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 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.

Chambers are pleased to announce that Elaine Palser is now a CEDR accredited mediator.  Please contact the clerks should you wish to instruct Elaine to act as a mediator.

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Recent decisions

Elaine Palser appeared for the successful company in an application before Gabriel Moss QC (sitting as a deputy judge of the High Court) to strike out a winding up petition on the basis that there was evidence from the company sufficient to raise a bona fide and substantial dispute. The petitioner’s circumstantial evidence challenging credibility was insufficient to allow the petition to remain on foot. Re A Company [2016] EWHC 1046 (Ch), [2016] All ER (D) 103 (May).

Vivian Chapman QC successfully acted for Somerford Parish Council in the case of R (Somerford Parish Council) v Cheshire East Borough Council [2016] EWHC 619 (Admin). In this case, Somerford Parish Council challenged a decision by Cheshire East Borough Council to reject an application to register land as a new village green under Commons Act 2006 s. 15. The court quashed the decision for procedural irregularity and awarded Somerford Parish Council costs against Cheshire East Borough Council. The case raised a number of points of general interest, including:

  • Can a commons registration authority determine an application to register land as a new green if it is also an objector to the application?
  • If a commons registration authority instructs independent counsel to advise on the merits of such an application, can it claim privilege for instructions to and communications with counsel?
  • When is a commons registration authority obliged to hold a non-statutory public inquiry into such an application?

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