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Chambers of Mark Cannon QC
4 New Square

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Principal areas of practice are: insurance and reinsurance; professional liability; commercial and consumer law; administrative law (including inquiries). Insurance work ranges from substantial coverage disputes to litigation and arbitration between insurers, reinsurers, brokers and coverholders. Experienced with most classes of risk and in non-contentious drafting work. Professional liability practice covers mainly solicitors, barristers, financial professionals, insurance brokers and surveyors / valuers. Public law practice includes judicial review and advisory work covering local government, professional discipline and commercial regulation. Special expertise in the law relating to public inquiries and inquests, and experienced as counsel to the inquiry (London Bridge Attack; Westminster Bridge Attack; Hillsborough Stadium Disaster; the Princess of Wales; de Menezes; Potters Bar and Grayrigg rail disasters; explosion on HMS Tireless). Important recent cases include: Euro Pools plc v RSA [2019] EWCA Civ 808; R (Maughan) v Oxfordshire Coroner [2019] EWCA Civ 809; PM Law v Motorplus [2018] EWCA Civ 1730; Accident Exchange v McLean [2018] 4 WLR 26; Weir Services Australia v AXA CS [2017] Lloyd’s Rep IR 50; McBride v UK Insurance [2017] Lloyd’s Rep IR 352; Denning v Greenhalgh Financial Services [2017] PNLR 19; Coles v Hetherton (RSA motor insurance lead cases) [2015] 1 WLR 160.


Called 1997. QC 2014.




Educated at Bradford Grammar School and St Hugh’s College Oxford (first in classics). Queen Mother scholar, Middle Temple. Graded outstanding on Bar course.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 5

Jonathan Hough QC4 New SquareHe stands out for his intellect and ability to grasp the issues very quickly.

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.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Jonathan Hough QC4 New SquareA charming, persuasive and polished advocate.

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.

London Bar > Consumer

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Jonathan Hough QC4 New SquareRecommended for his intellectual prowess and excellent court skills.

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Jonathan Hough QC4 New SquareHis preparation is meticulous, his advocacy is incisive, his attention to detail is superb and his thought process is unchallengeable.