5 Stone Buildings highly ranked in Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2021

5 Stone Buildings has been highly ranked in a number of categories in the latest version of the Chambers & Partners UK Bar directory. We are delighted to announce that we have been ranked in the following categories:

Traditional Chancery – Band 1

Chambers & Partners comment: ‘5 Stone Buildings is one of the pre-eminent traditional chancery sets in London and is notable for its strength and depth. A source says: “There are really no weak links, from the youngest pupil to the oldest silk.” This extremely strong group of silks and juniors regularly handles some of the most high-profile and high-value matters in this field.’

Court of Protection: Property & Affairs – Band 1

In relation to Court of Protection property and affairs work, the 2021 directory comments:

Instructing solicitors praise the “depth of expertise” available within 5 Stone Buildings, and describe it as the “pre-eminent set for property and affairs matters.” Members are recognised for their expert handling of lasting powers of attorney disputes, deputyship-related matters and complex statutory will and gift applications, and are regularly involved in leading test cases. The team routinely receives instructions from leading private client firms, as well as the Public Guardian and the Official Solicitor. Interviewees further note that “the set’s barristers have developed a real specialism in this area, so you can trust them to put your case forward in the best possible way.”‘

Pensions – Band 3

In relation to Pensions, Chambers & Partners note that chambers is ‘well regarded for its handling of all manner of pensions cases. The set offers clients the benefit of extensive expertise in professional negligence claims, as well as matters of tax and trusts law.’

Tax: Private Client – Band 3

In relation to private client tax work, the 2021 directory comments:

5 Stone Buildings is a set highly regarded for its expertise in private client matters. Sources note that “one of its great strengths is that members of the set clearly get on very well and share their expertise.” Members handle both contentious and non-contentious cases for HMRC and wealthy individuals, and advise on a wide range of matters such as the Inheritance Tax Act and onshore and offshore trusts.’

Client service

The clients and industry commentators spoken to by Chambers & Partners also praise our client service:

‘”The clerks are accommodating, practical and helpful. They bend over backwards to help and make things as easy as possible,” says one commentator. Another praises the “helpful, approachable clerks.”

Individual rankings

In addition to the chambers-wide rankings in the practice areas mentioned above, our members are individually ranked in those areas and a number of other areas, including Art and Cultural Property Law, Court of Protection (health and welfare), Ecclesiastical Law, Family/ Matrimonial (trusts and tax experts), Offshore, Mediation, Partnership, Real Estate Litigation and Trusts.