Mr Jonathan Crow KC > Chambers of George Bompas KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of George Bompas KC
4 Stone Buildings
LINCOLN'S INN
LONDON
WC2A 3XT
England

Work Department

Specialises in company/commercial litigation and public law. Numerous appearances in the Supreme Court/House of Lords, the Privy Council, the Court of Appeal and the European Court of Human Rights.

Position

Jonathan’s practice straddles a broad range of litigation, largely in the appellate courts where he appears both for private clients and for public authorities. He is recommended in 10 practice areas by Chambers UK and is ranked as one of the Stars of the Bar. In a career spanning 40 years he has been involved at the highest level in civil fraud (from Polly Peck to Madoff), company law (from Guinness to Atlantic Computers), corporate insolvencies (from BCCI to Lehmans), public law (from Guantanamo Bay to assisted suicide), constitutional law (from the Channel Islands to the Chagos Islands), telecoms (from the 3G auction to interconnection charges), consumer credit (from bank charges to PPI) and many other areas, including over 200 reported cases. He has appeared more than 40 times in the Supreme Court or the House of Lords, and on numerous other occasions in the Privy Council, the Court of Appeal and the European Court of Human Rights. He was First Treasury Counsel from 1998 until 2006, since when he has been named both as Commercial Litigation silk of the year and also as Chancery silk of the year by Chambers UK, as Lawyer of the Week by The Times (twice), and as one of the Legal 500’s Hot 100. In addition to his work in London, he also has a busy overseas practice, including work in relation to jurisdictions such as Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, the BVI, Nevis, Trinidad & Tobago, the Turks & Caicos Islands, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Apart from his work as an advocate, he acts as an LCIA arbitrator and sits part time as a Deputy High Court Judge in London (both in the Chancery Division and in the Administrative Court) and also as a judge of the Courts of Appeal in Jersey and Guernsey, and as a part-time Deemster in the Isle of Man. From 2006 to 2020 he served as Attorney General to HRH The Prince of Wales.

Career

Called 1981; Treasury Counsel 1994-98; First Treasury Counsel 1998-2006; Deputy High Court Judge 2001. Attorney General to HRH The Prince of Wales 2006. Court of Appeal Judge in Jersey & Guernsey 2011. Called to the Bar in the BVI, and also in Nevis, Bermuda and Cayman Islands for specific cases.

Publications: Annotated Companies Act 2006, OUP (contributing author).

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association (ChBA), Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR); Constitutional and Administration Law Bar Association (ALBA).

Education

St Paul’s School; Oxford University (1979 BA); The City University (1980 Dip Law).

Leisure

Athenaeum; RGS.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Jonathan Crow KC4 Stone Buildings ‘Star performer – one of the strongest silks in the commercial chancery field who is also known for his insolvency work.’

One of the most prestigious sets for insolvency work‘. barristers at 4 Stone Buildings often draw on broad company and commercial law expertise in a variety of insolvencies and cases with complex elements involving that area. Jonathan Crow KC is the standout silk in this discipline, with ample experience at the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, as well as a considerable practice offshore. In proceedings regarding property investor Glenn Maud, John Brisby KC, with Richard Hill KC and leading Alastair Tomson, has been representing an opposing creditor in what, if the creditors are successful, are believed to be the second most valuable personal bankruptcy proceedings ever to be heard in the UK. The recent high-profile proceedings following the collapse of Bell Pottinger have also involved members of the set: Tiran Nersessian representing the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and Christopher Harrison acting for the firm’s former CEO, on opposite sides of a director disqualification action resulting from the insolvency.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Jonathan Crow KC4 Stone Buildings ‘Jonathan is an astonishingly brilliant advocate. He cuts through to the very essence of thorny legal questions effectively and efficiently. He knows how to read an arbitral tribunal and court.’

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Jonathan Crow KC4 Stone Buildings ‘Clients and judges love him. He knows how to take complex cases and make them simple.’

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Jonathan Crow KC4 Stone Buildings ‘Fantastic legal mind with a great courtroom manner. Client friendly and an awesome opponent.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Jonathan Crow KC4 Stone Buildings ‘Jonathan is a star of the Bar. He is a formidable charismatic advocate and a ruthless – but charming – cross examiner.’

London Bar > Administrative law and human rights

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Jonathan Crow KC4 Stone Buildings ‘He is absolutely the go-to barrister for commercial public law cases: devastating in court; brilliant with clients; and a pleasure to work with.’    

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Jonathan Crow KC4 Stone Buildings ‘An incredibly effective advocate, willing to get totally immersed in the detail, and on top of that he’s collegiate and a delight to work with.’

4 Stone Buildings is ‘a strong set for company, fraud and commercial work‘ whose barristers are ‘without exception, friendly, easy to work with, and supremely confident and gifted lawyers‘. The set is also strong on insolvency and restructuring related fraud claims. Recent cases include Secretary of State for Health v Servier Laboratories, in which Jonathan Crow KC  represented the Secretary of State for Health in a multi-million pound claim against a pharmaceutical company for overcharging the NHS for drugs subject to patent allegedly procured through fraud, which went to the Supreme Court. Richard Hill KC is leading the team defending the Michelin-starred chef, Axel Manes, in MAD Atelier International BV v Manes, involving a transfer of share under value, allegedly by duping a joint venture partner, in a company owning the “Atelier de Joel Robuchon” restaurants. Several impressive juniors are also making a name for themselves, including Alexander Cook and Guy Olliff-Cooper.

London Bar > Company

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Jonathan Crow KC4 Stone Buildings ‘If you can get him, he is the one you want.’

4 Stone Buildings has ‘carved out a place in the market where it is known for quality‘ and has been a regular fixture at the top of the company law litigation market for a number of years. Head of Chambers George Bompas KC continues a renowned practice involving both advisory work and heavyweight litigation and dispute resolution for a wide range of clients. Jonathan Crow KC was instructed in Avonwick Holdings Ltd v Azitio Holdings Ltd, a substantial case at the appellate level involving complex allegations of deceit, issues of causation, and disputes over choice of law. Orlando Fraser KCHerman Boeddinghaus KC and Eleanor Holland have continued to act in Ma v Incredible Power Limited and others in the BVI, which has now progressed to that jurisdiction’s Court of Appeal.

The English Bar Offshore > The English Bar Offshore

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Jonathan Crow KC4 Stone BuildingsJonathan is the perfect package – he is easy to work with and is extraordinarily bright, talented and knowledgeable.  His advocacy should form the core of the advocacy course.’