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Chambers of Mark Cannon QC
4 New Square

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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 [2016] EWHC 361 (Comm), E.Surv Limited v Goldsmith Williams [2015] EWCA Civ 1147, Mathiesen v Clintons [2013] 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

London Bar > Costs

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Shail Patel4 New SquareStrong comprehensive knowledge and capacity to see the bigger picture. Responsive and precise in his advice.

4 New Square is ‘a go-to set for all matter of costs’. Its members’ litigation and advisory work spans from solicitor-client matters to public funding disputes and leading mass consumer class actions. Examples of the latter are Nicholas Bacon QC‘s Merricks v Mastercard case, the first of its kind before English courts, and the Volkswagen emissions litigation, where he also acted together with leading junior Shail Patel. Benjamin Williams QC was involved in a number of personal-injury-related costs cases on the issue of the new Qualified One Way Costs Shifting regime. New silk Roger Mallalieu QC has successfully acted on Cham v Aldred, a case now with a pending application to appeal to the Supreme Court, concerning counsels’ fees for approval hearings in fixed costs cases. Also of note, the set provides a highly appreciated costs training and networking programme for solicitors which is ‘one of the most interesting and thought-provoking events around’.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Shail Patel4 New SquareHe has phenomenal attention to detail and beautifully crafts his pleaded case. He is responsive and collaborative, and takes initiative to improve our clients’ position.

4 New Square ‘is one of the go-to sets for professional negligence work‘, and is highlighted for its ‘tremendous strength in depth‘, with ‘a wide range of excellent barristers available to assist‘. The ‘approachable and user-friendly‘ set is experienced in cases involving professionals from across the spectrum. Highlights include Roger Stewart QC representing the defendant in Mayr and others v CMS Cameron McKenna, a high-value solicitors’ negligence claim, and Jamie Smith QC and Shail Patel defending a City investment firm in Various Investors v Canaccord Genuity, relating to the alleged mis-selling of film finance schemes. In addition, Clare Dixon appeared in the Court of Appeal in Matthew v Sedman, which involved a claim against accountants.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Shail Patel4 New SquareFantastically approachable and commercial, the go-to barrister for legal issues of a quirky nature.

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Shail Patel4 New SquareFantastically approachable and commercial – the go-to barrister for legal issues of a quirky nature.

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Shail Patel4 New SquareShail is a star. He is really easy to work with, he turns around matters quickly, has a great way of explaining challenging concepts to clients and assisting them to assess risk in a pragmatic and commercial way.