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11 Stone Buildings


11 Stone Buildings - London
  • 11 Stone Buildings
  • Lincoln's Inn
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • WC2A 3TG
  • Head of Chambers Edward Cohen
  • Chambers Director Michael Couling
  • Clerks Matthew Curness, Richard Powell, Gary Collins, Lee Wright, Lisa Cottrell, Justin Yoong, Harrison Killick, Frances Collins
  • Tenants 42

The Chambers 11 Stone Buildings is a leading set of 42 commercial and chancery barristers based in London, with a recognised expertise in commercial litigation, insolvency, company, banking/finance, civil fraud, professional negligence and real estate matters. Chambers acts as advocates, advisers, arbitrators and mediators for law firms across the country and internationally, for in-house legal departments and for direct and public access clients. The set has fully equipped ADR/arbitration facilities available. Chambers’ instructing solicitors appreciate that the set offers a multi-disciplinary advantage as a large number of our barristers possess expertise across several disciplines. It is the depth and strength of the interplay between general commercial litigation and areas such as banking, fraud, IP, insolvency, real estate and pensions, which is at the heart of their expertise. It is also the reason why people go to them with complex matters. Besides offering excellent expert advice, clients appreciate that a number of its members are multi-lingual and are commercially minded through their experience gained outside the Bar, such as in investment banking, in management consultancy, as solicitors or running their own business. Barristers speak French, German, Italian, Russian, Romanian and Spanish.

Work Undertaken Chambers’ expertise is grouped around four pillars of law: commercial, company/ insolvency, real estate and private client work. In each area they have specialist teams which can assist you with the following:
Commercial: Banking and finance, employment, fraud, IP, professional negligence, media and entertainment, sports, technology.
Company/Insolvency: Company, insolvency (personal and corporate), partnership and LLPs. Real Estate: Real property, landlord and tenant.
Private Clients: Succession and trusts and related tax issues. For more information please visit www.11sb.com or contact the clerks on 020 7831 6381 or clerks@11sb.com. 


  • 11 Stone Buildings,
  • Lincoln's Inn,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • WC2A 3TG
  • Tel (020) 7831 6381
  • Fax (020) 7831 2575
  • DX 1022 London
  • Email : clerks@11sb.com
  • Website : www.11sb.com

Chancery - London (Bar)

The set has historically excelled in insolvency work, and while this remains key, it is also well versed in a whole host of other chancery matters, especially those covering property and contract disputes. Its members regularly appear in both domestic courts and in overseas jurisdictions.

Client service: "The set is very collegiate, extremely well run and highly ambitious. It has a strong and responsive clerking team led by Michael Couling and Matthew Curness, who always ensure they put the best candidates forward for any job. They are a joy to work with."


Alan Gourgey QC 
A leading figure in the commercial chancery arena, he is instructed on a vast array of disputes. He is noted for his strength in joint venture disputes, contractual disagreements and complex commercial litigation generally.
Expertise: "He has a formidable reputation. If he's in your case it will run smoothly. He gives practical advice, gets his hands dirty and has a collaborative approach. He is well respected by the judiciary."
Recent work: He worked on a high-value joint venture dispute relating to a Polish betting business. The case hinged on disagreements over the construction of a contract and considerations of estoppel.

Jeremy Cousins QC 
His reputation for cases involving fiduciary duty precedes him, and he is frequently instructed on novel and sophisticated trust disputes. 
Expertise: "He has a gentle approach but he gets results. He is a formidable preparer of his work, and that makes him unbeatable. Possessed of the most lovely cross-examination method, he is gentle, persuasive and avuncular."
Recent work: Worked on the AIB v Redler case, which is tipped to be the leading authority on the remedies available to bankers where solicitors are liable for breach of trust. 

Lexa Hilliard QC 
She continues to impress market commentators with her firm command of commercial chancery matters. She is deemed to be an expert on insolvency issues and shareholder disputes.
Expertise: "She is a superbly subtle advocate with excellent knowledge of complex issues."
"She is very hands-on and has a great manner about her." 


Tim Penny 
A "highly skilled advocate" who frequently appears in a vast array of commercial disputes, and is good at IP and media and entertainment cases.
Expertise: "He is very sensible when handling hard-fought trials. He delineates beautifully between arguing hard on points that matter and being sensible about those that don't."
"He is very grounded, but extremely tenacious when required." 

Iain Pester 
Especially strong on commercial chancery cases involving insolvency, shareholder disputes and professional negligence claims. He is a fluent Russian speaker, and as such is uniquely well placed to handle cases with a Russian aspect to them.
Expertise: "He is a really deep thinker who is able to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of a case. He's an addition to any team."   

Max Mallin 
Draws on his investment banking background to handle disputes arising in the financial and banking sector. He is typically instructed on shareholder disputes and claims of breach of duty.
Expertise: Peers comment that "he is a tough opponent, but he is silky smooth and very nice to deal with." 

Jamie Riley 
A solid all-round practitioner with considerable experience of a range of commercial chancery cases, particularly those with civil fraud aspects to them. His practice has a pronounced international element to it.
Expertise: "He displays excellent attention to detail and has strong technical skills." 

Edward Cohen 
Maintains a broad and impressive practice covering the full range of commercial chancery matters.
Expertise: "I consider him to be a star in all areas. He has the ability to call things correctly, his style is understated yet firm, and his written work is second to none." 

Jonathan Lopian 
He is routinely asked to assist on complex shareholder disputes, as well as insolvency work.
Expertise: "He has good analytical skills and the ability to quickly assimilate complex information."
Recent work: Acted in the much-publicised Hellas Telecommunications insolvency, appearing for the unsecured subordinated bondholders.

Peter Head
An up-and-comer who impresses market commentators with his strong emerging practice in corporate and personal insolvency, fraud and banking cases.
Expertise: "He is very good; very able, a safe pair of hands and someone with real talent." 

Christopher Boardman 
His practice is based on insolvency law and general company and commercial litigation.
Expertise: "He is an excellent advocate, who is very focused on putting forward the best case for his clients. He is excellent tactically and always makes the right call on cases." 

Company - London (Bar)


"A friendly, approachable and above all professional set of chambers" that marries company law and insolvency expertise to good effect. On the company side it handles anything from shareholder disputes, directors’ duties, liability of directors to third parties, and directors’ disqualifications cases to share capital issues and procedural matters relating to companies.


Lexa Hilliard QC 
Has a good reputation for her work on a range of offshore company law matters. She has notable experience on the company law aspects of insolvency cases.
Expertise: "She is clear and has an incisive mind."
Recent work: She has been acting on behalf of the limited partners of OS Cayman LP in an application to wind up the partnership on just and equitable grounds.


Marcia Shekerdemian 
Her practice focuses on company and insolvency matters, and she is recommended for her expertise on shareholder disputes.
Expertise: "She is highly practical and has a really good gut instinct about the points that play well in court."
Recent work: She successfully represented the minority shareholders in a contested administration in Re: New Oxford Street Property.

Tina Kyriakides 
Has a multidisciplinary practice and is praised by sources both for her advisory work on transactions and the quality of her advocacy. Solicitors praise her efficient and responsive approach.
Expertise: "She is effective, personable, sensible and very thorough on the law." "Knowledgeable, approachable and highly responsive."
Recent work: Has been acting for the liquidator of Building Trade Skills Centres in claiming the return of a £2 million dividend.

Fraud - London (Bar)

With the lateral hire of Charles Samek QC, 11 Stone Buildings has added to the lustre of its already fine civil fraud reputation. He joins a set whose members are regularly called upon to appear in fraud proceedings, especially in the context of major insolvencies. 

Client service: The clerking team receives praise for its responsive, "proactive" and "commercial" approach.


Alan Gourgey QC
Has a notable track record of advising on fraud issues arising from insolvencies. Sources report that the speed of his work makes him particularly suited to handling injunctive proceedings. 
Expertise: "Super bright and very quick."
"Very commercial."
Recent work: He was instructed in an international arbitration which involved difficult jurisdictional issues and a USD20 million fraud claim arising from investments in the Madoff Ponzi scheme.

Charles Samek QC 
Recently joined 11 Stone Buildings from Littleton Chambers, and is noted for his experience of securing and discharging injunctive relief.
Expertise: "Incredibly user-friendly and very much one of the team."
Recent work: He discharged a freezing order obtained by the Bank of Ireland as part of fraud proceedings brought against a former manager.


Iain Pester 
A popular choice for cases involving Russian parties or jurisdictional issues. He is greatly admired for his legal acumen and his diligent approach.
Expertise: "Great on the law and great on the detail, he's a really deep thinker who is able to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of cases."
Recent work: He acted as a junior in VTB Capital v Nutritek, a significant fraud dispute which culminated in a Supreme Court hearing relating to the corporate veil doctrine and various jurisdictional matters.

Max Mallin 
Well placed to advise on fraud claims arising in the financial sector. He is a senior junior with a strong reputation in the commercial arena. 
Expertise: "He's a tough opponent but silky smooth and very nice to deal with."
Recent work: He acted as sole counsel to the second defendant in a USD450 million fraud claim brought by Dubai Islamic Bank.

Tim Penny 
Has a wide-ranging commercial chancery practice with a notable focus on civil fraud cases. He comes particularly recommended for his skill in obtaining freezing orders.
Expertise: "He's really strong on factually complex cases."
Recent work: Acted as sole counsel to the claimant in a £3 million fraud case which also involved issues relating to insolvency.

Ian Smith 
Acknowledged as an expert in asset recovery. He is further sought after to advise on cases involving criminal law aspects
Expertise: "Gets on top of very complicated facts very quickly."
"He's quick at turning around work, and is accurate and precise in all he does."
Recent work: He was instructed as sole counsel in relation to a £1 million fraud and asset tracing case arising from an overseas land banking scheme.

Restructuring/Insolvency - London (Bar)

11 Stone Buildings offers a diverse range of expertise across the corporate, commercial and chancery fields. Its restructuring and insolvency specialists are well rated and the market has noted that they have made great strides in recent times. Talent permeates these chambers, and the set has a well-deserved reputation as a fine choice for the full range of insolvency work.

Client service: "The clerks, led by Michael Couling, are very down to earth and approachable. They pick things up at short notice, work well around fees and provide an excellent all-round service." "They have a very approachable and user-friendly style that is conducive to great client relationships."


Lexa Hilliard QC
An incredibly popular silk whose straightforward approach is highly valued by instructing solicitors. She has a broad company law practice, and is expert in directors' duties, corporate restructuring and insolvency. Regularly handles headline-grabbing cases in both the domestic and international market.
Expertise: "Highly inventive and always thinks of new ways to approach a case." "A barrister with gravitas and a no-nonsense approach." "She has a tremendous depth of knowledge of insolvency issues and an immediate recall of cases that is very impressive."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of Mitsui in a successful £10 million purpose trust claim against a Lloyd's underwriter.


Marcia Shekerdemian
An impressive senior junior who draws considerable praise from market interviewees. She is highlighted for her superior expertise in cases that include elements of both insolvency and fraud. Clients value her ability to provide ingenious solutions to complex matters.
Expertise: "A fighter, she is great on her feet, knows insolvency very well and is great on the tough points." "Top notch - great with clients, she gets to the heart of the matter quickly and is as impressive at drafting as she is on her feet."
Recent work: Acted for the liquidator in re Ultraclass Limited, a £5 million misfeasance claim against directors which related to a land banking fraud.

Christopher Boardman
Praised by solicitors as an extremely useful adviser and a highly adept advocate. He regularly represents clients in a range of insolvency matters before the Chancery Division, and is experienced in handling cases with an offshore element.
Expertise: "Conscientious and fantastic to work with." "Highly intelligent, he shows incredible attention to detail and is a skilled advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the Portsmouth Supporters' Trust in an opposed application by the administrators to sell the club's business and assets.

Thomas Robinson
Praised for his ability to handle complex cross-border cases, he has notable expertise in pensions-related work. He is regularly instructed by the Pensions Regulator in complex cases that involve both insolvency and pensions issues.  
Expertise: "Thorough, diligent, clever and also efficient, concise and accurate." "He is eloquent on his feet and has a good court presence."
Recent work: Acted in the Nortel and Lehman Brothers case on administration expenses and contingent liabilities which considered the interaction between the Pensions Act 2004 and Insolvency Act 1986.

Tina Kyriakides
Regularly acts for administrators and liquidators in corporate insolvency work, but is equally adept at handling personal insolvency cases. 
Expertise: "She is a tenacious litigator, who never gives up." "A great advocate, who is extremely thorough and hard-working."
Recent work: Represented the liquidator of 9 Miles Down in a case which concerned claims of wrongful trading and copyright ownership issues.

Birgitta Meyer
Demonstrates abilities in the full range of bankruptcy and insolvency issues. Her recent work includes handling complex directors' disqualification matters and high-value bankruptcy cases.
Expertise: "Excellent - a very thorough barrister."
Recent work: Handled a case that involved an opposed bankruptcy petition with an alleged debt to the creditor of £1.7 million.

Iain Pester
Focuses on insolvency matters, especially those that include highly technical issues. He is particularly good on insolvency cases with a fraud element to them, and is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional work.
Recent work: Acted for the administrators of Herbert Partnering Solutions in obtaining a mandatory injunction which required a landlord to provide access to leased premises.

Jonathan Lopian
Takes a practical approach to difficult problems and provides clients with clear and concise advice. A highly commercial junior, he is capable of representing clients in both corporate and personal insolvency matters.
Expertise: "A tenacious advocate, he gets to grips with complex issues quickly and provides practical solutions to problems."
Recent work: Acted for the joint liquidators of Hellas II in a contested application for disclosure of documents held by a Luxembourg law firm.  

Adam Deacock
Has a broad insolvency practice with key strengths in fraud actions and cases concerning defective administration appointments.
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a case that involved issues relating to piercing the corporate veil in order to recover assets so as to satisfy judgment against the director of the claimant company.

Jamie Riley
Has a broad commercial practice with insolvency as a core focus. He frequently acts for liquidators.
Expertise: "He's very good in all he does, sensible and great with the clients."
Recent work: Acted for the joint liquidators of D&D Wines International in a case that secured the removal of the administrators and the appointment of the liquidators.    

Philip Hinks
An emerging talent at the junior level, who has already earned substantial praise from instructing solicitors. Acted in several high-profile insolvency cases and has gained experience in matters involving foreign proceedings.
Expertise: "Frighteningly efficient and very bright." "A really excellent junior."
Recent work: Acted for the liquidators of a personal loan provider in a case that required an application for determination on whether an insolvency regime trumps a data protection regime.

Tom Shepherd
Noted for his increased presence in the market in recent times. He demonstrates solid experience in representing liquidators in the High Court, and is praised for his ability to work well with the instructing solicitor's team.
Expertise: "A very good junior, seen a lot in the market, who is not afraid to stand up to judges." "He's very personable and always willing to make time for clients."
Recent work: Acted for the joint administrators of an amusement arcade chain in a case that involved issues relating to the identification and inspection of assets.