4 Stone Buildings is ‘a leading set’ with ‘good strength in depth’ and barristers ‘who make themselves available’. Civil fraud is a significant area of practice, and members have been instructed by public bodies, such as the National Crime Agency, as well as private sector clients. The set’s strong insolvency background inevitably feeds into some of its more high-profile instructions. Broader commercial claims have included Pinchuk v Kolomoisky & Bogolyubov and Autonomy Corporation v Dr Michael Lynch, in which Richard Hill QC and Jonathan Crow QC acted together. Other highlights have included Stanford International Bank v HSBC in which Andrew de Mestre QC is representing the liquidator.
- John Brisby QC (Tier 2 Leading silks) – 4 Stone Buildings ‘An outstanding civil fraud practitioner.’
- Jonathan Crow QC (Tier 2 Leading silks) – 4 Stone Buildings ‘Always well prepared and hardworking, an excellent strategist, and authoritative when need be with clients.’
- Richard Hill QC (Tier 4 Leading silks) – 4 Stone Buildings ‘Our biggest clients love him, and we wish he was more available – but that is the price of being good.’
- Andrew de Mestre QC (2019 Silks) – 4 Stone Buildings ‘Has creativity and flair, and with difficult cases he is often able to see a way through that has eluded others.’
- Christopher Harrison (Tier 1 Leading juniors) – 4 Stone Buildings ‘Calm, measured and not scared of hard work to get to grips with the detail – highly reliable.’