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 Steven Fennell as a Door Tenant to Chambers from 1 July 2016. Steven’s practice covers the areas of insolvency, company and commercial litigation, as well as professional negligence and alternative dispute resolution. Steven’s move to 9SB reflects the expansion of his practice into London, and adds significantly to 9SB in these areas.

Chambers to recruit new junior tenant.
We will be seeking a new junior tenant to join Chambers in or about October 2016. 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 15th July 2016.

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Recent decisions

Rory Brown represented the Respondent to an application under s236 Insolvency Act 1986 in his application for costs of and incidental to representation at the private examination at which he was questioned in relation to an alleged cross-border fraud of US$9.2 billion (Re Saad Investments Company, Akers v Hayley, [2016] Lexis Citation 69; [2016] All ER (D) 103 (Jun)).

Edward Denehan successfully acted for the Defendant in a claim in the Chancery Division of the High Court for equitable and other relief arising out of an alleged oral agreement or understanding concerning the acquisition of four properties back in the 1990s. The Claimant sought to rely upon a Pallant v. Morgan equity to claim the entire beneficial and legal interests in the properties which had been acquired by the Defendant, his brother, using entirely his own funds. (see Ramanathan v. Rudra [2016] EWHC 1062 (Ch), [2016] All ER (D) 122 (May)).

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