Dispute Resolution: Commercial
4 Stone Buildings is a set with an equal affinity for matters arising in both the Commercial Court and the Chancery Division. Its broad-based expertise spans the world of commercial litigation, but its members prove particularly strong in oil and gas disputes, commercial contract cases and matters arising out of significant market disasters. As an example of their work, members handled the mass shareholder action against Lloyds Bank and its former directors for alleged misinformation in the acquisition of HBOS. “The chambers as a whole offers good all-round service and high intellectual quality, and is very thorough in all it does,” one solicitor comments.
“Senior clerk David Goddard is just a really nice man, and he makes even the most difficult cases seem like a stroll in the park.”
George Bompas QC
“His advice is clear and compelling, and judges listen to what he has to say.” “He gives excellent commercial advice, quickly gets to grips with complex factual and legal issues, and has a great presence in court.”
Recent work: Acted in MF Global UK Limited (in special administration) v MF Global UK Services Limited (in administration). The case looked at the issue of whether a service company, which employed all the staff within a group and seconded most of them to the principal operating company, is entitled to an implied indemnity from the operating company in respect of pension fund liabilities.
John Brisby QC
“His cross-examination is of the highest order, and it’s a delight to watch him dismantle a witness.” “He’s a fearless and capable advocate” who “doesn’t sit on the fence.”
Recent work: Instructed to defend Indian public company Unitech Global and its offshore subsidiary, against claims brought by syndicated lenders including Deutsche Bank. This was the most high-profile test case in respect of the consequences of Libor manipulation.
Jonathan Crow QC
“The cleverest man you’ll ever meet, and at the same time very personable and really easy to work with.”
Recent work: Acted in Haven Insurance Co Ltd v Gavin Edmondson Solicitors, a test case in the Supreme Court that had important implications for CFAs.
Robert Miles QC
“He is full of ideas, inspires huge confidence in clients, and is willing to be bold and give clear views.” “Robert is a massively clever and very convincing advocate who is a good person to work with.”
Recent work: Defended Icelandic bank Kaupthing against high-profile and high-value malicious prosecution and conspiracy claims brought by Robert and Vincent Tchenguiz following their arrest by the SFO.
Richard Hill QC
“Very approachable, incredibly hard-working and exceptionally good on litigation strategy.” “He exercises excellent judgement to get what he needs.”
Recent work: Represented Dr Michael Lynch, ex-CEO of Autonomy Corporation, in fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims brought by the company in connection with its acquisition by Hewlett-Packard.
Andrew de Mestre QC
“A walking encyclopaedia of law whose mastery of complicated detail is incredible.”
Recent work: Represented Banca Nazionale del Lavoro in a case concerning questions of whether it had a duty of care to a London casino whose credit reference structure left it vulnerable to the theft of GBP1 million in winnings.
“A client-friendly, thoughtful strategist who is a pleasure to work with.” “He is good at approaching the client’s issues in a commercial manner, and he comes up with creative solutions.”
Recent work: Served as senior junior in the case of Standard and Poors (McGraw Hill) v Deutsche Apotheker, RBS and others, which concerned the liabilities of rating agencies to investors.