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Two prominent costs juniors quit 39 Essex St for 4 New Square

New Square: new costs tenants (photo: Loz Flowers)

London chambers 4 New Square has made a significant statement about its intention to lead the costs Bar after well-known juniors Benjamin Williams and Robert Marven joined the set from Thirty Nine Essex Street

They join a team of three QCs – including one of the costs world’s highest-regarded silks, Nick Bacon – and 11 other juniors, the best known of whom to costs specialists is probably Roger Mallalieu

All four are very prominent names in the costs world and have found themselves up against each other in many cases, with all four involved in the 2008 Tankard case in the Court of Appeal for example

Last year Mr Williams acted for the claimants in the costs part of the Trafigura case, with Mr Bacon for Trafigura, and also represented Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator at the heart of the phone-hacking scandal, over whether News Group Newspapers had to cover his legal costs

Mr Bacon told Litigation Futures that 4 New Square is now “undoubtedly the leading set” ahead of next year’s costs changes

“We have depth and breadth in a specialist team which leaves others behind

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