Professional negligence silk Paul Mitchell QC has joined 4 New Square from Hailsham Chambers as the latest in a series of hires for the set.

Mitchell specialises in professional negligence, commercial litigation and regulatory disciplinary work. In 2016, he was made silk.

Other hires for the set include sports lawyer and commercial litigator Kendrah Potts and Matthew Bradley.

Potts joined 4 New Square from Mishcon de Reya, where she was legal director. Potts also trained at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and spent eight years in its litigation department.

During her time at the magic circle firm, Potts was involved in the long-running Ocensa dispute in which she successfully defended former BP subsidiary Equion Energia in a class action brought by Colombian farmers. The dispute centred on the environmental damage caused by the construction of the Ocensa oil pipeline in the mid-1990s.

Bradley specialises in commercial litigation, product liability and employment law. He joined 4 New Square from Henderson Chambers.

Serjeants’ Inn is the latest set to welcome a retired judge, bringing in Brian Barker QC CBE who joins the set as an associate member. Barker served as the recorder of London, the most senior jdge in the Old Bailey.

Last year, retired judges Lord Neuberger and Lord Clarke rejoined One Essex Court and Arbitrators at 10 Fleet Street, respectively. 3VB also picked up Sir William Blair and Sir Ross Cranston from the bench.

Serjeants Inn also hired Dijen Basu QC. Basu was called to the Bar in 1994 and took silk in 2015. Dijen was appointed a Crown Court recorder and in 2009,  he became a member of the Attorney General’s Panel of Special Advocates the following year. He focuses on police, public and employment law.