Our Expertise

Insurance & Reinsurance

Currently nominated for the prestigious ‘Insurance Set of the Year 2022’ award by Chambers & Partners UK, 4 New Square have considerable expertise in all areas of insurance law. Insurance and reinsurance is a core area of the practices of many members of chambers.

‘4 New Square has an impressive bench of silks and junior barristers with expertise spanning a broad spectrum of insurance and reinsurance matters, supplemented by its renowned professional negligence pedigree. Members of the set represent a strong choice for technically challenging coverage issues and are particularly renowned for their expertise in disputes involving property damage, professional indemnity and product liability matters. They act for defendants and claimants, including a range of corporates across the real estate and energy sectors. Tenants were instructed in Financial Conduct Authority v Arch Insurance and Others, the test case brought by the FCA to determine whether certain business interruption policies would respond to COVID-19 losses.’– Chambers & Partners

‘4 New Square is a well-established major player in insurance and reinsurance work. The set has ‘outstanding practitioners at all levels and the clerks are organised, competent, responsive and efficient’.’ – Legal 500

Listed as one of the leading sets for Insurance by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, members of Chambers are involved in advising insurers and insureds in many of the most high profile issues of the day.  Our work in this area extends across a wide range of issues, including issues of construction, the scope of indemnity, the effectiveness and scope of notifications and claims, non-disclosure, misrepresentation, breach of the duty of fair presentation, breach of warranty, breach of conditions precedent, fraud, co-insurance, aggregation and the inter-relationship between different layers of insurance. And it covers the full range of insurance, including various types of liability insurance (D&O, employers, public, product and professional indemnity), insurance of property, contractors all risks insurance, financial risk and legal expenses insurance, life insurance and reinsurance.  Our expertise in areas such as construction, product liability, professional liability and property damage provides a natural cross-over with the related areas of insurance.

We have been instructed to advise and act about disputes as to coverage arising from recent events such as the Grenfell Tower tragedy and Covid19 having existing experience and expertise in the types of insurance policies involved.

We appear in trials and appeals in England and Wales and overseas. We also act as counsel and as arbitrators in arbitrations.

4 New Square runs its own insurance blog Insurance Law London, dedicated to recent developments and decisions in insurance law and practice.

Members of chambers have authored Informa’s Insurance Year in review for several years (click here for 2019’s edition). Some members are authors of specialist books and chapters on professional indemnity insurance and insurance claims.  Insurance Claims (5th Ed) is written by Alison Padfield KC and is published by Bloomsbury Professional.

Recent cases involving members of chambers include:

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Legal 500

“A well-established major player in insurance and reinsurance work. The set has 'outstanding practitioners at all levels and the clerks are organised, competent, responsive and efficient'.'"

Chambers & Partners

“4 New Square has an impressive bench of silks and junior barristers with expertise spanning a broad spectrum of insurance and reinsurance matters."

Insurance & Reinsurance Barristers

Jonathan Hough KC

Call: 1997 Silk: 2014

Justin Fenwick KC

Call: 1980 Silk: 1993

Roger Stewart KC

Call: 1986 Silk: 2001

Graham Eklund KC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2002

Patrick Lawrence KC

Call: 1985 Silk: 2002

David Halpern KC

Call: 1978 Silk: 2006

Graeme McPherson KC

Call: 1993 Silk: 2008

Ben Hubble KC

Call: 1992 Silk: 2009

David Turner KC

Call: 1992 Silk: 2009

Ben Patten KC

Call: 1986 Silk: 2010

Ben Elkington KC, FCIArb

Call: 1996 Silk: 2012

Graham Chapman KC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2014

Benjamin Williams KC

Call: 1994 Silk: 2015

Neil Hext KC

Call: 1995 Silk: 2015

Jamie Smith KC

Call: 1995 Silk: 2015

Paul Mitchell KC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2016

Alison Padfield KC

Call: 1992 Silk: 2018

Siân Mirchandani KC, FCIArb

Call: 1997 Silk: 2019

Richard Liddell KC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2020

Amanda Savage KC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2020

Clare Dixon KC

Call: 2002 Silk: 2021

George Spalton KC

Call: 2004 Silk: 2021

Helen Evans KC

Call: 2001 Silk: 2022

Matthew Bradley KC

Call: 2004 Silk: 2022

Paul Parker

Call: 1986

Hugh Evans

Call: 1987

Andrew Nicol

Call: 1991

Nicola Shaldon

Call: 1994

Scott Allen

Call: 2000

Stephen Innes

Call: 2000

Carl Troman

Call: 2001

Miles Harris

Call: 2003

Tim Chelmick

Call: 2004

Benjamin Wood

Call: 2005

Shail Patel

Call: 2006

Tom Asquith

Call: 2007

Lucy Colter

Call: 2008

Thomas Ogden

Call: 2008

Tom Shepherd

Call: 2008

Ben Smiley

Call: 2009

Nicholas Broomfield

Call: 2010

Pippa Manby

Call: 2010

Benjamin Fowler

Call: 2011

Anthony Jones

Call: 2011

Saaman Pourghadiri

Call: 2012

Mark Cullen

Call: 2013

Diarmuid Laffan

Call: 2014

William Harman

Call: 2016

Seohyung Kim

Call: 2016

Usman Roohani

Call: 2016

Hannah Daly

Call: 2017

John Williams

Call: 2017

Melody Hadfield

Call: 2018

Will Cook

Call: 2019

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