Rory Brown > 9 Stone Buildings > London, England > Lawyer Profile

9 Stone Buildings
LINCOLN'S INN
LONDON
WC2A 3NN
England

Position

Rory has a commercial-chancery practice focusing on litigation in the following areas: commercial dispute resolution (including civil fraud); trusts/probate; and corporate insolvency.

He regularly appears in heavily contested applications and trials in the High Court and has appeared several times as sole counsel in the Court of Appeal. He has advised and represented clients in the courts of the DIFC and has also advised and assisted in substantial Jersey proceedings. Much of his practice involves cross-jurisdictional disputes or has an international dimension.

He has particular expertise in applications for interim injunctive relief, including freezing injunctions and anti-suit injunctions. Rory is often instructed to advise and represent clients in alternative dispute resolution, in particular in mediations. He can take instructions and advise in German and Italian as well as English.

Career

Rory was called to the Bar by Inner Temple in 2009. He undertook his pupillage at 9 Stone Buildings, and has been a tenant there since 2010. 

Many of his cases settle without trial. Nonetheless, he has appeared in several reported cases in all of his practice areas, details of some which are available on his chambers website: Rory Brown – 9 Stone Buildings. Selected highlights from 2016 and 2017 include: 

Advised and represented the UAE-based Defendant Director/Shareholder and two Jersey Companies in proceedings in London, as well as actions in Jersey and the DIFC in relation to disputes about the beneficial ownership in the Companies and whether or not the Claimant had made loans to the Companies (see e.g. Al Tamimi v Al Chaama & Otrs [2017] JRC 033). 

Represented the Respondent to an application under s236 Insolvency Act 1986 and in his application for costs of and incidental to representation at the private examination at which he was questioned in relation to an alleged cross-border fraud of US$9.2 billion (Re Saad Investments Company Akers v Hayley, [2016] Lexis Citation 69; [2016] All ER (D) 103 (Jun) and Akers v Hayley [2015] EWHC 2447).

Led by John Wardell QC advised and represented the appellant pharmaceutical company in its appeal to the Court of Appeal against the decision of Andrew Hochhauser QC (sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge) that the Court did not have jurisdiction to entertain a claim that the Defendants had unlawfully interfered with (alternatively conspired to injure) the appellant’s business selling a probiotic food product (Actial Famaceutica LDA v De Simone [2016] EWCA Civ 1311).

Represented the applicant property developer in his application in the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice to set aside a statutory demand presented in respect of an instalment payment of £2 million said to be due under a contract for the sale of shares in a corporate property development vehicle (Doherty v Fannigan [2016] EWHC 2098 (Ch)). The decision is the subject of a second appeal to the Court of Appeal listed for March 2018. 

Represented the appellants in an appeal in the Court of Appeal, the questions for the Court being a) whether the trial judge was wrong to allow an amendment to plead forgery on the first day of a contested probate trial and b) whether the judge acted in breach of the Defendant’s right to a fair trial by electing not to allow the defendant time to amend his pleadings or to put in evidence to counter the forgery allegation (on which basis the claim succeeded) (Ahmed v Choudhury [2016] EWCA Civ 686). 

Languages

English (mother tongue), German (fluent), Italian (fluent).

Memberships

International Sub-Committee of the Chancery Bar Association; British Italian Lawyers Association; British German Jurists Association; Inner Temple; Bar Pro Bono Panel; Jesus College Cambridge Society; Glanville Williams Society; Hawks Club

Education

2009 – PhD (European University Institute (EUI), Italy) – Philosophy of Law and War
2007 – Visiting Scholarship, Columbia Law School, Columbia University, USA
2006 – MRes (EUI) – European, Comparative and International Law
2004 – Ma(e) (Cantab.) (Double First Class Hons.) – Law (including year at Regensburg University, Germany)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Rory Brown9 Stone Buildings ‘A good strategist who is attentive to detail and excellent on documents.’

London Bar > Private client: trusts and probate

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Rory Brown9 Stone Buildings ‘Rory is a tenacious barrister who commands respect from clients and peers. He is very bright and carries excellent advocacy skills.’

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Rory Brown9 Stone BuildingsRory is a natural advocate, measured, meticulous and ruthless. A brilliant cross examiner and super strong on the academic side of fraud. Particularly good at the fraud/insolvency cross over. He is often used on the tough cases because he can get results.’