4 Stone Buildings is set with a strong reputation for handling domestic and international fraud disputes, that draws on ancillary expertise in banking and insolvency, as well as other commercial and chancery matters. Members are experienced in tackling litigation arising from dishonesty and misrepresentation, and several of the set’s tenants have appeared before the Supreme Court. The team also regularly appears in arbitral proceedings. The set acts for both claimants and defendants, and counts liquidators, shareholders, administrators and bondholders among its diverse clientele. Recent work for the set includes Autonomy Corporation v Dr Michael Lynch, a case arising from the USD18 billion acquisition of Autonomy by Hewlett-Packard and which involved complex allegations of deceit, misrepresentation and significant accounting irregularities. Members are also proficient in asset tracing and recovery.
Client service: “The clerking team is incredibly helpful, polite and responsive.” “The clerks are very professional and they understand what solicitors expect. They deliver an efficient service and are all very approachable and down to earth. David Goddard, who is the senior clerk, runs a very tight ship.”
Jonathan Crow QC
An experienced advocate whose fraud work forms part of a wider company, commercial and public law practice. In addition to litigation he is admired for his prowess in arbitrations. His experience includes appearances in the Supreme Court.
Strengths: “He always has a very elegant phrasing in his submissions.” “One of the top appellate barristers in this area.”
Recent work: Acted on behalf of a former minister in the Russian government in Danilina v Chernukhin, a multimillion-dollar claim against Oleg Deripaska in relation to the planned development of a huge site in central Moscow.
Robert Miles QC
Handles the most serious civil fraud and asset recovery cases, and is one of the most celebrated barristers at today’s Commercial Chancery Bar. Leading instructing solicitors constantly seek out his services and he has been in a number of headline-making cases. He also sits as a Deputy High Court Judge.
Strengths: “He has tremendous gravitas in court and is a superb communicator with great legal judgement.”
Recent work: Continued to act in Autonomy v Michael Lynch, a claim for over USD5 billion involving a host of issues including banking law.
Richard Hill QC
Provides robust advocacy in civil fraud disputes in the context of a broad commercial practice. His clients include multinational corporations and high net worth individuals.
Strengths: “He’s responsive, an excellent technician and a real team player.”
Recent work: Continued to act for Dr Michael Lynch in the Hewlett-Packard litigation brought against him centring around an alleged accounting fraud.
Orlando Fraser QC
Handles leading fraud cases as part of a domestic and international commercial chancery caseload that also touches on insolvency and company law.
Strengths: “He’s great to work with, very responsive and above all, imaginative.” “Very impressive on his feet and has a very calm and unflappable manner.”
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in Al Khorafi v Bank Safra Sarasin and others, a fraud claim for USD1 billion arising out of mis-sold financial instruments.
Andrew de Mestre QC
An expert in cases concerning dishonesty, negligence and fraudulent misrepresentation, he is proficient at tracing and recovering misappropriated assets. He approaches fraud as part of a wide-ranging commercial practice that also encompasses such areas as company and insolvency law.
Strengths: “A creative, innovative and intelligent advocate.”
Recent work: Acted for the Italian bank in Playboy Club and another v Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, a case concerning whether the bank was liable to a London casino. That casino had relied on a credit reference which had been requested by and addressed to a sister company. As a result a rogue gambler had made off with some £1 million in winnings, having obtained gaming chips with forged cheques.
An accomplished senior junior who tackles fraud-related litigation as part of a broader commercial practice. His instructions originate both in the UK and overseas. He acts for both claimants and defendants.
Strengths: “He’s very cerebral and is measured in his advice.” “He’s incredibly thorough, very good with clients and has a real eye for detail.”