News & Publications

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.


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.


Chambers are delighted to announce that Giselle McGowan has been appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown C Panel, effective from 28th February 2017.


It is with great pleasure that 9 Stone Buildings Barristers’ Chambers announce that Peter Shaw has been appointed Queen’s Counsel in the 2016-2017 competition. The conferring of silk status will take place at the Palace of Westminster on 13th February 2017.


Members of Chambers and staff extend their best wishes to Vivian Chapman QC and David Rowell on the occasion of their retirement from the Bar. Vivian and David have been esteemed members of Chambers for a great many years, Vivian as head of chambers for six years, and both will be greatly missed. Chambers and staff wish Vivian and David, and their families, well as they start new chapters in their respective lives.


It is with deep regret that we announce that Christopher Spratt tragically died on Wednesday 26th October 2016 after a brave battle with illness. Christopher was the most loyal and well liked member of chambers, and he will be greatly missed by all.


Chambers are delighted to welcome Cecilia Xu Lindsey (2012 call) formerly of Malins Chambers, as a new member with effect from 18th August 2016. Cecilia brings great experience in a wide range of Commercial and Chancery areas both contentious and non-contentious in the UK and overseas. Having achieved a First Class BA (Hons) in International Trade in Beijing, China, Cecilia brings unique input into clients’ matters, thanks to her native Chinese language (Mandarin) and cultural skills. Cecilia is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.


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.


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.


Late March saw the publication by Jordans Publishing of the fifth edition of Insolvency Legislation: Annotations and Commentary by Louis Doyle and Professor Andrew Keay. The new edition includes a small team of contributing editors, including Joseph Curl. [Publication Flyer]


Chambers are pleased to announce that Elaine Palser has been named "Best in Commercial Dispute Resolution - UK" for 2015 by Acquisition International.


Chambers are delighted to welcome Nigel Meares (1975 call) and Timothy Cowen (1993 call), both formerly of 11 Stone Buildings, as new members of Chambers. Nigel and Timothy add to the strength of chambers in core practice areas. Nigel practises in the mainstream of traditional Chancery including trusts, probate and estates, family provision, and real property. Timothy is a real estate litigator across the whole range of land and property, including landlord and tenant. He also undertakes property related insolvency and professional negligence cases. Timothy sits as a Judge of the Land Registration Division and the Residential Property Division of the First-tier Tribunal, Property Chamber.


Chambers are delighted to announce that Faith Julian has accepted an invitation to join on successful completion of her pupillage, effective from 1 October 2015


Chambers are pleased to announce that Elaine Palser has been named UK Commercial Disputes Barrister of the Year for 2015 by international magazine Lawyer Monthly, and winner of Corporate LiveWire's "Highly Regarded in Insolvency Law - UK" award for 2015.


The Fifth revision of Christopher Cant's Guide to Community Infrastructure Levy has been placed on the web with a link from his webpage. The guide now covers up to 24th April 2015 and includes the recent decision in R (oao Hourhope Limited) v Shropshire CC; recent CIL appeal decisions; and a more detailed consideration of section 106 planning obligations and their relationship with CIL


Chambers are delighted to announce that Raj Arumugam has been appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown C Panel, effective from 2nd March 2015.


Andrew Noble FRICS, FCIArb C.Arb, who is also a Chartered Arbitrator & Chartered Surveyor, has been appointed to the Arbitration panel of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.


9 Stone Buildings are pleased to announce the publication of two very important Insolvency/Company Law books by associate members of chambers: Professor Andrew Keay and Louis Doyle Insolvency Legislation 4th Edition - Insolvency Legislation: Annotations and Commentary provides practical guidance on the key primary and secondary insolvency legislation. Insolvency Legislation 4th Edition Professor Andrew Keay Directors' Duties 2nd Edition - Directors' Duties provides an analysis of the general duties of directors contained in Chapter 2, Part 10 of the Companies Act 2006. Directors' Duties 2nd Edition


Chambers are delighted to welcome Louis Doyle and Professor Andrew Keay as Door Tenants to Chambers from 1 March 2014. Louis and Andrew practice in the areas of Insolvency, Company and Commercial Litigation and add significantly to 9SB in these areas both in UK and international jurisdictions. Their move to 9SB reflects expansion of their practice into London.


Chambers are delighted to announce that Giselle McGowan has accepted an invitation to join as the Junior Tenant, effective from 16 September 2013.


Chambers are delighted to welcome Graham Callard (2001 call) as a new member with effect from 1st September. Graham brings a wealth of experience in Tax Law having been employed by firms of solicitors for the last 10 years. Graham specialises in direct and indirect property related taxes including SDLT and VAT, advising non UK domiciled taxpayers both UK resident and overseas, Inheritance Tax, CGT, Corporation Tax and private client matters generally.


Chambers are delighted to welcome Andrew Noble (1992 call) formerly of Enterprise Chambers, as a new member. Andrew specialises in chancery commercial litigation, in the following areas: Construction & Engineering, Land & Real Property, Commercial (including NHBC insurance warranty claims and international arbitrations), associated Professional Liability and Insolvency. He is also an experienced dispute resolver in Arbitration/ADR.


Isaac Jacob and Conn MacEvilly appeared for the successful Appellant before the Privy Council in Prime Sight Limited v Edgar Lavarello (Trustee in Bankruptcy of Benjamin Marrache) [2013] UKPC 22, an important decision on estoppel by convention. Mr Jacob and Mr MacEvilly have now had two successful Privy Council appeals in the last month (see Crawford Adjusters v Sagicor below)


Crawford Adjusters v Sagicor General Insurance (Cayman) Limited [2013] UKPC 17: Isaac Jacob and Conn MacEvilly of 9 Stone Buildings represented the successful Appellant before the Privy Council in a ground-breaking decision which sweeps away centuries-old restrictions on the availability of the tort of civil malicious prosecution in English law and the recoverability of damages for the loss caused thereby.


Chambers are delighted to welcome Gabrielle Culmer as an Overseas Door Tenant to Chambers from 8 March 2013. As well as being a member of the English Bar, Gabrielle is a practising member of the Bars of New York and the Bahamas. Gabrielle will add to the services 9SB can offer in external jurisdictions.


Chambers are delighted to welcome Mr Paul Wilmshurst (2007 call), formerly of 12 College Place, Southampton, as a new member of chambers. Paul practices in the field of Real Property and is particularly active in the law relating to village greens, commons and rights of way. Paul will add to the considerable strength and depth that already exists in this area in chambers. For further details of their practice please click on the members' name or contact us


Chambers are delighted to announce the appointment of Edward Denehan as Head of Chambers from 1st January 2013. Chambers warmly thanks Christopher Cantwho has completed his term as Head of Chambers and who will continue in practice at 9 Stone Buildings.


Chambers are delighted to congratulate Lana Wood on her Appointment as full time District Judge effective from 2 November 2012


Chambers are delighted to congratulate John Smart on his Appointment as full time District Judge effective from 10 July 2012


It is with deep regret that we announce that Sheila Foley passed away on Friday 24th February 2012 after a brave battle. She was the most loyal of colleagues and will be greatly missed by clerks and members.


Chambers congratulate Nicholas Critelli on his election as a Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple.


Chambers are delighted to welcome Raj Arumugam (2008 call), as a new member of chambers Raj practises in the fields of Commercial and Traditional Chancery and will add to the considerable strength and depth that already exists in this area of chambers.


Chambers are delighted to welcome Alana Graham (1993 call), as a new member of chambers. Alana practices in the field of Traditional Chancery, focusing on Private Client Law. Alana will add to the considerable strength and depth that already exists in this area of chambers.


Chambers are delighted to welcome Mr Christopher Spratt (1986 call), and Mr Philip Brown (1991 call) both formerly of 33 Bedford Row, as new members of chambers. Christopher and Philip both practice in the field of Commercial Chancery and will add to the considerable strength and depth that already exists in this area of chambers. For further details of their practice please click on the members' name or contact us.


Chambers and Partners 2012 Edition We are pleased that 9SB are ranked as a Leading Set in Traditional Chancery by Chambers UK Guide to The Bar 2012 Edition: "... on the strength of its record and reputation for success in key traditional chancery areas such as real property, private client and personal insolvency law. Despite being one of the smaller chancery sets, it is a strong contender in the field due to the strength and expertise of its members." 9 Stone Buildings has received recommendations of practitioners in the following areas:-

  • Traditional Chancery
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Agriculture and Rural Affairs
  • Restructuring/Insolvency


Chambers are delighted to welcome Miss Shuvra Deb (2007 call), formerly of Ely Place Chambers, as a new member of chambers. Shuvra practices in the fields of Commercial Chancery and will add to the considerable strength and depth that already exists in this area in chambers. For further details of their practice please click on the members' name or contact us.


The Legal 500 & Chambers and Partners 9 Stone Buildings has received recommendations of leading chambers and/or practitioners in the following areas:-

  • Private Client: Trusts and Probate (The Legal 500, 2011 Edition)
  • Property Litigation (including Agriculture and Housing) (The Legal 500, 2011 Edition)
  • Insolvency (The Legal 500, 2011 Edition)
  • Traditional Chancery (Chambers and Partners 2011 Edition)
  • Real Estate Litigation (Chambers and Partners 2011 Edition)
  • Agriculture and Rural Affairs (Chambers and Partners 2011 Edition)
  • Restructuring/Insolvency (Chambers and Partners 2011 Edition)


Chambers to recruit new junior tenant We will be seeking a new junior tenant to join Chambers by October 2011. 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 theApplication Form which may be downloaded. Completed application forms must reach the Head of Chambers by 5.00 p.m. on Friday 10th June 2011


Chambers are pleased to announce that Rory Brown has accepted an invitation to join as the Junior Tenant, effective from 1 October 2010.


Challenging the trustee's remuneration: a new right for bankrupts? - Joseph Curl Insolvency Intelligence 2011, 24(1), 5-10


A round-up of recent cases - Joseph Curl Trust Quarterly Review 2010, 8(4), 26-32


The Spouse v the Creditors: A Turn Against Creditors? - Joseph Curl Insolvency Intelligence 2010, 23(6), 81-87


A round-up of recent wills and trust cases - Joseph Curl Trust Quarterly Review 2010, 8(2), 24-30


"Use it or lose it": section 283A after Lewis v Metropolitan - Joseph Curl Insolvency Intelligence 2010, 23(5), 74-76


A purposive approach to the rule against foreign revenue enforcement - Joseph Curl International Corporate Rescue 2010, 7(2), 137-139


Chambers are delighted to welcome Conn MacEvilly as a member of chambers. Conn joins 9 Stone Buildings from PWC in Gibraltar. He will greatly add to the expertise in the areas of Company, Commercial, Trusts, Regulatory and Employment


Chambers are pleased to announce that Edward Hewitt has accepted an invitation to join as the Junior Tenant, effective from 1 October 2009.


Who can apply to rescind a winding-up order? - Joseph Curl Insolvency Intelligence 2009, 22(10), 145-147


A round-up of recent wills and trust cases - Joseph Curl Trust Quarterly Review 2009, 7(4), 31-34


Review article: Drafting Trusts and Will Trusts by James Kessler - Joseph Curl Trust Quarterly Review 2009, 7(2), 43-44


Chambersare pleased to announce that Joseph Curl has accepted an invitation to join as the Junior Tenant, effective from 1 October 2008


THE LEGAL 500 and CHAMBERS & PARTNERS - DIRECTORY RECOMMENDATIONS 9 Stone Buildings has received recommendations of leading chambers and/or practitioners in the following areas:-

  • Traditional Chancery (Chambers & Partners 2010 Edition)
  • Real Estate Litigation (Chambers & Partners 2010 Edition)
  • Agriculture and Rural Affairs (Chambers & Partners 2010 Edition)
  • Restructuring/Insolvency (Chambers & Partners 2010 Edition)
  • Private Client: Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate (The Legal 500, 2009 Edition)
  • Property Litigation (including Agriculture and Housing) (The Legal 500, 2009 Edition)
  • Insolvency (The Legal 500, 2009 Edition)
  • Construction (The Legal 500, 2009 Edition)
 


It is with very great regret that Mr. Cenydd Howells, who had been a member of these chambers for more than 40 years, died after a short illness on 29 January 2008


VIVIAN CHAPMAN QC Chambers would like to offer their warmest congratulations to Mr. Vivian Chapman who has been appointed Queens Counsel, effective from 16 October 2006.


Quality Mark for the Bar On 24th March 2006, 9 Stone Buildings was awarded the Quality Mark for the Bar. We are the first Chancery set in Lincoln's Inn to achieve this standard.


Chambers are delighted to welcome Robert Bourne (1978 call) and Jonathan O'Mahony (2000 call), both formerly of 199 Strand, as new members of chambers. Both Robert and Jonathan practice in the fields of Commercial Chancery and will add to the considerable strength in depth that already exists in this area in chambers. For further details of their practice please click on the members' name or contact us.


Market Abuse - The "crime" of being something in the City Michael Ashe QC and Lynne Counsell This article examines the provisions in THE FINANCIAL SERVICES AND MARKETS ACT 2000 instituting "civil" sanctions for market abuse.


Using the Human Rights Act to save the family home Helene Pines Richman discusses "exceptional circumstances" in the context of bankruptcy and the interests of Creditors and how to apply the Human Rights Act to preserve the family home against possession by the Trustee on behalf of the Creditors.


Money Laundering: Risks and Liabilities Ireland's first book on money laundering law by Michael Ashe QC SC and Paula Reid BL L


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