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What the directories say

What the directories say

The expertise of 4 New Square’s barristers is recognised by the leading two independent legal directories, Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, across a number of practice areas.

We set out below, in alphabetical order by practice area, how we feature in these directories’ most recent editions.

Chambers and Partners and Legal 500, 2016


4 New Square is highly recommended for commercial, insurance and construction matters, with niche expertise in areas such as costs, product liability and sports law. For many, it is ‘a first port of call’ and fields ‘a good number of heavyweight silks and juniors’ whom solicitors ‘would trust with the most complex of instructions’, and who attract praise for their ‘complete lack of pomposity’. ‘There is a wholesale trust in this set, which is unrivalled elsewhere’. This extends to the clerks, who are ‘some of the finest in the business’; ‘they work tirelessly to give you the best possible service’ and ‘go above and beyond to meet client needs’. Senior clerk Lizzy Stewart is ‘on the ball’ and ‘runs a tight ship’ that includes Dennis Peck, who is ‘just the best facilitator – he will try and sort any problem you have and does so in a friendly and professional manner’. 

-          Legal 500, 2016



 ‘4 New Square acts across the full breadth of national and international construction disputes, with noteworthy quality in construction-related professional negligence claims. The set is instructed by a variety of clients including insurers and consultants. Counsel from the set recently appeared in Aspect Contracts v Higgins Construction in the Supreme Court. The case, which concerned limitation in construction adjudication, turned on the interplay between the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act and the Limitation Act.’  

"The clerks are very quick, attentive and have a good grasp of who they have in their stable."

-          Chambers and Partners 2016, Leading Set – Band 3

‘4 New Square is ‘a default choice for construction professional negligence cases’. In a major highlight for a relatively junior silk, Fiona Sinclair QC led pleas for the respondent in Aspect Contracts (Asbestos) v Higgins Construction, the first judgment on the limitation of construction adjudications made by the Supreme Court.’

-          Legal 500 2016, Leading Set – Tier 3



‘Retains its standing as the leading chambers at the vanguard of costs law. The set offers a strong bench of extremely highly-regarded costs specialists who frequently appear in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court on the most significant disputes in the field. Members offer formidable expertise across the full range of costs litigation and advisory work, as demonstrated by their recent involvement in a string of high-profile and landmark cases including Coventry v Lawrence and Cox v Woodlands. Market commentators endorse their position as a leading set, commenting that "4 New Square’s ability to deal with costs issues is second to none."’

"The clerks, led by James Barrass, are superb at helping us get organised, fantastic at organising paperwork and bundles and happy to speak to the court clerks for us. They understand the pressures faced by instructing solicitors."

-          Chambers and Partners 2016, Leading Set – Band 1

‘The ‘superb’ 4 New Square provides a ‘large stable of excellent costs counsel’. A number of barristers were involved in the seminal case of Coventry v Lawrence; Nicholas Bacon QC acted for the Bar Council, Benjamin Williams QC for the claimants and their insurers and Roger Mallalieu for the Association of Costs Lawyers.’

-          Legal 500 2016, Ranked as the Leading Set



‘A noted insurance team whose practice has an emphasis on professional negligence and indemnity work. Its members are recognised for their "very high quality-control" and refreshingly commercial and modern approach. The set is particularly highly regarded for its expertise in handling insurance matters relating to construction, property damage and industrial disease.’

"Chief clerk Lizzy Stewart is a wonderful person to have in the background and has a very good team."

-          Chambers and Partners 2016, Leading Set – Band 3

4 New Square’s strength in depth is ‘second to none’. It is ‘a go-to set for professional indemnity coverage disputes’.’

-          Legal 500 2016, Leading Set – Tier 5



“The clerking is very good. In terms of availability and dealing with issues they've always been very quick and user-friendly. Always found them to be good."

"They have never let me down."

-          Chambers and Partners 2016, Leading Set – Band 2

‘4 New Square has ‘some great juniors and senior juniors in this area’, working closely with silks to ‘make an excellent team’. The set is instructed in a broad array of cases, involving chemical and manufacturing product disputes through to clinical trials.’

-          Legal 500 2016, Leading Set – Tier 2



 ‘4 New Square offers enviable expertise across numerous sectors, including finance, law, sport and construction. The set has considerable experience in professional misconduct work across these areas, and specialist knowledge of actions taken against large accountancy firms. Its broad client base includes the FRC and BSB. The set's highly skilled team regularly acts for both professionals and their regulators in complex disciplinary cases.’

"Very user-friendly clerks with a can-do attitude - they will go out of their way to recommend barristers and try really hard to accommodate you."

"The clerking is very efficient." 

-          Chambers and Partners 2016, Leading Set – Band 3

 ‘4 New Square’s members often defend in white-collar regulatory matters involving the SRA and FRC. Ben Hubble QC represented a partner at an accountancy firm who was accused of incompetently creating a misleading audit.’

-          Legal 500 2016, Leading Set – Tier 3



Chambers & Partners – Professional Negligence ‘Set of the Year’ 2016

‘A pre-eminent professional negligence set with an unrivalled bench of practitioners advising on claims made against accountants, insurance brokers and lawyers, amongst other professionals. Members are particularly adept at advising clients on ground-breaking matters at the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Recent work includes a £1.2 billion negligent valuation case for CBRE, a leading real estate service provider, and appearing in Hossein v Mehjoo, a significant appeal concerning alleged negligent tax advice.’

"They are a really strong set with a number of heavyweight QCs and extremely competent juniors."

"The clerks I have dealt with are very approachable and helpful. They respond to all queries regarding availability very quickly and they have a no-nonsense approach to negotiating fees." Lizzy Stewart is the senior clerk.

"The clerks are very reliable and friendly and they have never double-booked any barristers for us."

"The clerking is very efficient - they periodically visit us and when we need something they are very forthcoming."

-          Chambers and Partners 2016, the Leading Set – Band 1

As the ‘go-to set for professional negligence’, 4 New Square is ‘jam-packed with sharp, focused, affable and hardworking barristers’. Nicholas Davidson QC is facing Justin Fenwick QC and George Spalton on Harlequin Property’s £70m claim against Wilkins Kennedy LLP relating to a construction project in St Vincent and the Grenadines. Jamie Smith QC is appearing in Khanty-Mansiysk v Forsters LLP, concerning the alleged failed execution of a deal concerning three blocks of oil reserves in Russia.’

-          Legal 500 2016, Leading Set – Tier 1



‘A well-respected competitor in the construction and technology professional negligence market. Claims of various sizes and against all types of professionals are handled along with the management of related professional indemnity issues. Recent cases handled by members include Co-operative Group plc v Birse Developments & Others, a professional negligence dispute at the TCC between subcontractors and contractors, and CC Trading v WSP Environmental, a case involving allegations against engineers.’

"The clerks are very reliable and friendly and they have never double-booked any barristers for us." "The clerking is very efficient - they periodically visit us and when we need something they are very forthcoming."

-          Chambers and Partners 2016, Leading Set – Band 2



Ranked Set – Band 2.

‘4 New Square is a high-profile sports set, drawing upon significant commercial and competition law expertise to provide comprehensive guidance to clubs, agents, governing bodies and others. It has broad knowledge across a variety of sports, including horse racing, athletics and motorsport. Its advocates have been brought in to advise on everything from player/agent disputes and corruption, to doping cases and selection disputes.’  

-          Chambers and Partners 2016, Leading Set – Band 2

At 4 New Square, there are several experts adept in the fields of horseracing, athletics and football. Members have acted on behalf of the RFU, the British Horseracing Authority and Table Tennis England, among others.’

-          Legal 500 2016, Leading Set – Tier 3