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4 Stone Buildings
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Andrew De Mestre QC
Commercial litigation and arbitration with particular emphasis on civil fraud and asset recovery; financial services and banking including CMBS and other securitisation disputes; insolvency and company law including proceedings under the Insolvency Act 1986, directors’ duties, unfair prejudice petitions and other shareholder disputes. Recent cases include: Deutsche Trustee Co Ltd v Duchess VI CLO BV  EWHC 737; Hosking v Apax Partners LLP  1 WLR 3347; Re Peak Hotels and Resorts Ltd  1 WLR 2145 and  EWHC 1511; Playboy Club London v BNL SA  UKSC 43 and  EWCA Civ 457; Singularis Holdings Ltd v Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Plc  1 WLR 2777; Credit Suisse Asset Management v Titan Europe 2006 – 1 Plc  EWCA 1293; BNY Mellon Corporate Trustee Services Ltd v LBG Capital No.1 Plc  UKSC 29; Re Windermere VII CMBS Plc  EWHC 782; Global Energy Horizons Corp v Gray  EWHC 2925 and  EWHC 2232, 3275.
Called 1998, Middle Temple; contributor to OUP Annotated Companies Acts.
Chancery Bar Association (Committee member; Chair Pro Bono sub-committee); COMBAR.
Sherborne School, Sherborne; Magdalene College, Cambridge (MA).
Sports, particularly cricket (including representing the Bar at the Lawyers’ Cricket World Cup).
A ‘first-choice chambers’ for commercial Chancery work, 4 Stone Buildings is a ‘go-to’ set for company, insolvency, and financial services disputes, with junior barristers who have ‘very sharp minds’ and are ‘uniformly good’. Andrew de Mestre QC took silk in 2019 strengthening chambers at the senior end. Led by senior clerk David Goddard, the clerking team is described as ‘responsive, helpful, user friendly, and commercially minded’. First junior Jason Doyle and clerks Ben Lashmar and Ryan Tunkel are highly regarded by instructing solicitors. Offices in: London(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1
4 Stone Buildings houses a strong complement of highly experienced banking silks and juniors. The set can often be found on complex mandates, usually with an insolvency or regulatory bent. Notable cases included Singularis Holdings Limited v Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Limited, in which Robert Miles QC and Andrew de Mestre QC represented the claimant, and Jonathan Crow QC the respondent. Richard Hill QC, Sharif Shivji and Alastair Tomson also represented the claimaint in Al Khorafi v Bank Sarasin-Alpen before the DIFC.(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1
4 Stone Buildings‘ members have developed strong practices in insolvency and restructuring work, including representations of the UK government. Jonathan Crow QC recently appeared in PST v OW Bunker; a major case for the shipping industry that raised issues including the application of the Sale of Goods Act 1979 to any contracts which include a retention of title clause and a licence to consume. Tiran Nersessian is also recommended, and has a broad practice of private and government instructions, including acting as sole counsel to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs before the Court of Appeal in Botleigh Grange v HMRC. Andrew de Mestre QC took silk in 2019 and recently acted for the liquidators of Hellas Telecommunications. Meanwhile, Sharif Shivji acted for the claimants, the liquidators of various BVI companies, in Stephen Akers v Deutsche Bank AG, winning a €200m settlement for the clients following accusations that Deutsche Bank sold toxic and complex credit derivative instruments.(Company - 2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1 (2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1