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Instructing solicitors praise the barristers at 4 New Square for their "pragmatic approach," and note that it "has become a set that reaches well beyond the area of professional negligence which it was traditionally known for." The set's barristers are recognised for being well acquainted with domestic commercial cases and also gain recognition for their involvement in high-profile cross-border litigation. One recent highlight came in the form of acting for the claimant in Kazakhstan Kagazy v Arip & Others, a long-running USD300 million Commercial Court claim. Another key case saw members acting on both sides in Ang v Reliantco, a seven-figure claim brought against a Cypriot company relating to trading in cryptocurrency. The practitioners here are in high demand and are noted by solicitors for being "excellent across the board."

Client service

"The clerks are absolutely outstanding. They are all really user-friendly and make clients feel welcome." Deputy senior clerk Alex Dolby and assistant team clerk Chris Ebdon are "brilliant, respond very quickly and are very personable." "The clerks are so good - they always put the right people on a matter." "It is an excellent set that always tries to deliver above and beyond, with clerks who go the extra mile to fit in appointments and make the barristers' and solicitors' calendars come together." Lizzy Stewart is the senior clerk and CEO.

Justin Fenwick KC
"A brilliant advocate, who is excellent for complex matters and fantastic strategically. Thoroughly switched-on, he does not forget the details."

Led the defence of a GBP2 billion-plus claim on behalf of Georgy Bedzhamov, who was being sued by the Russian State Liquidator. The case concerned a massive alleged fraud surrounding the collapse of the Russian bank VPB, which Mr Bedzhamov is alleged to have controlled.

Daniel Saoul KC
"He has a real understanding of what the client needs and is very strategic."

Acted in Serious Fraud Office, KPMG, Harbour Fund & Others v Litigation Capital Limited & 24 other parties. This is a case that was effectively the culmination of almost 20 years of litigation, and involved numerous complex transactions, allegations of forgery and ground-breaking legal issues relating to trusts, tracing and other matters.

Graham Chapman KC
"A rarity in that he is excellent on paper, great with clients and brilliant on his feet. Graham is the all-round package."

Acted in LIC Telecommunications SARL v VTB Capital PLC, appearing for the defence in a very substantial  multi-jurisdictional fraud claim in which the claimants assert that they were deprived of their shareholding in a large Bulgarian telecommunications group by a dishonest conspiracy.

Matthew Bradley KC
"Very self-sufficient, and has a good grip on both the facts and the law. He is commercial, practical, user-friendly and someone who tells you how it is."

Acted in Ang v Reliantco Investments Ltd. Bradley appearing for a Cypriot company operating an online trading platform known as UFX.  The company has been sued for a seven-figure sum in the Commercial Court by an individual who traded bitcoin futures using its online facilities, and who claims to have had her account unlawfully closed by UFX.

Ben Elkington KC
"He is very quick in giving advice and turning papers around."

Acted in Digital Capital Ltd v Genesis Mining Iceland EHF, a multimillion-pound supply of services claim in the Commercial Court arising out of an IT contract between a UK IT company and a company based in Iceland which mines cryptocurrencies. 

Hugh Jory KC
"Has good commercial sense and displays fine analytical skills."

Acted in Ashok Singh v Jhutti and Jhutti, a case concerning a portfolio of properties that was subject to the appointment of LPA receivers by NatWest in the aftermath of the Lehman Brothers collapse.

Kendrah Potts
"Brilliant both in terms of her drafting and advocacy, she communicates very well and is always prompt in her responses."

Acted in Public Institution for Social Security v Al Rajaan & Others, appearing for Al Rajaan in his defence of claims under English, Kuwaiti and/or Swiss law in respect of alleged unlawful secret commissions obtained during his role as director general of the Kuwait state entity, PIFSS.

George Spalton KC
"A real team player, who is quick, efficient and easy to work with. George is one of the more effective barristers at altering his approach depending on the client in question, and is equally good on paper as he is on his feet."

Acted in Towergate Financial v Hopkinson and Others, appearing for the  claimant in a substantial commercial case concerning a large number of wide-ranging breaches of warranty relating to share purchase agreements.

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Justin Fenwick KC
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