5 Stone Buildings scores highly in new Chambers and Partners UK Bar rankings
5 Stone Buildings has scored highly in the 2020 Chambers & Partners UK Bar rankings, released on 10 October 2019.
Chambers has retained its Band 1 ranking for Chancery: Traditional work, with Chambers & Partners commenting as follows:
5 Stone Buildings is widely regarded as one of the foremost sets in this area. Its work covers the full breadth of traditional chancery, including wills, trusts, pensions, charities and taxation. It has “good service, good expertise, and they look after our clients,” says one solicitor, adding: “They’re very commercial, they turn things around very quickly and they are very good with my clients. They are good to use as a solicitor; they look at things in a sensible way, and the clerking is first-class.”
18 members of chambers are individually ranked in this practice area, including four QCs in the Band 1 or Star Individuals categories and three juniors in the Band 1 category.
Chambers also maintains its Band 1 ranking for Court of Protection (Property & Affairs) work. The 2020 guide says:
5 Stone Buildings is a market-leading set for Court of Protection matters, offering significant expertise in a host of property and affairs cases. Its barristers are well regarded for their handling of deputyship and lasting power of attorney disputes, while the team is also regularly called upon to act for and advise its clients on cases concerning statutory wills and gifts. Members are frequently instructed by leading private client firms, as well as the Official Solicitor and the Public Guardian. Recent work for the set includes Public Guardian v BP and others, a test case concerning the appointment of a number of lasting powers of attorney.
Chambers is ranked in Band 3 for Pensions and Tax: Private Client work. In relation to the latter area, the 2020 guide says:
5 Stone Buildings is a respected set with a solid profile in the market, which has seen its private client tax offering strengthened in recent years as a result of a couple of good lateral hires. Members handle the full array of private client issues and are sought after to handle both contentious and non-contentious issues for private individuals and the HMRC. Much of the work undertaken here relates to Inheritance Act cases, the structuring of funds, and onshore and offshore trusts.
Members of chambers are also ranked in a number of other practice areas including Art and Cultural Property Law, Court of Protection (Health & Welfare), Ecclesiastical Law, Family/Matrimonial: Trusts/ Tax Experts, Offshore, Tax, Trusts, Mediation, Partnership and Real Estate Litigation.
You can find more details on our Chambers & Partners profile here.