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Within Administrative and public law (including local government) Administrative and public law - Leading Silks

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Within Commercial litigation, 4 Stone Buildings (George Bompas QC) is a third tier set,

4 Stone Buildings has an excellent reputation for commercial Chancery and insolvency work, as well as commercial litigation and related fraud disputes. The ‘courageous and imaginativeJohn Brisby QChas plenty of good commercial and Chancery experience’. Also recommended are Robert Miles QC, who has established himself as one of the most sought-after QCs in the market, and the ‘very bright and hardworkingPeter Griffiths, who is ‘among the most experienced commercial Chancery juniors’.

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Within Company and partnership, 4 Stone Buildings (George Bompas QC) is a second tier set,

4 Stone Buildings houses an incredibly strong selection of barristers, particularly at QC level, where silks such as George Bompas QC and Malcolm Davis-White QC* have been top-tier players for many years. Joining them in the top tier is the ‘very impressiveJonathan Crow QC, who is ‘a very high-quality silk’ with an excellent reputation with both clients and peers. Robert Miles QC is ‘a charming advocate’, and ‘the number-one choice for work involving corporate trustees’. Peter Griffiths is ‘one of the most accomplished and experienced commercial Chancery juniors’, and ‘brings a silk’s experience and expertise to the table’. Other highly rated juniors include Paul Greenwood and Christopher Harrison. *Malcolm Davis-White QC is now at XXIV Old Buildings.

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Within Fraud: civil, 4 Stone Buildings (George Bompas QC) is a third tier set,

4 Stone Buildings’ key silks include Robert Miles QC, the ‘courageous and imaginativeJohn Brisby QC, and the ‘client-friendlyJonathan Crow QC . Recommended juniors include Orlando Fraser and Christopher Harrison, who ‘combines considerable intellect with personal charm’.

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Within Insolvency, 4 Stone Buildings (George Bompas QC) is a second tier set,

4 Stone Buildings has a good reputation for insolvency and reconstruction work, and is pre-eminent in directors’ disqualification cases. The ‘user-friendlyRobert Miles QC continues to act for defendants in claims arising from the collapse of Madoff Investment Securities; and the ‘excellentMalcolm Davis-White QC* recently acted on directors’ disqualification claims arising from the collapse of Farepak. John Brisby QC, George Bompas QC and Jonathan Crow QC are also recommended. Among the juniors, Anna Markham has particular experience conducting litigation for and against governmental departments. Formerly a solicitor at Slaughter and May, Hermann Boeddinghaus acted in Re MK Airlines Ltd (in liquidation). Sharif Shivji, Andrew de Mestre and Nicholas Cox are also recommended. *Malcolm Davis-White QC is now at XXIV Old Buildings.

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Within Treasury Panel Lists Specialist Standing Counsel - Civil Matters

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London Bar: Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within Banking and finance Banking and finance - Leading Sets

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