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 (2017 Edition) states: Chancery chambers 9 Stone Buildings is ‘an impressive set, which demonstrates a breadth of knowledge and experience from junior to senior counsel’, particularly for trusts and probate matters, property litigation and insolvency law.

‘The clerks provide ‘a very good service’, adopting a ‘friendly and helpful approach’. Running ‘a tight and efficient ship’, senior clerk Alan Austin is ‘clear on fees’ and ‘always tries to assist’. David Clayton is the first junior clerk'”

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 2018 Edition)
  • Real Estate Litigation (Chambers and Partners 2018 Edition)
  • Agriculture and Rural Affairs (Chambers and Partners 2018 Edition)
  • Restructuring/Insolvency (Chambers and Partners 2018 Edition)
  • Private Client: Trusts and Probate (The Legal 500, 2017 Edition)
  • Property Litigation (including Agriculture and Housing) (The Legal 500, 2017 Edition)
  • Insolvency (The Legal 500, 2017 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.

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

On the 25th May 2018 GDPR comes into force. 9 Stone Buildings have carried out risk assessments and have put into place the relevant internal policies and procedures to comply with their obligations. A PDF copy of our Privacy Notice can be downloaded from here.

Terms and Conditions

Unless otherwise agreed, members of chambers offer their services and accept instructions as members of the Bar of England and Wales in accordance with the General Terms and Conditions for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Solicitors in Commercial Matters, Payment Basis B, as agreed between the Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR) and the City of London Law Society. A PDF copy of the COMBAR terms (v2.1 June 2014) can be downloaded from here or from the Contacts page.

Latest News

Christopher Cant's 6th Edition of the ACV Guide has been uploaded. This update includes: (i) the Court of Appeal decision in Banner Homes; (ii) the nine ACV appeals to the First-tier tribunal since June 2017; (iii) the appeal in Admiral Taverns to the Upper Tribunal; (iv) further discussion of nominations by CAMRA; (v) recent planning decisions.

Chambers to recruit new junior tenant. We will be seeking a new junior tenant to join Chambers in or about October 2018. 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. Completed application forms must reach the Head of Chambers by 5.00 p.m. on Friday 13th July 2018.

It is with great sadness that we announce that Vivian Chapman QC passed away on Thursday 16th November 2017 after a brave battle with illness. Vivian was a most loyal, well liked and respected members of chambers, and he will be greatly missed by all.

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Recent decisions

Raj Arumugam successfully represented the DVLA (Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency) in defending a claim for negligence by a purchaser of a motor vehicle, the first such case ever to be brought against the DVLA. At a preliminary issues trial, Ms Justine Thornton QC (sitting as a QBD Judge) held that the DVLA owed no duty of care to the purchaser in this case. The judgment is reported at Seddon v. The Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency [2018] EWHC 312 (QB).

Paul Wilmshurst successfully represented Cambridge County Council, against leading counsel, in this High Court challenge. St John's College, Cambridge v Cambridge County Council [2017] EWHC 1753 (Admin) (known as "Meadow Triangle”). The judgment of Sir Ross Cranston concerns issues inter alia of when an application can be adjudged to be duly made and establishes that a registration authority is entitled to give an applicant more than one opportunity to correct a defective application. View decision.

Edward Denehan represented the Respondent in Peires v Bickerton's Aerodromes Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 273, in which the Court of Appeal considered for the first time the meaning and extent of the immunity conferred by sections 76(1) and 77(2) of the Civil Aviation Act 1982 in respect of noise nuisance from aircraft.

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