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Chambers of George Bompas QC

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

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

4 Stone Buildings is β€˜the go-to commercial Chancery set’ that β€˜continues to go from strength to strength’ and contains β€˜some real standout stars of the Bar’. The clerks’ room β€˜consistently impresses with its high standard of service’ and is β€˜always able to suggest suitable barristers when required at short notice’. Leading the team, David Goddard is hailed as β€˜a legend’ and β€˜a veritable clerking institution’. He and first junior Jason Doyle are β€˜outstanding’; β€˜both care passionately about the set, its clients and the service they provide, and will go the extra mile to assist’. The β€˜client-focused’ Ben Lashmar is β€˜a clerk to watch for the future’. 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 β€˜He has scalpel-like intelligence that cuts to the key points, yet never over-simplifies.’

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

Banking law is a key area for 4 Stone Buildings, which also excels in related practices such as insolvency and fraud. Members have appeared in some of the market’s largest disputes of recent times, including Libyan Investment Authority v Goldman Sachs International, BNY Mellon Corporate Trustee services v LBG Capital, and Deutsche Bank and others v Unitech.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Robert Miles QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Outstanding in every way.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜The breadth of his practice enhances rather than dilutes his command of banking disputes.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Hill QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Clearly a star of the Bar with a great future ahead of him.’

Ranked: tier 4

John Brisby QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜A ferocious advocate who never gives up.’

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

Sharif Shivji - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Love him when he is for you, hate him when he is against you.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew De Mestre - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜He has a phenomenal memory and is good on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Harrison - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜He gets on top of the documents very well, and is very calm in court.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

4 Stone Buildings

4 Stone Buildings is highly rated for commercial disputes, especially involving company, contractual and insolvency matters, and praised for its β€˜fantastic depth and skillset’. In Jonathan Crow QC and Robert Miles QC, the set has two of the best regarded advocates in the country. Highlights include Pinchuk v Bogolyubov and Kolomoisky, and Autonomy v Dr Michael Lynch (the Hewlett-Packard litigation).

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Robert Miles QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜A great advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

John Brisby QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜A ferociously bright and a combative advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜The Rolls-Royce of the Bar, who is frighteningly clever and a disarmingly good cross-examiner.’

Ranked: tier 2

George Bompas QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Remarkable for the speed at which he absorbs material and his skill as an advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Hill QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜The go-to silk for commercial chancery matters; he provides clear advice that is always on-point.’

Ranked: tier 5
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Sharif Shivji - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜A highly rated barrister.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Greenwood - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Very affable, clear and commercial.’

Ranked: tier 4
Commercial litigation – top ten under eight years’ call

Eleanor Holland - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Good with clients, hardworking and a very nice person too.’

Ranked: tier 1

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

4 Stone Buildings

At 4 Stone Buildings β€˜one never comes across a member of chambers who is anything other than very clever, hardworking and a team player’. The set has a track record of appearing in high-profile and complex company litigation, and recently demonstrated its capabilities through multiple members’ involvement in Autonomy v Dr Michael Lynch and Peak Hotels and Resorts v Tarek Investments and others.George Bompas QC was also successful for the respondent in Re MF Global UK.

Company – Leading silks

George Bompas QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜He knows everything there is to know about company law and is a terrifically reassuring presence.’

Ranked: tier 1

John Brisby QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜A good advocate, who is willing to fight a corner.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Recommended for his incisive and persuasive advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Miles QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜At the top of his game.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Hill QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Clearly a star of the Bar, he leaves no stone unturned and thinks two steps ahead.’

Ranked: tier 2
Company – Leading juniors

Christopher Harrison - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜An effective advocate, who instils confidence in clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Gregory Denton-Cox - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜He has an agile legal mind and his drafting skills are exceptional.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Greenwood - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜A brilliant, very under-stated advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sharif Shivji - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜The best junior at the Bar, ferociously clever.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alexander Cook - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜He is meticulous throughout a case and is always on-hand to assist.’

Ranked: tier 4

Hermann Boeddinghaus - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Particularly recommended for high-profile shareholder disputes.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jonathan Brettler - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Highly regarded for shareholder disputes with a cross-border element.’

Ranked: tier 4

Alastair Tomson - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜He is absolutely superb and delivers advice with charm.’

Ranked: tier 5

James Knott - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜A first-rate practitioner, who makes himself available at short notice.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Financial services
Financial services – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

4 Stone Buildings

4 Stone Buildings has a versatile team of silks and juniors with strong expertise in financial services regulation, from market leading advocates such as Jonathan Crow QC, who represented the FCA in FCA v Macris, to highly rated non-contentious advisory gurus, such as Charles Marquand.

Financial services – Leading silks

Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Undoubtedly a class act.’

Ranked: tier 2

John Brisby QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜An extremely experienced advocate, who is not afraid to argue difficult points.’

Ranked: tier 3

Robert Miles QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜He has very good knowledge of financial services law.’

Ranked: tier 3
Financial services – Leading juniors

Charles Marquand - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Excellent technically and very commercial.’

Ranked: tier 2

Sharif Shivji - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜A first-choice leading junior.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

4 Stone Buildings

4 Stone Buildings has some of the top silks in the market, who are called upon to act in some of the largest disputes on the docket. Highlights include Constantin Medien v Ecclestone and others, Autonomy v Dr Michael Lynch, and Pinchuk v Bogolyubov and Kolomoisky.

Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Robert Miles QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜A reassuring presence for clients and solicitors alike.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜The first choice for all appeals and right up there as a trial advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

John Brisby QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Passionate in advocating his client’s case.’

Ranked: tier 2
Fraud: civil – Leading juniors

Christopher Harrison - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜A good communicator both to clients and in his approach to delivering arguments.’

Ranked: tier 2

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

Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜A strong intellect.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Insolvency
Insolvency – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

4 Stone Buildings

4 Stone Buildings is β€˜a very responsive and proactive set’, where the barristers are β€˜leaders in their fields’. Members specialise in directors’ disqualification cases, advising the government on insolvency-related matters and Lehman Brothers cases. Jonathan Crow QC appeared in the OW Bunker Supreme Court case, following the insolvency of the world’s largest bunker supplier to the shipping industry.

Insolvency – Leading silks

Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜A very smooth advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Robert Miles QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Absolutely superb, he has the confidence of judges.’

Ranked: tier 2

John Brisby QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜A ferocious advocate who never gives up.’

Ranked: tier 3

George Bompas QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜A terrifically reassuring presence.’

Ranked: tier 5
Insolvency – Leading juniors

Andrew de Mestre - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜He has strong drafting skills and excellent strategic insight.’

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Harrison - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜An effective advocate, who instils confidence and provides silk-quality advice.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sharif Shivji - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜He has a brilliantly analytical mind and is able to simplify complex concepts.’

Ranked: tier 4

Anna Markham - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Highly recommended.’

Ranked: tier 5

Hermann Boeddinghaus - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Very thorough.’

Ranked: tier 5

Sarah Harman - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Very experienced and reliable.’

Ranked: tier 5

Tiran Nersessian - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Very calm in a crisis, always dependable, very bright and one to watch.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Offshore
Offshore – Leading silks

Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜He has an amazing talent of being able to distil the most complex of cases into simple legal arguments.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture
Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture – Leading juniors

Alexander Cook - 4 Stone Buildings β€˜Excellent: a junior of choice for civil recovery.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Set overviews: England and Wales

4 Stone Buildings is β€˜the go-to commercial Chancery set’ that β€˜continues to go from strength to strength’ and contains β€˜some real standout stars of the Bar’. The clerks’ room β€˜consistently impresses with its high standard of service’ and is β€˜always able to suggest suitable barristers when required at short notice’. Leading the team, David Goddard is hailed as β€˜a legend’ and β€˜a veritable clerking institution’. He and first junior Jason Doyle are β€˜outstanding’; β€˜both care passionately about the set, its clients and the service they provide, and will go the extra mile to assist’. The β€˜client-focused’ Ben Lashmar is β€˜a clerk to watch for the future’. Offices in: London

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