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Stewart Murray Chirnside

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2TG – 2 Temple Gardens (2TG – 2 Temple Gardens)


Stewart is experienced in a range of common law and commercial matters, including banking and finance, commercial fraud, professional negligence and property damage. His main area of expertise is in banking and finance. He has extensive experience of claims for mis-selling of interest rate swaps, structured products and other derivatives as well as claims under s150 FSMA 2000 for breaches of the FSA Rules. He also has experience of asset finance and leasing and Consumer Credit Act issues. Stewart has an extensive commercial practice, including commercial fraud. He regularly appears in trials in both the High Court and County Courts and has extensive experience of interlocutory hearings, including applications for freezing injunctions, injunctions to restrain winding up petitions, applications for disclosure and delivery up, and Norwich Pharmacal/Bankers Trust orders. Illustrative cases include: Rubicon Fund Management LLP v Attias & Ors (2012) (Ch): instructed as junior counsel for the claimant in a £100m claim relating to an alleged fraudulent conspiracy by former members of a hedge fund to steal clients and confidential information. Six week trial settled mid-trial. IG Markets v Crinion [2012] EWHC B4 (Mercantile) (Birmingham): successfully represented the claimant on a 4 day trial of two related debt claims totalling over €2.2m arising out of losses incurred on CFD trading accounts. The case involved complex issues of agency and allegations of multiple breaches of the FSA Rules. Senergy Ltd v Zeus Petroleum Ltd [2011] EWHC 3382 (Comm): appeared as junior counsel in a £12m claim for breach of contract relating to the hire of an oil rig. Lictor Anstalt v Mir Steel UK Ltd [2011] EWHC 3310 (Ch): instructed as junior counsel for the defendant on a summary judgment application in a €50m claim relating to the ownership and sale of a steel mill following insolvency and the appointment of administrators. The case involves interesting issues in relation t the economic torts. Exception Var Ltd v Goff & Others [2010] EWHC 2395 (Ch): Junior Counsel for claimants in a three-day application to appoint a receiver and cross-application by defendants to discharge a search order. Charles Russell LLP v Rehman [2010] EWHC 202 (Ch) Roth J: 3-day application to discharge a freezing injunction against 3 respondents. Before joining 2TG in 2006, Stewart worked as a strategy and risk management consultant in the financial services industry. Stewart is a modern languages graduate with an excellent knowledge of French and German.


Called to the Bar 2005; Inner Temple; 2 Temple Gardens 2006 to date.


French, German.


Eton College; Brasenose College, Oxford (2001 BA Hons Modern Languages (French and German) First Class); City University, London (2004 CPE); Inns of Court School of Law (2005 BVC).


Golf, skiing, tennis.

London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading juniors

Stewart Chirnside - 2TG – 2 Temple Gardens β€˜He has courtroom gravitas well beyond his years and he is an even match for many silks.’

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Financial services

Within: Financial services – Leading juniors

Stewart Chirnside - 2TG – 2 Temple Gardens β€˜He has excellent judgement and the stomach for a fight.’

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence – Leading juniors

Stewart Chirnside - 2TG – 2 Temple Gardens β€˜Excellent.’

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