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4 Stone Buildings is a strong choice for complex matters in major offshore jurisdictions, in particular the Channel Islands and the Caribbean. Its areas of strength include high-value commercial disputes and international trusts, funds and insolvency cases. Members have recently appeared in the BVI Court of Appeal, the Privy Council, the Supreme Court of Bermuda and a number of other upper courts in various jurisdictions.
Client service: "The clerks are responsive and hands-on." David Goddard is the senior clerk.
John Brisby QC
Brisby's busy commercial practice sees him tackle work in Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, among other jurisdictions. He has attained a fine reputation for his excellent courtroom advocacy and has acted in cases relating to the collapses of Enron, Barings, Maxwell and Barlow Clowes. His primary expertise is in fraud, insolvency and company law, including shareholder disputes.
Strengths: "He is incredibly sharp, a really good tactician and provides very solid advice."
Recent work: Acted for the Official Equity Committee of a Bermuda-incorporated oil company in contentious Chapter 11 proceedings in Houston.
Jonathan Crow QC
A formidable offshore advocate with an outstanding track record in heavyweight commercial, company and public law cases. The broad geographic spread of his work takes him to Hong Kong, the Channel Islands and several Caribbean jurisdictions. He is sought after for his knowledge of trusts disputes, as well as investment fund and property cases, and he also frequently appears before the Privy Council.
Strengths: "An outstanding advocate who readily has the ear of the court." "The best advocate I've ever seen in court. He is pure excellence."
Recent work: Acted in the Privy Council in Khan v Gany Holdings, a dispute regarding the management of an offshore family trust.
Orlando Fraser QC
Has a great reputation for commercial litigation, having appeared in disputes concerning fraud, trusts, insolvency and company law. His offshore practice incorporates work in the BVI, Dominica, Nevis and the USA. He acts for trust companies, directors and liquidators. His trust experience extends to administration and asset distribution proceedings.
Strengths: "His advocacy is fantastic."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in a fraud claim for USD1 billion arising from the mis-selling of financial instruments.
Sharif Shivji QC
An eminent practitioner with a background as a former derivatives trader. He delivers standout performances in financial services litigation and has a highly international practice that sees him work in places such as Dubai, the BVI and Trinidad & Tobago. He has recently been involved in significant fraud and insolvency cases. Shivji is well known for his private client work including high-value divorce agreements where he advises on trust-related issues, among others.
Strengths: "He's very analytical and bright."
Recent work: Appeared before the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal in the long-running dispute regarding the collapse of Kaupthing, the Icelandic bank.