Restructuring & Insolvency

4 Stone Buildings is held in high regard for its comprehensive coverage of the full range of restructuring and insolvency matters, and offers a particular expertise in insolvency litigation. Its members are regularly called upon to act in high-profile domestic and international cases, and have experience of appearing for clients before the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, as well as courts in Hong Kong, the Caribbean and several offshore territories. Areas of notable expertise for tenants include significant bank restructurings and directors’ disqualification cases, drawing on the set’s complementary strength in company law. The set is frequently instructed to act on behalf of the government, in addition to a broad array of other clients. Recent work includes acting for the liquidators of Hellas Telecommunications in a high-profile dispute with Apax Partners, and appearing on behalf of Icelandic bank Kaupthing in defence of several claims brought by Vincent and Robert Tchenguiz arising out of their arrest by the SFO.

“The clerking is very sensible and commercial – it’s second to none.” The clerking team is led by senior clerk David Goddard, who is praised by interviewees as “one of the most attentive clerks around.”

George Bompas QC
Leading insolvency practitioner who is recognised for his expert handling of major, sophisticated insolvency disputes alongside his significant experience in ADR proceedings. He is regularly called upon to assist with international matters and multimillion-pound claims. He is frequently instructed in overseas cases in Hong Kong, Singapore, Trinidad, the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands. He is noted for his strength in advisory work concerning complex restructurings, in addition to garnering recognition for his in-court advocacy.
“He is a very hard-working barrister who is an absolute pleasure to work with.” “He is outstanding in all aspects, and his advocacy and cross-examination skills are of the highest quality.”
Recent work: Acted for the debtor in Cambria Africa v Consilium Corporate Recovery Master Fund, a case concerning a claim for repayment of a term loan on the ground of an event of default.

John Brisby QC
Has substantial experience advising in big-ticket litigation. He has appeared before the courts of the Isle of Man, Gibraltar and Bermuda, among others. His recent work has included the high-profile personal insolvency proceedings of Glenn Maud.
“Very senior and experienced. If you want a secure pair of hands John is your man.”
Recent work: Represented Unitech in the enforcement of an arbitral award arising from the financing of a very significant property transaction in India, which has included Commercial Court applications for freezing orders and receivership orders.

Jonathan Crow QC
Manages a busy caseload, splitting his time evenly between commercial and public law litigation. He frequently appears in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and ECHR, and is singled out by market commentators as a persuasive advocate. His impressive roster of clients includes public authorities in addition to private clients.
“He is an incredible barrister who always wins the admiration of the judges.” “He is an extraordinarily successful advocate and a very clear thinker. He is able to distil very complex matters down to the essential details.”
Recent work: Instructed in a Supreme Court appeal arising from the insolvency of one of the largest bunker suppliers in the world.

Robert Miles QC
Renowned silk offering expertise across a full range of financial, corporate and commercial disputes. He remains a popular choice for an array of high-profile, big-ticket insolvency cases. He frequently appears in large-scale international cases and is regularly instructed in insolvencies involving financial institutions.
“He is fantastic and incredibly bright.” “He is unflappable and always calm in a crisis.” “He has such a wonderful, measured, persuasive and calm advocacy style.”
Recent work: Acted for the defendants in The Liquidators of Hellas Telecommunications (Luxembourg) II SCA v Apax Partners and others, a claim by the liquidators of Hellas II seeking recovery of sums approaching EUR1 billion.

Richard Hill QC
Highly sought after by an array of clients for his extensive expertise in complex insolvency disputes and for his specialist insight into various forms of ADR. His established restructuring and insolvency practice is further complemented by deep knowledge across civil fraud, commercial and company law. He is frequently instructed by bondholders and bond trustees, and is noted as an authority in contentious restructurings.
“Very approachable, incredibly hard-working and exceptionally good on litigation strategy.”

Andrew de Mestre QC
Has considerable experience across the full gamut of restructuring and insolvency law. He regularly acts on behalf of an array of clients, including bondholders, issuers and corporate trustees, and routinely appears as sole counsel in high-profile cases. He is particularly well regarded for his expertise in litigation arising from securitisation transactions and other bond issues.
“He is a very bright and effective barrister.” “He is impressive in his ability to grasp the details of quite complicated matters – his mastery of that is incredible.”
Recent work: Acted for the defendants in The Liquidators of Hellas Telecommunications (Luxembourg) II SCA v Apax Partners and others, a claim by the liquidators of Hellas II seeking recovery of sums approaching EUR1 billion.