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Within Banking and finance (including consumer credit) Banking and finance (including consumer credit) - Leading juniors

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Within Commercial litigation, 11 Stone Buildings (Edward Cohen) is a third tier set,

11 Stone Buildings is ‘making a name for itself in areas outside its core strength in insolvency litigation'. Recent case highlights include VTB Capital v Nutritek International. Clients appreciate chambers’ ‘refreshingly modern approach', and say ‘there is some really good young talent coming through'.

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Within Company and partnership, 11 Stone Buildings (Edward Cohen) is a third tier set,

11 Stone Buildings ‘has bulked up well in the last ten years or so in all business law related areas, including shareholder disputes'. The barristers ‘always have good availability and work to tight timeframes'.

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Within Defamation and privacy Defamation and privacy - Leading juniors

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Within Fraud: civil, 11 Stone Buildings (Edward Cohen) is a second tier set,

At 11 Stone Buildings, the ‘commercially minded' members are particularly well regarded for cross-border litigation. The fraud practice was strengthened by the arrival of Charles Samek QC from Littleton Chambers.

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Within Insolvency, 11 Stone Buildings (Edward Cohen) is a second tier set,

11 Stone Buildings is ‘a very go-ahead and efficient outfit with a very strong insolvency section'. It excels at insolvency cases which spawn fraud and company law matters. The set is praised for its ‘cohesion across all levels of seniority', and is ‘particularly strong at the junior senior counsel level'.

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Within Intellectual property Intellectual property - Leading juniors

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Within IT and telecoms IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading silks

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Within Media and entertainment Media and entertainment - Leading juniors

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Within Pensions Pensions - Leading juniors

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Within Private client: trusts and probate Private client: trusts and probate - Leading juniors

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Within Professional negligence, tier 5

The ‘approachable' team at 11 Stone Buildings has ‘a deep level of expertise and real strength in depth in professional negligence'.

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Within Property litigation Property litigation - Leading juniors

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Within Set overviews: England and Wales,

11 Stone Buildings is ‘a good all-round chambers that is up there with the market leaders'. Insolvency is a key strength, but the set also houses some big names in the areas of commercial litigation, civil fraud and media and entertainment. It has a robust domestic practice and continues to see an increase in international work, particularly from Russia and CIS countries. The clerks provide ‘excellent service delivery; they are always available, flexible and responsive'. Chambers director Michael Couling ‘runs a smooth ship and gets things sorted'; and ‘excellent senior clerk' Matthew Curness is ‘very helpful'. Offices in: London

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Legal Developments in the UK

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  • Finding the 
right words

    In the recent case of Newbury v Sun Microsystems [2013], the defendant argued that an offer to settle proceedings was ‘in principle' only and that a binding contract could not be formed until further terms had been agreed and a formal contract had been signed. It supported this argument by referring to a statement, in the offer letter, that the settlement was to be ‘recorded in a suitably worded agreement'. 

  • Behind the corporate veil: is that all there is?

    That companies have an existence entirely separate to that of their shareholders and directors is a foundational principle of English law and commerce.

  • Restoring environmental damage: putting a price on ecosystem services

    On 7 August 2009 a 40-inch pipeline ruptured, spilling 5,400 cubic metres of crude oil into the soil and groundwater of La Crau nature reserve in southern France, a habitat protected under French and European law. The operator had to excavate and replace 60,000 tons of soil, install 70 wells to pump and treat groundwater and 25 pumps to skim oil from surface water, at a cost in the region of €50m. However, this was just the primary remediation (that is, restoring the site to the state it would have been if the damage had not occurred). The operator was also required to compensate for the damage to the habitats and the loss of the ecosystem services that would otherwise have been provided by La Crau nature reserve. Measures included purchasing land outside of the nature reserve and contributing to its management for a period of 30 years (over €1m), monitoring the water table for 20 years (over €500,000), monitoring fauna over three years (€150,000) and rehabilitation in accordance with best available ecological techniques (nearly €2m). Overall, the compensatory restoration (to compensate for the amount of time that the ecosystem was impacted) and complimentary restoration (to compensate for elements of the ecosystem that had been permanently lost) came to more than €6.5m. 

  • The role of arbitrators in EU antitrust law

    In May 2014, it will be ten years since Regulation No 1/2003 entered into force. When the legislator of the European Union adopted this Regulation on 16 December 2002, its main objective was to decentralise the enforcement of the two main provisions of EU antitrust law, Articles 81 and 82 of the Treaty establishing the European Community (now Articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)). Where do the arbitrators fit in this picture?

  • New Immigration Bill, October 2013: cause for concern or appeasing public sentiment?

    The year 2013 has seen a string of reforms to the immigration system by the current coalition government. On 10 October, the government published a Bill aimed at continuing its drive to reduce net migration figures. 

  • New Schengen EU Regulations: impact on short-stay visa visitors

    The publication on 26 June 2013 of the European Union Regulation EU 610/2013 modified the incumbent Regulation EU 562/2006 in relation to third country nationals (ie non-EU citizens) and those travelling on a short-stay visitor visa, as well as those who do not require a visa to enter the Schengen area, Romania, Croatia and Bulgaria. Exceptions include EU and EEA nationals travelling to other EU/EEA states within the Schengen area together with foreign nationals holding either long-stay or residence permits for their destination Schengen countries.

  • New revised guidelines for administrators in pre-pack sales

    Pre-pack sales by administrators are now used frequently enough for most people in business to be aware of them and many have come across them in their business lives. A small amount of controversy still attaches to pre-packs, but it is probably right to say that they are now an accepted part of the UK business scene as a useful means of rescuing a business in difficulty and preserving some or all of the jobs connected with the business.
    - Druces
  • Silence is not always golden

    In PGF II SA v OMFS Company 1 Ltd [2013], the Court of Appeal considered, for the first time, whether a failure by a party to respond to an invitation to mediate should be treated as an unreasonable refusal to mediate - previous cases having focused on situations where there had been an express refusal to do so. 

  • Continued uncertainty for international manufacturers in the US

    For manufacturers that export, a key strategic issue for in-house counsel is assessing the risk of being sued in another jurisdiction - particularly the US. 

  • Parking rights: here to stay? Consent might be the surprising answer 

    In the field of the acquisition of easements by prescription, little has caused more consternation over the last decade or so than the question of whether a right to park cars can be acquired by twenty years user as of right. The types of property capable of being adversely affected range from individual residential units all the way up to major development sites. The establishment of such a right can have a devastating impact on the value of the burdened land.