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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

Instructing solicitors say 4 New Square's Justin Fenwick QC "is marvellous." In the well-known 'Innovator litigation', Fenwick represented law firm Collyer Bristow against allegations of vicarious liability for two allegedly dishonest former partners, one of whom also faces allegations of conspiracy with the promoters of a failed tax mitigation scheme.

Fenwick's stablemate is the "very client-friendly" and "very talented new silk" Anneliese Day QC, who is a "thorough, dogged" litigator. Prior to taking silk, Day was led by Fenwick on behalf of Ernst & Young, the second defendants in a novel claim brought forward by the Dubai Financial Services Authority.

CONSTRUCTION

'Always one of the go-to sets for work relating to professional negligence, 4 New Square is now developing a substantial commercial construction offering as well. With this, it consolidates its place in a market in which being able to offer expertise across a range of areas is highly prized. Sources praise the set for having "solid commercial acumen allied to technical ability and a no-nonsense, professional and user-friendly air."'

- Chambers and Partners 2013

Observers stress Michael Soole QC's "gravitas," intelligence and trust-worthy judgement. His decades of experience give him impressive expertise in professional negligence, construction, insurance and general commercial work. "You know he's got your client's best interests at heart," instructing solicitors say.

Also highly recommended is Mark Cannon QC, who commentators consider to be "impressive in court and possessed of a very agile brain." His practice comprises construction, professional liability and insurance cases, and his caseload this year has recently included acting on a multimillion-pound claim by a hotel owner against a contractor, project manager and quantity surveyor.

Observers greatly respect Ben Patten QC for his effective manner in court. "He has a very nice way of presenting an argument which appeals to judges hugely," sources say. They further applaud his "incredibly calm," "persuasive" approach. He demonstrates these qualities in his work on construction and professional indemnity work for a client base of developers, contractors and insurers.

Justin Fenwick QC brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his construction practice. Recently, he has acted on such key matters as a claim for damages caused by negligent management of an oil storage depot, which led to the largest ever peacetime explosion. He is also a Deputy High Court Judge, and sits in the Chancery, Queens Bench and Administrative courts.

Roger Stewart QC's forte is insurance and professional negligence. "Every word he says counts," sources say, and he is described as "a modern silk: he's straightforward, courteous and clever." His top reputation has led to him being instructed on some of the highest-profile cases that have been fought, and he also exercises his considerable skills sitting as an arbitrator in major international arbitrations.

Recognised as one of 4 New Square's top juniors, Fiona Sinclair has "a great eye for detail allied with a ready ability to cut through to the crucial issues. She engenders confidence and trust through her technical ability and has a solid, balanced and persuasive advocacy style," according to market sources.

Paul Sutherland comes into his own when presented with cases involving complex technical questions, issues of expert evidence and extensive documentation. He also acts on a considerable amount of international construction arbitrations, with one standout example being a dispute relating to a Moscow city centre development which came to a hearing in the Geneva International Chamber of Commerce.

Annabel Shaw is "straightforward, efficient, good at drafting and good on her feet," clients say. Another junior of whom great things are expected, she has been proving her expertise in a number of high-value construction and technology disputes. Recent highlights for her include acting on a claim made by major contractor Carillion against a mechanical and engineering subcontractor. The case related to a ten-storey medical centre in Oldham. 

According to market observers, Graham Chapman is "thorough, robust and in complete control." His construction and engineering practice includes work for both claimants and defendants on both the domestic and international stage. He recently acted on a notable claim relating to one of the largest ever transfers of council housing stock to a new housing association, which involved ground-breaking questions of duty, causation and loss.

CONSUMER LAW

Eva Lomnicka of 4 New Square is a Professor in the School of Law at King’s College London and a leading authority on consumer credit law. She acts in an advisory capacity for major banks and lenders, and is considered "the go-to person for difficult technical questions on the consumer credit act." Testament to her knowledge of her subject, she has produced some of the leading textbooks in this field of the law.

Also recommended as a specialist in credit hire cases, Benjamin Williams has joined 4 New Square from Thirty Nine Essex Street and is a man with an eclectic practice. Other matters he involves himself with include cases concerning distance marketing, distance selling and doorstep selling regulations. One commentator said of him: "It is not an overstatement to call him brilliant. He is incisive and analyses everything minutely and very logically. He just puts forward arguments that are very difficult to defeat." Another source called him "an absolute genius in terms of his eloquence and ability to react to issues when in court."

Stablemate Jonathan Hough undertakes both contentious and non-contentious consumer credit work, and has particular expertise in drawing up consumer credit agreements. One source was "very impressed by his clear advice, down-to-earth approach and speed of response." He is known for his knowledge of the law and for being up to date with the latest developments in the subject.

COSTS

'Professional negligence supremo 4 New Square is praised by informed sources for the quality of its costs practitioners. The set has long been a presence at the Costs Bar, although its reputation formerly rested chiefly upon the shoulders of a couple of top-quality barristers. This is no longer the case, as 4 New Square has signalled its commitment to cost work through the recruitment of two top-quality juniors from Thirty Nine Essex Street.'

- Chambers and Partners 2013

Nicholas Bacon QC is "top of the tree in this field" and "one of the go-to people" at the Costs Bar. Interviewees praise him for his "huge knowledge of costs authorities," and report that "he can always arrest the attention of the judge." He acted in Motto v Trafigura, one of the largest costs cases in English legal history.

The "absolutely smashing" Roger Mallalieu is "exceptionally good" according to sources, who note his restrained style. He has significant appellate and advisory practices, and has acted in some high-profile test cases in the costs field. He regularly advises insurers and City firms on the drafting of costs agreements.

Benjamin Williams recently arrived at the set from Thirty Nine Essex Street. Interviewees praise him as a "very engaging advocate" who is possessed of a fierce intellect. His notable cases include acting in Motto v Trafigura at the High Court and then again on appeal.

Also arriving from Thirty Nine Essex Street, Robert Marven is notable for concentrating solely on costs work. He received particular backing from the market for his appellate work in this regard. Recent important matters for him include Legal Services Commission v F, A and V, a case that looked at the definition of 'financial hardship' in public funding regulations.

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.

INSURANCE

'Professional liability is a particularly strong suit for this well-respected set. It is also notably experienced in property damage and business interruption disputes. Clients describe the members here as being "reliable, practical and efficient," and note that they are well supported by "effective and personable clerks who offer excellent client service." Recent highlights for the set include handling a large number of claims arising from the London riots of summer 2011.'

- Chambers and Partners 2013

Clients appreciate Graham Eklund QC for his "direct, no-nonsense approach and sound judgement." He is renowned for his work in insurance fraud cases in which the insurer's conduct is questionable.

Commercial litigation expert Justin Fenwick QC is an "exceptional tactician and a compelling advocate." Recent highlights for him include advising on coverage issues and recovery actions relating to the Travelers and DWS v Advani case.

Mark Cannon QC specialises in professional liability, insurance and construction matters, acting largely on behalf of insurers. He recently acted for NFU Mutual in a case relating to damage to a commercial building caused by fire. Sources laud him for being "responsive, hands-on and hard-working. What he doesn't know about professional negligence is not worth knowing."

Ben Elkington QC receives praise for his "deft handling of clients and enviable strategic insight." He acts for both insurers and insureds on a variety of big-ticket cases.

INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION

At 4 New Square, Roger Stewart QC is a "class act" whose comprehensive capacity for international arbitration work garners significant praise from sources. He has "total command of his brief" as counsel, and is also a respected arbitrator.

The "clever and approachable" George Spalton is a "fast-rising junior" at 4 New Square. His practice concentrates on professional liability matters and commercial dispute resolution, and he has acted as counsel in a range of arbitrations during the past year. Sources applaud his ability to "pick up the key legal issues very quickly," and note that he is "well attuned to the client's commercial imperatives."

PENSIONS

Experienced barrister Nigel Burroughs of 4 New Square "is great fun to work with, offers commercial and pragmatic advice, and has a wide chancery background which informs his pensions work." He recently represented the trustees in The Hugh Mackay Retirement Benefit Scheme before the Determinations Panel.

PRODUCT LIABILITY

‘4 New Square provides advice on all aspects of product liability law, including contractual disputes about defective goods, and handles multiparty and single claimant actions concerning consumer products. Its members act in pharmaceutical and medical-related product liability litigation, and also defend claims relating to other types of products such as food and industrial equipment. Recent work includes the Atomic Veterans, HIV–haemophilia and tobacco litigations and claims relating to benzodiazepines, fetal anticonvulsant, MMR, prosthetic joints and skin fillers. Peers say the set is "a really big player in the market."’

- Chambers and Partners 2013

Graham Eklund QC undertakes both claimant and defendant work. He regularly represents insurers and insured defendants in a wide range of product liability, professional indemnity and catastrophic personal injury claims. Sources say he is "very reliable and tenacious" and a "very good operator." Recent work for him includes acting for the UK retail suppliers in the toxic sofa case.

Justin Fenwick QC is "a star of the Bar," who has significant experience in all areas of commercial litigation. His recent work includes the Kingspan v Borealis litigation regarding resin storage tanks.

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC has wide advocacy experience at all levels, and has appeared before the Supreme Court and the House of Lords. She has handled claims in relation to food safety, medicines, medical devices and blood products. Her recent cases include claims relating to dermal fillers, and she has also been in the Seroquel and Atomic Veterans litigations.

David Turner QC has extensive experience in the field of commercial product liability, particularly in claims arising from fires. His practice in this context is characterised by his involvement in large-scale disputes, many of which are spread across multiple jurisdictions. He has recently been acting on a claim by industrial salmon farmers against the suppliers of chains which were used to secure the moorings for salmon pens. Peers say he is "responsive and an expert in product liability claims, particularly those with an insurance element."

Peter Feldschreiber is dual-qualified as a barrister and a physician. He specialises in all aspects of medical and healthcare law, and is an expert on pharmaceuticals and medical devices product liability, regulatory law, clinical negligence and personal injury. He is regularly consulted by US healthcare product companies on European regulatory law. Drug-induced injury cases are a particular forte, and he was involved in both the Seroquel litigation and the pulmonary hypertension drug arbitration in the USA. Also recommended at the set, Katie Powell has had considerable involvement in the claim between the Kingspan and Borealis groups of companies and, together with Justin Fenwick QC and Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC, was instructed to draft the summary defence for the MoD in the Atomic Test Veterans litigation.

PROFESSIONAL DISCIPLINE

‘4 New Square is home to some formidable silks and juniors who specialise in disciplinary matters relating to solicitors, barristers, actuaries and accountants. The set boasts "a lot of talent" according to sources, and has members who are "down-to-earth and approachable."’

- Chambers and Partners 2013

Ben Hubble QC is "absolutely at the top of his game and excellent to work with," according to interviewees, who view him as "a proper modern barrister in the sense that it's all about the team and the clients and not just about him." His practice focuses on financial and legal disciplinary proceedings, and he frequently appears before the Accountancy and Actuarial Disciplinary board, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the SDT.

Graeme McPherson QC "just has incredible judgement," and is a silk who "looks to do things with imagination." He is a leading figure on the regulation of horse racing, and also acts on behalf of solicitors, barristers and veterinary surgeons.

Leader at the Professional Negligence Bar Patrick Lawrence QC is a growing presence in the field of professional discipline. He is "very bright" and has "huge ability to take in massive amounts of detail in very complex cases and make them straightforward." Currently he specialises in prosecuting accountants and actuaries before the AADB.

Paul Parker is "excellent" and wins admirers and repeated instructions due to his "matter of fact demeanour and robust approach" to his cases. He undertakes a broad range of disciplinary cases, specialising in financial services, legal, insurance and accountancy work.

PROFESSIONAL NEGLIGENCE

‘4 New Square remains "in a league of its own" when it comes to professional negligence work. The set houses numerous experts, both silks and juniors, who are repeatedly singled out as leaders in the field. "It would be difficult to imagine a case concerning professional liability that no barrister at 4 New Square was able to deal with," say commentators. Over the past year members of chambers have been involved in a series of ground-breaking claims such as Jones v Kaney, and Cherney v Neuman. The clerking team is also praised by interviewees who single its members out as being astute and trustworthy.’

- Chambers and Partners 2013

Justin Fenwick QC is a standout figure at the Bar, and "a leading light in professional negligence." He attracts praise for his urbane style and is seen as "a great courtroom presence." A superb cross-examiner, he was recently successful in defending against a Russian oligarch's claim in Cherney v Neuman.

"True heavyweight barrister" Roger Stewart QC is singled out as a highly effective advocate. Peers attest to his status as an "inventive and destructive cross-examiner of both factual and expert witnesses." He has recently been co-defending in a claim for fraud and negligence by Barclays Private Lending against a series of property-related professionals.

The "unflappable" Sue Carr QC "stands firm in the face of her opponents," and instils great confidence in clients. Steely in court, she offers "cross-examinations that are lethal in their effect." Her recent cases include the Innovator litigation.

Nicholas Davidson QC has a stellar reputation and is able to effortlessly master heavyweight cases. Those who work with him appreciate his hands-on approach, and single him out as "a sensational cross-examiner and advocate." The past year has seen him acting for Edenwest in a claim against CMS Cameron McKenna.

Patrick Lawrence QC impresses interviewees with his strength of judgement, and is a much trusted counsel. A respected advocate and highly visible member of the Bar, his work elicits much praise. The past twelve months have seen him appear in Jones v Kaney, a leading case in the Supreme Court that saw the abolition of expert witness immunity.

John Powell QC is a widely respected practitioner who "distils the most complex facts into clear and precise pleadings." His work on the Innovator claim, acting for more than 550 investor claimants, illustrates the calibre of his work.

Ben Hubble QC wins plaudits for his "tremendous capacity for hard work," and for being a lawyer who "understands what the real issues are in any dispute." Specialising in large-scale, often multiparty matters such as the Innovator litigation, the claims he works on involve a range of different professions. "Superb on every level," he was recently instructed in AMC v Wragge & Co.

A thoughtful performer, David Halpern QC is held in universally high regard and is seen as being "a shrewd and fair individual." Widely praised for his cerebral qualities, he specialises in negligence cases relating to commercial and property disputes. The past year has seen him act for Barclays Bank in a claim against Clarke Wilson for negligence, deceit and breach of fiduciary duty.

According to one solicitor, Graeme McPherson QC stands out as "one of the most proficient barristers I have ever worked with." Engaging and extremely clever, he is valued for his "excellent strategic advice." He recently defended in the Thomas v Capita and Others claim.

The "very excellent" Mark Cannon QC is noted as a bright and talented member of the Bar. Described as "an out-and-out professional negligence expert - he knows the law backwards." Cannon, the author of a textbook on professional indemnity insurance, recently acted in TC Power v The Insurance Partnership. This was a multimillion-dollar claim against insurance brokers relating to insurance coverage.

Ben Patten QC receives praise for having good commercial instincts. Peers are impressed by his skills as an advocate generally, and particularly note his strength in solicitor negligence cases. Recently, he defended Eversheds against claims for damages brought by Newcastle International Airport. This case dealt with novel points concerning the obligations of solicitors.

Graham Eklund QC maintains a varied practice that gives him access to high calibre work. A master of the insurance world, his "no-nonsense approach and judgement" wins plaudits from both peers and clients.

The highly rated David Turner QC impresses with his ability to handle matters of the utmost complexity. He is known for his experience in claims against insurance professionals, accountants, solicitors and those in the construction industry. Turner recently represented Hacker Young in the defence of claims arising out of the Creative Paradox film scheme.

Ben Elkington QC handles negligence claims against all professions, and is noted for his "measured and realistic" advice which looks at both the commercial and legal implications of a case. Source were keen to point out his particular expertise in claims against insurance brokers, and attest to the value they place upon his "great strategic insight." A highlight of the past year was his successful appearance on behalf of the claimant in Ground Gilbey Limited v Jardine Lloyd Thompson UK Limited. This case involved a claim against insurance brokers following a fire that destroyed a considerable part of Camden Market.

The "calm and professional" Anneliese Day QC is fast gaining an outstanding reputation in silk. Lauded for her tenacious approach, she is a lawyer of great technical excellence. Day was led by Patrick Lawrence QC in the successful defence of a £50 million claim by Lexi Holdings against Pannone LLP.

Simon Monty QC is noted for his expertise in matters involving solicitors negligence, and has handled several such cases during the past year. He also acts for surveyors, accountants and valuers.

This set includes Michael Soole QC, a silk of "great gravitas," whose expertise takes in claims against a whole host of professions. Sources remark that he stands out as "a very clear-headed analyst of complicated legal problems and is an attractive advocate and pleader."

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC is "thorough and an extremely safe pair of hands." Noted for her ease of manner with both peers and clients, she proves particularly good on solicitors and barristers negligence cases.

Jamie Smith has a "fine legal brain," and maintains a phenomenally successful practice. Examples of his impressive work include his defeat of Russian oligarch Michael Cherney's claim for more than £10 million against Child & Child solicitors, a case in which he was led by Justin Fenwick QC. Sources value his "highly analytical" approach and his "ability to see through complicated legal issues and get down to the essential points in a case."

"The first choice of junior for many," Graham Chapman is a lawyer with a broad practice who acts for both defendants and claimants. Led by John Powell QC, he acted for the claimants in the multimillion-pound Innovator litigation that stemmed from failed investments in technology partnerships. Sources attribute his success to the "enormous self-confidence and great courtroom advocacy" he displays.

Charles Phipps is held in high regard for the results he achieves and the great tactical acumen he applies to his cases. A trusted adviser, he is "really bright and always looking for another angle as to how to play things." He was led by Patrick Lawrence QC in the seminal Jones v Kaney case.

Fiona Sinclair meets with universal acclaim and is clearly a standout practitioner on the junior side. Praised for the excellent quality of her work and her impressive legal mind, she offers solicitors "the whole package - she is charmingly brilliant with clients, and her drafting is second to none." Sinclair has recently been acting for Philip Ross & Co in defence of a claim by Acetona Properties involving issues of scope of duty, and the assessment of damages.

Siân Mirchandani is "impressive, ambitious and driven." Her strong understanding of the key issues in a case ensure that solicitors feel confident that "every angle is covered," when they instruct her: "She will think about the risks and issues that need to be addressed." Mirchandani also lectures on professional conduct and professional negligence at the Bristol Veterinary School. She recently successfully represented the defendant in K/S Lincoln v CBRE, a case which provides authority on the margin of error defence for surveyors and valuers.

Hugh Evans is praised for his ability to clarify the most complex legal issues, and sources deem him "uncannily accurate" in his advice. Noted for his work on solicitors and accountants negligence cases, he also takes on a number of clinical negligence cases. Evans acted in the widely publicised Geoffrey Boycott v Perrins Guy Williams claim.

Amanda Savage impresses interviewees with her commitment to cases. Her busy practice, resumed following a period of maternity leave, continues to attract a broad range of instructions that include claims against lawyers, financial professionals and valuers. Savage was recently instructed by Bar Mutual in a case which considered the scope of duties owed by counsel to ATE insurers.

Scott Allen's "sharp intellect and well thought-through opinions" have made him a junior of choice on a range of professional negligence claims. Interviewees comment on the swift service he provides, noting that "he presents his advice in a very user-friendly way." He was led by Ben Hubble QC in the Amalgamated Metal Corporation Plc v Wragge & Co case, successfully acting for the claimant.

Paul Sutherland is well known for his strength in construction-related negligence cases. His excellent reputation is built upon his "quick mind and his fantastic ability to understand complex issues." Sutherland has a particular expertise in multiparty actions.

The "very bright" Richard Liddell maintains a broad practice whilst specialising in negligence claims involving accountants, lawyers, insurance brokers and construction professionals. "Charismatic" and "good under pressure," he has recently been representing Bar Mutual and two silks in a large multiparty claim brought by a liquidator.

Carl Troman's well-established practice continues to flourish. He is singled out for the sensible advice he gives on a range of professional liability matters, and in recent times has handled a number of multiparty actions. These included a claim by mortgage lender Barclays Private Clients International against several parties.

The exceptionally strong quality of Helen Evans's work stands out to interviewees. They comment that "she is not afraid of standing up and fighting for a point." She has recently been instructed in a number of barrister negligence cases, including Hurst v Denton-Cox where the claim was successfully struck out.

Katie Powell is widely regarded as a rising presence at the Professional Negligence Bar. Winning universal praise, she is described as "very tough and persuasive, and incredibly good in court." Led by Sue Carr QC, she defended Countrywide Surveyors against a £38 million claim by Community Gateway.

Interviewees point to Clare Dixon as a future "star in the making," who is "a very tenacious advocate." She has acted on matters involving numerous professions, and recently appeared in Squirrell v Bradley Surveyors, a claim that dealt with the scope of a surveyor's duty of care.

Alex Hall Taylor is notable for having "a very relaxed demeanour, that masks a ferocious intellect." His substantial practice attracts instructions from both claimants and insurance panels. Sources appreciate that "he is able to quickly assimilate large and complex matters and has an excellent manner in front of clients."

George Spalton "gets the issues very quickly" and is "very user-friendly." "One to watch," he is particularly noted for his solicitors negligence work, but also maintains a wider practice. His recent work highlights include acting for Hogan Lovells on a claim by Global Bionics.

PROFESSIONAL NEGLIGENCE: TECHNOLOGY & CONSTRUCTION

4 New Square remains "in a league of its own" when it comes to professional negligence work. The set houses numerous experts, both silks and juniors, who are repeatedly singled out as leaders in the field. "It would be difficult to imagine a case concerning professional liability that no barrister at 4 New Square was able to deal with," say commentators. Over the past year members of chambers have been involved in a series of ground-breaking claims such as Jones v Kaney, and Cherney v Neuman. The clerking team is also praised by interviewees who single its members out as being astute and trustworthy.’

- Chambers and Partners 2013

"True heavyweight barrister" Roger Stewart QC is singled out as a highly effective advocate. Peers attest to his status as an "inventive and destructive cross-examiner of both factual and expert witnesses." He has recently been co-defending in a claim for fraud and negligence by Barclays Private Lending against a series of property-related professionals.

The "calm and professional" Anneliese Day QC is fast gaining an outstanding reputation in silk. Lauded for her tenacious approach, she is a lawyer of great technical excellence. Day was led by Patrick Lawrence QC in the successful defence of a £50 million claim by Lexi Holdings against Pannone LLP.

This set includes Michael Soole QC, a silk of "great gravitas," whose expertise takes in claims against a whole host of professions. Sources remark that he stands out as "a very clear-headed analyst of complicated legal problems and is an attractive advocate and pleader."

The "very excellent" Mark Cannon QC is noted as a bright and talented member of the Bar. Described as "an out-and-out professional negligence expert - he knows the law backwards." Cannon, the author of a textbook on professional indemnity insurance, recently acted in TC Power v The Insurance Partnership. This was a multimillion-dollar claim against insurance brokers relating to insurance coverage.

Fiona Sinclair meets with universal acclaim and is clearly a standout practitioner on the junior side. Praised for the excellent quality of her work and her impressive legal mind, she offers solicitors "the whole package - she is charmingly brilliant with clients, and her drafting is second to none." Sinclair has recently been acting for Philip Ross & Co in defence of a claim by Acetona Properties involving issues of scope of duty, and the assessment of damages.

REAL ESTATE

David Halpern QC of 4 New Square is "an extremely dependable lawyer who offers good value for money." Particularly strong on the professional negligence side, he represented Barclays in a professional negligence claim against surveyors and solicitors stemming from a fraudulent remortgaging.

SPORT

‘4 New Square's sports credentials are anchored in its tremendous work in horse racing, and its members are amongst the British Horseracing Authority's go-to counsel for prosecuting cases. However, the set is increasingly becoming associated with a far broader sports offering, and its members can be found carrying out instructions in football, rugby, boxing and athletics.’

- Chambers and Partners 2013

Graeme McPherson QC has become the leading silk for horse racing disputes. Peers admit that "it's no exaggeration to say that he knows everything there is to know about horse racing. He knows a hundred times more about the sport than anyone else at the Bar." He recently acted for the BHA against Howard Johnson, which resulted in a four-year ban for one of the sport's most successful trainers.

Richard Liddell's practice is primarily focused on commercial litigation and professional discipline, and he regularly translates his expertise in these areas into sports law cases. He frequently undertakes cases both on behalf of, and against, the BHA. Commentators say that "he is highly skilled, knows his brief and is not aggressive, but is certainly highly effective." He has also been instructed on a number of occasions by clients within rugby.

Daniel Saoul is a rising star of the Sports Bar. He is a commercial litigator who has swiftly developed a strong reputation for his handling of sports disputes. He has got particularly strong links with rowing, having been a former international standard cox, and he has advised British Rowing on its selection procedure for London 2012. He has also been appointed to the London 2012 advocates' panel for the Olympics and Paralympics.

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.