4 New Square

Construction Department

London (Bar)
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Highly competent construction set with a strong bench of practitioners capable of handling the most complex disputes in the industry. The set is notable for its representation of major contractors in addition to property owners and developers. Members of the set are frequently instructed in high-value delay, disruption and payment disputes, and also offer expertise in professional negligence claims and insurance disputes. They have notable capability in international arbitration and further provide representation in adjudications and TCC proceedings. Recently, individuals at the set were instructed on both sides of Waterside Places v Barnes, JMA Architects, Civic Engineers & Others, a £16 million dispute concerning alleged defects at a residential development in Manchester. Clients appreciate that 4 New Square offers "strength and breadth to suit most circumstances." One solicitor reports: "I have a very high regard for them. They have plenty of good barristers and even the junior members are very, very good, which means you get good value for money."

Client service: "It is a well-run set with exceptional clerking. A quick response to any needs we may have is only a call or email away." "The clerking is very good and senior clerk Elizabeth Stewart is very approachable. They are very client-focused and will go that little bit further to help us out."

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. 
Strengths: "A legal heavyweight, exceptionally bright and very impressive." "He has a superb combination of construction and professional negligence expertise. He is exceptionally good, so easy to get on with, hard-working and dedicated." "Very detail-oriented and a superb cross-examiner."
Recent work: Represented the engineers, Stewart & Harris, in two sets of contribution proceedings brought by a contractor and a specialist piling subcontractor. The dispute arose out of the alleged defective design and construction of a very large facility in Bristol.

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.

Strengths: "Equally good on his feet as he is on paper. He is very commercial and has excellent analytical skills." "He personifies cool, calm and collected. He quickly builds a rapport with clients and is a reassuring addition to any team."
Recent work: Represented Beck Interiors in a delay, loss and expense claim worth over £6 million, which arose out of the £50 million refurbishment of the world-famous Lanesborough Hotel in London.

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.
Strengths: "She will work tirelessly on any brief to ensure the best commercial outcome for her client. Her technical skills are second to none, although she also understands the wider commercial drivers around settling matters outside of court, and is adept at explaining very complex legal issues to lay clients in a very accessible and constructive way."
Recent work: Instructed to represent the claimants including Dandara, a property developer in Jersey, in a claim in the Royal Court in Jersey against a civil engineering contractor. The claim involves allegedly defective piling works on the foundations of a substantial beachfront residential property that caused damage to neighbouring properties.

Paul Cowan
Respected junior whose experience as a partner at law firm White & Case informs his burgeoning 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.

Strengths: "Outstanding technically, extremely good on the case law and equally as good on his feet." "Intelligent, personable and persuasive. He'll know the right answer before you’ve asked the question."
Recent work: Represented Prater, the cladding contractor, in a £6 million claim brought by Portsmouth City Council for alleged defects in public tower blocks.

Richard Liddell
Talented junior 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 as sole counsel in adjudications and arbitration and has appeared as junior counsel in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
Strengths: "Very smart and conscientious." "Bright, highly committed and extremely personable - a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted as sole counsel on behalf of Civic Engineers in a multiparty claim in the TCC involving alleged defects at a substantial residential development in Manchester.

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.
Strengths: "He is very efficient, highly experienced in his field and a very effective cross-examiner." "Very practical and solutions-oriented."
Recent work: Instructed by CB&I in a long-running dispute concerning the alleged blacklisting of construction workers.

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.
Strengths: "She always gets straight to the key legal points. She provides good, clear written advice and is excellent on her feet. She has a well-earned and deserved reputation as a construction specialist."

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.
Strengths: "A highly capable junior who gives practical advice." "Extremely approachable, methodical and pragmatic - he is an excellent choice for getting the job done." "He is very clear, concise and a good cross-examiner."

Recent work: Represented Aldrees, an industrial producer of sand, in its claim against the supplier of machines designed to sort sand into specific sizes. The claim involves allegations of misrepresentation and breach of warranty.