Banking & Finance

Legal 500 UK Bar, 2022

4 Stone Buildings brings a huge amount of experience to the table, with several top name silks and juniors. The set has excellent credentials for insolvency-related banking disputes, but also regularly acts on broader finance litigations, including cross-border and offshore claims. Notable highlights include Sharp & Ors v Blank & Ors in which Richard Hill QC acted for the claimant group of Lloyds bank shareholders in a trial that concluded in 2020 with judgment on a costs point. The highly-rated Sharif Shivji QC has a prominent role acting for Credit Suisse in Republic of Mozambique v Credit Suisse, and is also leading two juniors in a major banking dispute before the DIFCJuniors such as Christopher Harrison, Alastair Tomson and James Knott have also made a good impression on the market.

Leading Silks

Jonathan Crow QC – 4 Stone Buildings ‘ Simply top rate in all departments of practice. Excellent with clients; fantastic with detail; unrivalled in his advocacy. 
Ranked: Tier 2

John Brisby QC – 4 Stone Buildings ‘ An outstanding practitioner. ’
Ranked: Tier 4

Richard Hill QC – 4 Stone Buildings ‘ He is a superb advocate. He is charming, calm under pressure, and lightning quick on his feet. ’
Ranked: Tier 5

2020 Silks

Sharif Shivji QC – 4 Stone Buildings ‘ Ferociously bright; hard-working; a definite team player and a consummate diplomat. ’

Leading Juniors

Christopher Harrison – 4 Stone Buildings ‘ The very definition of a safe pair of hands; for such a nice man and one so beautifully mannered he can be a Rottweiler in court when required. 
Ranked: Tier 2

Alastair Tomson – 4 Stone Buildings ‘ Very hardworking and happy to roll his sleeves when there is a deadline. He has a fantastic grasp of the documents and is a QC in the making. ’
Ranked: Tier 3

James Knott – 4 Stone Buildings ‘ Very hard-working and mastered the detail very speedily. Great to work with as part of an extended legal team. 
Ranked: Tier 4

‘4 Stone Buildings are a top notch Chancery set and over the years, I have instructed a number of barristers and they have all been of a high standard.’

‘They are a set I have used for many years and they have never let me (or the client) down.’

‘Extraordinarily consistent and good chambers – and the judges know that they always play with a very straight bat which always give valuable credibility and momentum.’

‘4 Stone Buildings has several excellent senior barristers to fill the shoes of Robert Miles QC, who has now joined the bench. They are particularly strong on chancery matters but are comfortable with commercial cases as well.’

‘4 Stone Buildings is the go to set at my former firm and my present firm.’


‘David Goddard is the consummate professional.’