Chambers and Partners UK Guide 2010-11 ranked eighteen of our members in seven separate categories. These were Traditional Chancery, Pensions, Partnership, Charities, Tax: Private Client, Costs Litigation and Real Estate Litigation. Fourteen of our members were ranked in the Traditional Chancery category, many of them in Band One. Chambers UK described us as follows:
“a set that demands as much of its members as do those who instruct them. As one instructing solicitor noted: "You have to be a barrister with talent to survive in this company." That talent abounds at the set is not at question. The members are present in virtually every big trusts case around and are also renowned experts on the drafting and interpretation of wills, inheritance tax issues, and Court of Protection work. Commentators are particularly impressed by the clerks, led by Paul Jennings, and the forthright approach taken by the barristers – "polite but firm with their advice, they are not afraid to tell the client the way it is."
The Legal 500 2010 Directory recommended chambers in six areas, including Private client: personal tax, trusts and probate, Charities, Company and partnership, Costs, Pensions, Property litigation (including agriculture and housing). 5 Stone Buildings was described as:
“a set ‘with the ability to see straight to the heart of a problem and quickly devise the appropriate action.'"
Chambers & Partners 2009-10 ranked members of chambers in five separate categories: Traditional Chancery, Charities, Tax: Private Client, Real Estate Litigation, Pensions, Partnership and Costs Litigation. Chambers was described as an ‘exemplary trusts and tax practice’, with ‘excellent client service’ and a ‘willingness to work hard’. Twelve members were recommended under the Traditional Chancery category.
The Legal 500 2009-10 review described chambers as an ‘excellent traditional chancery set... whose specialities include trusts, pensions and revenue work’. We were described as ‘an outstanding chambers all round’. Fifteen members were recommended for their work.