Chambers currently consist of 37 members, including eight silks. 4 Stone Buildings belongs to both the Commercial Bar Association and the Chancery Bar Association. Chambers’ core areas of work are: commercial litigation; commercial chancery; company law; fraud: civil; banking and finance; financial services; insolvency and restructuring; arbitration and mediation and offshore litigation.
Our clients operate in a global marketplace. An increasingly common feature of Chambers’ work (both contentious and advisory) is the prevalence of cross-border issues in relation to corporate and commercial disputes and international trusts and funds. In this context, we are able to offer clients the benefit of substantial experience and long-established connections in many overseas jurisdictions including Bermuda, the BVI, St Kitts and Nevis, the Cayman Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Dubai, Guernsey, Jersey, Isle of Man and Gibraltar. A number of our members are called to the Bar and often appear in a number of these jurisdictions. Our expertise extends to other jurisdictions: one member is called to the Bar in Paris, for example; and several members of chambers are registered to appear in Kazakhstan. In addition, our members are frequently instructed to appear in the Privy Council. Our work has included not only advice and litigation but also the drafting of legislation.
Each of chambers’ core areas of practice raise questions of a global nature. Insolvency work, for example, has an increasingly international element. Cases can raise a multitude of issues, such as determining a party’s centre of main interests or the collective distribution of assets in different jurisdictions. Our members are accustomed to acting in cases which raise issues of foreign law or which invoke foreign insolvency regimes (such as the US Bankruptcy Code) as well as working alongside foreign lawyers and officeholders. Our 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.
Given our extensive experience in a number of fields, several members of chambers are qualified and able to act as experts in relation to questions of English law.