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 2017 Edition)
  • Real Estate Litigation (Chambers and Partners 2017 Edition)
  • Agriculture and Rural Affairs (Chambers and Partners 2017 Edition)
  • Restructuring/Insolvency (Chambers and Partners 2017 Edition)
  • Private Client: Trusts and Probate (The Legal 500, 2016 Edition)
  • Property Litigation (including Agriculture and Housing) (The Legal 500, 2016 Edition)
  • Insolvency (The Legal 500, 2016 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

It is with deep regret that we announce that Christopher Spratt tragically died on Wednesday 26th October 2016 after a brave battle with illness. Christopher was the most loyal and well liked member of chambers, and he will be greatly missed by all.

Chambers are delighted to welcome Cecilia Xu Lindsey (2012 call) formerly of Malins Chambers, as a new member with effect from 18th August 2016. Cecilia brings great experience in a wide range of Commercial and Chancery areas both contentious and non-contentious in the UK and overseas. Having achieved a First Class BA (Hons) in International Trade in Beijing, China, Cecilia brings unique input into clients’ matters, thanks to her native Chinese language (Mandarin) and cultural skills. Cecilia is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

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Recent decisions

Raj Arumugam represented the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industry Strategy and the Official Receiver on a successful strike out application of a claim for negligence and breach of duties under ss.287(3), 289 and 315, Insolvency Act 1986 (Frosdick v. Secretary of State for BEIS & the Official Receiver [2016] EWHC 3008 (Ch)).

Edward Denehan successfully appealed to the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) against a decision of the First Tier Tribunal refusing to allow a landlord to recover litigation costs against a tenant under an indemnity clause in a long lease in a case where the FTT had awarded the landlord part of its costs under rule 13(1)(b) of the Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Property Chamber) Rules 2013: 87 St George's Square Management Ltd v Michael Henry Anthony Whiteside [2016] UKUT 438 (LC).

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