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Chambers of John McDonnell QC
Three Stone

London Bar > Private client: trusts and probate

Rising stars

Rupert Coe - Three StoneVery user friendly, good with clients and a wealth of trust experience. Always approachable and advises on the most technical of matters with ease.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Stephen Woodward - Three StoneWith a razor-sharp intellect and an encyclopaedic knowledge of trust and tax law, what sets Stephen apart from his fellow trust/tax advisers in the Private Client community is his practical understanding of financial remedy law and practice. To a financial remedy specialist this is both rare and invaluable.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Offshore

Leading Silks

David Lord QC - Three StoneHis knowledge of BVI law is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 1

London Bar > Commercial litigation

Leading Silks

David Lord QC - Three StoneExtremely easy to work with - he quickly gains a client's confidence and calm and unflappable under pressure.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

Leading Silks

David Lord QC - Three StoneDavid is very bright - he is engaged, understands the details of the case, and works hard to understand the underlying case and clients. His counsel is sound, his advice and judgment always on the mark, and he is attentive and responsive.
Ranked: Tier 5

London Bar > Property litigation

Leading Juniors

Sebastian Kokelaar - Three StoneSebastian is fast, reliable, clever and an excellent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Insolvency

Leading Juniors

James Couser - Three StoneAccessible and works well as part of a team approach often on complex insolvency matters.
Ranked: Tier 4
Katherine Hallett - Three StoneAn excellent advocate and very good at explaining complex concepts clearly for clients.
Ranked: Tier 4

Three Stone is a merger between the members of highly regarded sets 13 Old Square Chambers and 3 Stone Buildings to form one set of chambers called Three Stone. The merger has been widely reported in the legal press.

The set: Three Stone has always focused on commercial chancery, with specialisms in particular in commercial actions, insurance and reinsurance, insolvency and restructuring, commercial trusts, trusts of land, property work, traditional chancery work, and taxation. Two members have developed high-quality public international law practices. Chambers also has an established IP practice and this has developed in tandem with expertise in sports, media and entertainment and has been augmented by the recruitment of competition specialists.

A highly efficient set of barristers, committed to delivering excellence to clients in accordance with the best traditions of the Bar, chambers has developed a substantial offshore reputation and practice. Two members are admitted in New York, other members have appeared regularly in Hong Kong, have been admitted ad hoc to appear in cases in the Cayman Islands, as well as in the Caribbean jurisdictions, Isle of Man, Eire and Northern Ireland. The sets’ presence offshore is also growing, with connections in Guernsey and Jersey.

Chambers’ client base ranges from Magic Circle to high-street firms, with strong regional connections to the Midlands and the North West. Instructions are received directly from firms in the Channel Islands, the Caribbean, Hong Kong and New York, and in the past year the volume of work undertaken has increased significantly, requiring chambers to recruit a number of new, highly experienced members.

Types of work undertaken: Members of chambers conduct a wide range of litigious and advisory work in most offshore jurisdictions and accept instructions from foreign clients who have no established relationship with English solicitors. Members’ expertise in commercial litigation, banking and finance, insolvency, trust law and the land laws of other jurisdictions, and extensive experience of interim remedies and as trial lawyers, are particularly valuable.

All members of Three Stone are accustomed to advising and appearing in mediations and arbitrations, and individual members have been engaged in some substantial arbitrations in recent years. Three Stones’ members are all regularly retained in mediations either as advocates or mediators. The sets’ involvement includes English, European and international procedures, with a substantially increasing practice in Anglo-American proceedings conducted in the US, the UK and elsewhere around the world as members also act as experts on English law in alternative dispute procedures conducted by foreign lawyers.

Three Stone is able to accept instructions across an extensive range of law, including arbitration; art (cultural property); banking and financial regulation litigation; charities; civil fraud (asset tracing and recovery); commercial disputes and litigation; company law; competition law; conflict of laws; construction; Court of Protection (powers of attorney); entertainment (media and sports); financial regulation; insolvency and restructuring; insurance/reinsurance; intellectual property; mediation and ADR; offshore; partnership; pensions; professional liability; property; public international law; regulatory; taxation; trusts (trusts of land); and wills, probate and family provision.

Senior clerk Justin Brown
Head of Chambers McDONNELL QC, John (1984)
Member of Chambers MATHEW QC, Robin (1992)
Member of Chambers LORD QC, David W (2009)
Member of Chambers SUBEDI QC (Hons), Surya (2017)
Member of Chambers COSEDGE, Andrew (1972)
Member of Chambers GIBBONS, James (1974)
Member of Chambers JEFFERIS, Michael (1976)
Member of Chambers TUNKEL, Alan M (1976)
Member of Chambers DETTER, Ingrid (1977)
Member of Chambers BOURNE, Robert (1978)
Member of Chambers TURNER, Jonathan DC (1982)
Member of Chambers COLLACO MORAES, Francis (1985)
Member of Chambers VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS, Laurence (1988)
Member of Chambers WATSON-GANDY, Mark (1990)
Member of Chambers CLARKE, Timothy (1992)
Member of Chambers MAYNARD-CONNOR, Giles (1992)
Member of Chambers PEAT, Richard (1993)
Member of Chambers WATSON, Ian (2005)
Member of Chambers LUDBROOK, Tim (1996)
Member of Chambers DEVEREUX-COOKE, Richard (1999)
Member of Chambers CHICHESTER-CLARK, Adam (2000)
Member of Chambers COUSER, James (2000)
Member of Chambers KOKELAAR, Sebastian (2004)
Member of Chambers HALLETT, Katherine (2006)
Member of Chambers KNIGHT, Emma (2008)
Member of Chambers BURKITT, Daniel (2008)
Member of Chambers SMITH, Michael (2008)
Member of Chambers HUNTER, Simon (2009)
Member of Chambers CUTTING, Stuart (2011)
Member of Chambers COE, Rupert (2015)
Member of Chambers BOWLES, Richard (2014)
Member of Chambers RYAN, Stephen (2016)
Member of Chambers GLEYZE, Daria (2014)
Member of Chambers WOODWARD, Stephen (2018)
Member of Chambers WOOLRICH, James (2019)
Member of Chambers HOWITT, Christopher (2011)
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