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

Chambers of George Bompas QC
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, bencher Lincoln’s Inn 1998; Junior Counsel to the Crown (Chancery) 1994; First Treasury Junior (Chancery) 1998; Deputy High Court Judge 2001; Attorney General to HRH The Prince of Wales 2006; judge of the Court of Appeal, Jersey and Guernsey 2011; Deputy Deemster in the Isle of Man 2017.

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 > Company and partnership

(Company - Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Jonathan Crow QC4 Stone BuildingsAn extremely articulate, smooth and persuasive advocate.

4 Stone Buildings has an impressive reputation in company litigation relating to directors duties, shareholder disputes and breaches of fiduciary duty. Jonathan Crow QC is a go-to barrister for cases destined for the Supreme Court and Privy Council, with recent highlights involving complex issues at the cross-sector of charity and company law. Supported by Sharif Shivji and Tom Gentleman, Richard Hill QC represented Autonomy founder Michael Lynch, who is defending civil fraud claims of over $5bn, in litigation currently running in parallel with an extradition request from the United States. Mandates often incorporate multiple jurisdictions, regularly with significant offshore aspects; John Brisby QC is assisting EY Bermuda with various investigations and potential claims while Orlando Fraser QC led 2021 silk Hermann Boeddinghaus QC and Eleanor Holland in a 12-day trial in the BVI Commercial Court. Andrew De Mestre QC is sought out for high-stakes trials, having been instructed by the claimants in Travelport v WEX, an expedited trial arising from a $1.7bn takeover affected by Covid-19.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Jonathan Crow QC4 Stone BuildingsA superb intellect. His submissions whether written or oral are crystal in their clarity and always incisive. His great skill is in making highly complex and contentious issues seem simple and self-evident.

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Jonathan Crow QC4 Stone BuildingsSimply one of the best there is; a go-to advocate for fraud work.

4 Stone Buildings‘ combined strengths in commercial and Chancery cases make it a compelling choice for major fraud trials. The overlap into areas such as offshore, insolvency, and company law also ensures its members offer clients a broad spread of relevant expertise. Testament to the strengths of its members are leading roles on major cases such as Autonomy Corporation v Lynch, a case concerning the Hewlett-Packard’s purchase of the company, in which Richard Hill QC lead a team of three members on behalf of the defendant; the civil litigation sits against a backdrop of the US government’s request for Lynch’s extradition. Jonathan Crow QC was instructed by the Secretary of State for Health in Secretary of State for Health v Servier Laboratories Ltd, which went to the Supreme Court following the claim that Servier had overcharged the NHS, having allegedly wrongly secured extensions to its patents.

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Jonathan Crow QC4 Stone BuildingsHe is a consummate advocate: exceptionally clever, always perfectly prepared, and his submissions are beguiling.

At 4 Stone Buildings, members have established strength in representing clients before the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) Regulatory Decisions Committee. Charles Marquand is singled out for his expertise in advising a client base of major banks, funds and brokers. At silk level, Sharif Shivji QC, Jonathan Crow QC  and John Brisby QC have solid track records in acting for defendant-side clients and regulatory bodies, including the FCA, in significant regulatory actions.

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Jonathan Crow QC4 Stone BuildingsSimply top rate in all departments of practice. Excellent with clients; fantastic with detail; unrivalled in his advocacy.

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Jonathan Crow QC4 Stone BuildingsHe is a consummate advocate – exceptionally clever, always perfectly prepared, and with creative, beguiling submissions.

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Jonathan Crow QC4 Stone BuildingsJonathan is a star player – one of the best QCs at the Bar today.

4 Stone Buildings counts insolvency and restructuring matters among its core strengths and members include a number of the practice area’s leading silks a juniors at various stages in their careers. Jonathan Crow QC is increasingly brought in at the appellate stage of major insolvency-related cases, including Fakhry v Pagden, which involved the liquidation of a venture capital trust. George Bompas QC had a standout year, successfully defending several of the former directors of Kids Company (including former BBC creative director Alan Yentob) in disqualification proceedings, culminating in an 11-week trial at the Insolvency and Companies List of the Business and Property Courts. Recent silk Sharif Shivji QC is rapidly building a renowned practice in this area, and at the junior level, Tiran Nersessian and Christopher Harrison continue to impress.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Jonathan Crow QC4 Stone BuildingsOne of the stars of the Bar.

London Bar > Offshore

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Jonathan Crow QC4 Stone BuildingsHe has a remarkably sharp legal mind coupled with a great deal of common sense.