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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 2014

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COMMERCIAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Justin Fenwick QC
Has a strong commercial practice, and is noted for his stellar professional negligence expertise. Also has strong insurance, construction and product liability capabilities.
Expertise: "A robust advocate and a fearless cross-examiner, who has excellent all-round judgement."
Recent work: He played a leading role in Arkady Gaydamak v Lev Leviev. This involved a USD2 billion claim relating to a partnership the two parties had allegedly entered into.

Ben Elkington QC of 4 New Square 
Has firmly established a solid reputation in the commercial litigation arena. He has strong insurance, professional negligence and property damage experience.
Expertise: "Responsive, intelligent and very user-friendly."
Recent work: He formed part of the team that represented the claimants in Kingspan v Borealis, a case involving a £100 million claim concerning polymer provided by a Danish supplier to an Irish manufacturer.

Anneliese Day QC of 4 New Square 
Since taking silk in 2012, she has continued to gain significant market respect for her commercial dispute practice. Her practical approach to cases and skilled advocacy gain her particular praise.
Expertise: "Has an incredible work ethic and is excellent with clients."
Recent work: She acted for Bentley Motor Cars in gaining an injunction against a supplier that allowed Bentley cars to still be produced in the UK.

George Spalton of 4 New Square
Experienced across a range of commercial litigation and arbitration cases, and comfortable with international disputes.
Expertise: "He is very good with clients, and really stands out for his commercial approach."
Recent work: He is instructed to handle sizeable claims brought against IG Markets in relation to their role as CFD brokers.

CONSTRUCTION

‘A particularly well-regarded set for professional negligence and insurance-related construction matters in the UK and overseas. One recent high-profile instruction came from the successful contractor in the case of Walter Lilly v Giles Mackay. The set also appeared in Mayor & City of London v Lend Lease Construction (UK) Ltd (and Others), which concerned a diesel oil spill inside a new RBS office building.’

"Very responsive and very approachable."

 - Chambers and Partners 2014

Michael Soole QC: Vice chairman of the Technology & Construction Bar Association (TECBAR) and a particular expert at the intersection where construction law meets professional negligence and insurance. 
Expertise: "Commercially minded and succinct in his advice." "He has real experience and real gravitas." 
Recent work: He acted in the professional negligence case of Carillion JM Ltd v Portscene, which concerned a design and build contract.

Roger Stewart QC
Recognised as a leading barrister who is often involved in complex and high-profile disputes and international arbitrations.
Expertise: "A polished, able performer." "He's tough and extremely well prepared." 

Ben Patten QC
A highly regarded silk, especially in terms of insurance or professional indemnity-related construction matters.
Expertise: "Provides clear, concise and robust advice." "He's unequivocal, clear, straightforward and commercially focused, and has a clear and deep understanding of the industry."

Justin Fenwick QC
Has significant experience in the insurance industry, and a solid reputation for handling large construction disputes.
Expertise: "His wealth of experience gives him an edge." 

Mark Cannon QC 
An expert in insurance and professional liability-related construction matters.
Expertise: "He rolled his sleeves up and became part of the team quickly; he's first-rate." 
Recent work: He acted in Co-operative Group Ltd v Birse Developments in defending a negligence claim involving the design of a distribution centre. 

Fiona Sinclair QC
Has a wealth of experience in professional liability matters. She works as an advocate in the TCC, in the Court of Appeal and in international arbitrations. 
Expertise: "A dream to work with - she's committed, gets her hands dirty, is not afraid of detail, and is very well liked by clients." 
Recent work: Acted for the defendant contractor in Co-operative Group Ltd v Birse Developments Ltd, a complex and very technical claim.

Anneliese Day QC
A well-regarded silk with a wealth of experience in construction disputes, including international arbitrations.
Expertise: "She's highly capable, and has a great eye for detail." "Energetic."
Recent work: She acted for the successful contractor in the important case of Walter Lilly v Giles Mackay. 

Graham Chapman QC 
Has a strong construction practice, and a flourishing professional negligence and general commercial practice. He often acts in international cases.
Recent work: He acted for engineers in defending a complex claim regarding the design of foundations to a waste transfer facility. 

Annabel Shaw 
She is recognised as a solid performer in construction and technology disputes. 
Recent work: She acted in Carillion JM Limited v Portscene Limited, a claim regarding the design and supervision of M&E works.

CONSUMER LAW

Jonathan Hough QC
Trained in broad commercial and insurance matters, but comes to greatest market attention for his command of consumer law, in which role he often advises financial institutions.
Expertise: "A highly responsive barrister who gives clear, succinct advice, he is a methodical and persuasive advocate. When carrying out advisory work, he quickly identifies key issues and has a keen eye for detail. He is also highly personable."
Recent work: He advised on Conister Trust v Lester Aldridge, a dispute concerning alleged negligence in the drafting of consumer credit agreements.

Eva Lomnicka
A university professor in the King's College London school of law, as well as a practising barrister, she regularly provides advice on consumer credit matters.
Expertise: "She is incredibly helpful. She has almost encyclopaedic knowledge of consumer credit law, not just the black-letter law, but also the commentator's view behind it."
"For advisory work I think she is unbeatable."
Recent work: She was selected to advise trade associations and financial institutions on a number of consumer law-related matters.

Benjamin Williams
A renowned costs litigation expert who is also noted for his skilled handling of consumer issues. Sources praise him for his confident and convincing advocacy.
Expertise: "He is very analytical and produces cogent arguments." "He takes a particularly energetic approach in court."
Recent work: He has advised on a number of regulatory matters involving credit charges and credit hire agreements.

COSTS LITIGATION

‘This very strong costs set bolstered its credentials recently with the arrivals of Benjamin Williams and Robert Marven, giving it a costs team with strong breadth as well as depth. It is able to advise on all manner of costs litigation, and has been involved in high-profile cases such as Simcoe v Jacuzzi, a case on whether or not a losing party should pay interests on costs made under a CFA. ‘

"The clerks are second to none. They are approachable, flexible on fees and always available."

- Chambers and Partners 2014

Nicholas Bacon QC 
Head of the set's costs team and hailed as being among the very strongest of costs litigators. Such is his standing, he has been a member of a number of committees relating to the Jackson Reforms.
Expertise: "He is definitely a leading silk in the field. To that end, you know when you hire him, you've got the guy."
Recent work: He was instructed in Motto v Trafigura, a case concerning funding costs, interest in costs, costs in group actions and after-the-event recovery. It is the largest costs case in the UK to date.

Roger Mallalieu 
Often works on high-profile cases in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. His practice centres on CFA compliance, third-party and inter partes costs and solicitor/client costs matters.
Expertise: "Very likeable and very approachable, and he gets to the nub of a case very quickly. He gives clarity to the more difficult issues involved in a case."
Recent work: He worked on the Simcoe v Jacuzzi case.

Benjamin Williams 
Well known for being instructed on some of the largest and most significant costs cases, he is considered one of the top juniors in this area.
Expertise: One solicitor commented: "He's an advocate from whom I always learn. He's acutely intelligent, he always gets to the issues in the case, and never misses a point."
Recent work: He acted for the claimant in Mulcaire v News Group Newspapers successfully obtaining reinstatement of indemnity costs which were withdrawn after Rupert Murdoch testified to the Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee.

Robert Marven 
Acts for a wide range of clients across the full spectrum of costs litigation. His areas of specialism include after-the-event insurance, third-party funding, cost estimates and budgets, and CFAs. 
Expertise: "A great asset to any costs team. He produces very high-quality written advice on short notice. He can just drill into facts, mentally access case law and rules, and provide advice incredibly quickly. "

Daniel Saoul
A former solicitor advocate, he has a great deal of experience of handling costs matters from both sides. He assisted Lord Justice Jackson in his review of civil litigation costs.
Expertise: A solicitor stated: "He's clearly very knowledgeable on costs, and was able to provide me with feedback very soon after the hearing. I felt he was extremely enthusiastic and was committed to putting arguments forward, despite the fact that the odds were against us."
Recent work: Acted in Motto v Trafigura, a £105 million costs claim resulting from a class action personal injuries claim. It is thought to be the largest costs claim in English legal history.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

At 4 New Square, John Powell QC's practice focuses on financial services and markets issues covering the UK, EU, EEA and USA. In particular he advises on deep pocket investment, banking and corporate fraud and related accessory and professional liability super-cases. In addition to this he is co-author of the Encyclopedia of Financial Services Law, together with chambermate Eva Lomnicka, who "knows a phenomenal amount about this field." She is highly respected by fellow barristers for her academic contributions as well as her advisory and contentious skills in this area.

- Chambers and Partners 2013

INQUESTS AND PUBLIC INQUIRIES

Jonathan Hough QC specialises in public law and coronial law. He appears in a variety of inquests and public inquiries, including those concerning the conduct of the police and the responsibilities of rail networks.   
Expertise: "He is assiduous, covers every angle and looks out for the client's interests at every turn."
Recent work: Acted as counsel to the inquest in the Grayrigg Train Crash Inquest, established to determine the causes of the derailment of an inner-city train.

INSURANCE

‘This prominent set offers expertise across the full spectrum of insurance and reinsurance law, and is particularly praised by sources for its experience in professional indemnity matters. Other areas of note are property damage, disease claims and construction-related disputes. Barristers from the set are frequently called to appear in some of the most high-profile cases in the industry. One source states: "I am always impressed by the technical quality of the work, and by the ability and willingness of the barristers to put in the time and effort to work to tight deadlines."’ 

"The overall service received from 4 New Square is of an extremely high standard. The clerking team is extremely efficient and understands our needs as well as those of our clients. Counsel are commercial and have a detailed understanding of the insurance market." ‘=

- Chambers and Partners 2014

Graham Eklund QC 
Much admired for his insurance practice, which focuses heavily on property insurance claims. He is particularly praised by sources for his highly effective cross-examining style.
Expertise: "He is our main go-to silk for bigger claims. He takes a tough but reasoned and realistic line, which clients appreciate." "Graham is very client-friendly and provides succinct, well-crafted advice."
Recent work: Appeared in PNCL v NIG, which concerned a claim arising out of a fire.

Ben Elkington QC 
Impresses barristers and instructing solicitors with his skill in insurance and reinsurance matters. He is well versed in a wide variety of claims, including those related to brokers' negligence and property damage.
Expertise: "He's very good with clients, and has great strategic insight." "He gets to the heart of the issues and provides clear and definitive legal analysis."
Recent work: He acted in Adder Screen Print v Great Lakes Reinsurance, which involved a substantial insurance claim arising out of a factory fire.

Justin Fenwick QC 
Handles insurance and reinsurance matters as part of a broad practice. Professional indemnity matters are his forte.
Expertise: "An exceptional tactician and a persuasive advocate." "A master of strategic thinking, who is fearless."
Recent work: Appeared in Travelers and DWS v Advani, which concerned coverage issues and a recovery action against a former employee of Denton Wilde Sapte.

Mark Cannon QC
Enjoys a strong reputation for handling professional indemnity matters. He is particularly expert in professional negligence matters relating to brokers. 
Expertise: "Very impressive, particularly on the professional indemnity side."
Recent work: Acted in the £90 million Innovator One claim against Collyer Bristow, representing two insurers.

Roger Stewart QC 
Insurance and reinsurance law forms a substantial part of his broad practice. He is acclaimed by sources for his expertise in insurance matters pertaining to the construction and engineering spheres.
Expertise: "He's the best cross-examiner ever," according to one instructing solicitor. 
Recent work: Featured in the EL Trigger Litigation, opening the case for the appellant insurers.

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC 
Expert in a range of insurance areas, including professional liability and product liability. Has notable experience in asbestos-related disease claims.
Expertise: "Excellent, thorough and a barrister with encyclopaedic knowledge of case-law." "At the top of her field, she provides excellent advice."
Recent work: Appeared in International Energy Group Limited v Zurich Insurance Company, representing Zurich in a case concerning the insurance of asbestos liabilities.  

Jonathan Hough QC
Receives praise across the board for his insurance and reinsurance knowledge, responsiveness and versatility. He has particular skill in professional indemnity matters.
Expertise: "He is excellent. He provides a clear strategy to meet the client's needs, prepares assiduously for every matter, and works incredibly hard to ensure that work is done within a specified time." "He's thorough, pragmatic and great to work with."
Recent work: He recently advised Direct Line Group on a dispute resulting from an insurance distribution agreement with Tesco Bank.

INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION

Roger Stewart QC
He has a high-level international arbitration practice, and has major expertise in construction and professional negligence cases.
Expertise: "With his level of intellect and level of ability in advocacy taken together, he ticks every box."

George Spalton
Has a strong foothold in the arbitration world, and is regularly instructed by magic circle firms in disputes conducted under institutional and non-institutional rules.
Expertise: "He is an absolute pleasure to work with - he comes highly recommended."

OFFSHORE

Justin Fenwick QC
A barrister with a proven track record in all manner of commercial litigation matters. He regularly acts on substantial litigation in the Cayman Islands, the BVI and St Kitts & Nevis.
Expertise: "He can absorb voluminous material swiftly and his oral advocacy is fantastic." 

PENSIONS

Nigel Burroughs
He is an expert in the pensions and insolvency area, and has particular expertise in professional liability claims and issues arising from attempts to amend scheme documentation.
Expertise: "A strong and experienced junior." "He's very approachable, gets to grips with things very quickly, and builds up a good rapport with his client." 
Recent work: Represented the trustees of the Hugh Mackay Retirement Benefit Scheme in a mismanagement case concerning inappropriate investments of scheme assets and personal profits made by the trustees. 

PRODUCT LIABILITY

‘Members at this set have broad practices and have undertaken various cases arising in a number of industries. By way of example, they have handled claims relating to military technology, the construction industry and medical devices. Due to the severity and complexity of the cases they take on, they are often called to appear in the Supreme Court. ‘

"It's a very good set, and has an excellent spread of QCs. It's a modern set with friendly, open and transparent barristers. They also have very efficient clerks."

- Chambers and Partners 2014

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC 
Instructing solicitors note that she is "extremely bright" and "dedicated." She acts for the Home Office, Ministry of Defence and Department of Energy, and was appointed Treasury counsel before taking silk.
Expertise: "She is an incredibly good appellate advocate. She is prodigiously hard-working, and possesses both a first-class brain and very sound judgement." "Formidably intelligent and very user-friendly, she has built up her specialist knowledge in pharmaceuticals very impressively."
Recent work: Successfully co-presented the case AB & Others v Ministry of Defence to the Supreme Court. Also known as the Atomic Veterans litigation, this was the case in which 1,010 claimants alleged personal injury due to radiation exposure in atomic tests in the 1950s.

Justin Fenwick QC 
An experienced commercial litigator with a strong practice in engineering and vehicle-related liability claims. Fenwick has been a deputy High Court judge since 2003.
Expertise: "My first port of call - he will give you short, clear advice. He'll give a flow-chart response that cuts through complex issues," said one instructing solicitor. Peers call him "a formidable advocate who handles high-profile heavyweight cases in the area."
Recent work: Acted in Kingspan Environmental Ltd and Others v Borealis, a case regarding a multimillion-pound claim by an Irish oil tech manufacturer against a Danish resin provider.

Graham Eklund QC 
A "dream to work with," he is prepared to "get his hands dirty" and "is not afraid of the detail in a case." He has acted for both claimants and defendants on numerous product liability cases, many of which involve fires caused by defective products.
Expertise: "He's a very capable cross-examiner with a mastery of all the facts." Solicitors call him "a superb advocate, who has great client skills - clients always like him and his approach."
Recent work: He acted in Argos and Homebase (A&H) v Leather Trade House Limited, which concerned sofas causing contact dermatitis.

David Turner QC 
An experienced practitioner in commercial disputes, Turner is regarded as a "heavyweight" whose "practice has continued to flourish."
Expertise: "To the point and commercially aware." "Great on detail and tactical accuracy."
Recent work: Acted in Pilkington Group v Ocean Marine Insurance Company and XL Insurance Company. This was a claim concerning glass-making technology and the subsequent damage to a float glass facility.

Peter Feldschreiber 
Dual-qualified as a medical practitioner and a barrister, he is particularly good on medical and pharmaceutical product liability, and life sciences work. He is hugely sought after for his specialist expertise and his ability to draw on the knowledge of his network of contacts.
Expertise: "He is an excellent analyst who is able to unpick very technical information and put it into clear English. He's very responsive and client-friendly. A joy to work with." 

Katie Powell 
She is regarded by silks who have come across her as "a bright spark" with "a great interest in this area." She has a strong professional negligence practice and specialises in industrial and healthcare-related disputes.
Expertise: "She is a formidable worker and a very good team player. She's totally reliable."
Recent work: Has been extensively involved in AB & Others v Ministry of Defence, the Atomic Veterans litigation. 

PROFESSIONAL DISCIPLINE

‘4 New Square is a leading set in terms of financial services, accountancy and legal professional discipline matters. As a result of the credit crunch, members have been involved in some complex and high-profile cases. Sources say that the set is "a first port of call, certainly on the accountancy side."’

- Chambers and Partners 2014

Ben Hubble QC 
Acts both for and against the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), and has a very strong reputation. He also handles matters before the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) and the SDT.
Expertise: "He is a trail blazer with the FRC. He is their first choice to do their prosecutions." 

Patrick Lawrence QC 
Offers expertise within the financial services and legal disciplinary sectors. He also acts in judicial review proceedings arising out of disciplinary cases against the Bar Council, the ICAEW and the SRA.
Expertise: "A class act who is very user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for the FRC in prosecuting the Farepak disciplinary proceedings.

Graeme McPherson QC 
Has a practice focused on the legal and sports sectors.
Expertise: "He is very good and very thorough."
Recent work: Prosecuted a high-profile racehorse trainer on behalf of the British Horseracing Authority. The case related to doping and other misconduct charges.

Simon Monty QC 
Has an extensive practice taking in professional discipline cases relating to the legal, accountancy and surveying sectors.
Expertise: "He is a steady and reassuring hand. Senior professionals warm to him."
Recent work: Acted in the longest ever SDT hearing. The case dealt with allegations of fraud, conspiracy and negligence.

Paul Parker
Particularly active before the SDT, defending solicitors facing misconduct charges. He also handles work for the ICAEW.
Expertise: "He is good to use in bloody disciplinary cases because he is a real fighter."
Recent work: Acted in SDT proceedings arising out of miners’ compensation claims.

George Spalton 
Offers broad expertise and has appeared before the SDT, the ICAEW, the Chartered Institute of Taxation and the Association of Taxation Technicians. He is also instructed by the AADB in ongoing proceedings.
Expertise: "He is more junior, but a real up-and-coming star. He has a very calm manner with clients."

PROFESSIONAL NEGLIGENCE

‘4 New Square continues to lead the professional negligence market. Its unparalleled strength in depth and the huge volume of its caseload means "it is just so far ahead of the competition." A plethora of silks and juniors are on board here, and they are instructed in the biggest and most important cases. Backing them up is a team of efficient clerks who are "always responsive and accommodating." As one commentator said of the members here, "they are all good technical specialists, and tend to be the first port of call on most things. You can call, see who's available and you'll generally be happy with whomever you get."’ 

- Chambers and Partners 2014

Justin Fenwick QC 
The doyen of professional negligence silks, and a man who has few peers in the market. A former chairman of Bar Mutual, he has particular expertise in insurance matters but is equally formidable in all areas of professional negligence.
Expertise: "Great with clients and always calm under fire," "he's a star act, who is magnificent in a trial forum."
"His strategic thinking is extraordinary and his grasp of legal principle is a wonder to behold."
Recent work: Advised Savills on a claim made by Barclays Wealth following alleged mortgage brokers' negligence by an employee.

Roger Stewart QC 
Noted for his strength on complex cases, he receives particular praise for his "tough, practical, commercial and clever" handling of coverage, construction and financial services-related matters.
Expertise: "He's excellent if you want a hard-nosed cross-examiner - he's not afraid to spill some blood." "Phenomenally bright, he's great for complex cases."
Recent work: Successfully defended Pinsent Masons against claims, brought by Shepherd Construction, alleging negligence in the drafting of a standard form contract.

Graeme McPherson QC 
Popular with a raft of leading solicitors, he is adept at handling claims across the professional liability spectrum. He regularly handles claims against solicitors and accountants.
Expertise: "He's very thorough, a very good advocate and excellent with clients."
"Fantastic on his feet and always well prepared for trial," "he's guaranteed to bring excellent analysis and a common-sense approach."
Recent work: Defended Mark Redler & Co Solicitors on alleged breach of trust claims brought by Allied Irish Banks.

Nicholas Davidson QC 
Highly rated by solicitors, who comment on his fantastic knowledge in this area, he "steers through the most complex litigation with ease." He has made many trips to the higher courts on property-related professional negligence cases, and is also particularly good on claims against investment managers and advisers.
Expertise: "Absolutely phenomenal in terms of his legal knowledge," he is "a very solid performer, who gives sound and measured advice." He is noted for his collaborative style and "he likes to have a two-way process with the solicitors he works with." 
Recent work: Represented Newcastle Airport in an action against Eversheds relating to a conflict of interests over new contracts for a group of senior executives.

Ben Hubble QC
Universally praised by solicitors and barristers alike, he is described as "the go-to man for claimant professional negligence work." He is a "solicitors' barrister" known for his commercial and co-operative style, and seen as someone who is "snapping at the heels of the more experienced silks."
Expertise: "Quickly masters document-heavy cases," "has a great court style and always earns the respect of judges." "Handles multiparty litigation very well."
Recent work: Acted in the well-known Innovator litigation representing Collyer Bristow.

Patrick Lawrence QC 
"A Rolls-Royce silk," who is "able and approachable in equal measure," he is one of the most in-demand professional indemnity barristers. He's the first port of call for many solicitors, particularly when it comes to large surveyors' and valuers' claims.
Expertise: "A towering courtroom presence, who is one of the best cross-examiners in the professional negligence world." "Superb on complex heavyweight cases," he is known for his "razor-sharp mind and ability to take a witness apart."
Recent work: Defended an action against Payne Hicks Beach over alleged negligent advice relating to a high-value child support matter.

John Powell QC
Appears in some of the most high-profile professional negligence cases. He is singled out for his advocacy as well as his strength on the advisory side of things. He continues to deal with high-profile and complex investor negligence cases.
Expertise: "Always gets deep into a case and understands things intimately."
Recent work: Represented claimants in the Innovator litigation in a £60 million action against dozens of defendants.

Anneliese Day QC
"Truly exceptional" and well known among her peers for being a tough and impressive opponent. She is "someone who can really be presented with a tricky case and see a way through." She handles many complex matters including high-value mortgage fraud and commercial cases.
Expertise: "Exceptionally good with clients, she has a great sense of humour and produces work product of the highest quality." "Brainy, incisive, but also human when appropriate."
Recent work: Defended MoFo against claims by Petrocapital Resources, alleging negligent advice on convertible loan notes.

David Halpern QC
"A master tactician," who conducts cases for and against solicitors, accountants, valuers and surveyors, amongst others.
Expertise: "Fantastic on complex areas of law and extremely collaborative in his approach. The lawyer's lawyer."
Recent work: Advised Rentokil in a claim against Goodman Derrick relating to the composition of a contract for sale of property which led to planning difficulties.

Ben Elkington QC 
Praised as a new-style silk, he's particularly praised for his insurance-related negligence work.
Expertise: "Very good with clients and a man of great strategic insight," he "understands the issues that come hand in hand when you work for insurers." Impresses solicitors with the way he "gets buried into the fundamentals without getting distracted by the window dressing" when handling multiparty claims.
Recent work: Represented Think Environment in a claim relating to alleged negligence on the part of an insurance broker. 

Mark Cannon QC 
His practice focuses on cases relating to insurance and construction professionals, but he is well capable of turning his hand to any professional negligence claim.
Expertise: "He knows so much about the subject and literally wrote the book on it."
Recent work: Appeared in Turpin v Brabners, a claim alleging a conflict of duty against the law firm surrounding the sale of a construction company.

Graham Eklund QC 
Handles a wide variety of claims, and is valued by clients for his judgement and his "direct, no-nonsense approach."
Expertise: "An extremely intelligent advocate," who is "very measured and calm even in really difficult circumstances." 
Recent work: Handled a claim by an insured following a fire for which the insurance company denied liability. The insurance brokers were added to the claim for allegedly providing an inadequate service.

Ben Patten QC
 A "good all-rounder," who is "extremely knowledgeable" and provides commercially minded advice. He often works on behalf of insurance companies and construction professionals.
Expertise: "Extremely bright, hands-on and unstuffy." "He's completely unruffleable - nothing shakes him or makes him concerned."
Recent work: Represented Eversheds in defending a conflict of interest based claim made by Newcastle International Airport.

David Turner QC
He has a wide practice that encompasses claims against a range of professionals. He has particular expertise in defending complex, multi-claimant actions arising out of the failure of tax avoidance products.
Expertise: "Technically brilliant."
Recent work: Defended Zatman & Co against claims of alleged negligent advice in relation to the claimants' attempts to purchase Wrexham Athletic.

Fiona Sinclair QC
"A dream to work with" because she's "not afraid of detail" or of "getting her hands dirty." She has a great reputation for her construction-related professional negligence work and is many solicitors' first choice for cases in that area.
Expertise: "She talks very well on her feet, judges listen to everything she says and she commands a lot of respect."

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC 
Regularly acts in multi-claimant actions and has recently defended a raft of negligence cases against both barristers and solicitors.
Expertise: "Extremely bright and highly organised."
Recent work: Defended Michael Booth QC, on behalf of Bar Mutual, in a negligence claim relating to the loss of a case he had acted in.

Graham Chapman QC 
"Clever and client-friendly," he "tackles complex claims at impressive speeds," while remaining mindful of the commercial reality of any given situation.
Expertise: "User-friendly and very knowledgeable in terms of the law. He's very efficient and clear in his sensible advice."
Recent work: Acted as junior counsel in the Innovator litigation led by John Powell QC.

Jamie Smith
"A cut above everybody else at the junior Bar" and someone who gives "a QC service at junior rates." He receives unanimous praise from barristers and solicitors, who commend his clever and innovative approach and ability "to see things from a new angle."
Expertise: "Quickly turns round papers and is steadfast in his advice." "He is a good team player with a fine legal brain. He is highly analytical, and is able to see through complicated legal issues and distil them down to the essential points."
Recent work: Defending Clintons in a £20 million claim relating to alleged negligent advice given in relation to potential divorce proceedings.

Charles Phipps 
"A first port of call for financial services cases," he is praised for his ability to cut through paper-heavy cases and get straight to the nub of the matter. 
Expertise: "Incredibly knowledgeable, he produces sound and inventive pleadings."
"He's excellent, very user-friendly and is never one to flap." 
Recent work: Represented Halliwells in the Court of Appeal. The firm admitted a breach of duty but was able to convince the judge that only nominal damages ought to be paid.

Scott Allen 
"Professional, clear and straightforward in his advice," he is confident handling the full range of professional negligence work. One solicitor commented: "He is one of the first juniors we look to irrespective of the profession we act for."
Expertise: "He's amazing. He can cut through complex paperwork and is strong across all the core professional indemnity areas."
Recent work: Acted as Ben Patten QC's junior in defending Eversheds against an action brought by Newcastle Airport concerning an alleged conflict of interest.

Hugh Evans
Particularly noted for his professional indemnity work relating to accountants and solicitors, he is "very fast on the law" and leaves solicitors in no doubt that "any case he handles will be carefully researched and put together."
Expertise: "He fights very hard for his clients and gives the solicitor a real sense of support and encouragement."
Recent work: Acted for Howden Insurance Brokers over an alleged failure to fully cover a fairground inspection company.

Siân Mirchandani 
Although expert across the full range of professional negligence work, she has a wealth of experience in the TCC and regularly acts in claims relating to construction professionals.
Expertise: "Provides high-quality work and has a strong understanding of the issues." "Gets to grips with tactical issues extremely quickly." 
Recent work: Led by Patrick Lawrence QC on a claim concerning alleged valuers' negligence in relation to a portfolio of hotels.

Amanda Savage
Regularly instructed on claims against solicitors and barristers, valuers and financial professionals. She is "very careful in her advice and realistic about the prospects of a case."
Expertise: "Very intelligent, extremely hard-working, and someone with a wonderful sense of humour. She works very well in a team and is a real asset to the solicitor."
Recent work: Advised Sussex County Cricket Club with regard to a claim against its former solicitors DMH Stallard.

Richard Liddell
Solicitors note his collaborative approach and the ease with which he integrates into a team. His expertise spans the entire range of professional indemnity work. 
Expertise: "He manages difficult clients well," and is "very good on dispute strategy and tactics."
Recent work: Represented David Casement QC and Michael Booth QC on behalf of Bar Mutual in a claim brought by a liquidator.

Clare Dixon 
Seen by many as a "star of the future," she acts for claimants and defendants on cases relating to a wide range of professions. She is singled out for her advocacy, judgement and all-round courtroom ability.
Expertise: "Quickly grasps the commercial angles of the dispute." "She's very straightforward, very logical and very persuasive."
Recent work: Defended Pinsent Masons, led by Roger Stewart QC, in a claim concerning the alleged negligent drafting of sub-clauses.

Helen Evans 
Regularly represents claimants and defendants in matters relating to lawyers and valuers. She is highly sought after for her professional negligence expertise and is considered a go-to by solicitors.
Expertise: "She works all hours of the day and provides a first-rate service." "Very bright and intuitive, she gives solid commercial advice."
Recent work: Defended Christou & Co in a claim involving a Greek Cypriot restaurant which was the subject of litigation.

George Spalton
Favourably compared to some silks in this area, he is known for his commercially focused advice, when acting on a whole range of professional negligence cases.
Expertise: "Extremely confident and approachable. Gives really good firm, commercial advice." "Exceptionally bright but combines that with being very user-friendly."

Alex Hall Taylor
Especially well known for his professional indemnity work with financial professionals, particularly on matters with a tax or chancery element. His congenial nature is noted and he is popular with solicitors and barristers alike.
Expertise: "He's excellent. Client-friendly and hard-working, he's also fun, which is important." "Able to see the wood for the trees; he can get to a solution and put it in a way that is easily digestible for the client."
Recent work: Led by Justin Fenwick QC, he defended Pannone in a high-profile claim brought by Langstone Leisure. 

Carl Troman
He is "good across the board" and quickly grasps the strategy and legal points in professional negligence cases of every stamp. He is regularly instructed by some of the most prominent professional negligence firms, who trust him to handle difficult multiparty cases.
Expertise: "Very responsive and keen to do battle for the client where it is commercially sound so to do." "Strong on his feet, he went in against a far more senior barrister on the other side and held his own."
Recent work: Acted in a matter relating to a conveyancing solicitor's alleged negligent advice on a boundary issue.

Katie Powell 
Stands out particularly for her professional negligence work relating to financial professionals.
Expertise: "You can ask her to do anything and she will have done it before you turn around." "She was never too busy to come back to us."

Miles Harris 
"An absolute gem and a bit of a hidden talent," he is a highly regarded junior with a broad and growing practice. 
Expertise: "Fabulous with clients and incredibly on top of the detail of the case." "He's a lot more commercial than most; that always seems to be something that's at the forefront of his mind. He's on the same wavelength as the client."
Recent work: He defended Castle Tax Consultants in a claim arising out of a failed tax avoidance scheme.

PROPERTY DAMAGE

Graham Eklund QC
An insurance specialist whose practice regularly encompasses property damage claims. He represents both insurers and insured defendants.
Expertise: "His cross-examination would put the fear of God into anybody."
Recent work: He was instructed in Milton Keynes BC v Nulty, a case concerning a fire at a recycling centre owned by Milton Keynes Council.

Ben Elkington QC
Has a broad practice that encompasses professional negligence, insurance and professional liability cases. His adroit handling of all three types of claims leads sources to highlight him as a great choice for property damage work.
Expertise: "He is very personable and gets on well with his clients." "In court he is particularly sensitive to the needs of judges, but he can also be quite tenacious with witnesses."

REAL ESTATE LITIGATION

David Halpern QC
An eminent property litigation silk with a wealth of experience, who is highly sought after by solicitors for his work on the intersection between property and professional negligence disputes.
Expertise: "Unbelievably brilliant. He is the advocate for all seasons, and fantastically easy to deal with. He's incredibly direct in terms of identifying the problem, fantastic on his feet and a huge amount of fun." "He's got all the points and is persuasive in writing."
Recent work: He was recently instructed by Hogan Lovells on behalf of Barclays Bank in a high-value claim against its solicitors and surveyors in respect of payments made to a fraudulent entity intended for the remortgaging of a number of Kensington flats. 

SPORTS LAW

‘4 New Square is increasingly well regarded for its sports work, most notably in the horse racing area, due in part to Graeme McPherson QC's expertise. The set has also demonstrated its diversity by handling disputes in rugby, football, motor racing, boxing and athletics.’  

"The set provides an excellent all-round client service and a fine clerking team."

- Chambers and Partners 2014

Graeme McPherson QC
Has undoubted expertise and earns widespread praise for the work he does in horse racing cases. Of late he has also been noticeably active in athletics, especially on anti-doping issues.
Expertise: "He has a very personable manner – he is superb in front of a tribunal and is a really good advocate. He is also a sensible person to go to for advice."
Recent work: He was instructed by the British Horseracing Authority to oppose attempts by Richard Hughes, the 2012 champion jockey, to overturn a 50-day suspension imposed in India.

Richard Liddell 
Regularly instructed on horse racing and athletics cases, and works for both the British Horseracing Authority and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). He is regularly involved in disciplinary, anti-doping and sponsorship cases. 
Recent work: He acted for the IAAF in its appeal to Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland over the decision of the Doping Committee of the Hungarian National Anti-doping Organisation to exonerate Hungarian discus thrower Zoltán Kövágó from any sanction.

Daniel Saoul 
Has a strong reputation for his work in sports disciplinary cases and the anti-doping arena. He also has a strong commercial practice which complements the work he does in boxing, motor sport and football. 
Expertise: "He gives authoritative, user-friendly and well-judged advice. Although busy, he is great at making himself available at short notice."
Recent work: He was instructed to represent Ashley Theophane, a professional boxer and British champion in the light-welterweight division, in a dispute with former agent Hennessy Promotions.

 

The Legal 500

Corporate

ADMINISTRATIVE & PUBLIC LAW

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC, Jonathan Hough and Can Yeginsu are recommended.

BANKING & FINANCE

Professor Eva Lomnicka is recommended.

COMMERCIAL LITIGATION

Justin Fenwick QC, Neil Hext and George Spalton are recommended.

CONSTRUCTION

Four New Square's highly rated silks include the ‘intelligent’ and ‘rigorousRoger Stewart QC, who commands a ‘huge amount of respect’ and is ‘first choice’ for professional negligence cases; and Ben Patten QC is a ‘persuasive’ advocate who is ‘efficient in his presentation and submissions’ and is continually ‘improving with age and experience’. Fiona Sinclair is a ‘standout junior’.

Justin Fenwick QC, Michael Soole QC, Annabel Shaw, Katie Powell and Paul Sutherland are also recommended.

COSTS

Four New Square is listed as a Tier Two Set.

What Four New Square may lack in terms of numbers, Nicholas Bacon QC is ‘probably one of the best, if not the best, barrister in the costs field’, with ‘a real can-do attitude in finding solutions to problems’. Most recently he has been involved in Motto v Trafigura in the Court of Appeal, the largest costs case in English history. Roger Mallalieu has ‘trail-blazed the Court of Appeal’ and is ‘an excellent advocate who knows the technical costs area inside out’.

Tim Chelmick is also recommended.

FRAUD: CIVIL

John Powell QC and Justin Fenwick QC are recommended.

INSURANCE & REINSURANCE

Four New Square is a Tier Three Set.

At Four New Square, Graham Eklund QC is ‘one of the leading silks in property insurance matters’. Jeremy Stuart-Smith and David Turner QC acted for Indian state-owned insurers in an $800m arbitration. Also recommended are new silk Ben Elkington QC, who is ‘very good with clients’, and junior Neil Hext, who is ‘a real fighter’.

Justin Fenwick QC, Roger Stewart QC, Nicholas Davidson QC, Anneliese Day QC, Neil Hext and Jonathan Hough are also recommended.

INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION

Roger Stewart QC and George Spalton are recommended.

MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT & SPORT

Four New Square's Graeme McPherson QC has particular expertise in horseracing cases and is ‘an outstanding advocate who has a good grip on the rules of the sport’. Patrick Lawrence QC is commended for his ‘experience in sports regulation, knowledge of horseracing, incisive authority and clear thinking’. Richard Liddell has ‘picked up the peculiarities of the horseracing environment with commendable speed’. Daniel Saoul advises Olympic governing bodies.

Graeme Mew is also recommended.

PENSIONS

Four New Square's Nigel Burroughs, who acts in all types of pensions disputes and has niche expertise in issues arising from attempts to amend scheme documentation

PERSONAL INJURY

Graham Eklund QC is recommended.

PRODUCT LIABILITY

Four New Square has ‘an extremely strong team, with a stunning breadth of activity’.

- Legal 500, 2012

Four New Square is a Second Tier Set.  

Product liability heavyweight Justin Fenwick QC acted in Kingspan Environmental Ltd & Others v Borealis A/S & Another. The well-respected Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC led up-and-coming junior Katie Powell in Supreme Court group action AB v ors v Ministry of Defence regarding nuclear tests in the South Pacific and Australia. Graham Eklund QC is highlighted for his ‘reliable quality of advice, excellent paperwork and skilled advocacy’, and recently acted in Argos and Homebase v Leather Trade House. David Turner QC is ‘an outstanding lawyer and advocate’. Dr Peter Feldschreiber’s ‘unique experience as a physician, pharma regulator and barrister gives him an encyclopaedic knowledge of pharma-related issues

Jalil Asif QC is also recommended.

PROFESSIONAL DISCIPLINE & REGULATORY LAW

Ben Hubble QC, Graeme McPherson QC and Paul Parker are recommended.

PROFESSIONAL NEGLIGENCE

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Four New Square is ‘at the top of the tree for professional negligence matters’, and clients single out the ‘excellent clerking’.

- Legal 500, 2012

Four New Square is the Leading Set in Professional Negligence.

Justin Fenwick’s ‘phenomenal intellect is combined with the rare gift of being able to describe complex legal arguments in an understandable way’. Nicholas Davidson QC has ‘a charming manner’, Sue Carr QCthinks quickly on her feet’ and is ‘an exceptional cross-examiner’, and Roger Stewart QC is an ‘excellent strategist’. ‘Rising starBen Hubble QC has a ‘highly commercial approach’, Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC is ‘truly brilliant’ and Graeme McPherson QC is ‘very approachable’. Also recommended are Michael Soole QC, who ‘gets to the heart of the problem quickly’; Graham Eklund QC, who is ‘extremely intelligent’; and David Turner QC, who is ‘extremely well prepared, diligent and a pleasure to work with’. The set also has ‘fantastic strength in depth’ at the junior end, with the ‘incredibly sensibleFiona Sinclair, ‘first-classJamie Smith, ‘focusedSian Mirchandani and Hugh Evans (‘a real favourite’) all singled out. Also recommended are the ‘determinedClare Dixon, ‘responsive and easy-to-work-withHelen Evans, ‘pragmatic and commercialScott Allen, ‘very personableRichard Liddell and ‘exceptionalCarl Troman. The ‘exceptionally thorough and user-friendlyPatrick Lawrence QC and Charles Phipps are noted for their work in the high-profile case of Jones v Kaney. The ‘sparklingAnneliese Day QC and ‘outstandingBen Elkington QC both made silk in March 2012.

John Powell QC, David Halpern QC, Simon Monty QC, Andrew Nicol, Paul Parker, Graham Chapman, Miles Harris, Stephen Innes, Shail Patel and Alex Hall Taylor are also recommended.

PROPERTY LITIGATION

David Halpern QC is recommended.