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.

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

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.

Chambers are delighted to welcome Gurprit Mattu (2007 call), as a new member with effect from 1st November 2017. Gurprit brings great experience, both contentious and non-contentious, in most areas of Financial Services and Banking Law as well as a wide range of Commercial and Chancery areas including Company Law, Insolvency and Corporate Fraud,

Chambers are delighted to announce that Thomas Cockburn has accepted an invitation to join on successful completion of his pupillage, effective from 1 October 2017.

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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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