier 1
Shail Patel - 4 New SquareMasters the detail of costs cases without losing sight of the commercial purpose.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stephen Innes - 4 New SquareA reliable, calming presence; appears unflappable throughout unfolding litigation.
Ranked: Tier 3
George McDonald - 4 New SquareExtremely strong on paper and brilliant on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 3
Timothy Chelmick - 4 New SquareA fantastic junior with a bright future ahead of him.
Ranked: Tier 4
Pippa Manby - 4 New SquareShe has a level of expertise that far exceeds her year of call.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ben Smiley - 4 New SquareA good advocate, and a rising star.
Ranked: Tier 4

Professional negligence Tier 1

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.

Leading Silks

Nicholas Davidson QC - 4 New SquareHe is a class act with tremendous presence and gravitas in court.
Ranked: Tier 1
Justin Fenwick QC - 4 New SquareA supreme strategist.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ben Hubble QC - 4 New SquareHe is unflappable and inspires confidence.
Ranked: Tier 1
Patrick Lawrence QC - 4 New SquareHugely intelligent and eloquent both in written and oral advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 1
Graeme McPherson QC - 4 New SquareVery user-friendly.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jamie Smith QC - 4 New SquareRidiculously hardworking, very perceptive, highly focused and thoroughly charming.
Ranked: Tier 1
Roger Stewart QC - 4 New SquareA superb courtroom advocate, with a deft and commanding style.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark Cannon QC - 4 New SquareHe is razor sharp.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ben Elkington QC - 4 New SquareVery tenacious and a relentless advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Halpern QC - 4 New SquareExceptionally bright and unflappable.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ben Patten QC - 4 New SquareExcellent judgement and very easy to deal with.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Turner QC - 4 New SquareHe is an excellent cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 2
Graham Chapman QC - 4 New SquareHe is ferociously clever.
Ranked: Tier 3
Graham Eklund QC - 4 New SquareHe is very capable.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Hough QC - 4 New SquareA charming, persuasive and polished advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Neil Hext QC - 4 New SquareTackles difficult issues and difficult clients with aplomb.
Ranked: Tier 4
Paul Mitchell QC - 4 New SquareHas an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law.
Ranked: Tier 4

2018 Silks

Alison Padfield QC - 4 New SquareExtremely user-friendly.
Nicole Sandells QC - 4 New SquareShe immerses herself in the case and always brings insight to the matter.

2019 Silks

Siân Mirchandani QC - 4 New SquareProvides easy to understand advice in a timely fashion.
Daniel Saoul QC - 4 New SquareHe is very approachable.

Leading Juniors

Hugh Evans - 4 New SquareHe doesn’t pull his punches when a robust approach is needed.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Liddell - 4 New SquareHe is a team player and is excellent on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 1
Charles Phipps - 4 New SquareHe combines formidable learning and technical expertise with an acute sense of how judges are likely to respond in practice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Amanda Savage - 4 New SquareBright, engaging and smart.
Ranked: Tier 1
Alex Hall Taylor - 4 New SquareHe is exceptionally talented.
Ranked: Tier 1
Scott Allen - 4 New SquareVery friendly, professional and approachable.
Ranked: Tier 1
Timothy Chelmick - 4 New SquareHe is able to cut through the extraneous information and drill down into the very essence of cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Helen Evans - 4 New SquareShe is meticulous and thorough in her approach to cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Miles Harris - 4 New SquareAll that he does is measured, wise and calm.
Ranked: Tier 2
Carl Troman - 4 New SquareHe is good at getting to the nub of a case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Clare Dixon - 4 New SquareShe is firm, incisive and has the ear of the court.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Nicol - 4 New SquareHe has in-depth experience across a range of professional negligence disputes.
Ranked: Tier 3
Shail Patel - 4 New SquareHe has a tremendous ability to absorb a huge amount of detail and to bring it together in an incredibly concise and articulate manner.
Ranked: Tier 3
George Spalton - 4 New SquareHe is a brilliant advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Benjamin Wood - 4 New SquareHe has excellent judgement and he is a first-rate advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Bowmer - 4 New SquareA very thorough and intellectually strong barrister.
Ranked: Tier 4
Lucy Colter - 4 New SquareShe has a great ability to talk to the lay clients in a way that they both understand and like.
Ranked: Tier 4
Stephen Innes - 4 New SquareThoughtful and industrious.
Ranked: Tier 4
Paul Parker - 4 New SquareExtremely knowledgeable and experienced.
Ranked: Tier 4
Tom Asquith - 4 New SquareHe gets involved in the detail yet retains the ability to work on strategic issues taking a commercial view.
Ranked: Tier 5
Nicholas Broomfield - 4 New SquareHe is thorough in his approach whilst being commercial and practical with his advice.
Ranked: Tier 5
Christopher Greenwood - 4 New SquareA really skilled strategist and a valuable team player.
Ranked: Tier 5
Pippa Manby - 4 New SquareBright, responsive, down to earth, and user-friendly.
Ranked: Tier 5
Thomas Ogden - 4 New SquareAn astute judge of where the strengths and weaknesses of a case lie.
Ranked: Tier 5
Ben Smiley - 4 New SquareA really reliable and very capable junior barrister.
Ranked: Tier 5
Benjamin Fowler - 4 New SquareTechnically gifted both in writing and orally.
Ranked: Tier 6
Tom Shepherd - 4 New SquareHe is willing to give decisive advice.
Ranked: Tier 6

Insurance and reinsurance Tier 2

4 New Square has 'good strength-in-depth' for insurance and reinsurance disputes, is 'outstanding on professional negligence disputes', and has a 'good number of excellent general insurance counsel' boasting an 'excellent blend of technical ability, approachability and commerciality of service delivery'. Coverage dispute Europools v RSA, which involved Ben Elkington QC, Jonathan Hough QC and George Spalton, was a notable matter for the set. Elsewhere, Graham Eklund QC appeared in Spire Healthcare v RSA which upheld a judgment in favour of insurers on whether numerous claims arising from the misconduct of a consultant breast surgeon fell to be aggregated under a policy of liability insurance. Neil Hext QC successfully acted for the defendant insurance broker in the Court of Appeal in Channon v Ward.

Leading Silks

Mark Cannon QC - 4 New SquareHe is a highly regarded silk.
Ranked: Tier 3
Graham Eklund QC - 4 New SquareA fine and rigorous eye for detail and an enormously calm but determined presence in consultation and in court.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ben Elkington QC - 4 New SquareAn exceptional advocate who is quick on his feet and has a great rapport with judges.
Ranked: Tier 3
Justin Fenwick QC - 4 New SquareFerociously intelligent and very useful when there is a tricky and complicated plot to unravel.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Turner QC - 4 New SquareHe is intellectually first-class and has unrivalled knowledge of insurance law.
Ranked: Tier 3
Graeme McPherson QC - 4 New SquareHe is a brilliant advocate with a fantastic eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 4
Roger Stewart QC - 4 New SquareHe is a formidable advocate with an impressive courtroom style.
Ranked: Tier 4
Neil Hext QC - 4 New SquareStraightforward, highly analytical and impressive on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 5
Jonathan Hough QC - 4 New SquareHe stands out for his intellect and ability to grasp the issues very quickly.
Ranked: Tier 5
Ben Hubble QC - 4 New SquareHe is able to get to the heart of the issues quickly; his advice is measured, practical and commercial.
Ranked: Tier 5
Jamie Smith QC - 4 New SquareHe quickly soaks up all the detail utilising a methodical approach to produce a first-class result.
Ranked: Tier 5

2018 Silks

Alison Padfield QC - 4 New SquareA guru on insurance law and coverage matters.

Leading Juniors

Clare Dixon - 4 New SquareA formidable opponent because of her robust style in written and oral advocacy and in negotiations.
Ranked: Tier 3
Helen Evans - 4 New SquareShe is able to cut through large volumes of material and get to the nub of the problem.
Ranked: Tier 3
Amanda Savage - 4 New SquareShe is clever and incisive.
Ranked: Tier 3
Shail Patel - 4 New SquareHe is excellent on his feet and very responsive.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ben Smiley - 4 New SquareHe provides clear, practical advice that goes to the root of the matter and is targeted to meet the aims of the client.
Ranked: Tier 4
George Spalton - 4 New SquareTerrific on his feet and very calm under pressure.
Ranked: Tier 4
Nicholas Broomfield - 4 New SquareHe is creative and good at thinking out of the box.
Ranked: Tier 4
Miles Harris - 4 New SquareExtremely client-focused, very friendly and open to deal with.
Ranked: Tier 4

IT and telecoms Tier 2

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Silks

Roger Stewart QC - 4 New SquareA brilliant barrister with the ability to cut to the chase and analyse the essence of any issue.
Ranked: Tier 4

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Juniors

Thomas Ogden - 4 New SquareAn efficient and responsive barrister.
Ranked: Tier 2

International arbitration: arbitrators Tier 2

Nicholas Fletcher QC - 4 New SquareA well-rounded, excellent lawyer and arbitrator; a pleasure to work with.

Consumer Tier 2

Leading Silks

Jonathan Hough QC - 4 New SquareRecommended for his intellectual prowess and excellent court skills.
Ranked: Tier 2
Benjamin Williams QC - 4 New SquareVery approachable and collaborative while also being ferociously intelligent.
Ranked: Tier 2

Inquests and inquiries Tier 2

Leading Silks

Jonathan Hough QC - 4 New SquareHis preparation is meticulous, his advocacy is incisive, his attention to detail is superb and his thought process is unchallengeable.
Ranked: Tier 2

Professional disciplinary and regulatory law Tier 2

At 4 New Square, which is notably strong in handling work from the accountancy, financial, legal, and actuarial professions, Jamie Smith QC represented Deloitte in a high-profile judicial review concerning R (Lewin) v FRC and issues around the practice of 'Maxwellisation', which concerned whether third parties impacted by regulatory decisions can be permitted to respond to adverse comments about them prior publication, thereby limiting potential reputational damage. Before the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Scott Allen successfully defended an accountant accused of dishonesty. The case raised important issues about the way in which dishonesty must be alleged and proven before disciplinary tribunals.

Leading Silks

Ben Hubble QC - 4 New SquareA disarmingly persuasive leader in the field.
Ranked: Tier 1
Patrick Lawrence QC - 4 New SquareAn approachable and eloquent silk.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jamie Smith QC - 4 New SquareA talented advocate, immensely hardworking and tactically astute.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicholas Bacon QC - 4 New SquareHis practice includes Bar and solicitors cases.
Ranked: Tier 4
Graeme McPherson QC - 4 New SquareHe has encyclopaedic knowledge of the papers and a sharp focus on the key issues of a case.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

Siân Mirchandani QC - 4 New SquareHer calm and authoritative manner inspires confidence in clients.

Leading Juniors

Paul Parker - 4 New SquareConcise, considered and pragmatic.
Ranked: Tier 3
Scott Allen - 4 New SquareVery personable with a meticulous eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 3
Helen Evans - 4 New SquareAn extremely bright junior who easily inspires clients' confidence.
Ranked: Tier 4
George Spalton - 4 New SquareHe is excellent on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 4

Sport Tier 2

A set with a 'a very good reputation in the sports field', 4 New Square is active in sports discipline and anti-doping matters. 2019 silk appointment Daniel Saoul QC represented then-Toronto Wolfpack rugby league player Ryan Bailey, who was found to not be at fault for refusing a post-match drug test; the player suspected that bottles of water provided by the Canadian anti-doping authorities may have been interfered with. Kendrah Potts acted as sole counsel defending England cricketer Alex Hales in ECB disciplinary proceedings after his highly publicised involvement in a brawl after he and team-mate Ben Stokes intervened in a homophobic attack; Stokes was acquitted of affray in a criminal case arising from the same incident. Notably, a number of the set's members have experience of elite sport themselves –Saoul QC is a former elite rowing cox, Graeme McPherson QC has had success as a race horse trainer, and Diarmuid Laffan is a former U21 Ireland rugby union international loose forward.

Leading Silks

Graeme McPherson QC - 4 New SquareVery knowledgeable, and good to work with at a senior level.
Ranked: Tier 1

2019 Silks

Daniel Saoul QC - 4 New SquareExcellent strategically, he integrates himself seamlessly into the team.

Leading Juniors

Kendrah Potts - 4 New SquareA brilliant advocate, able to drill into the key points with ease.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Liddell - 4 New SquareExcellent at assessing the best strategic options.
Ranked: Tier 2
Pippa Manby - 4 New SquareAn excellent junior civil barrister.
Ranked: Tier 2
Diarmuid Laffan - 4 New SquareHis approach is incredibly professional and very strategic, distilling matters for lay clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ben Smiley - 4 New SquareAn emotionally intelligent advocate who can adapt his style when necessary.
Ranked: Tier 4
George Spalton - 4 New SquareAdept at managing difficult situations and can be relied upon to keep demanding clients happy.
Ranked: Tier 4

Construction Tier 3

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.

Leading Silks

Roger Stewart QC - 4 New SquareExcellent strategic instincts and wonderful advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark Cannon QC - 4 New SquareExtremely clever and can cut through difficult issues with speed and ease.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ben Patten QC - 4 New SquareEloquent and bright, very good in conference with clients
Ranked: Tier 3
Justin Fenwick QC - 4 New SquareA strong cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 5

2019 Silks

Sian Mirchandani QC - 4 New SquareTenacious, with a sharp and incisive legal mind.

Leading Juniors

Paul Cowan - 4 New SquareHas great attention to contractual details and an ability to find the right thread to attack.
Ranked: Tier 3
Timothy Chelmick - 4 New SquareA good advocate and client-friendly.
Ranked: Tier 4
Cyril Chern - 4 New SquareHis scalpel like cross-examination and advocacy have often won the day
Ranked: Tier 4
Lucy Colter - 4 New SquareDestined to be one of the stars of the Bar.
Ranked: Tier 4
Richard Liddell - 4 New SquareA very able courtroom performer and shrewd tactician.
Ranked: Tier 4
George McDonald - 4 New SquareCombines an exceptional intellect with an approachable manner.
Ranked: Tier 4
Hugh Saunders - 4 New SquareA class act, great on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 4

Insolvency Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Tom Shepherd - 4 New SquareTech savvy with his no-paper approach to litigation; very user-friendly.
Ranked: Tier 3

Public international law Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Can Yeginsu - 4 New SquareCombines acute business sense with a thorough knowledge of English and international law.
Ranked: Tier 3

Financial services regulation Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Tom Asquith - 4 New SquareTechnically strong and applies his advice in a practical manner.
Ranked: Tier 3
Shail Patel - 4 New SquareExcellent – confident in the delivery of his views but has a collaborative and open style.
Ranked: Tier 3

Administrative and public law (including local government) Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Can Yeginsu - 4 New SquareParticularly known in the area of freedom of expression.
Ranked: Tier 3
Richard O'Brien - 4 New SquareA very strong junior with a crisp and impressive writing style.
Ranked: Tier 3

EU Law Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Jonathan Worboys - 4 New SquareSilks appreciate the way he sparks off ideas.
Ranked: Tier 3

Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Anthony Jones - 4 New SquareImpressive with clients and skilled at finding a compromise when dealing with different perspectives.
Ranked: Tier 3
Can Yeginsu - 4 New SquareProfound knowledge of freedom of expression and the quality of his work is superb.
Ranked: Tier 3

Pensions Tier 3

Leading Silks

Ben Hubble QC - 4 New SquareVery good on the formulation of case strategy and an impressive ability to get to grips quickly with factual complexity.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Nigel Burroughs - 4 New SquareTechnically very strong, especially in interpreting complex trust deeds.
Ranked: Tier 4

Employment Tier 3

Leading Silks

Paul Nicholls QC - 4 New SquareExcellent at digesting information quickly and pulling out the pertinent points.
Ranked: Tier 3

Offshore Tier 3

An 'approachable and friendly set' that is 'more accessible than quite a few of the Chancery sets', 4 New Square handles a mixture of work in the offshore space, with a stronger focus than others on professional regulatory proceedings and negligence claims against auditors and other professionals, on top of the typical company and insolvency matters. Justin Fenwick QC continues to represent the liquidators of Stanford Bank in Antiguan proceedings against two international law firms following the collapse of the notorious Ponzi scheme. Graham Chapman QC represented a defendant fund manager in a case in the Isle of Man, and represents a law firm in professional negligence case in the Cayman Islands.

Leading Silks

Justin Fenwick QC - 4 New SquareA very experience silk with a bulldog style; impressive for clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Graham Chapman QC - 4 New SquareVery smart, incisive and effective.
Ranked: Tier 3
Graeme McPherson QC - 4 New SquareHis input into strategy demonstrates a robust and adaptable command of the tribunal process.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Nigel Burroughs - 4 New SquareIncredibly bright, with a wealth of knowledge and experience in Chancery work.
Ranked: Tier 2
George Spalton - 4 New SquareHe adds value by offering strategic and tactical advice that takes in to account client objectives.
Ranked: Tier 2
Lucy Colter - 4 New SquareA very good junior – she thoroughly researches her cases.
Ranked: Tier 3

Commercial litigation Tier 4

A 'great set' with 'several heavyweights and rising stars', 4 New Square is an increasingly popular destination for the City's top litigation firms and practices, thanks to its impressive range of experienced silks and hungry juniors. Recently, Justin Fenwick QC and Graham Chapman QC represented Oleg Deripaska and Lolita Danilina respectively in their dispute with Vladimir Chernukhin and others in a major trial before the Commercial Court. Lucy Colter was Fenwick's junior on the case.

Leading Silks

Justin Fenwick QC - 4 New SquareA powerhouse litigator.
Ranked: Tier 3
Graham Chapman QC - 4 New SquareA first-class silk – incredibly user friendly and very down to earth, he has a wonderful brain.
Ranked: Tier 5
Ben Elkington QC - 4 New SquareVery bright, good humoured and great to work with in a pressured situation.
Ranked: Tier 5

2018 Silks

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

Leading Juniors

Matthew Bradley - 4 New SquareNothing less than Superman in cross-examination and mediation.
Ranked: Tier 3
George Spalton - 4 New SquareBeyond well prepared and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of his files.
Ranked: Tier 3
Shail Patel - 4 New SquareExcellent – he has a very calm style which is helpful when dealing with complex issues.
Ranked: Tier 4
Can Yeginsu - 4 New SquareVery impressive and intelligent, and clearly communicates the legal and litigation strategy.
Ranked: Tier 4
Lucy Colter - 4 New SquareDestined to be one of the stars of the English Bar – she is extremely bright, personable and tactically incisive.
Ranked: Tier 5

International arbitration: counsel Tier 4

4 New Square is a 'set to watch' and 'clearly growing as a force in both public international law and international arbitration', according to instructing solicitors. The set is especially strong at the senior junior end, with several barristers who are making strong names for themselves, including Can Yeginsu who was lead counsel for Turkmenistan in the ICSID dispute SECE Insaat v Turkmenistan.

Leading Silks

Roger Stewart QC - 4 New SquareA brilliant advocate – no praise is too high.
Ranked: Tier 2

2019 Silks

Daniel Saoul QC - 4 New SquareTechnically excellent and has an excellent feel for a case, he is exceptionally good to work with.

Leading Juniors

Dr Cyril Chern - 4 New SquareAn exemplary advocate as well as an absolutely excellent strategist.
Ranked: Tier 2
George Spalton - 4 New SquareA real team player with a very reassuring client manner.
Ranked: Tier 2
Timothy Chelmick - 4 New SquareMy preferred senior junior for international arbitration – he is incredibly good value and hardworking.
Ranked: Tier 3
Matthieu Gregoire - 4 New SquareThorough and detailed and has a comprehensive knowledge of the law.
Ranked: Tier 3
Can Yeginsu - 4 New SquareHe combines exceptional judgement with an encyclopaedic knowledge of commercial and investment arbitration.
Ranked: Tier 3

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Tom Asquith - 4 New SquareExtremely bright, has a charming manner with clients and is a strong advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4

Property litigation Tier 4

Leading Silks

David Halpern QC - 4 New SquareFantastic at property-related professional negligence.
Ranked: Tier 4

Product liability Tier 4

A 'very strong set' with 'strength in depth', 4 New Square has developed a notable product liability practice, predominantly on the defence side. In recent work worthy of note, Matthew Bradley was instructed to defend various claims against consultant surgeons in the combination hip prosthesis litigation, and Graham Eklund QC was instructed to defend a crane hire company in Wind Management Limited v Weldex International (Offshore) Limited and Alstom Power Ltd, and Eklund acted for Weldex, a case concerning a crane which failed and toppled over, causing loss and damage of £5m.

Leading Silks

Graham Eklund QC - 4 New SquareReliable, approachable and well-liked by clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Justin Fenwick QC - 4 New SquareA very experienced product liability silk.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Turner QC - 4 New SquareControls the most complex of cases with thorough tactical oversight and never misses trick.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Matthew Bradley - 4 New SquareA confident advocate; strong on paper with an eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 3

Company and partnership Tier 5

Company - Leading Juniors

Matthew Bradley - 4 New SquareHe demonstrates excellent commercial know-how which appeals to clients.
Ranked: Tier 5

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

4 New Square is home to Hugh Jory QC following his 2018 move from Enterprise Chambers, and he has maintained his presence in the North East. In Alex Reid Ltd v Walker and Lambourne, he acted for the claimant company in a breach of duty claim against a former managing director and a senior sales employee, who diverted business opportunities and set up a competing business.

Leading Silks

Hugh Jory QC - 4 New SquareA go-to for insolvency and commercial cases.
Ranked: Tier 1

Set overviews: England and Wales

The doyen’ of professional negligence sets, 4 New Square stands ‘head and shoulders above similar chambers’ with ‘good bench strength and some excellent leaders’. It also has ‘strength in depth from junior to silk level’ in professional indemnity and insurance policy coverage issues, and is ‘fast becoming one of the leading sets in sports law’, according to instructing solicitors. The ‘well-respected' sports law practice was ‘boosted' by Kendrah Potts’s arrival from Mishcon de Reya LLP last year, while the international arbitration practice has been strengthened with the arrival of Jonathan Worboys from Henderson Chambers and Jordan-based senior advocate Aiman Odeh, who has joined as a door tenant. Also of note, Siân Mirchandani QC and Daniel Saoul QC took silk in 2019. The ‘dynamic’ chambers also has a ‘very effective and responsive clerking team’ which exhibits a ‘can-do attitude’ and is ‘a significant part of the set's offering’. The ‘highly responsive, pragmatic, and sensible’ team is headed by ‘terrific’ CEO and senior clerk Lizzy Stewart and deputy senior clerks Alex Dolby (‘reliable and efficient’) and Dennis Peck (‘knows the ropes’), who together are all ‘first rate’; ‘nothing is too much for them’ and ‘the service provided by the clerks is one of the reasons chambers is a cut above the rest’. Special mention is also due Andrew Call who ‘provides a fantastic client service’. The clerking team has been strengthened with the arrival of Adam Marr from 7BR. Offices in: London

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

4 New Square is home to Hugh Jory QC following his 2018 move from Enterprise Chambers, and he has maintained his presence in the North East. In Alex Reid Ltd v Walker and Lambourne, he acted for the claimant company in a breach of duty claim against a former managing director and a senior sales employee, who diverted business opportunities and set up a competing business.

Leading Silks

Hugh Jory QC - 4 New SquareA go-to for insolvency and commercial cases.
Ranked: Tier 1

 

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

The set: 4 New Square is a leading commercial barristers’ chambers based in Lincoln’s Inn, London and specialises in international and domestic commercial dispute resolution. Chambers has 81 independent barrister practitioners, of whom 27 are Queen’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 QC. ‘Jackson & Powell on Professional Liability’, written by members of the professional liability team, is in its 8th edition and remains a leading authority. Head of Chambers, Mark Cannon QC is the co-author of ‘Cannon & McGurk on Professional Indemnity Insurance’ 2nd ed. (2016). Charles Phipps is author, with the late Lord Toulson SCJ, of ‘Confidentiality’ (2013) while Nicholas Bacon QC is a contributing editor of ‘Cook on Costs’ (2013) as well as Halsbury’s Laws of England. Can Yeginsu is co-author of ‘The Protections for Religious Rights: Law and Practice’ (2013).

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior clerk Lizzy Stewart
Members of Chambers CANNON QC, Mark (1985)
Door Tenant JACKSON, Sir Rupert (1987)&
Members of Chambers DAVIDSON QC, Nicholas (1974)
Members of Chambers FENWICK QC, Justin (1980)
Members of Chambers ROSEN QC, Murray (1976)
Members of Chambers STEWART QC, Roger (1986)
Members of Chambers EKLUND QC, Graham (1984)
Members of Chambers LAWRENCE QC, Patrick (1985)
Members of Chambers HALPERN QC, David (1978)
Members of Chambers McPHERSON QC, Graeme (1993)
Members of Chambers HUBBLE QC, Ben (1992)
Members of Chambers TURNER QC, David (1992)
Members of Chambers PATTEN QC, Ben (1986)
Members of Chambers BACON QC, Nicholas (1992)
Members of Chambers ELKINGTON QC, Ben (1996)
Members of Chambers FLETCHER QC, Nicholas (1982)
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Members of Chambers HOUGH QC, Jonathan (1997)
Members of Chambers CHAPMAN QC, Graham (1998)
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Members of Chambers MCDONALD, Ian (2017)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMS, John (2017)
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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.