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4 Stone Buildings

Company

15 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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4 Stone Buildings is a standout set whose company law abilities are the subject of widespread praise. At both the senior and junior levels its barristers provide high-quality advice on substantial matters. Within its broad company offering, the set enjoys an especially good reputation for its work concerning shareholder disputes and breaches of fiduciary duty. The set has recently been involved in such cases as the significant company appraisal action involving Nord Anglia Education. The set also continues to be involved in the ongoing Autonomy v Dr Michael Lynch, widely reported litigation concerning the acquisition of Autonomy. Sources comment: "Both the clerks and the barristers are approachable and easy to work with. There is a can-do attitude at the set."

Client service:

"The clerks are honest and sensible. You know where you stand with them." "They are very good and quick to respond as they have a very efficient system." "They are proactive and always on hand to assist with anything that arises." The "legendary" David Goddard is the "highly commercial and very well respected" senior clerk at the set. He is ably assisted by first junior clerk Ben Lashmar, who is "absolutely brilliant. He's really committed and the life and soul of the place."

Strengths:

Alastair Tomson
Enjoys a busy commercial chancery practice, as part of which he regularly handles contentious and non-contentious company work. His areas of expertise include acting in unfair prejudice petitions, for both respondents and petitioners, and advising on transactional work. He regularly acts unled.
"He's impressive to watch in court and clients like working with him."

Strengths:

Christopher Harrison
An experienced senior junior who advises on company, civil fraud, finance and insolvency matters. He is well regarded for his handling of big-ticket claims, particularly shareholder disputes, and regularly tackles large cross-border matters, particularly those involving the Caribbean and CIS regions.
"Christopher is a safe pair of hands who quickly grasps complex corporate matters and delivers succinct advice efficiently."
Recent work: Acted in a follow-up to a shareholder remedy claim in relation to the Abbington Hotel.

Strengths:

Donald Lilly
Experienced junior with a deep knowledge of litigious company cases, most notably shareholder disputes. Regularly appears unled in court proceedings, and demonstrates strong expertise in matters concerning derivative claims.
"Cool, calm and collected, he's fantastically likeable and very hard-working."
Recent work: Defended Palmali against contractual claims brought by SOCAR.

Strengths:

George Bompas QC
Regularly instructed in high-profile company disputes, he is particularly active in international jurisdictions including Hong Kong, Singapore and the Caribbean. Solicitors call on him for his skills in both advisory and contentious work. He displays particular strength in cases concerning contractual interpretations, shareholder disputes and corporate reorganisations.
"Remarkably user-friendly, sensible and pragmatic. He has a calm assurance and is a joy to work with."
Recent work: Advised on a company director competition law disqualification regarding the Fourfront Group.

Strengths:

Gregory Denton-Cox
Highly respected barrister with a broad commercial chancery practice. He is particularly active in shareholder, director and investor disputes, and also has recognised skills in civil fraud, banking disputes and wider commercial litigation.
"He's extremely hands-on, intelligent and accessible. His advice is user-friendly and he's always quick to respond."
Recent work: Represented minority shareholders in litigation arising out of allegations of breach of fiduciary duty and unfair prejudice.

Strengths:

Hermann Boeddinghaus QC
Has a focus on corporate and commercial disputes, and has appeared in the Chancery Division, the Commercial Court and a range of international arbitration tribunals. He is experienced in the representation of leading banks, FTSE 100 companies and entrepreneurs, and is frequently instructed in shareholder claims.
"Hermann spots the issues early, and is extremely responsive and pleasant to deal with it."
Recent work: Represented Miton UK MicroCap Trust with regard to its £87 million capital restricting.

Strengths:

James Knott
Handles a range of company, insolvency and commercial litigation cases. He takes instructions in non-contentious matters as well as disputes, and is experienced in Companies Court and High Court claims. Areas of notable strength include unfair prejudice cases, derivative actions and matters concerning breaches of fiduciary duty.
"James is very prepossessing and a reassuring presence to have on your side. He inspires great confidence and is excellent on paper."

Strengths:

John Brisby QC
Highly respected silk who handles a range of company work, including cases heard before offshore courts. He is experienced in issues such as shareholder disputes, reductions of capital and schemes of arrangement, and regularly acts in proceedings in the Chancery Division and Commercial Court. He is experienced in proceedings before courts in the BVI, the Cayman Islands and Gibraltar.
"Methodical and gets straight to the point. He helps you see the light and form a coherent strategy."
Recent work: Represented the shareholders of UNILAD in their effort to restrain the sale of the company's assets and business to LadBible.

Strengths:

Jonathan Crow QC
Enjoys a leading position at the forefront of the Chancery Bar, and earns widespread acclaim for his litigation skills. He is regularly instructed in a full range of company, commercial and public law cases, and is a regular in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. He is often involved in proceedings in a number of foreign jurisdictions, including the BVI, the Cayman Islands and Hong Kong. Recent activity includes a leading role in heavyweight shareholder disputes and directors' disqualification matters.
"He's a fantastic advocate and has a real knack for getting to the kernel of what is important, with laser-like focus. He really gets his point across to the judge."
Recent work: Appeared in Maso Capital Investments v Shanda Games, a Privy Council test case concerning the valuation of shares under the Cayman Islands appraisal legislation.

Strengths:

Orlando Fraser QC
Respected silk whose expertise leans towards advising on contentious company matters. His international practice includes experience in ancillary civil fraud and insolvency issues.
"A charismatic performer who is good at cutting through the chaff and getting to the point. He's also expert at presenting news, good or bad, to the client in the most palatable way possible."
Recent work: Defended against Section 994 claims brought by minority shareholders in respect of Compound Photonics Group.

Strengths:

Paul Greenwood
Handles a range of complex company cases as part of his wider commercial chancery practice, and has niche skill in disputes concerning artworks. He is adept at handling disputes with cross-border and insolvency elements.
"Very efficient and a mine of information, he takes a common-sense approach and establishes a good rapport with both clients and judges."
Recent work: Acted in an unfair prejudice case concerning Technical Building Design.

Strengths:

Richard Hill QC
An established practitioner with an excellent reputation for large and complex disputes, particularly with regard to City-based litigation. He regularly takes instructions in banking, commercial, company and insolvency disputes. Hill possesses additional expertise in the representation of bond trustees and bondholders in securities and other capital markets litigation.
"He's a super bright and client-focused silk who always thinks about the best way of achieving the client's objectives."
Recent work: Represented Peak Hotels and Resorts in litigation concerning a shareholder dispute over control of Aman Resorts.

Strengths:

Sharif Shivji QC
Often instructed in high-value shareholder disputes and financial services-related claims. His technical expertise is bolstered by prior experience as a derivatives trader, which he applies to a range of banking and insolvency law matters.
"He's a very impressive, thoughtful lawyer."
Recent work: Acted in Ben Oldham Special Situations Fund v Karver Investments, a case concerning claims of company law breaches, including allegations of breach of fiduciary duty.

Strengths:

Tiran Nersessian
Well-regarded junior with a burgeoning reputation in company law, as a part of his broader commercial and insolvency practice. Noted for his strong advocacy, he is regularly instructed by both private and government clients to assist in matters involving directors' disqualification, directors' duties and public interest petitions against companies.
"Tiran is highly intelligent, humble and kind. He certainly knows how to get his point across."
Recent work: Represented the Secretary of State in directors' disqualification proceedings relating to the insolvency of BHS.

Strengths:

Tom Gentleman
Has a specialism in shareholder disputes and directors' disqualification, and regularly appears in High Court disputes as well as arbitrations, often acting unled. He is also experienced in cross-border and international disputes, particularly those with proceedings in the Cayman Islands, the BVI and Bermuda.
"A very good commercial litigator who really gets stuck in."
Recent work: Advised in Autonomy v Lynch and Hussain, headline litigation arising out of Hewlett Packard's acquisition of Autonomy.

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4 Stone Buildings

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Lincoln's Inn

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Company


George Bompas QC
Band 1
Hermann Boeddinghaus QC
New Silks
John Brisby QC
Band 3
Jonathan Crow QC
Star Individuals
Orlando Fraser QC
Band 3
Richard Hill QC
Band 1