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4 Stone Buildings marshals considerable litigation experience and has long experience of appearing in landmark disputes. Recent widely publicised cases it has undertaken include Autonomy Corporation v Michael Lynch, which, at USD5 billion, represents the highest claim brought against an individual in Britain. Other matters include FSHC Group Holdings Ltd v GLAS Trust Corporation Ltd, which clarified the test for rectifying a contractual document on the grounds of common mistake. The set comes highly recommended, with sources reporting that when instructing a barrister at 4 Stone Buildings "you know that you will get someone bright, hard-working and client-friendly."
Client service: "The clerks are very approachable and reliable." "David Goddard, the senior clerk, is highly personable and very hands-on," while first junior clerk Ben Lashmar is "enthusiastic, proactive and always on hand to assist with anything that arises."
Strengths: "Very well prepared, forceful when necessary and quick-thinking." "He gives his all for his client and he is a tough and effective cross-examiner."
Recent work: Acted in Al Khorafi v Bank J Safra Sarasin Limited, including acting unled in the DIFC Court of Appeal. This was a USD1 billion case involving allegations of fraud in relation to a margin call on financial products.
Strengths: "Really diligent, very clever and highly perceptive." "He is responsive, hard-working, incredibly detail-oriented and someone with the ability to retain facts."
Recent work: Represented Dr Vijay Mallya, the owner of the Kingfisher Beer and Kingfisher Airlines brands in India, in proceedings taken by the State Bank of India and other state-owned Indian banks. The banks sought the enforcement of a judgment of approximately £1.112 billion.
Andrew de Mestre QC
Strengths: "Very smart and produces high-quality drafting." "He is very user-friendly, with good strategic judgement, and he has an impressive recollection of complicated detail."
Recent work: Successfully represented Apax Partners in a claim by the liquidators of Hellas II, which sought the recovery of circa EUR1 billion.
Strengths: "He has excellent advisory skills and his opinions are on the ball."
Recent work: Acted for Astra Asset Management in its claim against the Co-operative Bank over rights to financial instruments controlling the Leeds Arena development.
George Bompas QC
Strengths: "Calm, courteous and possessed of excellent advocacy skills."
Recent work: Represented the debtor in Cambria Africa plc v Consilium Corporate Recovery Master Fund, a claim relating to the repayment of a term loan.
Strengths: "Does an excellent job and produces high-quality drafting." "He is very hard-working and has a very good drafting style. His pleasant and easygoing personality makes him a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted in FSHC Group Holdings Ltd v GLAS Trust Corporation Ltd, which clarified the test for rectifying a contractual document on the grounds of common mistake.
John Brisby QC
Strengths: "A pleasure to work with, he is extremely hard-working, collaborative and a good advocate." "He is a real fighter who is great to have on your side."
Recent work: Successfully defended a circa £17 million suit brought by Irina Abramovich, the ex-wife of the well-known Russian businessman Roman Abramovich, against her former executive assistant, Ms Cynthia Hoffmann.
Jonathan Crow QC
Strengths: "Simply brilliant; he sees the wood for the trees and he can narrow down a million and one files." "He is a very effective and persuasive advocate."
Recent work: Acted in Singularis Holdings Ltd v Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Ltd, the first time that an appeal has reached the Supreme Court dealing with the Quincecareduty of care, which is of enormous significance to the banking community generally.
Richard Hill QC
Strengths: "A very good member of any team who is very bright." "He does an excellent job with the most difficult of cases."
Recent work: Defended Dr Michael Lynch in the Hewlett-Packard litigation where the damages sought were over USD5 billion.
Sharif Shivji QC
Strengths: "Absolutely terrific and does fantastically well." "He approaches the client’s issues in a commercial manner and thinks of creative solutions."
Recent work: Acted for Dr Mike Lynch, the former CEO of Autonomy, in a case arising out of the acquisition of the company by Hewlett-Packard.
Strengths: "His work product is great. He is very clever and he comes up with great solutions."
Recent work: Acted for the founder and former CEO of Autonomy Corporation with regard to a USD5 billion accounting fraud claim arising out of Hewlett-Packard’s acquisition of Autonomy in 2011.