POCA work & asset forfeiture

4 Stone Buildings has developed significant expertise in civil proceedings brought under Part 5 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. Members are particularly sought after in cases of significant financial complexity owing to their substantial expertise in large scale commercial fraud, insolvency, banking and financial services. By contrast with confiscation proceedings, in which the […]


Since it was privatised, the telecommunications market has become one of the largest, most complex, rapidly changing, highly competitive and heavily regulated sectors in the UK. It throws up contractual disputes, regulatory issues, judicial review and questions of competition law. This has led to a considerable amount of litigation, much of which is highly technical. […]

International arbitration

For many clients, whether corporate entities or private individuals, the prospect of airing their disputes in public can have many disadvantages. The efficiency and confidentiality of arbitration is often a more attractive solution. Many members of Chambers are regularly involved in preparing and presenting cases before arbitral tribunals, or sitting as arbitrators themselves.

Chancery: commercial

Many commercial disputes straddle different areas of the law and different divisions of the High Court: they often defy rigid classification. We are as likely to appear in the Commercial Court as in the Chancery Division in disputes over commercial contracts or the fall-out from market disasters, such as the Lloyd’s and “swaps” litigation. We […]

Energy & natural resources

Our work in this area involves a broad range of arbitration and litigation for both energy companies and states in disputes concerning: oil and gas exploration, development, production and transportation; the sale of such rights (farm-in agreements); and the operation of joint operating agreements. Our energy and natural resources related work also extends beyond purely […]


Trusts permeate almost all facets of Chambers’ work, whether it be traditional trust instructions involving the establishment and administration of trusts (usually offshore), or the application of the general principles of trusts and equity in other insolvency, company or commercial contexts. A great deal of chambers’ work, throughout all of its fields of expertise, involve […]

Alternative dispute resolution

For some time the parties in civil disputes have been required to attempt to settle their disputes before resorting to litigation. With the introduction of rules significantly limiting recovery of legal costs, there is an added incentive for parties to use alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. Arbitration is, of course, a long established alternative to litigation […]

Offshore litigation

Our clients operate in a global marketplace. An increasingly common feature of our work is the prevalence of cross-border contentious and advisory work in relation to corporate and commercial disputes and international trusts and funds. In this context, we are able to offer our clients the benefit of substantial experience and long-established connections in many […]

Fraud – civil

“a select team of pre-eminent civil fraud practitioners” – Chambers UK 4 Stone Buildings has long enjoyed an enviable reputation in the field of civil fraud and asset recovery, particularly in the corporate and commercial context. Our members have both the experience and the expertise to handle all stages of modern civil fraud litigation, either […]

Administrative & public law

Commercial disputes, company law, banking and financial services regulation are all liable to give rise to public law issues as well. These may arise in a number of different ways – through regulatory action (e.g. by the FCA), or through public interest proceedings (e.g. directors disqualification proceedings), or through commercial-related judicial review proceedings (e.g. challenging […]