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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 2016



Ranked Set – Band 3.

‘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

Justin Fenwick QC
Highly experienced silk whose construction practice involves complex, high-value disputes. He acts both domestically and internationally.
Strengths: "His ability to be on top of so many huge matters is impressive."

Roger Stewart QC
Experienced silk who has a substantial practice in construction and construction-related professional negligence. He regularly acts in the Court of Appeal and major international arbitrations. "He has really nice delivery, really well pitched, understated in an easy way, has a good manner with the tribunal." "He is very, very able as an advocate." 

Mark Cannon QC

Has a strong construction practice with added quality in professional negligence and insurance cases. He is regularly instructed by a number of prominent City firms.Strengths: "Highly intelligent, good on paper and on his feet." "He gives very commercial advice backed up with a very strong commercial understanding of the law."Recent work: Successful in the Court of Appeal for Co-operative Group v Birse Developments and Others, a dispute over allegations of negligent design in a distribution centre. It was the second time he had successfully defended an appeal in the case.

Ben Patten QC
Impressive QC who advises in multimillion-pound disputes both domestically and internationally. He has a high-quality complementary professional negligence practice.
Strengths: "He is efficient, very clever and knows his stuff." "He has the trust of judges: he never makes a bad point or overblows a submission."
Recent work: Acted for the flue installer in Iliffe v Feltham and Others, a £6 million claim over fire damage.

Anneliese Day QC 
Standout silk who regularly leads on prominent, high-value disputes both nationally and internationally. Her international practice includes the Cayman Islands and the Middle East. She also acts in Northern Ireland.
Strengths: "She's great, pragmatic, charming, thorough and brings a case to life." "She puts her submission over very well. She's intensely commercial, very practical."
Recent work: Acted in Savoye v Spicers, a case over the status of installed equipment under the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996.

Fiona Sinclair QC 
Prominent silk with an ever-growing reputation and a practice that includes leading cases in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. She also acts in big-ticket international arbitrations
Strengths: "She is able to change the way judges see the case." "She is a team player."
Recent work: Acted for the respondent in Aspect Contracts v Higgins Construction, a Supreme Court case over the intersection of the Limitation Act and the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act.

Graham Chapman QC
Acts for both claimants and defendants across a broad range of construction disputes. He has a complementary practice in professional negligence.
Strengths: "He's very user-friendly."
Recent work: Represented the consultants in West Bromwich v Donaldsons, a valuation case worth millions of pounds.

Richard Liddell
Quality junior who has a strong practice in disputes involving civil and structural engineers and geotechnical consultants on a domestic and international level. He is regularly led by prominent silks in forums including the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
Strengths: "He's a very consistent performer at a high level." "He's an incredibly hard worker."
Recent work: Was led by Fiona Sinclair QC in Co-operative Group v Birse Developments and Others, a complex case in the Court of Appeal.

Annabel Shaw 
Strong junior who acts in hefty litigation and arbitrations both domestically and internationally.
Strengths: "She brings sense to very technical matters." "She is incredibly organised - she brings order to the team."
Recent work: Led by Michael Soole QC in Carillion JM v Portscene, a dispute over the supervision and design of M&E works in a medical centre.

Katie Powell 
Noteworthy junior who works in significant trials and arbitrations, including repeated experience in the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "She works unbelievably hard."
Recent work: Was led by Mark Cannon QC in Co-operative Group v Birse Developments and Others, a complex TCC case over flooring defects.



Ranked Set – Band 1.

‘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

Nicholas Bacon QC 
Leads the set's team and is "simply the doyen of the legal costs world." He is "much in demand for his deep understanding of the subject" and has appeared in a string of leading costs cases in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
Strengths: "He's an excellent advocate, who's hands-on, user-friendly and the standout leader in his field." "He's the one you'd always recommend for important or valuable cases as he gives you a better chance of success." 
Recent work: Acted for the Bar Council in Coventry v Lawrence, a Supreme Court case concerning whether the pre-Jackson reforms costs regime infringed provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights.  

Benjamin Williams QC 
Has handled a number of major costs cases in the Court of Appeal. He has recently been handling a range of heavy group actions involving cost issues.
Strengths: "He's just brilliant and seems to win everything he goes near." "Costs can be quite confusing but he presents a picture in a way that can be readily understood by the courts."
Recent work: Successfully represented the claimant in Jones v Secretary of State, a Court of Appeal case concerning the ability of solicitors to recover interest on their disbursements from unsuccessful defendants.

Roger Mallalieu
Incontrovertible star who enjoys a "formidable reputation" in the field as a "guru on costs." He has particular experience of costs in a commercial context and is frequently instructed on appellate test cases.
Strengths: "His written work is highly persuasive and he has the voice of a good friend talking you round. As an advocate, he is formidable and his command of the material is stunning." "He's good with clients, immensely likeable and is someone who engenders confidence and trust."
Recent work: Successfully acted without a leader in Long v Value Properties Ltd, an appeal before the President of the Chancery Division. The case concerned the interpretation of the CPR in relation to sanctions and additional liabilities.

Robert Marven 
Specialises in costs and litigation funding and is a go-to for many instructing solicitors. He frequently handles costs issues pertaining to major disputes and has experience in a range of high-profile cases up to the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "He's an impressive advocate, who produces excellent written work and shows great attention to detail." "He has that well informed approach that the clients and costs judges lap up." 
Recent work: Represented the claimants in Broni v Ministry of Defence, a reported case concerning the application of the fixed success fee regime to injury claims brought by members of the armed forces.

George McDonald 
A costs specialist undertaking a broad range of solicitor-client and inter-parties disputes. He has substantial experience of detailed assessments and is frequently instructed to address technical points of law in the SCCO.
Strengths: "He's good on his feet, excellent on paper and always ready to pick up the phone." "He is extremely easy to work with, client-friendly and he combines good judgement with pragmatic advice."
Recent work: Instructed on a detailed assessment of a claimant's fees of EUR1.4 million.

Daniel Saoul 
Has recently been involved in a number of costs disputes involving novel and difficult points of law. He brings to his work former experience as a solicitor-advocate in the City and an attorney in the British Virgin Islands.
Strengths: "He is an absolute terrier on his feet and a fantastic advocate." "He is incredibly user-friendly, innovative and a real details main."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of Prince Abdulaziz in a commercial dispute concerning the correct test for the granting of relief from sanctions.



Ranked Set – Band 3.

‘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

Ben Hubble QC 
A commercial silk whose broad practice encompasses professional negligence, professional discipline and insurance. He is highlighted by sources for his expertise of insurance matters which contain a financial regulatory element.
Strengths: "He is an unbelievable technical lawyer, great on his feet and his written advice is superb."
Recent work: Acted for Homeserve in seeking a £13 million indemnity from RSA over policy mis-selling claims.

Justin Fenwick QC
Noted for his expertise of complex international insurance claims. Commentators note his prior experience as chairman of the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund.
Strengths: "He is excellent. A force to be reckoned with and a heavyweight in professional liability matters."
Recent work: Engaged in a dispute regarding the construction of a notification clause in a top-up professional indemnity policy.

Roger Stewart QC 
A highly respected silk with a broad practice which encompasses insurance, construction and professional negligence. Contacts note that "nobody combines construction and insurance as well as him."
Strengths: "He's a formidable advocate and also very user-friendly, not at all stuffy. He manages to combine a very busy practice with being a very personable advocate."
Recent work: Involved in a project insurance claim concerning the West Coast Main Line project.

Graham Eklund QC
Frequently instructed on behalf of insurers in coverage issues, he is particularly highlighted by sources as a go-to counsel for cases involving fraud.
Strengths: "He's incredibly user friendly from a lawyer's perspective. He works as a team. You get an effectively cradle to grave service and he's very user friendly with clients."
Recent work: Advised in Bate v Aviva, a claim for indemnity arising out of a fire, the insured having allegedly misinformed the insurer over vital aspects.

Mark Cannon QC
Acknowledged as an expert in professional indemnity, with his writings on the subject considered canonical. He also specialises in construction matters, where instructing solicitors laud his "spot-on analysis."
Strengths: "He' is the person to go to for professional indemnity insurance. He just knows it inside out and has excellent judgement."
Recent work: Advised in Bate v Aviva, a claim for indemnity arising out of a fire, the insured having allegedly misinformed the insurer over vital aspects

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC 
Has a broad insurance practice and is particularly recognised for her expertise in cases concerning professional liability and product liability.
Strengths: "Very hard-working indeed. She has a great reputation and it's fully deserved."
Recent work: Acted in International Energy Group Limited v Zurich Insurance Company, a case related to issues of culpable asbestos exposure.

Anneliese Day QC 
Praised by instructing solicitors for being "fantastic with clients," she acts on behalf of both insurers and claimants across the full range of insurance disputes.
Strengths: "She is excellent on her feet and very bright."
Recent work: Represented Hiscox in a case concerning a stately home which was destroyed by a fire.

Ben Elkington QC 
Has a broad practice which covers all non-marine aspects of insurance. He is praised for his client-friendly approach and for his composure in court.
Strengths: "He is an excellent advocate with a great eye for detail."
Recent work: Acted for Western Trading against Great Lakes UK in a £2 million insurance claim arising from a warehouse fire.

Jonathan Hough QC 
Frequently acts in both litigation and arbitration concerning coverage issues, as well as in disputes between insurers and reinsurers.
Strengths: "He is an excellent senior barrister in relation to all things insurance and coverage."
Recent work: Represented RSA in a motor insurance case concerning fundamental issues of subrogation.

Jamie Smith QC 
A new silk who instructing solicitors describe as "fabulous on professional indemnity matters". His highly regarded professional negligence work fits seamlessly into a high-quality insurance practice.
Strengths: "He has great mental agility, good judgement and is good with clients."
Recent work: Appeared in International Energy Group v Zurich, a case concerning asbestos exposure liability claims.

Neil Hext QC 
A new silk who acts for both insurers and insureds across the full range of insurance and reinsurance cases.
Strengths: "He is incredibly technically minded and ferociously bright, with an excellent eye for detail." 

Carl Troman 
A junior whose insurance practice covers fraud, misrepresentation and non-disclosure, among other forms of coverage dispute.
Strengths: "He is super-intelligent with great interpersonal skills."
Recent work: Appeared in a multimillion-pound aggregation claim involving collapsed property developments in Turkey and Morocco.



Ranked Set – Band 2

"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

Justin Fenwick QC

Highly respected for his broad commercial litigation practice. He has particular expertise in professional liability and is able to deal with related product issues very ably. He has sat as a High Court judge since 2003.
Strengths: "A huge-hitting professional indemnity silk who does product liability work. A very high-profile player, who has done some big product liability litigation. He is a highly effective performer in all respects, and clients have great confidence in him." 

Graham Eklund QC
Experienced at dealing with property damage to commercial premises caused by product fault. He acts for both claimants and defendants and specialises in damage caused by fire.   
Strengths: "He is a very calm and collected performer, who is unruffled in court. He presents a case in a very measured way and often with success. He is a formidable opponent." "He's incredibly user-friendly from a solicitor's perspective. He is good at working as part of a team and you receive a cradle to grave service."
Recent work: Instructed in a claim involving damage to a newspaper printing machine caused by an allegedly faulty component.

David Turner QC
Specialises in commercial product liability issues and has particular experience in damage caused by fire. He maintains a broad practice and possesses a reputation as a fastidious and capable practitioner.
Strengths: "He is very, very good indeed. He gets to the detail in a way which we all dream of doing. There is no part of a case which he does not familiarise himself with. There are no corners cut, he has everything at his fingertips in court."
Recent work: Instructed in a property damage claim arising out of an allegedly faulty air-conditioning unit which caused a fire.

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC
An experienced appellate lawyer, who has appeared numerous times before the Supreme Court and the House of Lords. She has a broad commercial background and is frequently instructed in group litigation actions often relating to pharmaceutical and medical products.   
Strengths: "She's excellent. She has a strong reputation and also a good degree of experience in this field." "She is ferociously bright and if I had a matter that was being litigated and I knew was going to trial I would use her. She is very good at looking at complicated facts, getting to the heart of them and then arguing your corner for you."
Recent work: Instructed in the Atomic Veterans litigation to represent the MoD against 12 conjoined appeals.

Dr Peter Feldschreiber 
A highly respected academic lawyer. He qualified as a doctor and has experience in the pharmaceutical industry and in regulatory health and safety work. His established product liability practice covers a broad range of health, medical and pharmaceutical matters.
Strengths: "I go to him both as a barrister and as an expert. He knows the industry; he knows what the regulator is trying to achieve and understands how everything fits together legally."

Katie Powell 
Demonstrates particular expertise handling product liability claims relating to professional negligence. She has involvement in the Atomic Veterans litigation.
Strengths: "She is great with clients, and provides practical, commercial and robust advice."
Recent work: Acted in a product liability case arising out of an allegedly faulty plastic polymer used to produce plastic bags in which to carry wood chips.



Ranked Set – Band 3

‘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

Ben Hubble QC 
A highly regarded professional discipline specialist with an additionally strong liability practice. He continues to be most notably active on cases related to financial and legal professional, but also handles accountancy matters, acting both for and against the regulators.
Strengths: "He is highly rated for his advocacy, focused advice and prompt response." "He immediately earns clients' confidence due to his understanding and his forensic approach."
Recent work: Acted for the defendants in FRC v Mazars LLP & Karmel, an allegation of failure of integrity in relation to the transfer of a pension scheme from an insolvent company.

Patrick Lawrence QC
Notably skilled in a wide range of disciplinary proceedings, but has significant experience in cases brought against auditors. He is also familiar with disciplinary proceedings related to the legal and financial sectors. 
Strengths: "He is very good at carrying vulnerable clients through a difficult process. He explains regulatory requirements and how best to deal with issues." "He's a wonderful advocate and a very bright chap."
Recent work: Represented the Accountancy and Actuarial Discipline Board in the Langbar International case, a major fraud allegation against the company's finance director regarding the forging of Brazilian bank documents.

Simon Monty QC 
Maintains a broad practice, heavy on disciplinary cases relating to accountants and lawyers. He acts in significant cases for solicitors and surveyors.
Strengths: "He is sharp, professional, commercial and astute, and he really cares about his clients." "He is very effective, and has strong experience in solicitors disciplinary proceedings."
Recent work: Represented the first respondent in a Solicitor's Disciplinary Tribunal hearing which lasted seven weeks and concerned fraud, conspiracy and negligence allegations brought by the SRA.

Graeme McPherson QC
Remains an authority on equestrian-related matters. He also regularly advises on legal and financial disciplinary matters. 
Strengths: "He is very proactive, robust, and aggressive when he needs to be, but appropriately so." "He's spot on; he's user-friendly in consultation, swift in his response times and thoroughly analytical."
Recent work: Successfully acted for nearly 40 British and Irish jockeys as defendants against claims of disciplinary offences alleged to have occurred during the 2014 Grand National.

Paul Parker 
A knowledgeable junior who tackles disciplinary work relating to the insurance, legal and financial services sectors. He is heavily involved in advising on the misapplication of conduct rules by regulators and the interpretation of relevant legislation.
Strengths: "He is brilliant on his feet, a really robust advocate and a tenacious fighter." "He provides a high-quality, all-round service." 
Recent work: Assisted in an appeal of a sanction by the SRA imposed against a solicitor who had breached Solicitors’ Accounts Rules.

George Spalton 
A broad-ranging practitioner with notable experience in tax and legal disciplinary matters, who also handles cases relating to the sports world.
Strengths: "He has got brilliant results from the clutches of defeat, and is really good in terms of the sensitivity he shows to clients."
Recent work: Acted for the owner of race horses in defence of disciplinary allegations, including corruption, brought by the British Horseracing Authority.



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

Ranked Set – Band 1.

‘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

Ben Hubble QC 
Head of chambers who specialises in all types of professional liability claims including those involving negligent financial, insurance and legal advice. He is well positioned to advise on large commercial arbitrations and onshore and offshore legal disputes.
Strengths: "One of the 'big beasts' of the Professional Negligence Bar and our first choice for big-ticket claims in that arena. He is very knowledgeable and articulate and he is an excellent advocate."
Recent work: Represented thousands of Right to Buy purchasers in a multiparty solicitor negligence action concerning significant losses of approximately £10,000 each. 

John Powell QC
Has over four decades of experience at the Bar and deals with a plethora of domestic and international cases. He concentrates his professional negligence practice on major claims involving banks, fund managers and auditors, amongst other professionals.
Strengths: "A legend in professional negligence because of the Jackson and Powell book which set the whole game going - he is extremely well known in the field." "Very experienced and gets some very large cases."
Recent work: Defence counsel in a complex £100 million claim involving alleged negligence by investment managers. 

Nicholas Davidson QC
Well versed in all aspects of professional negligence including claims arising from fraudulent activities and negligent investment advice. Regularly takes on large-scale trials and appeals for claimants and defendants.
Strengths: "Extremely competent, user-friendly and authoritative." 
Recent work: Advised in Bancroft LP v Weil Gotshal and Maly, a £10 million legal negligence claim relating to the acquisition of a stake in a Slovakian ice cream company.

Justin Fenwick QC
A leading professional negligence silk with a significant domestic and international caseload and experience in complex commercial disputes. He is also extremely adept at handling civil fraud matters and is regularly instructed by large firms of accountants and solicitors.
Strengths: "Very smooth, unbelievably experienced and has a lovely style in court." "A long-time star in the professional indemnity world and someone to always consider for the most challenging cases."

Roger Stewart QC
Combines extensive knowledge of professional liability with experience in complex arbitration and insurance work. He is well known for his niche expertise in technology and construction-related professional negligence work. 
Strengths: "Excellent on his feet - he gets what he needs to out of witnesses in a very considered style." "Extremely tenacious - a real street fighter." 
Recent work: Acted in Baillie v Bromhead, a High Court case alleging negligent intellectual property advice. 

Graham Eklund QC
Well versed in all aspects of professional indemnity and regularly acts for financial advisers and professionals involved in construction work. He also has a significant product liability and property damage practice.
Strengths: "He is very bright, able to cut through extraneous detail and very good on his feet."
Recent work: Counsel in McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd v Zürich Professional and Financial Lines, a dispute between insurers and contractors relating to the construction of a building in Scotland.

Patrick Lawrence QC
Held in high esteem for his experience handling high-value professional negligence disputes on appeal and in the Supreme Court. Particular areas of strength include advising professionals in the financial services sector.
Strengths: "A highly persuasive advocate who can make complicated arguments understandable." "Extremely bright and very personable - a formidable opponent."
Recent work: Acted in Titan v Colliers, a complex EUR70 million action alleging negligence in the valuation of a property and the ensuing liability owed to the issuer of securities bonds.

David Halpern QC
Maintains a strong reputation in the field of professional liability and has considerable expertise in claims relating to negligent financial advice. Well equipped to handle commercial disputes and is an experienced mediator and arbitrator.
Strengths: "Very intelligent and thoughtful and a good strategic thinker. He is very assured and well liked by clients and is particularly good with property-related professional negligence litigation." "A very sound and meticulous advocate who is very good at what he does."
Recent work: Represented the claimants in Haggart v Smith Cooper, a claim alleging negligent accounting advice resulting in an estimated loss of £3 million.

Mark Cannon QC

Very adept in all aspects of professional liability and has a strong background in commercial litigation. He acts principally for claimants and defendants in large-scale insurance and property related claims.
Strengths: "Very user-friendly and provides clear, reliable advice." "Able to quickly get to grips with complex professional negligence litigation." 
Recent work: Represented the claimants in a multimillion-pound action against solicitors relating to their treatment during the acquisition of shares. 

Graeme McPherson QC
Leads an active professional liability practice and mainly advises on the duty of care owed by insurance professionals and financial advisers. He is also a highly experienced mediator and arbitrator and is frequently instructed in cross-border commercial litigation.
Strengths: "Very well prepared - he has detailed knowledge of his cases and he is quick-thinking." "Robust, and provides practical and commercial advice."
Recent work: Advised on four test cases concerning the liability of solicitors in relation to a group of subprime mortgages.

David Turner QC
Covers the full spectrum of professional negligence work including solicitor and insurance broker negligence and claims involving negligent tax advice. Handles domestic and international litigation and regularly appears before the Commercial Court and High Court. 
Strengths: "He is an excellent QC - very meticulous, thorough and measured." "Impressive - he is very easy to work with, well prepared and takes a very pragmatic view." 
Recent work: Advised in Altus Group v Baker Tilly, a professional negligence claim relating to advice given following new tax laws.

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC
Praised for her skills in a wide range of professional negligence matters including claims involving lawyers, accountants and insurance brokers. Highlighted by the market for her aptitude in domestic and international arbitrations. 
Strengths: "Leigh-Ann is charming and relentless in equal measure and she exudes confidence. She never loses sight of the big picture and ensures that clients are well informed and happy at all times." "Extremely diligent and thorough with papers and instructions and very flexible. She gets on top of the points very quickly."
Recent work: Counsel in Davidson v AEGIS Defence Services (BVI) Ltd, a solicitor negligence claim concerning the failure to serve a claim form for an appeal within the limitation period required.

Ben Patten QC
An accomplished practitioner with significant experience in an array of professional negligence matters including claims against developers, lawyers and insurers. Regularly appears before the Commercial Court, High Court and TCC. 
Strengths: "Very bright and incisive, plain-speaking and good on strategy." "He inspires confidence - he doesn't say things that aren't worth saying and he judges the delivery excellently." 
Recent work: Counsel to the defendants in PB Limited v Watson Burton LLP and others, a £9 million claim relating to negligent legal advice.

Anneliese Day QC 
Recognised as a top choice for high-end professional liability claims of all kinds. She focuses mainly on cases involving negligent advice by professionals in the construction and insurance industries.
Strengths: "She has a good manner with the court, is well prepared and is pragmatic and persuasive in her advocacy." "She is commercially aware and demonstrates an excellent understanding of the insurance industry."
Recent work: Acted in Diwan Capital v Ernst & Young, a large auditor negligence case. 

Ben Elkington QC
Has a broad-ranging professional negligence practice providing counsel to a range of high-end clients including solicitors and barristers. He is also adept at handling complex commercial disputes and property damage cases.
Strengths: "Precise, thorough and provides a strong analysis." "Very engaged, reliable and approachable. A pleasure to work with and a great asset to have on your side."
Recent work: Counsel to the claimant in Smith v Olswang, a £3.5 million case concerning alleged negligent legal advice.

Fiona Sinclair QC
Has developed a diverse practice in professional negligence and commercial litigation, particularly in relation to insurance matters. She is an experienced trial and appellate advocate and is often instructed in complex group litigation. She also specialises in cases that go to the TCC. 
Strengths: "She has a good manner with the court, is well prepared and takes a calm and measured approach. Her advocacy is pragmatic and persuasive."
Recent work: Acted in Barrett v (1) Deloittes LLP and (2) Magrath LLP, a multifaceted professional negligence claim involving allegedly negligent tax and legal advice.

Graham Chapman QC
Acts for claimants and defendants in an array of professional liability cases. Specialises in negligence claims against auditors, accountants and surveyors. 
Strengths: "He is utterly brilliant - he has terrific focus and brain power and his communication couldn't be clearer. He is very commercial and sensible and clients just love him." "He has extraordinary gravitas for someone who's only just ceased to be a junior - when you meet with him you know you're talking to someone who's highly skilled in the advice he gives." 
Recent work: Represented an investment fund in an international claim relating to allegedly negligent insolvency advice provided by Fried Frank's Paris office.

Jamie Smith QC
Continues to run a formidable professional negligence practice that focuses on valuer and lawyer negligence claims. Has over two decades of experience at the Bar and is often instructed in high-value matters.
Strengths: "Extremely able, and provides a very incisive analysis of difficult problems." "Has an excellent grasp of issues and is not afraid to fight cases. Very easy to get on with and extremely proactive."
Recent work: Advised in Freemont (Denbigh) v Knight Frank, a £10 million property-related claim concerning alleged negligence on the part of a valuer.

Paul Parker
A distinguished junior noted for his aptitude in all kinds of professional liability work. Areas of expertise that stand out include claims involving professionals in the legal, financial and insurance industries.
Strengths: "He gives user-friendly, succinct and commercial advice." "Experienced, calm and insightful."
Recent work: Represented the claimant in Northern Rock Asset Management Ltd v Lambert Smith Hampton, a negligence claim relating to the valuation of care homes by a group of surveyors.

Hugh Evans
A seasoned professional liability practitioner who is as comfortable before the High Court as he is in an arbitration or mediation setting. Demonstrates prowess in commercial disputes and insurance-related negligence claims.
Strengths: "He gives clear and sensible advice in a timely fashion and does not get flustered. Excellent in the lead-up to and at trial." 
Recent work: Advised in Dunbar v Strutt & Parker, a £15 million valuer negligence claim concerning property in South West England. 

Charles Phipps
Combines top-notch skills in commercial litigation with extensive experience in professional indemnity work. He regularly acts in matters involving negligent legal and construction advice. 
Strengths: "He has the ability to get to grips with extremely detailed factual and regulatory issues and present them to lay clients in a clear and orderly manner. He provides robust and pragmatic advice in a calm and measured way and is a pleasure to work with." "Charles's preparatory work is of the highest order - he prepares very insightful and useful written submissions, often within very short timescales."

Alex Hall Taylor
An experienced professional negligence barrister with a diverse list of clients and a proven track record. Regularly seen acting in claims involving negligent banking, financial products and pensions advice.
Strengths: "First-rate work - he always keeps you in the loop, is very clear in conference and is good on the strategy." "He has a great ability to simplify the most complex of issues and provide advice in a warm and friendly manner which clients very much appreciate." 
Recent work: Counsel to the claimants in a complex cross-border matter concerning negligent legal advice and the Government of Nigeria.

Siân Mirchandani
Highly praised for her dexterity in insurance, construction and legal professional negligence matters. Particularly adept at cases involving the analysis and evaluation of scientific or technical evidence. 
Strengths: "She has a sharp mind and excellent attention to detail." "She is excellent - very pleasant to deal with and extremely robust and effective for her clients."

Richard Liddell
Acts for claimants and defendants in an array of professional liability matters including claims against financial services professionals and insurers. Routinely advocates for high-end clients at the Commercial Court, Chancery Division and the TCC.
Strengths: "Has a very impressive work ethic and is extremely user-friendly and proactive."
Recent work: Counsel in a claim involving allegedly negligent tax advice provided by a firm of solicitors. 

Amanda Savage
An astute professional liability junior with experience advising on financial services and property-related negligence claims. Regularly instructed by the BMIF and has a strong knowledge of insurance-related matters.
Strengths: "She is brilliant to deal with - exceptionally bright, very commercial and will speak to clients on their level." "She is very good on detail and a fearless advocate on her feet."
Recent work: Lead counsel in Evans v Challinors, a solicitor negligence claim alleging the ineffective handling of a settlement and ancillary relief proceedings. 

Scott Allen
A formidable advocate with a broad-ranging professional negligence practice. Sought after for his experience in financial, construction and insurance-related claims.
Strengths: "Completely on top of absolutely everything, has a nice manner and deals with counsel extremely well." "Very bright, sensible and accessible."
Recent work: Acted in PB Ltd v Watson Burton, Roger Ter Haar QC and Jason Evans-Tovey, a £10 million professional negligence matter concerning allegedly negligent legal advice given by solicitors and barristers.

Helen Evans
Handles the full spectrum of professional negligence work including claims relating to legal, financial and construction advice. He is also well versed in handling sophisticated fraud-related matters. 
Strengths: "Very bright, intuitive and gives solid commercial advice." "As an advocate, she has a wonderful ability to drill down to the core facts, paring away all that is irrelevant and presenting things in a clear and reasoned manner." 
Recent work: Acted in Heather French v Carter Lemon Camerons, a claim involving the alleged mishandling of an insurance matter by solicitors.  

Carl Troman
Practises extensively in this area and is particularly well known for handling claims against professionals in the insurance and legal industries. He is also a very strong mediator and arbitrator.
Strengths: "Solid, dependable and has tremendous experience dealing with property-related professional negligence matters." "He is very user-friendly and good on tactics."
Recent work: Counsel in Bank of Scotland plc v Knight Frank, a very high-value professional negligence claim arising out of the valuation of business properties.

Clare Dixon
An impressive junior with over a decade of experience in commercial litigation and professional negligence. She takes on work that involves a range of professionals including solicitors, surveyors and insurance brokers.
Strengths: "A markedly insightful, meticulous and accomplished professional negligence advocate. She is approachable, driven and pragmatic - definitely someone to have on your team." "She quickly grasps the important issues and provides advice which always considers the client's commercial considerations." 
Recent work: Defended a £16 million professional negligence claim involving the alleged negligent valuation of commercial properties and mixed-use developments in Essex. 

Miles Harris
Notably adept at handling professional liability matters at the upper levels of the court system including the High Court and Court of Appeal. Renowned for his abilities in claims involving legal advisers and has extensive experience as a mediator and arbitrator.
Strengths: "Consistently delivers high-quality work, goes the extra mile and is very approachable." "He is very, very polished - he really goes through all the papers and he thinks outside the box."
Recent work: Successfully defended a firm of solicitors in preliminary proceedings relating to whether or not the requisite limitation period had been met.

Timothy Chelmick
Has a growing practice in professional negligence encompassing legal, construction and financial claims. Regularly sought after for his experience in cross-border arbitration matters having spent two years working on secondment in Dubai.
Strengths: "The way he articulates things from a client's point of view is very clear and pragmatic." "Excellent advocacy skills."
Recent work: Advised in the high-profile Keydata litigation concerning allegedly negligent financial advice provided by several IFAs.

George Spalton
Acts for claimants and defendants in a wide range of professional liability matters, including those involving claims against accountants, auditors and actuaries. Has considerable experience in the Commercial Court and Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "A bright and thorough junior developing a reputation in professional negligence."
Recent work: Instructed for the defendant in Harlequin v Wilkins Kennedy, a £40 million claim concerning a property scheme based overseas.

Benjamin Wood
An experienced junior who can draw on his background in the financial services sector to advise in professional liability claims. Routinely acts in cases before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Commercial Court.
Strengths: "A really good sounding board who provides very pragmatic advice." "Excellent - he provides a friendly service and is tenacious in court."
Recent work: Acted in Heritable Trust v Deloitte & Touche, a £3 million professional negligence action pertaining to allegedly negligent tax advice. 

Katie Powell
A dynamic junior with a growing reputation in the London Bar for this type of work. Particularly active in professional negligence claims arising out of the construction and insurance industries and regularly takes on major group litigation.
Strengths: "Very thorough and timely and provides high-quality work." "Very impressive on her feet - she doesn't leave any argument uncovered." 
Recent work: Advised in a complex solicitor negligence action involving issues of alleged mortgage fraud.

Shail Patel
An accomplished litigator who acts for and against a range of professionals including solicitors, surveyors and accountants. Frequently appears before the county courts and High Court in complex and high-profile matters. 
Strengths: "Very strong academically and assists greatly with the preparation of evidence in a short time frame."

Lucy Colter
Focuses on professional negligence claims relating to the conduct of legal, financial services and construction professionals. Demonstrates particular expertise in insurance-related matters such as coverage litigation and policy issues. 
Strengths: "She is user-friendly and her advice is always very clear and concise." "She is extremely hard-working, very bright and has an exceptional mastery of the detail of complex matters. She provides invaluable input." 
Recent work: Represented numerous members of the Europoint No.2 Syndicate, investors in a Scottish development who claim to have been negligently advised by two law firms. 



Ranked Set – Band 2.

‘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

Roger Stewart QC
Demonstrates considerable skill in handling construction, insurance and professional negligence claims. Undertakes arbitration work in various countries around the world including the Middle East.
Strengths: "Excellent on his feet - he is clever at cross-examining and gets what he needs to out of witnesses in a very considered way." "He is calm and excellent in terms of his analysis - someone you can rely on."

Michael Soole QC 
Specialises in civil and commercial disputes as well as professional liability matters relating to the work of construction professionals. Equally adept at handling the insurance aspects of sophisticated professional negligence work.
Strengths: "A very impressive guy - he has real intellectual rigour and he analyses very thoroughly. In meetings with clients he is extremely good at explaining what he thinks, and he is a charming and seductive advocate."
Recent work: Represented the defendants in a major negligence claim alleging the defective construction of new housing.

Lucy Colter
A erudite construction and professional negligence practitioner who enjoys cases that involve complex technical evidence. She regularly represents prominent engineering firms, architects and construction management companies.
Strengths: "She is user-friendly - her advice is always very clear and concise." "She is very bright and masters the detail of complex matters. She has often been the most junior member of the team dealing with cases, but provides invaluable input." 
Recent work: Advised in Warrington Collegiate Institute v Carillion JM plc, a negligence matter involving the construction of a college and issues surrounding the functioning of the heating system.

Mark Cannon QC, Anneliese Day QC and Fiona Sinclair QC are also recommended.



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

Graeme McPherson QC
Focuses his sports practice on horse racing, acting in the highest profile regulatory and disciplinary cases before the BHA. He is a licensed racehorse trainer which gives him a unique insight into the sport. He is particularly highly regarded for his expertise in anti-doping cases.
Strengths: "If you're a jockey being cross-examined by Graeme McPherson QC and come up with some jargon, he knows if it's bona fide or if it's slightly pulling the wool." "He is top of the tree when it comes to horse racing."
Recent work: Prosecuted Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni, on behalf of the BHA, in a high-profile horse doping hearing.

Richard Liddell
Noted for his expertise of athletics, horse racing and rugby. He receives instructions in a wide range of sports-related work, including regulatory, disciplinary, commercial and doping matters.
Recent work: Represented rugby player Christopher Edwards in a hearing before UKADA, after a charge was brought for the use and possession of banned substances.

Daniel Saoul 
Acts for governing bodies, agents and individual sportspeople on everything from selection disputes to sports governance matters.
Strengths: "He has an excellent grasp of the important facts, is very pragmatic and approachable to boot." "He is a tough opponent, who knows his stuff and will always give you a hard fight."
Recent work: Instructed by British Taekwondo in a challenge to the decisions, made by the European and World governing bodies, to recognise a separate Scottish team in addition to the Great Britain team.



Can Yeginsu
Practises public and administrative law in the context of commercial and regulatory judicial review, human rights and coronial law. He offers additional capabilities in advisory work.
Strengths: "He is very pragmatic and has a strong sense of how clients operate and what they need in their advice."
Recent work: Acted for Media Legal Defence Initiative, Article 19 and English PEN as interveners in the David Miranda case.



Alex Hall Taylor
Provides clients with a great deal of experience and expertise in both onshore and offshore litigation. He regularly acts in cases involving allegations of dishonesty and is an expert on matters relating to financial services, professional negligence and insolvency.
Strengths: "He's just got everything, and is fantastically hard-working. He has the most reassuring presence in court."
Recent work: Appeared in a group action brought by shareholders of Lloyds Bank regarding an allegation of breach of fiduciary duty relating to the acquisition of HBOS.   



Justin Fenwick QC

Strengths: "He is supremely confident and does not run away from a fight. He really pulls out the stops for clients." "A robust advocate and a fearless cross-examiner, who has excellent all round judgement."
Recent work: Instructed in a dispute between Apex and Prince Abdulaziz centred on allegations of fraud by both sides.

Ben Elkington QC

Regularly called upon by leading solicitors to handle a variety of complex commercial litigation. He is especially expert at handling disputes centred on property damage issues, and has impressive experience with regard to professional negligence and insurance matters.
Strengths: "He is fantastically intellectually able and enormously charismatic. He has judges eating out of the palm of his hand." "He is utterly and disarmingly charming, and an extremely bright guy."
Recent work: Acted for Stella Group in defence of a suit brought by a Jersey trust in relation to a share purchase agreement. The claimant alleged that the defendants breached the terms of the agreement in the course of purchasing the claimant's shares in a travel business.

Anneliese Day QC
Well regarded commercial silk with a robust practice. She focuses her practice on handling disputes in the construction, professional negligence and insurance spheres.
Strengths: "Instructing her is like sending your opponent a battering ram with a first-class stamp. She is frighteningly bright, superb on her feet, completely unflappable, has an exceptional work ethic and is blessed with an incredible memory for detail." "A formidable and very able advocate."
Recent work: Acted for Amalgamated Metal Trading in a dispute dealing with allegations of fraudulent misrepresentations made in order to obtain credit to trade.

George Spalton
Respected as a well-rounded and intelligent junior. He is regularly instructed in international proceedings, cases addressing professional negligence and matters concerning conflict of laws.
Strengths: "An excellent junior, who is bright, pragmatic and user-friendly." "A rising star with sound commercial acumen and a strong intellect, he's thorough, communicative and a determinedly tough negotiator."
Recent work: Instructed in a dispute valued at £40 million, in which it was alleged that there were a number of breaches of warranty in relation to a share purchase agreement.



Jonathan Hough QC
A highly respected silk who is recognised for his abilities in both contentious and non-contentious consumer credit work. He is experienced in representing motor insurers.
Strengths: "He is absolutely excellent on trading standards work and judicial review claims."
Recent work: Successfully defended an impecunious motorist in relation to an application concerning mitigation of loss in connection with the incurrence of significant hiring charges on a credit basis.

Benjamin Williams QC
A well-known credit hire specialist who has appeared in a number of major cases concerning this issue. He is also adept at negotiating the regulations surrounding distance selling and doorstep selling.
Strengths: "He is intellectually very good, very thorough and very quick in court."
Recent work: Instructed in a matter concerning whether credit repair agreements under the Consumer Credit Act are enforceable.  

Eva Lomnicka
Has a solely advisory practice in the consumer law area. She has also authored a number of leading publications on the subject including the Encyclopaedia of Consumer Credit Law.
Strengths: "She really is a guru and she easily produces advice on very complex technical regulations."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of a law firm in relation to whether FCA authorisation should have been obtained in relation to business-to-business debt collection.



John Powell QC
Has substantive experience in FS and securities regulation which he handles as part of a broader commercial disputes practice. He has represented all manner of clients from hedge funds and other investment institutions or individuals, to regulators, issuers and product providers.
Strengths: "The leading expert on collective investment schemes. John has an excellent style of conducting a consultation, based on a pre-prepared skeleton with illustrative comments, which he walks through with the client in a remarkably easy manner considering it's such a technical subject." "He has immense intellect and you know you're going to get a piece of advice which is consistent and ultimately right."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of Capita Financial Managers as first defendant in an allegation of mis-selling relating to the collapse of an investment fund.

Eva Lomnicka
An undisputed guru when it comes to FS and consumer credit thanks to her specialist knowledge. She is well known for her publications concerning the subject and also for her understanding of the FSMA and other relevant legislation. 
Strengths: "She's efficient and very easy to work with as she will listen to instructions."
Recent work: Assisted a solicitors' firm on FMSA authorisation requirements needed for it to carry on working in undisputed business-to-business debt collection.

Alex Hall Taylor
Incredibly active junior who maintains his extensive banking and FS-oriented practice largely by acting as lead counsel for an array of financial institutions. He also offers solid expertise on offshore regulatory matters, most notably in the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey.
Strengths: "He proved himself worthy of the confidence reposed in him by producing documentation addressing the matter accurately and very directly. He takes a no-nonsense approach which suits the way we work." "He is incredibly bright, brilliant with clients and is very good at explaining things in a clear manner even if they are quite complicated."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of FD Financial, the claimant's financial advisers, in Suresh Mandalia v Bank of Ireland & FD Financial, which involved an alleged interest rate swaps mis-selling claim relating to a high-value loan used in a property portfolio acquisition.



Justin Fenwick QC
Frequently acts in difficult fraud cases where sizeable assets are at stake.
Strengths: "He's extremely impressive, keen and always all over the papers. It's rare to have a silk of his seniority be so hands-on." "You use him for the ones where everyone else has gone pale and said they'd rather not turn up. And he'll just say 'hmm well let's deal with that.' He has absolutely no fear of anything, and is also thoroughly urbane."
Recent work: Represented HRH Prince Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia in a widely reported dispute with Apex Global Management involving fraud and sanctions relief.

Alex Hall Taylor
A major name for civil fraud disputes, who is sought out by major international clients to handle interim relief proceedings, including freezing injunctions.
Strengths: "He is so well prepared and effective."
Recent work: Instructed by HRH Prince Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia to handle a complex application for a freezing injunction, which arose in the context of a fraud dispute with Apex Global Management.


Jonathan Hough QC
Specialist in coronial law who often acts as counsel to the inquiry in high-profile, publicly-scrutinised inquests and inquiries. He is recommended for proceedings arising from failures of state entities.
Strengths: "Urbane and has the confidence of the court. He is a delight to deal with and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law." "The master of reply when on his feet, he can deal with any oral submission made and guide the coroner through the various options."
Recent work: Counsel to the inquest into the Hillsborough football stadium disaster of 1986.



Roger Stewart QC
Engaged as both counsel and arbitrator in multimillion-dollar commercial arbitrations. Recent instructions have seen him represent parties from the UK, the Middle East and Africa.
Strengths: "He has a very understated advocacy style which is devastatingly effective when it comes to cross-examinations and addressing the tribunal." "He is just awesome in front of judges and arbitrators and just so incisive as a cross-examiner."

George Spalton
Has been entrusted with some significant international arbitrations of late, including a high-value ICC joint venture arbitration and an ad hoc arbitration governed by UNCITRAL rules arising in the construction industry. His well-regarded practice sees him appear in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Strengths: "In terms of his technical skills, he is very quick on the uptake and quick to get on top of the key issues in a dispute. He is very commercial and he takes a wide practical approach to things." "He is particularly good as a strategist."



Justin Fenwick QC
Active in offshore cases in the UK, Caribbean and Far East. He primarily tackles professional liability cases, but also handles more general commercial dispute resolution and is strong on civil fraud.
Strengths: “An absolutely brilliant courtroom advocate who is very effective and very commercial.”

Ben Hubble QC 
Has a wide commercial practice but is particularly strong on professional negligence cases. He manages a growing caseload and has received instructions in a number of offshore jurisdictions particularly in the Caribbean and the USA.
Strengths: “Analytical, innovative and easy to approach.”
Recent work: Advised a client in connection with a Brazilian-owned company's claim against its directors for the mis-sale of assets.



Nigel Burroughs
He has a busy pensions and professional negligence practice, and has particular skill in handling issues arising from attempts to amend scheme documentation.
Strengths: "He is a very calming influence. Technically excellent, he's very good to deal with and he really does get his hands dirty with the materials."
Recent work: Acted for a firm of actuaries in a claim brought against them relating to the duty owed by them to the trustees and employer. 



Graham Eklund QC
A silk at the forefront of the property damage sector, who has an exceptionally broad insurance practice. He regularly handles fire and flood damage, particularly those concerning issues of negligence.
Strengths: "You get a cradle-to-grave service and he's very user-friendly with clients." 
Recent work: Acted in a £7 million claim concerning incorrectly fitted lamps that then exploded.

Ben Elkington QC
A silk recognised for his work handling significant property damage cases and the liability, negligence and nuisance issues which surround them.
Strengths: "He's very quick and very smooth. He has the complete confidence of the bench and of clients."
Recent work: Represented the owner of a property in Walsall destroyed by a fire. This was a claim for £2.5 million.

Fiona Sinclair QC
Tackles property damage as part of a wide practice that is strong in construction, professional negligence and general insurance cases. She is well used to handling multi-party disputes arising from property damage issues.
Strengths: "Works with the team and has a very fine eye for detail and a very good legal brain." 
Recent work: Involved in a case concerning £7 million of losses following a fire at an electronics distribution and repair centre in Surrey.



David Halpern QC
Advises on a mix of real estate and professional negligence cases. He is noted for his specialist knowledge in matters concerning valuation principles. 
Strengths: "He is extremely intelligent with excellent client-handling skills."
Recent work: Represented the defendant, Gala Coral, in a claim for breach of covenant in a casino lease agreement. 



Tom Shepherd
Has a broad practice covering injunctions, CVAs, respondents and claims on behalf of and in opposition to officeholders. He is a skilled advocate who "really fights until the bitter end of a trial."
Strengths: "He is an excellent advocate who is very responsive and user-friendly."
Recent work: Successfully defended the administrators of Blue Monkey Gaming in a claim for conversion initiated by the providers of gaming equipment.



The Legal 500

‘4 New Square is recommended for domestic and international civil disputes. It is particularly well regarded for anything with a commercial slant, and for some it is ‘the top set for big-ticket commercial litigation and administrative law’. Chambers’ silk arm grew in 2015, with three further members of chambers appointed. Counsel are supported by a ‘helpful, courteous and responsive’ clerking team that provides ‘an impeccable service’ and is ‘always willing to assist’. In particular, senior clerk Lizzy Stewart is ‘a real star’; she is ‘very commercially fluent and professional’, and also ‘makes an effort to seek out feedback’. Clerks Dennis Peck, Alex Dolby and Andrew Call are also ‘excellent’. Offices in: London.’

-          Legal 500, 2016



‘4 New Square’s barristers regularly represent the government and local authorities in major public law cases.’

Ranked Set – Tier 4.

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC:  ‘She has strong attention to detail and picks up complex matters quickly.’

Richard O’Brien: ‘Strong in national security cases.’

Can Yeginsu: ‘Works quickly to produce incisive, articulate and persuasive work.’


‘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.’

Ranked Set – Tier 3.

Justin Fenwick QC: ‘Recommended for his experience in infrastructure disputes.’

Roger Stewart QC: ‘Authoritative and masterful on insurance-related issues.’

Michael Soole QC: ‘He is fiercely logical, and absorbs information incredibly quickly.’

Mark Cannon QC: ‘One of the brightest silks on professional indemnity law.’

Ben Patten QC: ‘He has the leadership, strategic thinking and intellectual rigour you would expect in a silk.’

Anneliese Day QC: ‘She is fast growing her name as a star silk for construction cases.’

Fiona Sinclair QC: ‘She has excellent analysis of the issues and focuses on the big picture.’

Paul Cowan: ‘Impressive technical knowledge and a very skilful advocate.’

Richard Liddell: ‘He has the ability to pick up and analyse complex technical information.’

Annabel Shaw: ‘Incredibly hardworking and a highly effective advocate.’

Katie Powell: ‘Pure class: super-clever and down to earth.’



‘4 New Square is ‘the top set nationally for costs expertise’, leading to members often appearing on both sides of cases. Nicholas Bacon QC was involved in a multimillion-pound costs claim for Boris Berezovsky in his unsuccessful Commercial Court action against Roman Abramovich.’

Ranked Set – Leading Set, Tier 1.

Justin Fenwick QC: ‘An organised, prepared and effective advocate.’

Nicholas Bacon QC: ‘A deep understanding of the subject combined with good judgement.’

Benjamin Williams QC: ‘A deep understanding of costs issues.’

Robert Marven: ‘Great attention to detail and very knowledgeable

Roger Mallalieu: ‘An excellent advocate.’

Shail Patel: ‘User-friendly and reactive.’

George McDonald: ‘Excellent on his feet and on paper.’

Daniel Saoul: ‘Thorough, concise and user-friendly.’



4 New Square is ‘an excellent chambers providing a very high level of service’. Members have ‘proven expertise in construction-related insurance disputes.’

Ranked Set – Tier 5.

Nicholas Davidson QC: ‘He has an imposing courtroom presence and excellent client skills.’

Justin Fenwick QC: ‘Regarded as the doyen of valuer claims.’

Roger Stewart QC: ‘He gets complex points across in the simplest of ways.’

Graham Eklund QC: ‘He has a good commercial mind and relates exceptionally well to clients.’

Graeme McPherson QC: ‘His advice is assured and unambiguous – he never sits on the fence.’

Neil Hext QC: ‘He identifies the key issues and provides clear and business-focused advice.’

Amanda Savage: ‘She has a very good legal brain, an eye for detail and is easy to work with.’



‘4 New Square has ‘a strong product liability team’ which is ‘hardworking, able and reliable’. Justin Fenwick QC is favoured for high-stakes group actions; Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC has had two recent cases in the Court of Appeal and one in the Supreme Court; and qualified doctor Dr Peter Feldschreiber is in demand for pharmaceutical matters.’

Ranked Set – Tier 2.

Justin Fenwick QC: ‘His real strength is devising creative solutions to difficult problems.’

Graham Eklund QC: ‘Can drill cases down to one or two keys issues which can win the case at trial.’

David Turner QC: ‘His real strength is devising creative solutions to difficult problems.’

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC: ‘One of the most approachable QCs, and very knowledgeable.’

Dr Peter Feldschreiber: ‘He has unparalleled understanding of the pharmaceutical sector.’

Katie Powell: ‘Technically very competent, and approachable with clients.’



‘Commercial, accessible and client-friendly’ with a ‘wide and ready pool of talent’, 4 New Square is a ‘powerhouse for professional liability work’. Graeme McPherson QC, Siân Mirchandani and Nicole Sandells succeeded in the Supreme Court in AIB v Redler & Co, where Nicholas Davidson QC acted for the appellant. Key highlights also included Supreme Court case Scott v Southern Pacific, and Hunt v Optima (Cambridge) and others in the Court of Appeal.’

Ranked Set – Leading Set, Tier 1.

Ben Hubble QC: ‘He provides excellent, pragmatic advice with no fuss.’

John Powell QC: ‘An excellent advocate.’

Nicholas Davidson QC: ‘One of the leading trial lawyers of his generation with excellent client skills.’

Justin Fenwick QC: ‘A class act on his feet.’

Roger Stewart QC: ‘He is absolutely charming and meticulous in his preparation.’

Michael Soole QC: ‘He displays sheer depth of expertise.’

Graham Eklund QC: ‘He cuts through the extraneous detail to identify the key issues; his advice is clear and he does not sit on the fence.

Patrick Lawrence QC: ‘Inspires great confidence and tackles problems with the minimum of stress.’

Simon Monty QC: ‘He knows his stuff, and is prompt, organised and very user-friendly.’

David Halpern QC: ‘A very intelligent and thoughtful barrister, and a good strategic thinker who is well liked by clients.’

Mark Cannon QC: ‘He is brilliant at assessing the law, has a strong sense of justice and is always reliable and responsive.’

Graeme McPherson QC: ‘Exceptionally talented.’

David Turner QC: ‘A superb courtroom performer and deadly cross-examiner; he is very quick-thinking on his feet with a measured style which earns the court’s trust.’

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC: ‘A fantastic advocate.’

Ben Patten QC: ‘Simply a superb advocate.’

Anneliese Day QC: ‘An exceptional performer on her feet and a real hit with clients.’

Ben Elkington QC: ‘Very engaged, reliable and approachable.’

Fiona Sinclair QC: ‘Technically brilliant and a real star.’

Jamie Smith QC: ‘An exceptional talent.’

Neil Hext QC: ‘Incredibly talented and great to work with.’

Paul Parker: ‘Experienced and insightful.’

Hugh Evans: An outstanding lawyer.’

Andrew Nicol: ‘A very able practitioner.’

Charles Phipps: ‘He has a brilliant legal mind and looks at cases upside-down and back-to-front to absolutely get to grips with the issues.’

Nicole Sandells: ‘A master tactician who is exceptionally bright and has a fantastic ability to condense significant evidential information.’

Alex Hall Taylor: ‘He has a warm and friendly manner which immediately puts clients at ease.’

Sian Mirchandani: ‘Very bright, robust, dedicated and thorough.’

Michael Bowmer: ‘Very thorough and responsive.’

Richard Liddell: ‘A superb advocate.’

Amanda Savage: ‘Extremely popular and deservedly so.’

Stephen Innes: ‘He is highly reliable, and able to assimilate large quantities of documents and distil the key points.’

Scott Allen: ‘He delivers quick response times, is very measured and gives clear advice that clients can easily digest.’

Helen Evans: ‘Great to work with, extremely strong on paper and a very clever advocate.’

Carl Troman: ‘Outstanding.’

Clare Dixon: ‘She provides crystal-clear written advice, and is down to earth, pragmatic and easy to work with.’

Miles Harris: ‘Extremely bright but user-friendly, commercial, hardworking and reliable.’

Tim Chelmick: ‘He advice is always very clear, concise and pragmatic whether in writing or on the phone.’

George Spalton: ‘A top-notch advocate.’

Benjamin Wood: ‘He is extremely sound on the law, brilliant on his feet in court and fantastically commercial.’

Katie Powell: ‘Incredibly hardworking and very switched on.’

Shail Patel: ‘Exceptionally bright, very good on the detail, commercial and always contactable.’

Simon Hale: ‘He has good attention to detail and a commercial approach.’

Lucy Colter: ‘A good team player who is insightful and responsive.’



‘4 New Square is ‘an exceptional chambers’ for sports work. Clients ‘cannot praise the clerks highly enough; nothing is too much trouble and they work hard to find a solution.’’

Ranked Set – Tier 2.

Patrick Lawrence QC: ‘He has a fantastic manner and outstanding judgement.’

Graeme McPherson QC: ‘He is a dream with clients, and understands horseracing jargon like no other barrister.’

Richard Liddell: ‘A very competent barrister with a broad sports practice.’

Daniel Saoul: ‘He has an excellent reputation, particularly in doping cases.’



Professor Eva Lomnicka: ‘An extremely well-regarded expert in financial services law.’

Alex Hall Taylor: ‘Very able and a pleasure to work with.’

Tom Asquith: ‘A junior who is going places; he is hardworking, incisive and good with clients.’



Justin Fenwick QC: ‘An outstanding court advocate and excellent strategist.’

Ben Elkington QC: ‘Fantastic on his feet and with clients who value his concise, unstuffy approach.’

Graham Chapman QC: ‘A ferociously hard worker who will rapidly rise through the ranks.’

Neil Hext QC: ‘A very safe pair of hands whose judgement is very good in difficult situations.’

George Spalton: ‘Excellent – crisp and concise on paper, impressive in court and a real team player.’



Benjamin Williams QC: ‘Knows his subject matter inside out, and is user-friendly and approachable.’



John Powell QC: ‘Highly recommended for his expertise in financial services-related fraud.’

Justin Fenwick QC: ‘Incisive, decisive, a natural leader and a good person to have onside in a battle.’



Thomas Ogden: ‘Well respected for high-value IT arbitrations.’



Jonathan Hough QC: ‘He is experienced in acting as counsel to the inquiry in high-profile inquests.’



Roger Stewart QC: ‘A pleasure to work with – his subtle but highly-effective cross examination is exceptional.’

George Spalton: ‘He has a keen intellect and is an excellent sounding board offering very practical advice.’

Daniel Saoul: ‘Very bright and knowledgeable, with sound judgement.’



Nigel Burroughs: ‘Very personable and helpful.’



Ben Hubble QC: ‘He has an excellent manner with clients.’

Patrick Lawrence QC: ‘His charming and rather urbane style always goes down well.’

Simon Monty QC: ‘Well-liked by the judiciary.

Graeme McPherson QC: ‘A horse trainer, well respected for defending vets.’

Paul Parker: ‘Excellent in defence.’

George Spalton: ‘Hardworking, diligent and user-friendly.’



David Halpern QC: ‘Particularly good in property-related professional negligence litigation against solicitors and surveyors.’