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St Philips Stone

Chambers of Andrew Smith QC

4 FIELD COURT, GRAY'S INN, LONDON, WC1R 5EF, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7440 6900
Fax:
Fax 020 7242 0197
Email:
Web:
www.st-philipsstone.com

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

St Philips Chambers is the second-largest set in the country, bringing together barristers with wide-ranging expertise: the Birmingham office has experience across civil, family and criminal law, the Leeds base is particularly well known for Chancery and commercial work, and the London office is rooted in shipping law. Indeed, everyone in London and elsewhere who practises commercial law operates under the brand name of St Philips Stone. The set is also well known in Asia and benefits from members based in the region and an office in Singapore. Law firms say, β€˜individuals at this chambers are willing to work with solicitors to find a solution – whether it is to source a suitable expert or to hold seminars for clients – and they do this without hesitation’. β€˜The clerks are also prepared to listen to feedback with a view to improve the set’s overall market share, which is very refreshing.’ Director of clerking Joe Wilson leads an β€˜excellent’ team, which is β€˜responsive and understanding of time and fee pressures’. Key contacts include London-based Luke Irons, whose β€˜demeanour rests well with solicitors and global law firms’, and Leeds-based Stephen Render, who is β€˜very personable and always accommodating’. Offices in: Birmingham, Leeds, London

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London Bar

Commodities
Commodities – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

St Philips Stone

St Philips Stone handles both domestic and international commercial dispute resolution. Vasanti Selvaratnam QC and Ravi Aswani represented claimants in a case concerning GAFTA first instance and appeal board awards for sums in excess of $10m.

Commodities – Leading silks

Vasanti Selvaratnam QC - St Philips Stone β€˜Very bright, determined and articulate with a nice style of advocacy; clients and arbitrators like her.’

Ranked: tier 4
Commodities – Leading juniors

Charles Debattista - St Philips Stone β€˜A guru in the commodities field and always a first port of call on novel points.’

Ranked: tier 2

Dominic HappΓ© - St Philips Stone β€˜Recommended for his understanding of the legal and commercial aspects of commodities cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Jones - St Philips Stone β€˜Destined to take silk, he is frighteningly intelligent and has great people skills.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ravi Aswani - St Philips Stone β€˜Highly regarded and extremely sharp.’

Ranked: tier 3

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Vasanti Selvaratnam QC - St Philips Stone β€˜She is very articulate and has a style of advocacy that arbitrators like.’

Ranked: tier 4
International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

Ravi Aswani - St Philips Stone β€˜An intelligent and careful advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Set overviews: England and Wales

St Philips Chambers is the second-largest set in the country, bringing together barristers with wide-ranging expertise: the Birmingham office has experience across civil, family and criminal law, the Leeds base is particularly well known for Chancery and commercial work, and the London office is rooted in shipping law. Indeed, everyone in London and elsewhere who practises commercial law operates under the brand name of St Philips Stone. The set is also well known in Asia and benefits from members based in the region and an office in Singapore. Law firms say, β€˜individuals at this chambers are willing to work with solicitors to find a solution – whether it is to source a suitable expert or to hold seminars for clients – and they do this without hesitation’. β€˜The clerks are also prepared to listen to feedback with a view to improve the set’s overall market share, which is very refreshing.’ Director of clerking Joe Wilson leads an β€˜excellent’ team, which is β€˜responsive and understanding of time and fee pressures’. Key contacts include London-based Luke Irons, whose β€˜demeanour rests well with solicitors and global law firms’, and Leeds-based Stephen Render, who is β€˜very personable and always accommodating’. Offices in: Birmingham, Leeds, London

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Shipping
Shipping – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

St Philips Stone

St Philips Stone β€˜continues to punch above its weight in the shipping space’ and is praised for its β€˜collaborative approach’.

Shipping – Leading silks

Elizabeth Blackburn QC - St Philips Stone β€˜She considers the case from every conceivable angle, and has unparalleled experience.’

Ranked: tier 1

Vasanti Selvaratnam QC - St Philips Stone β€˜In control of every detail, and combines an iron grasp of complex legal issues with commercial sense.’

Ranked: tier 3
Shipping – Leading juniors

Rachel Toney - St Philips Stone β€˜Thorough and meticulous with a probing mind.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tom Whitehead - St Philips Stone β€˜Very good on his feet and able to think quickly.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Shirley - St Philips Stone β€˜He leaves no stone unturned in his analysis and thinking about a case.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Jones - St Philips Stone β€˜He produces formidable and very detailed opinions.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ravi Aswani - St Philips Stone β€˜He is bright, responsive and understands the commercial priorities of clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Charles Debattista - St Philips Stone β€˜Very user-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 3

Dominic HappΓ© - St Philips Stone β€˜His advocacy is clear and concise, and his cross-examination is perceptive and penetrating.’

Ranked: tier 3

Thomas Steward - St Philips Stone β€˜He is user-friendly and has a detailed approach.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Sport
Sport – Leading juniors

Tariq Sadiq - St Philips Chambers β€˜Thorough in everything he does, and a very effective advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Commercial
Commercial – Leading juniors

Colin Wright - St Philips Stone β€˜A responsive source of sound, sensible advice.’

Ranked: tier 1

Dr Colin Ong - St Philips Stone β€˜A very able advocate and arbitrator with a supreme command of legal issues.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mary Thomson - St Philips Stone β€˜An arbitrator with experience in London and Hong Kong.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Shipping
Shipping – Leading juniors

Colin Wright - St Philips Stone β€˜He has rich experience in handling shipping cases in Hong Kong.’

Ranked: tier 1

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