4 Stone Buildings is a highly regarded set able to offer particular expertise in the BVI, the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and the Channel Islands, while sustaining praiseworthy capability in the DIFC and Hong Kong. Members of chambers are frequently instructed to act in a variety of matters including trusts, liquidations and shareholder action fund disputes. A client remarks: “It is certainly one of our go-to sets in relation to offshore litigation.”
“Senior clerk David Goddard is the godfather of the clerking world. He runs a very tight ship and gets things done, even when it seems impossible. Another standout is second junior clerk Ryan Tunkel. He’s very responsive, has quick turnaround times and knows what’s going on.” “The clerking team is excellent. It is steered by David Goddard and he is just a really good, experienced clerk.”
Jonathan Crow QC
Jonathan Crow QC is a formidable offshore advocate with an outstanding track record in heavyweight commercial, company and public law cases. The broad geographic spread of his work takes him to Hong Kong, the Channel Islands and several Caribbean jurisdictions. He is sought after for his knowledge of trusts disputes, as well as investment fund and property cases, and he also frequently appears before the Privy Council.
“He’s wonderful. He’s the best of the best.” “One of the finest advocates at the London Bar.”
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of a number of corporate defendants in a multimillion-dollar Russian fraud claim in the BVI.
John Brisby QC
Brisby’s busy commercial practice sees him tackle work in Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, among other jurisdictions. He has attained a fine reputation for his excellent courtroom advocacy and has acted in cases relating to the collapses of Enron, Barings, Maxwell and Barlow Clowes. His primary expertise is in fraud, insolvency and company law, including shareholder disputes.
“He has an amazing ability to steer a case in a particular direction. He is a strong advocate and an amazing cross-examiner.”
Recent work: Assisted Ernst & Young Bermuda, the joint provisional liquidators of resort developer George’s Bay Limited, with a range of matters relating to the liquidation.
Sharif Shivji QC
Sharif Shivji QC delivers standout performances in financial services litigation and has a highly international practice that sees him work in places such as Dubai, the BVI and Trinidad & Tobago. He has recently been involved in significant fraud and insolvency cases. Shivji is well known for his private client work including high-value divorce agreements where he advises on trust-related issues, among others.
“He’s super hard-working, very bright and ambitious.”
Recent work: Continued to act in Stephen Akers v Deutsche Bank, most recently achieving the dismissal of an application for special leave before the Privy Council.