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Chambers of Mark Cannon QC

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London Bar

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

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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
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

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Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
Leading Juniors

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

Ranked: tier 4

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

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

4 New Square

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

Ben Elkington QC - 4 New SquareVery bright, good humoured and great to work with in a pressured situation.

Ranked: tier 5

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
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.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

George Spalton - 4 New SquareBeyond well prepared and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of his files.

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Bradley - 4 New SquareNothing less than Superman in cross-examination and mediation.

Ranked: tier 3

Can Yeginsu - 4 New SquareVery impressive and intelligent, and clearly communicates the legal and litigation strategy.

Ranked: tier 4

Shail Patel - 4 New SquareExcellent – he has a very calm style which is helpful when dealing with complex issues.

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

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Company and partnership
Company - Leading juniors

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

Ranked: tier 5

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Construction
Construction - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

4 New Square

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

Ben Patten QC - 4 New SquareEloquent and bright, very good in conference with clients

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Cannon QC - 4 New SquareExtremely clever and can cut through difficult issues with speed and ease.

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.

Ranked: tier 1
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

Simon Hale - 4 New SquareHighly perceptive, intelligent and focused.

Ranked: tier 3

Cyril Chern - 4 New SquareHis scalpel like cross-examination and advocacy have often won the day

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

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

Timothy Chelmick - 4 New SquareA good advocate and client-friendly.

Ranked: tier 4

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Consumer
Leading Silks

Benjamin Williams QC - 4 New SquareVery approachable and collaborative while also being ferociously intelligent.

Ranked: tier 2

Jonathan Hough QC - 4 New SquareRecommended for his intellectual prowess and excellent court skills.

Ranked: tier 2

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Costs
Costs - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

4 New Square

'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

Benjamin Williams QC - 4 New SquareExceptionally bright and very thorough – a standout advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

Nicholas Bacon QC - 4 New SquareA formidable advocate. His ability to cross-examine sets the standard for all to follow.

Ranked: tier 1
2018 Silks

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

Ranked: tier 1
2019 Silks

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

Ranked: tier 1
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

George McDonald - 4 New SquareExtremely strong on paper and brilliant on his feet.

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Innes - 4 New SquareA reliable, calming presence; appears unflappable throughout unfolding litigation.

Ranked: tier 3

Ben Smiley - 4 New SquareA good advocate, and a rising star.

Ranked: tier 4

Pippa Manby - 4 New SquareShe has a level of expertise that far exceeds her year of call.

Ranked: tier 4

Timothy Chelmick - 4 New SquareA fantastic junior with a bright future ahead of him.

Ranked: tier 4

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EU Law
Leading Juniors

Jonathan Worboys - 4 New SquareSilks appreciate the way he sparks off ideas.

Ranked: tier 3

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Employment
Leading Silks

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

Ranked: tier 3

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Financial services regulation
Leading Juniors

Shail Patel - 4 New SquareExcellent – confident in the delivery of his views but has a collaborative and open style.

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Asquith - 4 New SquareTechnically strong and applies his advice in a practical manner.

Ranked: tier 3

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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.

Ranked: tier 1

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IT and telecoms
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

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Inquests and inquiries
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

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Insolvency
Leading Juniors

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

Ranked: tier 3

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Insurance and reinsurance
Insurance and reinsurance - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

4 New Square

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

Ben Elkington QC - 4 New SquareAn exceptional advocate who is quick on his feet and has a great rapport with judges.

Ranked: tier 3

David Turner QC - 4 New SquareHe is intellectually first-class and has unrivalled knowledge of insurance law.

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

Justin Fenwick QC - 4 New SquareFerociously intelligent and very useful when there is a tricky and complicated plot to unravel.

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Cannon QC - 4 New SquareHe is a highly regarded silk.

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

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

Jonathan Hough QC - 4 New SquareHe stands out for his intellect and ability to grasp the issues very quickly.

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

Neil Hext QC - 4 New SquareStraightforward, highly analytical and impressive on his feet.

Ranked: tier 5
2018 Silks

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

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Amanda Savage - 4 New SquareShe is clever and incisive.

Ranked: tier 3

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

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

Miles Harris - 4 New SquareExtremely client-focused, very friendly and open to deal with.

Ranked: tier 4

Nicholas Broomfield - 4 New SquareHe is creative and good at thinking out of the box.

Ranked: tier 4

Shail Patel - 4 New SquareHe is excellent on his feet and very responsive.

Ranked: tier 4

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International arbitration: arbitrators
Leading arbitrators

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

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel - Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

4 New Square

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.

Ranked: tier 1
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

Can Yeginsu - 4 New SquareHe combines exceptional judgement with an encyclopaedic knowledge of commercial and investment arbitration.

Ranked: tier 3

Matthieu Gregoire - 4 New SquareThorough and detailed and has a comprehensive knowledge of the law.

Ranked: tier 3

Timothy Chelmick - 4 New SquareMy preferred senior junior for international arbitration – he is incredibly good value and hardworking.

Ranked: tier 3

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Offshore
Offshore - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

4 New Square

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

George Spalton - 4 New SquareHe adds value by offering strategic and tactical advice that takes in to account client objectives.

Ranked: tier 2

Nigel Burroughs - 4 New SquareIncredibly bright, with a wealth of knowledge and experience in Chancery work.

Ranked: tier 2

Lucy Colter - 4 New SquareA very good junior – she thoroughly researches her cases.

Ranked: tier 3

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Pensions
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

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Product liability
Product liability - Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

4 New Square

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

David Turner QC - 4 New SquareControls the most complex of cases with thorough tactical oversight and never misses trick.

Ranked: tier 3

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
Leading Juniors

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

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional disciplinary and regulatory law
Professional disciplinary and regulatory law - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

4 New Square

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

Jamie Smith QC - 4 New SquareA talented advocate, immensely hardworking and tactically astute.

Ranked: tier 3

Patrick Lawrence QC - 4 New SquareAn approachable and eloquent silk.

Ranked: tier 3

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

Nicholas Bacon QC - 4 New SquareHis practice includes Bar and solicitors cases.

Ranked: tier 4
2019 Silks

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

Ranked: tier 1
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

George Spalton - 4 New SquareHe is excellent on his feet.

Ranked: tier 4

Helen Evans - 4 New SquareAn extremely bright junior who easily inspires clients' confidence.

Ranked: tier 4

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

4 New Square

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

Ben Hubble QC - 4 New SquareHe is unflappable and inspires confidence.

Ranked: tier 1

Graeme McPherson QC - 4 New SquareVery user-friendly.

Ranked: tier 1

Justin Fenwick QC - 4 New SquareA supreme strategist.

Ranked: tier 1

Jamie Smith QC - 4 New SquareRidiculously hardworking, very perceptive, highly focused and thoroughly charming.

Ranked: tier 1

Nicholas Davidson QC - 4 New SquareHe is a class act with tremendous presence and gravitas in court.

Ranked: tier 1

Patrick Lawrence QC - 4 New SquareHugely intelligent and eloquent both in written and oral advocacy.

Ranked: tier 1

Roger Stewart QC - 4 New SquareA superb courtroom advocate, with a deft and commanding style.

Ranked: tier 1

Ben Elkington QC - 4 New SquareVery tenacious and a relentless advocate.

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

David Halpern QC - 4 New SquareExceptionally bright and unflappable.

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Cannon QC - 4 New SquareHe is razor sharp.

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.

Ranked: tier 1

Nicole Sandells QC - 4 New SquareShe immerses herself in the case and always brings insight to the matter.

Ranked: tier 1
2019 Silks

Daniel Saoul QC - 4 New SquareHe is very approachable.

Ranked: tier 1

Siân Mirchandani QC - 4 New SquareProvides easy to understand advice in a timely fashion.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Alex Hall Taylor - 4 New SquareHe is exceptionally talented.

Ranked: tier 1

Amanda Savage - 4 New SquareBright, engaging and smart.

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

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

Scott Allen - 4 New SquareVery friendly, professional and approachable.

Ranked: tier 1

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

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

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

Andrew Nicol - 4 New SquareHe has in-depth experience across a range of professional negligence disputes.

Ranked: tier 3

Benjamin Wood - 4 New SquareHe has excellent judgement and he is a first-rate advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

George Spalton - 4 New SquareHe is a brilliant advocate.

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

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

Michael Bowmer - 4 New SquareA very thorough and intellectually strong barrister.

Ranked: tier 4

Paul Parker - 4 New SquareExtremely knowledgeable and experienced.

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Innes - 4 New SquareThoughtful and industrious.

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Hale - 4 New SquareIntelligent, focused and approachable.

Ranked: tier 4

Ben Smiley - 4 New SquareA really reliable and very capable junior barrister.

Ranked: tier 5

Christopher Greenwood - 4 New SquareA really skilled strategist and a valuable team player.

Ranked: tier 5

Nicholas Broomfield - 4 New SquareHe is thorough in his approach whilst being commercial and practical with his advice.

Ranked: tier 5

Pippa Manby - 4 New SquareBright, responsive, down to earth, and user-friendly.

Ranked: tier 5

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

Thomas Ogden - 4 New SquareAn astute judge of where the strengths and weaknesses of a case lie.

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

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Property litigation
Leading Silks

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

Ranked: tier 4

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Public international law
Leading Juniors

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

Ranked: tier 3

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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

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Sport
Sport - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

4 New Square

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.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Kendrah Potts - 4 New SquareA brilliant advocate, able to drill into the key points with ease.

Ranked: tier 1

Pippa Manby - 4 New SquareAn excellent junior civil barrister.

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Liddell - 4 New SquareExcellent at assessing the best strategic options.

Ranked: tier 2

Ben Smiley - 4 New SquareAn emotionally intelligent advocate who can adapt his style when necessary.

Ranked: tier 4

Diarmuid Laffan - 4 New SquareHis approach is incredibly professional and very strategic, distilling matters for lay clients.

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

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  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‘centre of life test’ in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of  ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan   [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the “Regulations”). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess  Surinder Singh  cases that appear before them.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.  
  • Can Sole Representatives Be Shareholders?

    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a  sole representative visa  is not “a  majority shareholder in the overseas business”.
  • Immigration Skills Charge - A Guide for Employers

    As a Sponsor, you may be required to pay the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) each time you sponsor a migrant in the  Tier 2 General  or  Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Long-term Staff  subcategory.
  • 5 FAQS about paragraph 320(11)

    In applications for entry clearance where the applicant has a negative immigration history in the UK, the application may be refused under the general grounds for refusal, which are found in part 9 of the Immigration Rules. Where an applicant has  ‘previously contrived in a significant way to frustrate the intentions of the Immigration Rules’,  the application could be refused under paragraph 320(11). In this post we look at five frequently asked questions about paragraph 320(11). 
  • Multiple nationality and multiple citizenship (including dual nationality and dual citizenship)

    British nationality law permits multiple nationality and multiple citizenship, including dual nationality and dual citizenship.
  • Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the Exceptional Talent or Promise Category

    The  Exceptional Talent  and Exceptional Promise categories are for individuals who are recognised leaders or emerging leaders in their field of expertise. There are a number of endorsing bodies for lots of different fields of work, including  artists and musicians ,  architects ,  digital experts ,  scientists  and  academics . While there isn’t an endorsing body for every expert, the growing list means that many individuals could enjoy the flexibility that this category has to offer. 
  • PARALLEL PROCEEDINGS – CIVIL AND CRIMINAL

    Syedur Rahmanconsiders the factors that determine when civil proceedings can go ahead before,or at the same time as, criminal proceedings relating to the same circumstances.
  • Rights of appeal after the Immigration Act 2014

    The Immigration Act 2014 (“the 2014 Act”) reduced the circumstances in which the refusal of an immigration application will give rise to a right of appeal. The  explanatory notes  to the 2014 Act state that the Act was intended to restructure rights of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal. Previously, a right of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal existed against any of the 14 different immigration decisions listed in s.82 of the  Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002  (“the 2002 Act”). As explained below, whether or not the refusal of an immigration application currently generates a right of appeal depends on the subject matter of the application rather than its categorisation.