4 Stone Buildings attracts high praise from market sources for the high calibre of its barristers. Members of the set are sought out for both contentious and purely advisory work by major financial institutions as well as associated individuals. They offer extensive experience representing clients in regulatory investigations and high-profile litigation, as well as appearing before disciplinary tribunals. The set is also noted for its complementary strengths in the arenas of commercial chancery and banking litigation.
“The clerks are extremely friendly. They’re always very pleasant and efficient.” “The clerks respond quickly and provide means of communication to the barristers.” David Goddard is the senior clerk.
George Bompas QC
George Bompas QC has a comprehensive knowledge of the regulations, and particular experience working for international clients in Hong Kong, the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands. He is noted for his impressive advisory work in relation to the regulations governing insider dealing, market abuse, collective investment schemes and other matters.
“He’s really highly regarded, has a broad practice and is very experienced. I’ve seen his opinions and they’re immaculate.”
Jonathan Crow QC
Jonathan Crow QC is a major figure on the financial services scene thanks to his widely perceived excellence in written and courtroom advocacy, and his broad base of experience in commercial litigation and public law. He has appeared at all levels of the court system, including the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal.
“He is a very effective and smooth advocate.” “He’s a class above in terms of his advocacy skills and also his overall thinking. He’s an absolute standout – no one sees through problems like him and clients absolutely trust him.”
Recent work: Acted in a case involving the liquidation of a Venture Capital Trust.
Sharif Shivji QC
Sharif Shivji QC’s background as a derivatives trader allows him to bring a wealth of direct and professional experience to his highly rated work advising on a range of domestic and international financial regulatory issues. He is also well regarded as an advocate and regularly appears before the Upper Tribunal. His client list includes high-profile investment banks, institutional investors and regulatory bodies.
“He’s a standout person, technically very adept and all over the detail. He’s a very good, responsive advocate and a real pleasure to work with.” “He’s extraordinarily hard-working, he doesn’t leave a stone unturned and he is frighteningly clever.”
Recent work: Instructed by the former CEO in a case on liability of companies for statements in their accounts under Section 90 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.
Charles Marquand is a highly regarded senior junior who is especially valued for his expertise in non-contentious advisory work acting for public and private clients in the financial services sector. He also handles contentious work, and shows impressive technical skill and an in-depth knowledge of regulations across the EU.
“He’s very responsive and pragmatic in his guidance because of his experience. He’s also always up to speed with current thinking of relevant listing authorities, which is incredibly useful.” “He has excellent experience, and is very knowledgeable and able to advise on unusual and complicated structures.”