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4 Stone Buildings

Dispute Resolution: Commercial Chancery

18 ranked barristersBand 1UKGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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4 Stone Buildings is an impressive chancery set, housing a strong bench of barristers at both senior and junior level who are well versed in high-profile and complex disputes. The team's expertise spans a wide range of areas, and members routinely undertake cases involving financial services and banking, commercial contracts and insolvency law. Shareholder disputes are also a key area of strength for the team, drawing on the set's established expertise in company law. The set's barristers are regularly instructed in litigation arising in the oil and gas sector, and have experience of acting in both domestic and international matters. Instructing solicitors praise 4 Stone as "an excellent set with an exceptional collection of barristers," and note that it is "extremely commercial and a very modern set."

Client service:

"First junior clerk Ben Lashmar is absolutely brilliant. He's really committed and is the life and soul of chambers - he will answer the phone any time of day or night." "The clerks are very pragmatic, and are accommodating and sensible on pricing and costs." "The clerking is very solid and the whole team is very efficient. They move heaven and earth for their clients." David Goddard is the senior clerk.

Strengths:

Alastair Tomson
"A very effective advocate. He is quick on his feet, on top of the detail and just a pleasure to work with. He is also very good with clients and you know you are in good hands when you are working with him."

Strengths:

Alexander Cook
"He is very hard-working and industrious - he knows every document of a case inside out, and that gives you just utter confidence. His knowledge makes him a joy to work with, and he has a calm and straightforward style of advocacy."

Strengths:

Andrew Clutterbuck QC
"He provides clear and concise advice, and always takes care to deliver it in a way that clients can understand." "He has a calm and measured presence in court and is a go-to person for trustee advice."

Strengths:

Andrew de Mestre QC
"He is very thoughtful barrister; he's understated, but he always has the right answer. He always comes up with something clever." "He is very thoughtful and very thorough."

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Christopher Harrison
"He is very measured and good at identifying what is important in a case. In major cases he can carry the whole team but is more than willing to listen to other people's ideas."

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Donald Lilly
"A brilliant barrister - it is a pleasure to instruct him." "He is cool, calm and collected - fantastically likeable and very hard-working. He impresses on all sides."

Strengths:

Eleanor Holland
"She provides a consistently high-quality service." "Very thorough and a real team player." "A very impressive junior who is great on paper and on her feet."

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George Bompas QC
"Well regarded and hugely experienced." "His ability to master a huge amount of information is really impressive."

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Gregory Denton-Cox
"His drafting and legal analysis is very good."

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Hermann Boeddinghaus QC
"Consistently impressive and helpful with a huge capacity to get to grips with large amounts of information quickly. Clients like him because he's quick to understand their goals and he communicates well."

Strengths:

James Knott
"He is technically excellent and provides very practical and robust advice." "A very impressive junior. He is able to marshal complicated details well, and has strong drafting skills and an excellent work ethic."

Strengths:

John Brisby QC
"He provides robust and sensible advice and clients like working with him." "A robust advocate and a real fighter."

Strengths:

Jonathan Crow QC
"Crow is the polymath star of the Bar." "An astonishing advocate." "He is exceptional at getting on top of a case - he finds the finest points and is very measured and persuasive in his delivery." "Very good with judges and has a wonderful courtroom presence."

Strengths:

Joseph Wigley
"He impresses with his thorough approach. He is very responsive and willing to add well-considered comments on points of real detail, keeping in mind the overall objectives of the client in the case. He handles exceptionally complex and extensive pleadings with conviction and is a very valuable member of the team." "Very accessible, user-friendly and excellent in court."

Strengths:

Paul Greenwood
"He has an attractive pleading style and is very good at picking a path through a minefield of issues."

Strengths:

Richard Hill QC
"An incredible advocate."

Strengths:

Sharif Shivji QC
"A great barrister - very detail-oriented and leaves no stone unturned."

Strengths:

Tom Gentleman
"Careful, thoughtful and exceptionally pleasant to work with."

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Silks (QC)

UK

Dispute Resolution: Commercial Chancery


Andrew Clutterbuck QC
Band 4
Andrew de Mestre QC
Band 4
George Bompas QC
Band 1
Hermann Boeddinghaus QC
New Silks
John Brisby QC
Band 2
Jonathan Crow QC
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