Chambers currently consist of 36 members, including eight silks. 4 Stone Buildings belongs to the Commercial Bar Association and the Chancery Bar Association. The Chamber’s core areas of work are commercial litigation, company law, fraud-civil, banking and finance, financial services, insolvency and reconstruction, commercial chancery, arbitration and mediation, and offshore litigation.
The Chamber’s clients operate in a global marketplace. An increasingly common feature of the Chamber’s 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, 4 Stone Buildings is able to offer clients the benefit of substantial experience and long-established connections in many overseas jurisdictions, including Bermuda, the Caribbean and East Asia. Recently members of Chambers have also been active in the emerging markets in Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, South East Asia and Africa. Such work has included not only advice and litigation but also drafting legislation.
Insolvency work in particular has an increasingly international element. Cases can raise a multitude of problems, such as determining a party’s centre of main interests or the collective distribution of assets in different jurisdictions. 4 Stone Buildings is accustomed to acting in cases which raise issues of foreign law or invoke foreign insolvency regimes (such as the US Bankruptcy Code) as well as working alongside foreign lawyers and officeholders. The Chamber’s members also have experience of multi-jurisdictional issues arising under the EC Regulation on Insolvency Proceedings, the Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations 2006, section 426 of the Insolvency Act 1986 and the common law.
With all these international aspects to the Chamber’s work, many members of Chambers have been called to the local Bar of numerous overseas jurisdictions, both ad hoc and on a permanent basis.