4 Stone Buildings is ‘a strong set for company, fraud and commercial work‘ whose barristers are ‘without exception, friendly, easy to work with, and supremely confident and gifted lawyers‘. The set is also strong on insolvency and restructuring related fraud claims. Recent cases include Secretary of State for Health v Servier Laboratories, in which Jonathan Crow KC  represented the Secretary of State for Health in a multi-million pound claim against a pharmaceutical company for overcharging the NHS for drugs subject to patent allegedly procured through fraud, which went to the Supreme Court. Richard Hill KC is leading the team defending the Michelin-starred chef, Axel Manes, in MAD Atelier International BV v Manes, involving a transfer of share under value, allegedly by duping a joint venture partner, in a company owning the “Atelier de Joel Robuchon” restaurants. Several impressive juniors are also making a name for themselves, including Alexander Cook and Guy Olliff-Cooper.

 ‘Very well-regarded set in the area.’

 ‘4 Stone Buildings are an outstanding Chancery set. Most (if not all) of our fee earners regularly instruct their Counsel at all levels, from the most junior members up to Silks. Without exception, their barristers are friendly, easy to work with, and supremely confident and gifted lawyers. They can be flexible and innovative with regard to fee structures and rates, and their clerks always ensure that someone is available, even on very short notice. They always recommend the right person for the job.’

 ‘4 Stone Buildings is a strong set for company, fraud and commercial work.  I often instruct them on unfair prejudice matters, fraud matters and cases involving regulated financial services businesses.’

 ‘They are one of the leading sets for commercial litigation, not a factory set – a traditional small set of chambers. They have decided to stay quite small. For that reason it is very personal.’

 Clerking
 ‘Excellent service provided.’
 ‘Ryan Tunkel is particularly good.’

LEADING SILKS

Tier 2
John Brisby KC –4 Stone Buildings ‘Immense ability and a hugely persuasive advocate with a wide range of international litigation skills.’
Jonathan Crow KC –4 Stone Buildings ‘An incredibly effective advocate, willing to get totally immersed in the detail, and on top of that he’s collegiate and a delight to work with.’

Tier 3
Richard Hill KC –4 Stone Buildings ‘An excellent silk. The consummate modern advocate.

Tier 4
Andrew de Mestre KC – 4 Stone Buildings ‘Andrew is a pleasure to work with – responsive and commercial with a good grasp of complex issues in the case and the needs of the client.’
Orlando Fraser KC –4 Stone Buildings ‘Very commercial, easy to deal with, thinks out of the box.

LEADING JUNIORS

Tier 2
Christopher Harrison –4 Stone Buildings ‘First class paperwork and advocacy. Extremely able and a real team player who will often come up with novel and persuasive points of argument. Meticulous attention to detail and preparation. Extremely calm under pressure.’

Tier 4
Alexander Cook –4 Stone Buildings ‘Alex is very measured and calm, even when working under pressure and tight timeframes. He provides clear advice on both technical legal points, as well as overall strategy. His advocacy is excellent all round, in particular his cross-examination is incisive and effective.’

RISING STARS
Guy Olliff-Cooper  – 4 Stone Buildings ‘Guy is an undoubted star of the future. He is exceptionally bright and very thorough, and his arguments are clear and highly persuasive.’