The Legal 500

Chambers of Alan Gourgey QC and Lexa Hilliard QC

LINCOLN'S INN, LONDON, WC2A 3TG, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7831 6381
Fax:
Fax 020 7831 2575
DX:
1022 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
Email:
Web:
www.11sb.com

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

11 Stone Buildings has strength across the commercial spectrum and particular expertise in insolvency and civil fraud. The set is ‘a pleasure to work with’, and stands out for its ‘intellect, quality advocates and counsel who are always ready to roll their sleeves up’. Furthermore, ‘the clerks ’ room cannot be faulted’. Chambers director Michael Couling and senior clerk Matthew Curness are ‘outstanding at looking after their clients, and always sensible when agreeing fees’. Couling has ‘a black book of contacts to die for’, and Curness is ‘helpful and commercially minded’. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Jeremy Cousins QC - 11 Stone BuildingsA pleasure to work with and excellent with clients; he quickly distils the key issues in a case.’ *now at Radcliffe Chambers

Ranked: tier 5
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading juniors

Chris Boardman - 11 Stone BuildingsA details man, who is excellent at getting to the heart of the issue; he is easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

James Barnard - 11 Stone BuildingsHe is very easy to work with, and good at tackling tough cases and handling difficult clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

11 Stone Buildings

11 Stone Buildings is ‘particularly user friendly’, and ‘first rate for commercial litigation and insolvency matters’. Members are ‘all bright, enthusiastic, pragmatic and never stuffy’, and the set has ‘a number of promising juniors’. Key cases involving numerous members include Rosserlane v Credit Suisse.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Jeremy Cousins QC - 11 Stone BuildingsHe provides high-quality and in-depth research and analysis.’ *now at Radcliffe Chambers

Ranked: tier 6
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Christopher Boardman - 11 Stone BuildingsVery good tactically, and very good at dealing with awkward opponents.’ *now at Radcliffe Chambers

Ranked: tier 4

Edward Cohen - 11 Stone BuildingsA strategist of rare quality; he combines excellent legal knowledge with commercial awareness.’

Ranked: tier 5

Robert Deacon - 11 Stone BuildingsStrongly allies with the client’s interests.’

Ranked: tier 5

Tina Kyriakides - 11 Stone BuildingsA very solid choice for commercial litigation and company law disputes.’ *now at Radcliffe Chambers

Ranked: tier 4

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Company and partnership
Company – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

11 Stone Buildings

11 Stone Buildings is a ‘very good set of chambers with high-quality counsel who are always prepared to assist as required and beyond the call of duty’. The set covers both company and partnership law and was involved in several major cases including Burry & Knight v Knight, which went to the Court of Appeal.

Company – Leading juniors

Tina Kyriakides - 11 Stone BuildingsExcellent for insolvency-related issues.’ *now at Radcliffe Chambers

Ranked: tier 2
Partnership – Leading juniors

Edward Cohen - 11 Stone BuildingsImpeccable judgement and his insights often help shape the strategy from the outset.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Defamation and privacy
Defamation and privacy – Leading juniors

Robert Deacon - 11 Stone BuildingsVery systematic and thorough.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

11 Stone Buildings

11 Stone Buildings is ‘a very client-friendly set providing a broad range of skills’ and ‘a very good service’. The set is especially strong at the junior level where it boasts some of the leading fraud barristers in the market.

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Insolvency
Insolvency – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

11 Stone Buildings

11 Stone Buildings is ‘a strong and efficient set’, and for some is ‘gaining onSouth Square. The clerks ‘all work as a team’, and are ‘highly professional and good at their job’. Members are praised for their knowledge and capabilities in areas such as bankruptcy tourism, claims to reverse proof of debt, resisting injunction proceedings in relation to company administrators, and cases with international elements.

Insolvency – Leading juniors

Adam Deacock - 11 Stone BuildingsExcellent.’ *now at Radcliffe Chambers

Ranked: tier 2

Alaric Watson - 11 Stone BuildingsAn exceptionally capable advocate; always mindful of the commercial as well as technical and legal issues.’

Ranked: tier 4

Birgitta Meyer - 11 Stone BuildingsShe has an eye for detail.’

Ranked: tier 4

Christopher Boardman - 11 Stone BuildingsOne of the best advocates, and able to understand the way the wind is blowing in court.’ *now at Radcliffe Chambers

Ranked: tier 1

Dawn McCambley - 11 Stone BuildingsStrong drafting skills and excellent legal knowledge combined with commercial awareness.’ *now at Radcliffe Chambers

Ranked: tier 5

Jonathan Lopian - 11 Stone BuildingsVery thorough when drafting documentation, and careful to know the detail of each case.’

Ranked: tier 4

Reuben Comiskey - 11 Stone BuildingsHe has strong knowledge of the insolvency legislation.’ *now at Radcliffe Chambers

Ranked: tier 5

Tina Kyriakides - 11 Stone BuildingsHe gives clear, helpful advice.’ *now at Radcliffe Chambers

Ranked: tier 2

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property – Leading juniors

Robert Deacon - 11 Stone BuildingsA good advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment – Leading juniors

Robert Deacon - 11 Stone BuildingsGood with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Private client: trusts and probate
Private client: trusts and probate – Leading juniors

Jonathan Arkush - 11 Stone BuildingsProduces brilliantly written and succinct opinions, and is good on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence – Leading sets - ranked: tier 5

11 Stone Buildings

11 Stone Buildings is a ‘friendly and accommodating’ set that enjoys a ‘great reputation’ in this area.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

Jeremy Cousins QC - 11 Stone BuildingsAn incredibly calm and capable barrister.’ *now at Radcliffe Chambers

Ranked: tier 2
Professional negligence – Leading juniors

Gary Lidington - 11 Stone BuildingsDefinitely one to watch.’ *now at Radcliffe Chambers

Ranked: tier 5

James Barnard - 11 Stone BuildingsConscientious, diligent and pugnacious.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Property litigation
Property litigation – Leading juniors

David Nicholls - 11 Stone BuildingsA solid and reliable barrister.’

Ranked: tier 5

Gary Lidington - 11 Stone BuildingsVery thorough, very analytical, and knowledgeable both on law and procedure.’ *now at Radcliffe Chambers

Ranked: tier 5

Tim Cowen - 11 Stone BuildingsHe gives sound commercial advice and has a prompt turnaround speed.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Set overviews: England and Wales

11 Stone Buildings has strength across the commercial spectrum and particular expertise in insolvency and civil fraud. The set is ‘a pleasure to work with’, and stands out for its ‘intellect, quality advocates and counsel who are always ready to roll their sleeves up’. Furthermore, ‘the clerks ’ room cannot be faulted’. Chambers director Michael Couling and senior clerk Matthew Curness are ‘outstanding at looking after their clients, and always sensible when agreeing fees’. Couling has ‘a black book of contacts to die for’, and Curness is ‘helpful and commercially minded’. Offices in: London

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