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Chambers of George Bompas QC

LINCOLN'S INN, LONDON, WC2A 3XT, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7242 5524
Fax:
Fax 020 7831 7907
DX:
385 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
Email:
Web:
www.4stonebuildings.com

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

4 Stone Buildings is ‘an excellent set of chambers’ for commercial Chancery work and comprises ‘technically gifted barristers’ who are ‘routinely approachable, flexible and excellent with clients’. The set has ‘a good balance of silks, senior juniors and junior juniors’, who are ‘experts in their fields’ and ‘a joy to work with’. The ‘incredibly helpful and diligent’ clerks’ room is also ‘a notch above the rest’. Senior clerk David Goddard ‘could not be better; he is commercially balanced, astute at picking the right barrister for a particular piece of work and reasonable when it comes to fixing fees’. First junior Jason Doyle is ‘more knowledgeable than most solicitors on the Civil Procedure Rules and appears to have every court clerk’s phone number and birthday memorised’. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading silks

Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone Buildings ‘Puts any client and court at ease with the greatest of authority.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

4 Stone Buildings

4 Stone Buildings is ‘an excellent set’, where ‘the barristers seem to share in the ethos that counsel should be approachable both in terms of legal advice and client relations’. Chambers contains some of the most active silks in this area, involved in blockbuster cases such as Libyan Investment Authority v Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank v Unitech.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Robert Miles QC - 4 Stone BuildingsA go-to leading counsel for debt capital markets disputes.

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Hill QC - 4 Stone BuildingsBe it a trial or a simple case management conference, he leaves no stone unturned.

Ranked: tier 4

Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone BuildingsA superb advocate and intellect.

Ranked: tier 5

John Brisby QC - 4 Stone BuildingsA great person to have on your side when things are tough.

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

Sharif Shivji - 4 Stone BuildingsSuperb to work with – incredibly bright, thoughtful and responsive.

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew De Mestre - 4 Stone BuildingsFerociously bright – one of the most impressive juniors at the Bar.

Ranked: tier 4

Christopher Harrison - 4 Stone BuildingsHe is incredibly client-friendly and has an excellent grasp of complex documents.

Ranked: tier 4

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

4 Stone Buildings

Successfully bridging the divide between commercial and Chancery work, 4 Stone Buildings provides a ‘first-rate’ service and is praised for its strength in depth. Members are regularly found acting in some of the market’s largest cases, a notable recent highlight being Autonomy Corporation v Dr Michael Lynch.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Robert Miles QC - 4 Stone BuildingsOne of the leading barristers of his generation.

Ranked: tier 1

John Brisby QC - 4 Stone BuildingsHe will never back away from an argument, no matter how bad the position may be.

Ranked: tier 2

Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone BuildingsA brilliant mind and great draftsman, who is fabulous to work with.

Ranked: tier 4

George Bompas QC - 4 Stone BuildingsExcellent for strategic advice on complex commercial cases.

Ranked: tier 5

Richard Hill QC - 4 Stone BuildingsHe has great presentation skills, and is a very hard and shrewd advocate.

Ranked: tier 5
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Paul Greenwood - 4 Stone BuildingsHe provides clear and focused advice, and his sense of humour is a real asset.

Ranked: tier 4

Sharif Shivji - 4 Stone BuildingsA solicitor favourite; he provides excellent analytical and litigation skills.

Ranked: tier 4

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Company and partnership
Company – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

4 Stone Buildings

4 Stone Buildings has ‘a strong history of general commercial expertise and some very able junior counsel, who are leaders in their fields’. George Bompas QC was instructed by the claimant in high-value case Windward Prospects v Sequana, which was part of a complex multi-jurisdictional dispute.

Company – Leading silks

George Bompas QC - 4 Stone BuildingsHe is precise and astute, providing technically correct, but commercial advice.

Ranked: tier 1

John Brisby QC - 4 Stone BuildingsHe has a phenomenal grasp of complex details and deploys this at the key moment of a hearing.

Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone BuildingsAside from his obvious intellect, he has an ability to see tactically all the way through to a cleverly crafted result.’

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Miles QC - 4 Stone BuildingsWhen you instruct him, you can always be confident that your opponent won’t have anyone brighter.

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Hill QC - 4 Stone BuildingsHe stands out due to his advocacy skills, and leaves no stone unturned in preparation.

Ranked: tier 2
Company – Leading juniors

Christopher Harrison - 4 Stone BuildingsHe gets straight to the key points yet still has a fantastic grasp of the details.

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Greenwood - 4 Stone BuildingsRecommended for complex shareholder disputes.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sharif Shivji - 4 Stone BuildingsHardworking and respectful – it is a tremendous learning experience working with such a brilliant mind.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alastair Tomson - 4 Stone BuildingsA well-rounded, high-level junior, and a very quick thinker, who is never short of ideas.’

Ranked: tier 4

Hermann Boeddinghaus - 4 Stone BuildingsVery good attention to detail, legal knowledge and commercial nous.

Ranked: tier 4

Jonathan Brettler - 4 Stone BuildingsVery competent.

Ranked: tier 4

Sarah Harman - 4 Stone BuildingsRecommended for her knowledge and tenacity.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

4 Stone Buildings

4 Stone Buildings is ‘a first-class’ commercial Chancery set with ‘superb, in-depth knowledge’ of fraud. Lead roles in major cases such as Pinchuk v Kolomoisky & Bogolyubov, Hewlett-Packard/Autonomy v Dr Michael Lynch, and Ecclestone v HMRC, are reflective of the standing that many members have in the market.

Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Robert Miles QC - 4 Stone BuildingsHe combines fantastic technical ability, strategic judgement and user-friendliness with powerful advocacy.

Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone BuildingsProbably the most persuasive advocate at the Bar.

Ranked: tier 2

John Brisby QC - 4 Stone BuildingsA first-class silk with exceptional breadth and depth of knowledge.

Ranked: tier 2
Fraud: civil – Leading juniors

Christopher Harrison - 4 Stone BuildingsVery knowledgeable, with an instinctive understanding of a client’s commercial needs.

Ranked: tier 2

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IT and telecoms (including data protection)
Telecoms (regulatory) – Leading silks

Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone BuildingsA strong silk in this area.

Ranked: tier 1

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Insolvency
Insolvency – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

4 Stone Buildings

4 Stone Buildings is ‘an excellent set of chambers containing extremely good lawyers’. It provides ‘consistently high standards of work’ to a broad range of clients. Many of the set’s juniors sit on Attorney General’s panels.

Insolvency – Leading silks

Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone BuildingsHe couples clarity of expression with genuine charm.’

Ranked: tier 2

Robert Miles QC - 4 Stone BuildingsHe has absolute intellect, impresses with his clarity of expression and is very good on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 2

John Brisby QC - 4 Stone BuildingsHe combines good technical knowledge with his litigator instincts to good effect – he is a compelling advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

George Bompas QC - 4 Stone BuildingsHe is thorough, knowledgeable, conscientious and listens attentively.’

Ranked: tier 5
Insolvency – Leading juniors

Andrew de Mestre - 4 Stone BuildingsCompletely reliable, attentive and to the point.’

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Harrison - 4 Stone BuildingsA talented advocate, who is very astute strategically and extremely good with clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sharif Shivji - 4 Stone BuildingsVery intelligent and analytical, and good under pressure.’

Ranked: tier 4

Anna Markham - 4 Stone BuildingsHardworking, incredibly organised and gets the job done.’

Ranked: tier 5

Hermann Boeddinghaus - 4 Stone BuildingsHighly commercial and responsive.’

Ranked: tier 5

Nicholas Cox - 4 Stone BuildingsAn experienced advocate and go-to lawyer for a range of public bodies.’

Ranked: tier 5

Sarah Harman - 4 Stone BuildingsA knowledgeable and tenacious advocate.’

Ranked: tier 5

Tiran Nersessian - 4 Stone BuildingsEffectively combines great intellectual vigour with case strategy, and adapts well to clients’ demands.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Set overviews: England and Wales

4 Stone Buildings is ‘an excellent set of chambers’ for commercial Chancery work and comprises ‘technically gifted barristers’ who are ‘routinely approachable, flexible and excellent with clients’. The set has ‘a good balance of silks, senior juniors and junior juniors’, who are ‘experts in their fields’ and ‘a joy to work with’. The ‘incredibly helpful and diligent’ clerks’ room is also ‘a notch above the rest’. Senior clerk David Goddard ‘could not be better; he is commercially balanced, astute at picking the right barrister for a particular piece of work and reasonable when it comes to fixing fees’. First junior Jason Doyle is ‘more knowledgeable than most solicitors on the Civil Procedure Rules and appears to have every court clerk’s phone number and birthday memorised’. Offices in: London

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