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4 New Square

Construction

8 ranked barristersBand 3UKGlobal 2021 View ranking table
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4 New Square maintains a strong construction law team. The set's silks and juniors are highly sought after by contractors and developers to handle the full spectrum of construction disputes, and the set's strong reputation for professional negligence and insurance issues complements the construction law offering. Chambers has a reputable international construction disputes practice, in addition to its extensive TCC and domestic ADR expertise. One source describes it as "practical and commercial" and notes that the barristers provide "clear advice."

Client service:

"The clerks are responsive and they get everything done quickly." "4 New Square has responsive people on the ground who get back to you quickly and are willing to find someone for you at short notice." Lizzy Stewart is the senior clerk and CEO.

Strengths:

Ben Patten QC
Strong silk who advises on big-ticket construction matters including all manner of domestic disputes and international arbitration. His construction expertise is complemented by an acclaimed professional negligence offering. His loyal client base includes contractors, developers and insurers. He is also sought out as a mediator in construction disputes. 
"He is simply excellent." "A first-rate and number-one choice for any construction-related professional indemnity matters."
Recent work: Acted for a defendant contractor in a GBP2.5 million claim regarding alleged defective pavement design and construction at a Volvo depot.

Strengths:

Hugh Saunders
A junior with a rapidly growing reputation for his successful practice covering various kinds of construction disputes, including those concerning residential and commercial developments, and infrastructure projects. He routinely represents contractors and developers in High Court proceedings as well as arbitrations and adjudications, often appearing as sole counsel.
"A very user-friendly and hands-on barrister. His understanding of the detail of the case and active role in developing strategy proved instrumental to our success."
Recent work: Acted for Metropolitan Housing Trust in a GBP10 million claim relating to the termination of three historic contracts for the maintenance and upgrades of almost 30,000 properties across England.

Strengths:

Lucy Colter
Well-regarded junior who is developing an impressive construction practice. She acts on behalf of major contractors as well as engineers and real estate developers. Her capabilities include professional negligence claims as well as contractual disputes. She has particular experience of handling construction disputes in the Channel Islands.
"She is a genuinely exceptional barrister and a go-to practitioner." "Her pleading style is systemic, effective and very persuasive."
Recent work: Instructed as sole counsel for a firm of engineering associates (in liquidation) in a GBP12 million claim regarding the defective design of a slipform rig.

Strengths:

Paul Cowan
Respected junior with a broad construction practice. He is especially active in disputes concerning nuclear power and oil and gas. He represents clients in domestic litigation at the TCC and in significant international arbitration hearings. He has experience handling difficult delay and defect claims. His recent experience includes handling claims involving allegedly defective cladding.
"He is innovative and knowledgeable and always a pleasure to work with as someone who understands client relationships." "He not only gets into the details, he thinks outside of the box and comes up with lines of arguments others simply fail to spot or engage with."
Recent work: Acted for Sharpfibre in a major claim in respect of alleged defective cladding on a hotel.

Strengths:

Richard Liddell QC
Talented new silk with a notably broad practice, who demonstrates particular strength in cases concerning contractors and engineers. He is particularly experienced in defending defect claims. He regularly acts in adjudications and arbitration and has appeared in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
"Extremely talented."
Recent work: Instructed as sole counsel on behalf of a groundworks and civil engineering contractor in a TCC dispute concerning a fractured gas main caused by a mechanical excavator.

Strengths:

Roger Stewart QC
Highly regarded senior silk with a strong reputation for work in construction-related professional negligence. He is increasingly active in high-stakes international arbitrations. He receives plaudits for his commercial and client-centric approach. His recent work includes complex PFI disputes.
"As an advocate he is polished and on top of the subject matter." "He is clear and concise in submissions and very good on his feet with a real command of his brief."
Recent work: Instructed by UBB Waste (Essex) in a dispute with Essex County Council. The local authority sought a declaration that it is entitled to terminate the PFI contract for a mechanical and biological treatment facility near Basildon.

Strengths:

Siân Mirchandani QC
Well regarded for her construction work at tribunal and beyond. She undertakes work on both the employer and contractor sides, handling numerous contractual issues in dispute including defects and delay claims. She has acted in an array of cases, with subject matter including the supply of cladding, concrete and steelwork.
"She offers clear and concise advice and is one of those silks who aren't afraid to dig into the details of the documents."

Strengths:

Timothy Chelmick
Impressive junior barrister managing a busy construction practice. He appears in both domestic and international litigation, adjudication and arbitration proceedings. His diverse workload incorporates professional liability disputes as well as large infrastructure and energy projects.
"He is an outstanding professional and is very quick in grasping, analysing and articulating a case. His drafting is a big strength and he cross-examines very ably."
Recent work: Instructed as junior counsel to UBB Waste (Essex) in a dispute with Essex County Council relating to the termination of a PFI contract for the construction and commissioning of a mechanical and biological treatment facility near Basildon.

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Silks (QC)

UK

Construction


Ben Patten QC
Band 2
Richard Liddell QC
New Silks
Roger Stewart QC
Band 1
Siân Mirchandani QC
Band 4

Juniors

UK

Construction


Hugh Saunders
Band 3
Lucy Colter
Band 4

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