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 (2015 Edition) states: 9 Stone Buildings has a team of ‘sound barristers who know their stuff’. It is a Chancery set, with experience in a range of private client cases as well as property litigation and insolvency. ‘It is because of the excellent service that solicitors return to chambers time and again.’

‘The clerks are always courteous and efficient to deal with.’ In particular, senior clerk Alan Austin is ‘a star’ who is ‘hands-on, approachable and responsive’. Austin is ‘well supported by his juniors’ – including David Clayton, who is ‘excellent to work with’

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 2016 Edition)
  • Real Estate Litigation (Chambers and Partners 2016 Edition)
  • Agriculture and Rural Affairs (Chambers and Partners 2016 Edition)
  • Restructuring/Insolvency (Chambers and Partners 2016 Edition)
  • Private Client: Trusts and Probate (The Legal 500, 2015 Edition)
  • Property Litigation (including Agriculture and Housing) (The Legal 500, 2015 Edition)
  • Insolvency (The Legal 500, 2015 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 welcome Nigel Meares (1975 call) and Timothy Cowen (1993 call), both formerly of 11 Stone Buildings, as new members of Chambers. Nigel and Timothy add to the strength of chambers in core practice areas. Nigel practises in the mainstream of traditional Chancery including trusts, probate and estates, family provision, and real property. Timothy is a real estate litigator across the whole range of land and property, including landlord and tenant. He also undertakes property related insolvency and professional negligence cases. Timothy sits as a Judge of the Land Registration Division and the Residential Property Division of the First-tier Tribunal, Property Chamber.

Chambers are delighted to announce that Faith Julian has accepted an invitation to join on successful completion of her pupillage, effective from 1 October 2015

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Recent decisions

In the recent case of Classic Property Developments (South East) Ltd v Islam and others [2015] EWHC 2958 (Ch) Edward Denehan successful argued that the claimant should be granted (inter alia) an order for specific performance of an option to acquire the freehold of business premises in Park Royal. Defences to the claim based upon mutual and unilateral mistake, and various pleas of estoppel, were rejected by Mr. Justice Arnold. View Decision

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

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