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4 Stone Buildings
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Litigation-focussed international practice with experience of High Court and appellate proceedings, and international arbitration (ICSID, ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL), across banking and financial services, natural resources, company, insolvency and general commercial disputes. Instructed in several proceedings involving interest rate swap mis-selling and the manipulation of LIBOR and EURIBOR. Has represented the Government of Rwanda in several sets of natural resources arbitration disputes since 2011. Experience of international disputes involving cryptocurrencies. Regularly instructed in the DIFC, both at first instance and appellate level, including long-running high-value banking litigation.
Recent reported cases of note include: Syndicate Bank v Dansingani  EWHC 3439 (Ch); Michel v Michel  EWHC 1378 (Ch); Marme Inversiones 2007 SL v Natwest Markets Plc  EWHC 366 (Comm); Re Maud  Ch. 15; Al Khorafi v Bank Sarasin Alpen  DIFC CA 010; Aabar and Edgeworth v Maud  EWHC 1414 (Ch); Marme Inversiones 2007 SL v Royal Bank of Scotland Plc  EWHC 1570 (Comm); Deutsche Bank AG v Unitech Global Ltd  1 W.L.R. 3598.
Called 2004, Lincoln’s Inn. Registered in Part II of the register of the Dubai International Financial Centre courts (2015). Called to the Bar of Rwanda for specific matters (2014). Publications: contributor to OUP’s ‘Annotated Companies Legislation’.
Contributor to OUP’s ‘Annotated Companies Legislation’.
“No-assignment clauses and bank insolvency”, Corporate Rescue and Insolvency (CR&I) 2014, 7(6), 228-230 (co-authored with Andrew Rose).
French (working knowledge)
MCIArb; COMBAR; Chancery Bar Association; ALBA; Arbitration Club – Financial Sector Branch.
Old Swinford Hospital, Stourbridge; King’s College, Cambridge (1996 BA Hons); University of Birmingham (2003 CPE); Inns of Court School of Law (2004 BVC – Outstanding); Lord Mansfield, Lord Haldane and Kennedy Scholarships and Buchanan Prize from Lincoln’s Inn.
Football, cricket, reading, family, playing and listening to music.
Lawyer Rankings(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4
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.
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.
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.