Success at the 2018 Chambers & Partners UK Bar Awards for 4 New Square

News & Judgments
26 October 2018

Insurance Set of the Year

We are delighted to announce that 4 New Square won the Insurance Set of the Year 2018 at the prestigious Chambers & Partners UK Bar Awards in recognition of our involvement in many of the most high profile and ground breaking recent insurance cases. 4 New Square runs its own insurance blog called Insurance Law London, dedicated to recent developments and decisions in insurance law and practice.

Please visit our Insurance & Reinsurance page or contact the clerks for more information on our barristers who specialise in Insurance.

Professional Negligence

Justin Fenwick QC named the Professional Negligence Silk of the Year

Justin Fenwick QC is regularly instructed in high-profile, high-value cases for his cross-examination skills. Chambers & Partners have variously described him as, “The doyen of professional negligence skills, and a man who has few peers in the market”, a force to be reckoned with”, “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”, “very smooth, unbelievably experienced and has a lovely style in court”, “a long-time star in the professional indemnity world and someone to always consider for the most challenging cases.”  To read more about about Justin Fenwick QC’s Professional Liability practice please see his website profile.

Scott Allen named the Professional Negligence Junior of the Year

Scott Allen is instructed in all areas of professional liability work. He has a wealth of experience in claims against solicitors, barristers, auditors, accountants, valuers, surveyors, architects, construction professionals, recruitment professionals, insurance brokers, independent financial advisors and administrative receivers. Scott has extensive experience in claims involving tax avoidance structures, including numerous pieces of litigation involving film finance schemes, as well as other schemes such as conditional share award structures and corresponding deficiency relief on life assurance policies. Scott has acted for claimant investors, as well as defendant IFAs, solicitors, accountants and tax advisers, in what is a particularly strong and well-developed area of his practice. In recent years, much of his time has been spent defending solicitors and accountants in proceedings before the SDT and FRC Disciplinary Tribunal respectively. Recognised for being “completely on top of absolutely everything”, “), Scott “acts for claimants and defendants, and is known for the strength of his solicitors’ and surveyors’ negligence practice.” “Personable, easy to engage with, perceptive and very bright“, his “‘sharp intellect and well thought-through opinions’ have made him a junior of choice on a range of professional negligence claims.”  To read more about about Scott Allen’s Professional Liability practice please see his website profile. 

Professional Liability Barristers at 4 New Square

Our barristers appear in many of the most prominent and high value professional liability cases. Jackson & Powell on Professional Liability, the leading practitioner book on this area of law, continues to be edited in house.

Cases range from multi-million pound claims in a wide variety of commercial contexts to claims by private individuals who feel they have been let down by their professional advisers. We act in cases involving the full range of professions and are experienced in cases with an international element.

Whatever the claim, whatever the profession and whether acting for the claimant or the defendant, we bring to it both an understanding of the underlying circumstances and experience of similar cases.

Our work in this area extends to issues of professional indemnity insurance, including disputes as to avoidance or denial of cover and as to the meaning and effect of policy terms.

“4 New Square is a market-leading professional negligence set, reputed for the sweeping knowledge of its silks and juniors. Instructing solicitors comment upon its “genuine expertise in the professional negligence world” and barristers who “are amongst the best at what they do.” Members act for both claimants and defendants in cases involving all types of professionals and crossing various jurisdictions. In addition to trial and appellate work, they also appear in arbitrations. Recent work highlights include Gabrielle v Little, which confirmed that solicitors have no duty to advise on commercial transactions.” – Chambers & Partners, 2017: Professional Negligence


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