9 Stone Buildings

provides a first class service to its domestic and overseas clientele on all aspects of the law relating to land and property, private client, companies, personal and corporate insolvency, finance, business and commerce.

The Legal 500 (2014 Edition) states:9 Stone Buildings is a commercial Chancery set, with‘excellent strength in depth’ in private client, property and insolvency law. In 2013, it expanded at the junior end through a series of lateral hires, and appointed Edward Denehan as head of chambers, succeeding Christopher Cant.

The clerks win particular praise; they are ‘always helpful, supply information promptly and go out of their way to ensure that they are delivering a good service’. Senior clerk Alan Austin and first junior clerk David Clayton provide ‘invaluable authority and experience’, and ‘know exactly what is going on in each of their member’s cases’.

The Legal 500 & Chambers and Partners

9 Stone Buildings has received recommendations of leading chambers and/or practitioners in the following areas:-

  • Traditional Chancery (Chambers and Partners 2015 Edition)
  • Real Estate Litigation (Chambers and Partners 2015 Edition)
  • Agriculture and Rural Affairs (Chambers and Partners 2015 Edition)
  • Restructuring/Insolvency (Chambers and Partners 2015 Edition)
  • Private Client: Trusts and Probate (The Legal 500, 2014 Edition)
  • Property Litigation (including Agriculture and Housing) (The Legal 500, 2014 Edition)
  • Insolvency (The Legal 500, 2014 Edition)


Many members of Chambers are recognised as leading practitioners in their fields. 9 Stone Buildings possesses the necessary ingredients of expertise and commitment to provide a service as good as any at the Bar.

Latest News

Chambers are delighted to announce that international magazine Lawyer Monthly have awarded Elaine Palser a 2015 Women in Law award for outstanding expertise in Contentious Trusts and Probate.

Chambers to recruit new junior tenant. We will be seeking a new junior tenant to join Chambers by October 2015. Brief details are available in Recruitment. Full details are available in our Notes for Applicants which may be downloaded. Applications may only be made on the Application Form which may be downloaded along with a Diversity Monitoring Form. Completed application forms must reach the Head of Chambers by 5.00 p.m. on Friday 5th June 2015.

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Recent decisions

In the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, before Registrar Briggs, Shuvra Deb appeared in the case of Gate Gourmet Luxembourg Sarl (IV) and another v Morby [2015] EWHC 1203 (Ch); [2015] All ER (D) 117 (May) in which it was held that Rule 7.55 of the Insolvency Rules 1986 may be applied to cure a defect in the requirement to serve a bankruptcy petition personally on the debtor as required by the provisions of Rule 6.14 of the Insolvency Rules 1986. The judgment seeks to reconcile a number of authorities on the extent of the application of Rule 7.55 to insolvency proceedings. View Decision

In the first judicial review case on the operation of the Community Infrastructure Levy Christopher Cant appeared for the successful local authority, Shropshire CC, in R (oao Hourhope Limited) v Shropshire CC [2015] EWHC 518 (Admin). The authority has refused a claim for a demolition deduction. The Planning Court held that to qualify as an “in-use building” the building had actually to be in use and gave guidance on what would constitute use for these purposes. A full copy of the Judgment can be downloaded at www.bailii.org/...

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