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Alison Padfield QC

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4 New Square (Chambers of Mark Cannon QC)


Alison is a commercial silk with particular expertise in insurance and reinsurance, professional negligence, and professional regulation including conduct and discipline. Alison’s recent court appearances include: Cohen v Lorrells LLP & Anr [2019] EWHC 32 (QB); Dorairaj v Bar Standards Board [2018] EWHC 2762 (Admin); W R Berkley Insurance (Europe) Ltd v Teal Assurance Co Ltd [2017] Lloyd’s Rep IR 259, CA (with Colin Edelman QC); O’Connor v Bar Standards Board [2017] UKSC 78; Aspen Insurance UK Ltd v Adana Construction Ltd [2015] EWCA Civ 176 (with Colin Wynter QC).


Called: 1992. Silk: 2018. Author of ‘Insurance Claims’ (2016, 4th edition, Bloomsbury Professional). Lawyer (référendaire) in the registry of the European Court of Human Rights, 1999-2000. Elected member of the Bar Council; Vice-Chair of the Bar Council Legal Services Committee; Trustee, Free Representation Unit.


Able to conduct conferences in French.


COMBAR; BILA; PNBA; ARDL; ARIAS Panel of Arbitrators.


BA (Oxon), Lic Spéc Dr Eur (Brussels), BCL (Oxon).

London Bar

Commercial litigation

Within: 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.

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Insurance and reinsurance

Within: 2018 Silks

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

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Professional negligence

Within: 2018 Silks

Alison Padfield QC - 4 New SquareExtremely user-friendly.

Within: Professional negligence

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.

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