Head of Chambers: Mark Cannon QC
Number of barristers: 83 (25 of which are QC)
Languages: French, Spanish, Italian, German, Turkish, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian, Arabic (conversational), Chinese, Russian, Gujerati, Korean, Farsi
4 New Square is a leading commercial barristers’ Chambers based in Lincoln’s Inn, London that specialises in international and domestic commercial dispute resolution. Its barristers have stellar reputations in a wide range of fields. 4 New Square is dedicated to providing the highest standards of client service and prides itself on being responsive to its clients’ needs. It is very accustomed to working with large teams of lawyers or alongside lawyers and other professionals qualified in other jurisdictions, and have members admitted on a permanent or case specific basis to the local Bar or with rights of audience in many overseas jurisdictions. Members appear regularly at all levels in courts and arbitrations worldwide, as well as in every civil division of the High Court in England and Wales. Internationally the set has particular connections with the Caribbean, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UAE (particularly Dubai), Middle and Far East, Turkey, Russia, India and Africa where its members work. In addition 4 New Square has a number of accredited and internationally recognised arbitrators and mediators.
Main Areas of Practice:
Chancery Commercial Litigation
Insurance & Reinsurance
Construction & Engineering
Commercial Dispute Resolution:
Members have experience in a variety of general commercial litigation and arbitration and regularly appear in the Commercial Court, both overseas and in commercial arbitrations. A significant number of barristers, both at senior and junior level, focus on complex commercial disputes as the mainstay of their practices. Members undertake a very wide range of commercial work including disputes concerning banking, securities and derivatives, commercial fraud, commercial agencies, M&A disputes, investments and investment schemes, contracts for the sale and hire of goods, private international law and personal and corporate insolvency. Much of this commercial work has an international element to it and members have experience of jurisdictional disputes and challenges. Members also have wide experience of acting in respect of pre-emptive and interim applications for freezing orders, search orders, preaction disclosure and injunctions.
Chancery Commercial Litigation:
4 New Square attracts Chancery commercial work across a number of specialist areas particularly including in relation to trusts, fiduciaries, real property, mortgages, company, insolvency, and pensions. Members advise and appear in complex, high value disputes in the Commercial Court and Chancery Division as well as being regularly instructed in significant domestic and international arbitrations. The Chambers is a member of the Commercial Bar Association and the Chancery Bar Association.
Offshore work is principally located in the Caribbean and the Channel Islands, with a notable presence in the BVI, the Cayman Islands, Jersey and Guernsey. International and offshore work is typically commercial in nature, and often has a financial, fiduciary or equitable elements. As the roles of trustees, trust administrators, offshore company directors and administrators, and liquidators are largely performed by professionals, there is a natural adjunct to Chambers’ recognition as the top set for professional liability work. Barristers are frequent lecturers and public speakers on international and offshore legal topics, and some have drafted offshore legislation.
Barristers regularly handle international arbitrations as well as arbitration-related court proceedings worldwide. Members have expertise in international arbitrations across the commercial spectrum, ranging from insurance and reinsurance matters, civil fraud, banking, commodities and international trade. As well as strong experience of arbitrations in the construction, energy and infrastructure sectors, with emphasis on large-scale projects, and particular expertise in relation to O&G energy (in particular nuclear new-build and hydro-power), and major transport infrastructure. Chambers has experience of claims run under an extremely broad range of domestic and international institutions and rules such as the AAA, HKIAC, LCIA, ICC, CIETAC, SIAC, DIAC, DIFC, ICSID or the UNCITRAL rules as well as ad hoc arbitrations. It is frequently handles cases involving complex issues of foreign law.
Insurance & Reinsurance:
Members are frequently instructed in high-value insurance and reinsurance disputes, both in litigation and arbitration. Several members have practices which predominantly deal with insurance and re-insurance issues, ranging from general points of construction and scope of indemnity to nondisclosure and misrepresentation of material facts, breach of warranty/conditions, construction of terms, conditions and exclusions, fraud and related indemnity issues and aggregation. Claims cover a very wide range of value, from those of substantial value arising out of significant underlying losses to others of relatively small value but involving important points of principle. Members write specialist books or chapters on the field, and regularly contribute articles to leading specialist publications.
Construction & Engineering:
4 New Square has a strong and dedicated team of lawyers who have considerable expertise as specialist advocates in all types of global and domestic construction and engineering project disputes including arbitration, adjudication and mediation. It acts for professionals, employers, contractors, sub-contractors, funders, insurers and suppliers. As the top rated set for professional negligence, it is uniquely placed to bring valuable experience and insight on professional negligence claims against engineers, architects, design contractors, project managers and other building professionals.
4 New Square remains pre-eminent for professional negligence work across the board, acting for both claimants and defendants in claims involving all professions. A market leading reputation and high standards attracts the biggest and best cases involving professionals within this jurisdiction and around the world, often pitting members of chambers against each other. ‘Jackson & Powell on Professional Negligence’, was written by Rupert Jackson and John Powell is continually edited and expanded by current members. Cases range from multi-million pound claims in a wide variety of commercial contexts to small, fast-track claims by private individuals who feel they have been let down by their professional advisers. Its work in this area extends to issues of professional indemnity insurance, including disputes as to avoidance or denial of cover, as to the meaning and effect of policy terms. Commercial Fraud: It continues to attract high quality work at all levels both domestically and internationally with particular focus on offshore cases in the BVI, Cayman Islands and Isle of Man.
4 New Square covers a broad range of financial services claims including claims for and against banks and financial services professionals, advising on regulatory enforcement action and discrete aspects of the regulatory regime as well as its impact in various contexts including collective and other complex investment schemes, mergers and acquisitions, flotations, group structures, pensions, employee share schemes and PFI. Practitioners advise on cases relating to the buying and selling of financial instruments and products, investments in hedge and private equity funds, as well as regulatory matters governed by the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (before FSMA tribunals, the Financial Ombudsman Service and the Courts).
The team comprises many of the country’s leading practitioners in this area. The set has senior silks and junior members appearing in significant cases throughout the year. Chambers development as a leading costs set results from of depth of experience and the rise of new prominent juniors in the area. Chambers offers formidable expertise across all aspects of costs litigation and advisory work, from inter parties matters, through to solicitor-client and public funding disputes. Its range of work ensures that there is nothing within the costs field that it cannot advise upon; its expertise includes all areas of both litigious and non-contentious business.
4 New Square is a fast growing presence at the public international law Bar. Members regularly act on behalf of, and against, national governments in the UK and abroad in contentious and advisory proceedings, and advise governments, corporate bodies, non-governmental organisations, and individuals on a range of matters. Instructions in the field of public international law include disputes before the International Court of Justice, the ICSID and ICC tribunals, the European Court of Human Rights, the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States, and the domestic courts of the UK, the Gambia and the Republic of Turkey. Given Chambers’ long-standing strength in international arbitration work, members well placed to advise and represent parties in investor-State disputes.
4 New Square is widely recognised and regarded for its expertise in sports law – both in the sub-specialities of sports disciplinary law and commercial sporting disputes. Drawing on their passion for sport as well as their experience, expertise and advocacy skills fostered in commercial litigation and professional disciplinary matters, a number of silks and juniors regularly appear in disciplinary tribunals and investigative inquiries (for both regulatory authorities and participants) across a diverse range of sports and are frequently instructed in high-profile cases. Members of also assist sporting bodies in non-contentious aspects of sporting governance. Chambers also boasts a Judicial Officer for the International Rugby Board, a Specialist Member of the Football Association Judicial Panel and a member of the BHA’s disciplinary panel, as well as having members of various panels of arbitrators and mediators in the UK and internationally.