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4 New Square

Insurance

16 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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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. Sources say that the barristers are "all very client-orientated" and that the set has "strength and depth and always has a barrister of the right level for the right price."

Client service:

"Lizzy Stewart, senior clerk and CEO, and the clerks are very responsive." "The clerks are user-friendly and on the ball." "The clerks have always been really helpful and got things done straightaway. They are always on top of things."

Strengths:

Alison Padfield QC
Alison Padfield QC has considerable prowess across both insurance and professional negligence cases and is particularly noted for her methodical and meticulous approach. She handles insurance and reinsurance arbitrations, as well as litigation, and is also the author of Insurance Claims. Her practice is evenly split between claimant and defendant work.
"Alison provides comprehensive, detailed and thoughtful advice. She is very clear and very user-friendly." "Alison is extremely knowledgeable."

Strengths:

Ben Elkington QC
Ben Elkington QC is a well-regarded insurance coverage specialist. He is instructed by both insurers and insureds on a regular basis, and has a notable focus on property damage cases, although he is well versed in all types of non-marine policies. He also demonstrates considerable expertise advising on professional indemnity claims. Elkington is also experienced in acting as an arbitrator in insurance disputes.
"He is approachable and pragmatic and is a lateral thinker." "He is exceptionally responsive and detailed and clear on the law."
Recent work: Acted in a class action in which 385 insureds brought arbitration proceedings against Hiscox seeking an indemnity for COVID-19 business interruption losses.

Strengths:

Ben Hubble QC
Ben Hubble QC is a respected professional negligence and insurance silk. He is often instructed in large-value complex coverage disputes. His professional indemnity work features disputes involving solicitors' firms as well as matters involving financial regulatory aspects.
"Ben has a great bedside manner and has tenacity." "He is very pragmatic and provides technically strong advice."

Strengths:

Carl Troman
Carl Troman is a well thought-of commercial litigator who appears with regularity in insurance disputes. He has experience in cases involving misrepresentation and non-disclosure, and is particularly known for his strength in property damage disputes.
"Carl has an authoritative court manner."
Recent work: Acted for Zurich Insurance in a dispute with Niramax arising out of a fire at a waste recycling plant.

Strengths:

Clare Dixon QC
Clare Dixon QC is an impressive practitioner who successfully represents clients on both sides of insurance disputes. She is recognised for her strong knowledge of professional indemnity and employers' liability matters.
"Clare has had a great year and she is very reliable." "She is very robust in her views and doesn't sit on the fence."
Recent work: Acted for RSA in the test case brought by the Financial Conduct Authority to determine whether business interruption policies would respond to losses arising out of COVID-19.

Strengths:

David Turner QC
David Turner QC is a highly regarded silk who offers expertise across a range of commercial litigation. His broad practice involves an emphasis on professional liability, product liability and complex insurance disputes. Turner also skilfully handles reinsurance disputes.
"David is a very tactically astute practitioner."
Recent work: Acted for Royal & Sun Alliance in the business interruption insurance test case in establishing the response of non-damage business interruption insurance extensions to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Strengths:

Graeme McPherson QC
Graeme McPherson QC acts for both insurers and insured parties in litigation an arbitration proceedings which encompass a spectrum of coverage proceedings. He is particularly well regarded for his expertise relating to notification issues and professional indemnity claims.
"He has a good handle on a number of different areas, which gives him a significant depth of knowledge." "He cuts through to the heart of the case."
Recent work: Acted for RSA in US Airtours v Amex and Other, a case arising out of the asset-stripping of a travel company and the inability to meet liabilities.

Strengths:

Graham Eklund QC
Graham Eklund QC is a reliable advocate who acts for both claimants and defendants in insurance litigation. He is known for his involvement in substantial insurance disputes involving allegations of fraud or dishonesty. He is also particularly adept at handling disputes relating to property damage.
"Graham is a really meticulous and highly technical individual. He is a very calming and reassuring advocate."
Recent work: Acted for Zurich in a dispute with Niramax following a fire and subsequent investigation revealing non-disclosure of material facts at the renewal of an insurance policy.

Strengths:

Jamie Smith QC
Jamie Smith QC maintains a broad practice that combines professional negligence and insurance work. He enjoys an extremely positive reputation and is known for being personable, extremely hard-working and very good on his feet. Smith handles complex arbitrations as well as litigation.
"He gives very clear and pragmatic advice and is a pleasure to deal with. He is very collaborative and very thorough." "His written opinions are first rate."
Recent work: Acted for AXIS in a case relating to the coverage of a firm of solicitors following the imprisonment of a partner for stealing client money.

Strengths:

Jonathan Hough QC
Jonathan Hough QC takes on the full spectrum of coverage disputes, handling both litigation and arbitration cases, and is regularly instructed in disputes between insurers and reinsurers. He has experience in a broad range of matters including professional indemnity, product liability and financial risk.
"He is excellent, thorough and rigorous in his thinking." "He is clear and measured in his advice."
Recent work: Acted for Direct Line in a case determining which insurer is obliged to cover a catastrophic injury claim.

Strengths:

Justin Fenwick QC
Justin Fenwick QC is active in a wide range of insurance disputes, particularly professional negligence claims involving an element of dishonesty. Instructing solicitors and fellow barristers alike highlight his superb advocacy skills. Fenwick has extensive experience of handling international insurance concerns and has worked on a number of disputes arising in the Caribbean.
"He is a very experienced practitioner."
Recent work: Acted for Cape Intermediate Holdings in a hearing to consider permission to appeal a judgment concerning the recovery of outlay in the settlement of mesothelioma claims.

Strengths:

Mark Cannon QC
Mark Cannon QC is a renowned expert in professional indemnity, who has additional expertise in construction and property damage coverage disputes. He regularly undertakes highly complex cases, such as disputes involving multiple layers of insurance or aggregation issues. He increasingly sits as an arbitrator and is head of chambers at 4 New Square.
"He provides excellent technical advice in a punctual manner." "He gives very clear advice and is easy to deal with."
Recent work: Acted in Catlin Syndicate and Others v Amec Foster Wheeler, a coverage dispute under a policy of contractor's professional indemnity cover.

Strengths:

Miles Harris
Miles Harris is an experienced insurance junior. He demonstrates knowledge of policies including business interruption, D&O and professional liability. 
"Miles has excellent strategic thinking." "He provides good clear advice."
Recent work: Acted for Hiscox Insurance in the leading case in business interruption insurance, FCA v Arch Insurance and Others.

Strengths:

Neil Hext QC
Neil Hext QC is a busy silk who is actively engaged in a whole host of insurance-related work, including the full range of coverage and policy issues, as well as significant disputes involving brokers. He is also experienced in handling disputes involving allegations of fraudulent behaviour.
"Neil is sensationally good, extremely measured and calm. He has great leadership." "He is clever, thorough and has an eye for detail."

Strengths:

Roger Stewart QC
Roger Stewart QC is a highly knowledgeable silk in the professional negligence and construction spheres who regularly turns his hand to major insurance disputes. He handles complex international arbitrations as well as litigation. His advocacy experience includes appearances before the Supreme Court.
"Roger is extremely commercial and very good at coming up with answers to complex problems."

Strengths:

Shail Patel
Shail Patel is a very highly thought-of junior who has developed a robust insurance practice that focuses particularly on professional indemnity and disputes involving a significant element of fraud. He is additionally experienced in litigation involving financial lines insurance. He acts for both insurers and policy holders.
"Shail is commercial, highly efficient and responsive with superb attention to detail." "He is an excellent tactician and thinks outside the box. His written work is excellent and his advocacy is very persuasive."
Recent work: Acted for RSA in the business interruption test case brought by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Insurance


Alison Padfield QC
Band 2
Ben Elkington QC
Band 2
Ben Hubble QC
Band 3
Clare Dixon QC
New Silks
David Turner QC
Band 2
Graeme McPherson QC
Band 4

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