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.

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

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.

Chambers is pleased to announce that Edward Denehan has been nominated by Chambers & Partners for the award of Junior of the Year Real Estate. The award ceremony will take place on 26th October 2017.

Chambers are delighted to announce that Elaine Palser has been selected for a Lawyer Monthly – Women in Law 2017 Award in recognition of her outstanding legal expertise and contribution within the practice area of Contentious Trusts and Probate.

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Recent decisions

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.

Raj Arumugam advised and represented the Adjudicator in one of the first ever appeals under the new debtor’s bankruptcy regime which came into force on 6 April 2016 under ss. 263H-O, Insolvency Act 1986. Chief Registrar Baister handed down a detailed judgment addressing how courts are likely to approach such appeals under the new bankruptcy regime in his judgment: Budniok v. The Adjudicator, Insolvency Service (22 February 2017).

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