Set Profile > 4 Stone Buildings > London, England

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

Financial services regulation Tier 2

4 Stone Buildings has several silks and juniors with a strong grounding in financial services regulatory law. Members regularly represent clients before the Financial Conduct Authority's (FCA) Regulatory Decisions Committee and the Financial Services & Markets Tribunal. Charles Marquand is especially strong on the advisory side, providing strong support to clients in the public and private sectors. On the contentious side, Jonathan Crow QC has been involved in several offshore-related regulatory cases. Sharif Shivji QC, who recently took silk, John Brisby QC, and Alastair Tomson also all have noteworthy track records in this area.

Leading Silks

Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone BuildingsA brilliant advocate, extremely knowledgeable, and very pleasant to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
John Brisby QC - 4 Stone BuildingsHe is proactive and creative in his thinking.
Ranked: Tier 3

2020 Silks

Sharif Shivji QC - 4 Stone BuildingsHe always does his absolute best for the client.

Leading Juniors

Charles Marquand - 4 Stone BuildingsVery quick to grasp issues and understand background, he has an encyclopaedic knowledge of relevant legislation.
Ranked: Tier 1
Alastair Tomson - 4 Stone BuildingsGives pragmatic commercial advice tailored to the client's needs.
Ranked: Tier 3

Insolvency Tier 2

Insolvency and reconstruction work is a core focus for 4 Stone Buildings, which is noted by clients as 'a solid set of chambers with an excellent choice of barristers.' Juniors here benefit from experience on the attorney general's panels, while also drawing on significant expertise in company law. Jonathan Crow QC and Robert Miles QC maintain solid practices, the former having acted in the appeal Re Core VCT Plc, a case involving the liquidation of a venture capital trust, and the latter in Singularis Holdings Limited v Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Limited, where he successfully acted for the Cayman Islands-based claimant in a liquidation. New 2020 silk Sharif Shivji QC has a growing reputation for insolvency work, continuing to act for the liquidators in the long-running Stephen Akers v Deutsche Bank AG.

Leading Silks

Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone BuildingsWatching him in court is like seeing a master craftsman at work: complex ideas elegantly expressed, with the court eating out of his hand.
Ranked: Tier 1
Robert Miles QC - 4 Stone BuildingsHe is a leading silk at the insolvency Bar.
Ranked: Tier 2
John Brisby QC - 4 Stone BuildingsHonest in his delivery of advice but always mindful of the client's wider strategic goals.
Ranked: Tier 3
George Bompas QC - 4 Stone BuildingsAn intelligent and creative silk.
Ranked: Tier 5

2019 Silks

Andrew de Mestre QC - 4 Stone BuildingsSuperb at getting into the forensic detail of spreadsheets and models.

2020 Silks

Sharif Shivji QC - 4 Stone BuildingsGreat to work with, focused, well prepared and excellent to have on your side when dealing with challenging situations.

Leading Juniors

Tiran Nersessian - 4 Stone BuildingsHe is extremely good with clients and has an excellent knowledge of insolvency law. I always value the advice he gives.
Ranked: Tier 3
Christopher Harrison - 4 Stone BuildingsA superb junior, giving silk-level advice and advocacy, together with hands-on case management.
Ranked: Tier 4
Hermann Boeddinghaus - 4 Stone BuildingsSpots the issues early; extremely responsive; pleasant to deal with.
Ranked: Tier 5
Tom Gentleman - 4 Stone BuildingsAlways delivers a quality product.
Ranked: Tier 5
Sarah Harman - 4 Stone BuildingsA very experienced insolvency junior who is very reliable.
Ranked: Tier 5
Anna Markham - 4 Stone BuildingsAn outstanding member of chambers.
Ranked: Tier 5

Proceeds of crime (POCA) and asset forfeiture

Leading Juniors

Alexander Cook - 4 Stone BuildingsVery bright, persuasive, and determined.
Ranked: Tier 2

Administrative and public law (including elections)

Leading Silks

Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone BuildingsA class act full of old-world charm and the forgotten art of being persuasive in court.
Ranked: Tier 2

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) Tier 3

4 Stone Buildings has long had a firm foothold in the banking litigation market. Related insolvency disputes feature high on the agenda, as do broader finance claims, not only in the UK, but also the Middle East and various offshore jurisdictions. Notable examples include Al Khorafi v Bank Sarasin-Alpen, in which multiple members were involved, including Richard Hill QC, Sharif Shivji QC (who took silk in 2020) and Alastair Tomson. Another highlight was Singularis Holdings v Daiwa Capital Markets Europe in which Jonathan Crow QC and Andrew de Mestre QC successfully represented the claimant before the Supreme Court.

Leading Silks

Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone BuildingsStrong advocate, confident, gravitas, and great with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
John Brisby QC - 4 Stone BuildingsHe is clear in his delivery of advice but always cognisant of the client’s ultimate goal and provides his advice in context.
Ranked: Tier 4
Richard Hill QC - 4 Stone BuildingsGives sound advice and has a great nose for the commercial drivers.
Ranked: Tier 5

2019 Silks

Andrew de Mestre QC - 4 Stone Buildings ‘A very safe pair of hands as counsel and has an enviable fund of banking and finance knowledge.

2020 Silks

Sharif Shivji QC - 4 Stone BuildingsHe is responsive, efficient, indefatigable and a pleasure to work with.

Leading Juniors

Christopher Harrison - 4 Stone BuildingsReally good to work with, he is very detailed focussed and responsive, turning around items quickly.
Ranked: Tier 3
Alastair Tomson - 4 Stone BuildingsPerformed exceptionally well and was particularly strong when cross examining.
Ranked: Tier 4

Commercial litigation Tier 3

4 Stone Buildings is 'an excellent set with a good balance of silks to juniors'. Clients also note that 'their barristers do a good deal of actual court work, unlike many'. The set's background in company law and insolvency matters, has over the past decade blurred into much larger commercial cases. A blockbuster example was Autonomy v Lynch and Hussain, in which Richard Hill QC led Tom Gentleman. The case also involved Robert Miles QC, before he became a judge. Several members, including John Brisby QC and Alastair Tomson, are involved in a dispute concerning the property investor Glenn Maud and the ownership of Santander's headquarters in Madrid.

Leading Silks

Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone BuildingsOne of the very best QCs in London.
Ranked: Tier 1
John Brisby QC - 4 Stone BuildingsTenacious and a committed dogged advocate for his client's case, honest in his delivery of advice but always mindful of the client's wider strategic goals.
Ranked: Tier 2

George Bompas QC - 4 Stone Buildings ‘Extremely bright, creative, and incisive, he has an encyclopaedic knowledge of vast areas of law.

Ranked: Tier 3
Richard Hill QC - 4 Stone BuildingsAn exceptional advocate and star of the bar.
Ranked: Tier 4
Andrew Clutterbuck QC - 4 Stone BuildingsA pleasure to work with and very hardworking - his personality is such that he fits well into a large legal team comprising solicitors and barristers.
Ranked: Tier 5
Orlando Fraser QC - 4 Stone BuildingsAn energetic, committed and very able leading counsel, a great team player and someone who is great fun to work with.
Ranked: Tier 6

2020 Silks

Sharif Shivji QC - 4 Stone BuildingsA first rate barrister who appears in the most substantial matters.

Leading Juniors

Christopher Harrison - 4 Stone BuildingsVery thorough - leaves no stone unturned, also a great thinker out of the box. Always user friendly and equally good with lay clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Alexander Cook - 4 Stone BuildingsA superb barrister, whom I found very easy to work with. He is quick to pick up on the essentials, the key issues and the details of a matter, his written work is excellent and he is a strong and determined advocate in Court.
Ranked: Tier 4
Paul Greenwood - 4 Stone BuildingsIncredibly incisive, and an absolutely first rate lawyer, he is a delight to work with - very pro-active; always ready to help. A fantastic team player and with a very good sense of humour.
Ranked: Tier 4
Tom Gentleman - 4 Stone BuildingsVery good to work with, a good draftsman, and sensible and user friendly.
Ranked: Tier 5

Fraud: civil Tier 3

4 Stone Buildings is 'a leading set' with 'good strength in depth' and barristers 'who make themselves available'. Civil fraud is a significant area of practice, and members have been instructed by public bodies, such as the National Crime Agency, as well as private sector clients. The set's strong insolvency background inevitably feeds into some of its more high profile instructions. Broader commercial claims have included Pinchuk v Kolomoisky & Bogolyubov and Autonomy Corporation v Dr Michael Lynch, in which Richard Hill QC and Jonathan Crow QC acted together. Other highlights have included Stanford International Bank v HSBC in which Andrew de Mestre QC is representing the liquidator.

Leading Silks

John Brisby QC - 4 Stone BuildingsAn outstanding civil fraud practitioner.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone BuildingsAlways well prepared and hard working, an excellent strategist, and authoritative when need be with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Hill QC - 4 Stone BuildingsOur biggest clients love him and we wish he was more available - but that is the price of being good.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

Andrew de Mestre QC - 4 Stone BuildingsHas creativity and flair, and with difficult cases he is often able to see a way through that has eluded others.

Leading Juniors

Christopher Harrison - 4 Stone BuildingsCalm, measured and not scared of hard work to get to grips with the detail - highly reliable.
Ranked: Tier 2

Offshore Tier 3

4 Stone Buildings is a 'small set which punches above its weight' in this space, with members instructed in complex company law cases worldwide. Jonathan Crow QC is a regular before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, having represented the appellants in the Maso Capital v Shanda Games case concerning the Caymanian law on the valuation of minority shareholdings, and the corporate defendants in Livingston Properties v JSC MMC Eurochem, a case with issues as to if Russia or the BVI is forum conveniens. In more exotic jurisdictions, Crow QC, Hermann Boeddinghaus and Alexander Cook represent the widow of Malaysian timber magnate Wong Kie Nai in a multi-jurisdictional dispute in jurisdictions as diverse as Sarawak and Papua New Guinea as well as the BVI. In addition, Boeddinghaus represents a company controlled by Isabel Dos Santos in BVI proceedings in the wake of an arbitration between shareholders of Unitel, Angola's largest mobile network.

Leading Silks

Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone BuildingsA supreme advocate and the go-to QC in times of trouble.
Ranked: Tier 1
George Bompas QC - 4 Stone BuildingsI cannot speak highly enough. He was accessible, constructive and a good team player. He gave the, completely accurate, impression that he had ‘been there and one it’.
Ranked: Tier 2
Orlando Fraser QC - 4 Stone BuildingsAn outstanding practitioner.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Alexander Cook - 4 Stone BuildingsHe is calm, measured and precise and his ability to reduce complex cases to simple propositions in his written work is admirable.
Ranked: Tier 2
Hermann Boeddinghaus - 4 Stone BuildingsHermann is a very commercial and pragmatic barrister who is personable and easy to work with. I would highly recommend him!
Ranked: Tier 3

International arbitration: counsel

Leading Silks

Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone BuildingsBrilliant advocate, good strategist, hardworking, and very pleasant to work with - no doubt one of the very best QCs in the country.
Ranked: Tier 4

Company and partnership

4 Stone Buildings is 'a very strong set in the company law area with strong performers across the board.' Members are well-versed n the spectrum of matters, including M&A, corporate finance, redutions and reorganisations, as well as directors' duties and shareholders' rights issues. Jonathan Crow QC continues to go from strength to strength, and is instructed by the claimant in Maso Capital Investments Ltd v Shanda Games Ltd, a Privy Council test case concerning the valuation of shares under the Cayman Islands appraisal legislation. John Brisby QC is another big name litigator and, leading Alexander Cook in Cruz City v Unitech Limited et al, represented Unitech in its enforcement of an arbitral award arising from the financing of a property transaction in India, involving freezing and receivership orders. Sharif Shivji QC was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2020; he appeared in a ten-month trial where he successfully represented Michael Lynch in the fraud case of Autonomy Corporation v Michael Lynch.

Company - Leading Silks

George Bompas QC - 4 Stone BuildingsA very reassuring presence.
Ranked: Tier 1
John Brisby QC - 4 Stone BuildingsHonest in his delivery of advice but always mindful of the client's wider strategic goals.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone BuildingsStrong advocate, confident, gravitas, great with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Hill QC - 4 Stone BuildingsAn exceptional advocate and star of the bar.
Ranked: Tier 1
Robert Miles QC - 4 Stone BuildingsA leading company silk.
Ranked: Tier 1

Company - 2019 Silks

Andrew de Mestre - 4 Stone BuildingsDrafts beautifully and works seriously hard. Has real technical strength and excellent judgement.

Company - 2020 Silks

Sharif Shivji QC - 4 Stone BuildingsFerociously hard-working.

Company - Leading juniors

Christopher Harrison - 4 Stone BuildingsVery knowledgeable, great draftsman, very quick, good judgement and so easy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gregory Denton-Cox - 4 Stone BuildingsAn intellectual superpower.
Ranked: Tier 2
Hermann Boeddinghaus - 4 Stone BuildingsSpots the issues early; extremely responsive; pleasant to deal with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Paul Greenwood - 4 Stone BuildingsHe has a calm, down to earth, practical style.
Ranked: Tier 3
James Knott - 4 Stone BuildingsVery easy to work with, thorough and technically brilliant.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tiran Nersessian - 4 Stone BuildingsHis judgement is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 3
Alexander Cook - 4 Stone BuildingsHappy to really get involved in the case and very thorough.
Ranked: Tier 4
Tom Gentleman - 4 Stone BuildingsHe is an essential part of the counsel team.
Ranked: Tier 4
Alastair Tomson - 4 Stone BuildingsHe performs exceptionally well and is particularly strong when cross-examining.
Ranked: Tier 4
Anna Markham - 4 Stone BuildingsShe is a very knowledgeable junior to have on your side.
Ranked: Tier 5

Set overviews: England and Wales

4 Stone Buildings specialises in company and commercial disputes, and is particularly strong in insolvency and financial services regulatory work. In recent news, Sharif Shivji QC was appointed Queen's Counsel in March 2020, while Robert Miles QC was appointed a Justice of the High Court in the Chancery Division in April 2020.

Testimonials

Clerks:

The clerks are extremely helpful – I cannot fault the service they provide..

Clerks are responsive, pragmatic and helpful. Ryan Tunkel is a pleasure to deal with and gets things done.

Very well organised. David Goddard, the Head Clerk, is one of the doyens of the Clerking community and always very good to deal with.

Ryan Tunkel is very helpful and responsive.

Set:

Solid set of chambers with an excellent choice of barristers.

Great set in terms of knowing where their strengths are and playing to them.

4 Stone Buildings is a very strong set in the company law area with strong performers across the board.

They have a strong roster of QCs and able juniors.

Really good quality set from top to bottom. Juniors always impress.

Really strong on company law, insolvency and commercial Chancery.

4 Stone Buildings is an excellent set with a good balance of Silks to Juniors. Their Barristers do a good deal of actual court work, unlike many. They are particularly strong in contested company work, and insolvency work.

 

4 Stone Buildings enjoys an enviable reputation in relation to company/commercial litigation and advice, and many other related areas of law.

The Chambers: Chambers currently consist of 38 members, including 8 silks. Four members are currently on the Treasury panels. Three members are appointed to sit as Deputy Judges of the High Court. One of the silks is Attorney General to the Duchy of Lancaster and another is Attorney General to the Prince of Wales. One member is on the board of the Charity Commission. Chambers belong to the Commercial Bar Association and the Chancery Bar Association.

Work Undertaken: Work covers all aspects of company and commercial litigation, including shareholders disputes, corporate fraud and asset recovery as well as commercial arbitration, banking, financial services and regulatory work, international trusts and public law. The clerks’ room is staffed during term from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and chambers can be contacted out of hours on the number given on the chambers’ answering machine and on the website. Further information about chambers and the work undertaken is available on the website www.4stonebuildings.com.

Publications: Members of chambers have contributed to numerous publications in their specialist fields including Annotated Companies Acts (Oxford University Press), Tolley’s Company Law, Atkin Court Forms 2nd ed., (volumes on companies, winding up and equitable remedies), Halsbury’s Laws of England 4th ed. (volumes on corporations and money); A Practitioner’s Guide to Directors’ Duties and Responsibilities (City & Financial Publishing).

International: Chambers undertake a substantial amount of work for overseas clients and members regularly receive instructions from the Caribbean, the United States, Europe, Central Asia and the Far East. In recent years, members have appeared in court in Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Gibraltar, Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Malaysia, Singapore, Nevis, Dominica, Seychelles and Trinidad. In addition certain members are full members of the Northern Ireland Bar, the Cayman Islands Bar and the Bar of the British Virgin Islands.

Recruitment: 4 Stone Buildings’ policy is to seek to have up to 2 pupils each year and to recruit each of those pupils that meet the required standard. Prospective applicants for pupillage will find further information including details of chambers’ awards in the Pupillage Pack which is available on request. Mini-pupillages are encouraged.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior clerk GODDARD, David
Members of Chambers BOMPAS QC, George (1975)
Members of Chambers BRISBY QC, John (1978)
Members of Chambers MILES QC, Robert (1987)
Members of Chambers CROW QC, Jonathan (1981)
Members of Chambers HILL QC, Richard (1993)
Members of Chambers CLUTTERBUCK QC, Andrew (1992)
Members of Chambers FRASER QC, Orlando (1994)
Members of Chambers HARMAN, Sarah (1987)
Members of Chambers HARRISON, Christopher (1988)
Members of Chambers BRETTLER, Jonathan (1988)
Members of Chambers GREENWOOD, Paul (1991)
Members of Chambers COX, Nicholas (1992)
Members of Chambers MARQUAND, Charles (1987)
Members of Chambers MARKHAM, Anna (1996)
Members of Chambers BOEDDINGHAUS, Hermann (1996)
Members of Chambers de MESTRE, Andrew (1998)
Members of Chambers DENTON-COX, Gregory (2000)
Members of Chambers SHIVJI, Sharif (2001)
Members of Chambers NERSESSIAN, Tiran (2002)
Members of Chambers TOMSON, Alastair (2004)
Members of Chambers HOLLIMAN, Adam (2005)
Members of Chambers GENTLEMAN, Tom (2005)
Members of Chambers LILLY, Donald (2006)
Members of Chambers COOK, Alexander (2008)
Members of Chambers TIMMINS, Nicola (2008)
Members of Chambers KNOTT, James (2008)
Members of Chambers HOLLAND, Eleanor (2010)
Members of Chambers WIGLEY, Joseph (2010)
Members of Chambers VAN DEN BERG, Nienke (2012)
Members of Chambers CROSSLEY, Edward (2012)
Members of Chambers ROSE, Andrew (2013)
Members of Chambers SAMPSON, Albert (2014)
Members of Chambers HASSELL, Lara (2014)
Members of Chambers HORNER, Emma (2015)
Members of Chambers OLLIFF-COOPER, Guy (2015)
Members of Chambers McGLONE, Zara (2016)
Members of Chambers ANDERSON, Karl (2017)
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Karl Anderson  photo Mr Karl Anderson Barrister specalising in commercial litigation; company law; civil fraud; insolvency; commercial chancery…
 Hermann Boeddinghaus  photo Hermann Boeddinghaus Barrister specialising in company litigation and advice, insolvency law and commercial litigation.
 George Bompas QC photo George Bompas QC Areas of practice: company (including shareholder disputes), insolvency, banking, insurance, financial services…
 John Brisby QC photo John Brisby QC John Brisby is a seasoned litigator, with substantial experience of heavy trials…
 Andrew Clutterbuck QC photo Andrew Clutterbuck QC Barrister specialising in company and commercial litigation and advice, trusts and insolvency.
 Alexander Cook  photo Alexander Cook Barrister with a litigation-focused commercial Chancery practice, with a significant emphasis on…
 Nicholas Cox  photo Nicholas Cox High value contract and commercial dispute resolution especially involving the public sector;…
 Edward Crossley  photo Edward Crossley Edward specialises in commercial and company litigation and arbitration. Edward’s work frequently…
 Jonathan Crow QC photo Jonathan Crow QC Specialises in company/commercial litigation and public law. Numerous appearances in the Supreme…
 Andrew De Mestre QC photo Andrew De Mestre QC Commercial litigation and arbitration with particular emphasis on civil fraud and asset…
 Gregory Denton-cox  photo Gregory Denton-cox Gregory’s practice focuses on chancery and commercial litigation including company law, civil…
 Orlando Fraser QC photo Orlando Fraser QC Barrister specialising in litigation concerning, and advice on, all aspects of corporate…
 Tom Gentleman  photo Tom Gentleman Specialist in commercial litigation, company law, financial services and insolvency. Recommended as…
 Paul Greenwood  photo Paul Greenwood Barrister specialising in chancery/commercial dispute resolution including shareholder disputes/fraud/corporate insolvency mainly in…
 Sarah Harman  photo Sarah Harman Barrister specialising in company and commercial litigation and advice, bankruptcy and insolvency,…
 Christopher Harrison  photo Christopher Harrison Commercial and chancery litigation; civil fraud; tracing and asset recovery; banking and…
Ms Lara Hassell-Hart  photo Ms Lara Hassell-Hart Barrister
 Richard Hill QC photo Richard Hill QC Litigation specialist focusing on commercial, capital markets and banking, insolvency, civil fraud…
 Eleanor Holland  photo Eleanor Holland A barrister and mediator with a broad commercial Chancery practice, Eleanor provides…
 Adam Holliman  photo Adam Holliman Accepts instructions in line with Chambers’ specialist areas, including company law, insolvency…
Miss Emma Horner  photo Miss Emma Horner Barrister practicing in a broad range of commercial litigation and arbitration in…
 Daniel Kessler  photo Daniel Kessler Barrister specialising in commercial litigation; company law; insolvency; civil fraud; commercial chancery…
 James Knott  photo James Knott Barrister specialising in litigation and advice in the fields of commercial dispute…
 Donald Lilly  photo Donald Lilly Barrister specialising in corporate insolvency, commercial, company and trust litigation, with a…
 Anna Markham  photo Anna Markham Anna Markham is a specialist in company, commercial, financial services and insolvency…
 Charles Marquand  photo Charles Marquand Barrister specialising in financial services law and regulation. Regularly advises on application…
Ms Zara McGlone  photo Ms Zara McGlone Barrister
 Tiran Nersessian  photo Tiran Nersessian Highly regarded for his courtroom advocacy and particularly extensive experience as sole…
Mr Guy Olliff-Cooper  photo Mr Guy Olliff-Cooper Commercial chancery barrister specialising in civil fraud, company, and insolvency law. Recent…
 Andrew Rose  photo Andrew Rose Barrister specialising in company and commercial litigation, insolvency, and financial services.  Recent…
Mr Albert Sampson  photo Mr Albert Sampson Barrister
 Sharif Shivji  photo Sharif Shivji Formerly a derivatives trader in London and Hong-Kong, now Queen’s Counsel specialising…
 Nicola Timmins  photo Nicola Timmins Practices in the commercial chancery field, focusing on commercial litigation, banking, oil…
 Alastair Tomson  photo Alastair Tomson Litigation-focussed international practice with experience of High Court and appellate proceedings, and…
 Joseph Wigley  photo Joseph Wigley Barrister with a litigation-focused commercial chancery practice across 4 Stone Buildings’ practice…
 Nicholas Wright  photo Nicholas Wright Barrister specialising in commercial and commercial Chancery litigation, particularly company law and…
 Nienke van den Berg  photo Nienke van den Berg Nienke specialises in litigation and advice in commercial Chancery matters, including all…